Sheringham add strength with return of familiar faces

Sheringham are hoping the tide has finally turned for the club after a succession of disappointing campaigns.

In the last three years, the Lobsters have had a huge turnover of players and suffered three relegations. However, after a positive close season, Sheringham are looking forward to their opening Norfolk Alliance Division Four fixture at home to Garboldisham A tomorrow.

The annual meeting saw new volunteers stepping forward onto the committee, and the club have recruited successfully over the winter. Former players James Moy, David King and Jimmy Hall have transferred back to the club from Fakenham and Great Witchingham. First team captain Wes Neave will also be able to call on returning wicketkeeper Kristian Howell, as well as a number of youth players who have shown plenty of promise, particularly during the last few weeks of the 2012 season: 'Last year, we were very close to being a competitive side,' said the skipper. 'We just lacked a bit of know-how, and were probably a batsman and a bowler light.

'Having both James and Jimmy back gives us options. James will take plenty of wickets for us, and is a talented batsman. Jimmy on his day can destroy bowling attacks. He's a proven batsman with many match-winning innings behind him.

'Add the current core of the side, in addition to the many talented younger players we have, and we should enjoy a successful year.'

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Off the field, newly elected chairman Adrian Platt is just one of a number of new faces on the committee and Sheringham also have a new sponsor.

While the Alliance Premier Division started two weeks ago, the other six divisions kick off tomorrow.

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In Division One, the two clubs relegated from the Premier Division last season both start with away games – Acle are at Bradfield and Lowestoft travel to Topcroft.

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