The promised land of the Notts Premier League (NPL) is within the sights of HUCKNALL CRICKET CLUB, who launch their new season this weekend.
Hucknall, who have made rapid progression both on and off the field in recent years, came within eight agonising points of gaining promotion from Division A of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League last summer when finishing just behind champions Attenborough.
But inspirational skipper Robin Maxwell has already led a rallying-call to go one better this time round. And the club have recruited one or two new signings in a bid to make sure.
“We are at a crossroads,” said the 30-year-old Maxwell. “The next aim for the first team is a clear one, but one which could have a big impact on the club’s future.
“Everything is here -- the ground, the facilities and the people behind the scenes. We may never have it so good again. Now is the time to take advantage of those circumstances.”
Hucknall’s best signing is the return of South African wicketkeeper/batsman Dale Campbell, who amassed 712 league runs at an average of 59.33 in his debut year in 2014 and became only the third player to top 1,000 runs in all games in a season for the club since they moved to the New Gatehouse Ground.
Joining Campbell is fellow stumper Tom Walters, who has returned from New Zealand, all-rounders Elliott Bowles, who is on loan from Notts CCC Academy, and Anthony Freeman, who has signed from Underwood, and three ex-Rolls-Royce Leisure players, Waheed Kayani, Suhail Ahmed and Dane Straw. Bowler Josh Buckley is the only loss after joining Stapleford.