Skipper Hewitt excited for season ahead

Skegness cricket supporters are promised some high quality sport at Richmond Drive this summer.

Not only has the home outfit strengthened its squad with the inclusion of Australian all-rounder Sean Williams and a string of local signings.

But opponents have spent the winter months adding international talent to their ranks.

For instance, when Sleaford visit, the seasiders will have to face New Zealand test player Tim Macintosh.

Indeed, it promises to be a season of mouth-watering cricket as other clubs bolster their numbers with overseas players to compete in the ECB Lincolnshire Premier League.

And the prospects are exciting new Skegness skipper Richie Hewitt.

“The competition has strengthened with many big signings, but I’m confident of getting the best out of our players,” he said. “We as a club have worked very hard planning for the summer and signed a number of quality players. I expect us to be a very competitive unit this season.”

In addition to left arm seamer Williams, Skegness have signed Ricky Lovelace and Aussie Dan Milgate, both formerly of Woodhall Spa.

The hard-hitting Norman Brackley has returned to the fold, wicket-keeper Matt Hood has joined from Boston and Jamie Epton is expected to be more available this summer.

Saheed Bariwala will hope to continue the success with the ball that earned him a county call-up last year.

Aussie Hewitt has 18 years experience playing for Cheltenham CC in Melbourne, Australia, as well as four years in two stints at Skegness.

With him at the helm, the rest of the players are expected to work harder than ever on their game and commit to training.

“With the right attitude in training and on match days the results will follow,” said the Skegness captain. “I’m excited about where the club is going and can’t wait for the season to start.”

The next training session will be held at Skegness Academy Sports Centre on Sunday February 24 between 1pm and 3pm. Further training sessions are scheduled for the same venue on March 10 and March 24.