Skipper targets top-four finish

hsb  Harrogate Cricket Club. Ryan Bradshaw.  100605M2k.
hsb Harrogate Cricket Club. Ryan Bradshaw. 100605M2k.

THE club is on the up and their captain expects a strong showing from his men ahead of their forthcoming ECB Yorkshire League season.

Ryan Bradshaw will marshal his Harrogate troops again after a solid return to St George’s Road last season.

They start with a home clash against Doncaster tomorrow (noon start).

He’s setting his sights high and is ready to mix it with the likes of York, Barnsley and Castleford who all look strong this term.

“We’re looking at a top four finish,” he said.

“I think that is realistic. We made a few mistakes last year and hopefully we’ve learned from them.”

Bradshaw has recruited well with former Knaresborough batsman Adam Pryor set to open with Alexis Twigg.

Sam Biker joins brother Ben in a new formed bowling attack with the rest of the squad staying the same.

Only Dom Sharp (Castleford) has left.

Young leg spinner Ned Hammond will move up from the seconds tomorrow ahead of the opening fixture.

“Adam has come along and moved up a standard. I know he’s going to grasp it with both hands,” added Bradshaw.

‘Gate however won’t field an overseas this season after targeted recruit Ryan Hercules signed for another club weeks before the start of the campaign according to Bradshaw.

He’s confident though that set-back won’t affect his side’s progress on the pitch.

Meanwhile away from the club Bradshaw is hoping his recent appearance for the MCC at Lord’s will have a positive influence on his start to the season.

The ‘Gate captain played against Scotland yesterday at the home of cricket.

On July 26 it will get even better for the wicketkeeper/batsman who will captain the side against Hong Kong Cricket Club.

“It’s a real honour to captain the MCC at Lord’s,” he added.

Off the pitch, preparations for the opening of the club’s new pavilion continue to take shape after a long rebuilding process.

And Harrogate are looking forward to welcoming Yorkshire Ladies for several games at St George’s Road this summer, as well as Yorkshire 2nds for a game against Ireland in July.

lHARROGATE 2nds begin life in Division One of the York Senior League tomorrow away at North Yorkshire rivals Thirsk.

With last year’s promotion tucked in their back pocket captain George Owram is looking for a positive start from his troops.

For a preview on the new Senior League campaign see page 47.