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

Silksworth Cricket Club’s senior teams have struggled to finish the season any higher than mid-table in recent seasons. With an influx of paid players going to rival clubs in recent years, the club have maintained the attitude that they have always had and stuck with those players who have come through the junior setup as well as those who have played at the club for years.

The captain of Silksworth’s first team, Andy Barrass spoke to SportsByte about their chances of success ahead of their upcoming season in the Durham Cricket League, which starts at the end of April.

“In my honest opinion, I feel the first team may struggle and we could be battling against another three or four sides for valuable points, but we do have several new signings that give us the best possible chance of success.”

Silksworth have seen most of their success come through their second and third teams in previous seasons, with the second team winning the league and cup back in 2012, as well as the third team finishing high up in the league consistently each season. The thirds have even won the league on a few occasions, with some of the players who are unable to play on weekends turning out on a Thursday night.

Barrass spoke highly of both the second and third team. “I expect both the second and third team to do well and to challenge for the league, as they both look strong this season.”

Silksworth’s top two teams may have the first week of the season off, with their arranged opponents Houghton dropping out of the league. The first and second team will open their campaign against Peterlee, with both sides looking to start the season with a win. The third team will start their campaign at the start of May at home to Castle Eden.