Spectators watch the action during day one of a First-Class Cricket match in Oxford.

In the build-up to their new season, Silksworth Cricket Club’s Stuart Middlemiss – a player of over ten years – and first-team captain Andy Barrass spoke to SportsByte and had their say on key players to watch.

Middlemiss spoke of the importance of new players coming through the door and returning injured players, including Micky Nicholson, who is their first-team wicketkeeper and opening batsman.

“We’ve brought in a couple of new lads who should make a big difference, as well as that Micky Nicholson is coming back from a bad injury so he’ll make a big difference with the bat and behind the stumps,” said Middlemiss.

Silksworth struggled to see games out with the ball last season despite posting some big totals in certain games, and Middlemiss spoke about the importance of getting more wickets.

“Mark Forster coming out of retirement is a massive plus as well as we struggled for wickets last year. I definitely expect us to finish higher in the league than last year.”

Barrass also had his say: “In terms of key players, I feel Kieron Laws will play a big part this season with the ball, as well as Michael Waterson with both bat and ball. I’d expect both Paul Bradford and myself to be in the runs with the bat this season and to post some good scores on the board.”

The first-team captain also backed up what his teammate said, saying the return of both Nicholson and Forster will be a welcome one. “Hopefully we can also get Adam Fairley back into the ranks, which would give us a boost with bat and ball.”

The club currently train at 11am on a Sunday morning at Sandhill view school, and welcome anybody to get down and join in on the net session.