Newark R&M captain seeking promotion push
7:30am Thu Mar 02, 2017
New captain Harry Atkinson believes there is a good feeling around the Newark R&M Cricket Club as preparations begin for the new season.
The 27-year-old is confident the first team can earn promotion from Division E of the South Notts League after bolstering their squad over the winter.
Atkinson has taken over from Jake Harling, who took the helm last season as they stopped a run of two successive relegations by finishing sixth.
Three new players — Robin Curtis and Joe Smith from Farndon, and Richard Andrews from Southwell — have joined the team.
Peter Litchfield and Craig Drury are also looking to play more games this season to add to the number of players in the squad.
Strength in depth
Atkinson said: “There is a strength in depth that we haven’t had in previous years and we will definitely be going for promotion this year.
“Hopefully more of our players will be able to feed into the second team and build competition for places in the firsts.”
Atkinson was encouraged by the way pre-season started, with good numbers attending the first training session at Trent Bridge.
“More than most other seasons it feels very positive around here at the moment, and it is looking good ahead of the new season,” he said.
“We have a lot of the right people in the right positions in the club, and people are pulling their weight to move the club forward.
“There are a few extra jobs that I would normally have had to do that other individuals are taking responsibility for, which allows me to focus on the cricket side of things.”
Atkinson, who joined Newark as a junior at under-11 level, has been with the club for 16 years.
“I am a bit nervous because I have never been captain before but I am very much looking forward to the challenge,” he said.
“We have got a good group of lads and a lot of experienced players. Jake (Harling) who was captain will still be playing and James Faulkner will stay on as vice-captain.
“There will surely be a few learning curves over the next season but we will be ready.”
Senior training is held at Trent Bridge on Sundays, from 3pm, while development team coaching for under-15s and players looking to develop their skills takes place at Newark College on Wednesday evenings.
Their season starts with a home match against Belvoir 2nds at Kelham Road on May 6.