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Hello to all Battleaxes! I hope everyone is well and keeping safe during another tough period.

I’m delighted to be named captain for 2021 season. Ever since joining Stamford halfway through the 2019 season I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here and settled very quickly. I’ve appreciated the very welcoming atmosphere around the club towards myself and my family. The commitment and time the volunteers put into the club is exceptional, there are some really great people involved at SBCC.

It was great to get some cricket in last season, given the circumstances and current climate hats off to the YPLN and all those involved in getting us some cricket in! Pity we couldn’t finish top of the pile, being pipped by Dunnington.

Whilst we will have a much changed side from my previous seasons, with the core group of players we have and the quality coming in, I’m positive we will be very competitive across all formats. I’m excited to lead this young side that all want to play a positive brand of cricket.

Bringing Jack Timby into the club, a fellow Leeds/Bradford MCCU player is a real coup for us, with over 7,000 league career runs and some tidy glove work, he certainly fits the way we want to play our cricket. Also securing our overseas Fletcher Coutts, a promising batting all-rounder playing for Onerahi Centrals in the Northland Premier Men's Competition in New Zealand this early, allows us to build a very good side. Everyone is excited about our recruitment for next season and can’t wait to meet all the new signings. Particularly after securing the signatures of Will Robertson and Liam Burgees, an opening bowler and spin bowling all rounder respectively. Both have played Oxford MCCU, with Will continuing his studies in Leeds alongside being part of the Leeds/Bradford MCCU squad.

With regards to the Yorkshire Premier League North, it will be competitive as ever but personally, I’m itching to get going and with a solid pre-season, (lockdown permitting) we will all be raring to go and be ready to compete for silverware.

Up the battleaxes! 🙅

1st Team Captain