Kimberley hoping to make a flying start in Notts Premier League
Kimberley Institute CC hope to begin their Nottinghamshire Premier League campaign with a win at Mansfield Hosiery Mills on Saturday.
And skipper George Bacon firmly believes they have enough to successfully chase glory in all four competitions they are competing in this summer.
“To be honest we want to win every competition we play in – and we think we are good enough to,” said Bacon.
“There are obviously lots of factors that will contribute to whether or not we do that.
“We have got as strong a side as we've had in a long time.
“The last full season we had we won the Premier League historically we have done well in the National Cup, the Derbyshire Cup is a competition we always want to win and the Notts League 20\20 is also omething we want to win.
“We're part of four competitions and I have no interest in playing in them if we're not trying to win all of them.
“The League and National Cup are the things I would put highest priority on. But, as I say, any game, we're not turning up for a chat so to speak. We want to win.
“But there are a lot of barriers between me saying what we want to do and actually achieving it.
“The (West Indian) Cavaliers this year have an unbelievable side on paper and are going to take some beating. But we are going to give it a good crack.”
Last weekend Kimberley (288-7) beat Loughborough Town (260-7) by 28 runs and Bacon said: “The Loughborough game went well and was high scoring. They got close to their target. It was a good last work-out.
“We have had some really good warm-up games. We have taken as much out of them as we can.
“Everyone has got some wickets and everyone has got some runs so we are really looking forward to Saturday.”
Bacon said he expected Kimberley to make a winning start but would not take Hosiery Mills for granted.
“Hosiery Mills struggled last season, but they have certainly strengthened,” he said.
“Adam Dobb has taken over as captain. He is someone I played with at the Notts Academy and is someone I've know since I was 13 or 14. He will certainly strengthen them and be a good leader.
“They also have a lad called Dane Schadendorf, who has just been signed by Notts – a wicketkeeper/batsman. He will no doubt be useful for them.
“And they have a few other lads who have done well in the league historically.
“But it is absolutely a game we expect to win, but we are certainly not under-estimating them.
“They have certainly strengthened and we are away from home. We are going to have to concentrate, but we should have enough to beat them.”