THE University of Huddersfield cricket team have their eyes firmly fixed on promotion this year in the British Universities & Colleges Sport League.
The ambitious side are making huge progressive steps and took the decision to employ a level three ECB staff coach earlier this year who travels over from Lancashire on Fridays to work closely with the players.
This year, the club have around 25 to 30 members who are all associated with teams in Lancashire, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Cornwall and Somerset, as well as half-a-dozen players from abroad who have joined the team this year.
Home games are being played at Blackley, where they will face teams from Leeds, Hull and Newcastle Universities among others.
The University of Huddersfield have also developed strong links with Drakes League Conference club Paddock – the first team captain Jonathon Lees having been recruited to play with Paddock on Saturdays – and are using the West View Rise club’s training facilities.
In fact, the University are playing against Paddock on Sunday in a pre-season warm-up game, before they open their BUCS season with a home game against Hull University at Blackley on April 25.
The University are keen to play other teams in the Huddersfield area, in order to gain as much experience as possible, and if anyone would like to arrange a friendly with the side they can contact Lees on 07979 323435, or contact him e-mail at Jonathondlees14@aol.com
The team are also on the lookout for a kit sponsor. Anyone who can help should contact Lees, or team secretary Ash Kundi, on 07538 926691 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Gale today takes charge of Yorkshire in the County Championship for the first time as they open their campaign against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Former Yorkshire bowler Naved-ul-Hasan is to return to Sussex as early-season cover for compatriot Yasir Arafat.
Arafat has been included in his country’s squad for the World Twenty20 in the West Indies and will be absent until May 21.