DRAKES League clubs are being urged to recommend players for next year’s Joe Lumb Cup team.
Manager Richard Dodson is losing eight of this year’s crop – most of whom have done two seasons – and he is eager to recruit the best Under 17s in the district for next summer.
Broad Oak’s Charlie Roebuck has already been selected as captain next season to succeed the hugely successful Ben Raven-Hill, and officials are keen to build on the Joe Lumb success of 2006 and this term’s appearance in the Jack Lee Trophy final (losing to Nidderdale).
“Eight of the team will be too old next year, with the majority of them having played for two years, which in itself is unusual in age representative cricket,” said Dodson.
“They will take into later life an experience they should not easily forget. They were winners of the Joe Lumb Cup in 2006 and Jack Lee finalists this year, which in itself is a good memory, but they must also remember the excellent team spirit and the honest desire that generated that success.
“As the manager I must thank all the players for an experience I will not forget. They have been an absolute joy to manage during the past two years and they can take pride in their involvement. I would also like to thank the parents, our regular supporters, the umpires and the scorers.”
Raven-Hill is one of those leaving the age group and he does so as the only player in the history of Huddersfield’s Joe Lumb Cup side to have been captain for two years.
“As captain you are surrounded by the most talented players in the area, who can all bowl and bat and are usually captains of their club teams,” said Dodson.
“Add to that the competitive environment and supporters who ‘always know better’, and it is a very difficult position. Ben is a natural leader who makes decisions well and has played a major part in this successful team.”
Another leaving is Thurstonland’s Jack Oldham, who started his Joe Lumb career two years ago with an impressive 70 at Micklehurst and has continued to impress, scoring 79 in the Jack Lee final last Sunday.
“He always remains focused, takes one ball at a time and always remains cool, calm and collected,” added Dodson.
Despite losing such a wealth of talent, Dodson expects competition for places to be as fierce as ever in 2008.
“Although I remain well informed of Joe Lumb talent, I look forward to clubs, officials, umpires and friends recommending players who possess that level of talent,” he said.
“The players will be regular first-teamers or they must be key players in the second team.”
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