Kimberley skipper backing new-boy Dan Wood to have impact on club's NPL title bid
Kimberley Institute skipper George Bacon believes new-boy Sam Wood could be key to a successful title challenge.
Kimberley lifted the Notts Premier League title during the last full season in 2019 but fell at the semi-final hurdle last time out.
The club have now bolstered their ranks by signing Wood from Hucknall with Bacon expecting big things ahead.
“We want to win the title this year, we fell a bit short last year against the deserved winners,” he said.
“We have hung on to our main players and been bolstered by Dan Wood. A few of us have played with him at Notts and it will be good to play cricket with him.
“He is a brilliant player who has been dominant in the league over the last few years and we are delighted to have him.”
Bacon is expecting a competitive season and has picked out Cuckney, Papplewick & Linby and champions Cavaliers and Carrington as the ones to watch.
And he believes who prepares best during the shortened pre-season campaign could have a big say in the title outcome.
“Usually we are training twice a week from mid January and we pride ourselves on how well we prepare and how hard we train,” he added.
“We haven’t had that chance this year, but then no-one has. I think a big thing will be who can prepare the best in the weeks that we get before the start of the season.
“Who starts the best will also have a big impact, and hopefully we can do that.
“It is going to be tight. The Cavaliers are always going to be a good side and competitive.
“Cuckney have strengthened and will be up there. Little things like how you start the season is going to be important.
“That is what our initial focus is going to be on.
Kimberley will return to training on 29th March, followed by a squad training day on 3rd April.
An inter-club game will take place on 10th April with a friendly against Sandiacre on 11th and another friendly for 17th April also planned ahead of the season opener on 24th April.
“It is going to be great getting back to training and to just see the lads again,” he added. “We are a tight group, we are used to seeing so much of each other inside and outside of cricket so it has been tough being apart for so long.
“It will be great to be playing cricket again and playing 50 overs again.Hopefully at some point we can get the bar open and get the ground full again.”