Search

Brondesbury have little to fear in Premier Division, says captain Fosbraey

09:15 08 May 2014

Brondesbury captain John Fosbraey. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Brondesbury captain John Fosbraey. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Archant

Brondesbury captain John Fosbraey believes his side have little to fear as they prepare to resume their place among the Premier Division’s elite in the Middlesex County Cricket League.

The Harman Drive club were relegated for the first time in their history in 2012, but made an immediate recovery to secure promotion last year as Division Two runners-up.

And Fosbraey – who returned to Brondesbury for his second spell as captain last season – feels the club are now in better shape to compete in the top flight after the shake-up that followed their demotion.

“A lot of good things came out of that,” said Fosbraey. “The committee have been more proactive and we brought in some younger people and rebuilt.

“Now they’re a year older and more confident and we’ve added some experience. Pretty much everyone from last year has stayed and that’s a good sign that you’re doing the right things.

Fosbraey added: “It’ll be interesting to see how we shape up. Last year the Premier Division looked a decent league but outside of the top four, I don’t think there was anything we couldn’t have dealt with.

“Hampstead had a great season last year and they are definitely a side we’re looking forward to playing again, to see if we can try and get back on an even keel with them.

“I don’t doubt they’ll be strong again and I think Ealing and Teddington will be up there as well, but I’d like to think we’ve got a good chance of competing with the rest.”

Brondesbury’s batting line-up remains unchanged from last season, with James Overy, Hugh Gimber and Simon Butler expected to churn out runs at the top of the order.

With seamer Glen Read moving to Nottingham, Brondesbury have put together a new-look bowling attack, spearheaded by Middlesex academy paceman Jamie Odell.

They have also signed seamers Tom Kopelman and Palash Joshi, from Winchmore Hill and Eastcote respectively, as well as Australian all-rounder Chris Blake from Southgate.

Blake, who will qualify as an English player in 2015, replaces Dave Miller in the overseas slot, while the spin department has gained a significant boost with the signing of Middlesex left-armer Ravi Patel.

“We’re hoping Ravi will play a bit – he should definitely be available for the early games,” added Fosbraey. “Jamie’s a good prospect as well and I think we’ll certainly bowl a few sides out this year.”

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

Mauricio Pochettino. Pic: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Mauricio Pochettino admits his Tottenham tenure has not started as smoothly as he imagined in the summer, but he insists he has the support of chairman Daniel Levy.

Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Mauricio Pochettino says Kyle Walker has returned to training and could return in December – but the Spurs boss has injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s trip to Hull.

Thu, 09:00
Highgate Harriers' Ryan McKinlay (right) finishes in a dead heat with his good friend Tom Beedell. Pic: Martyn Loach

Highgate Harriers’ Ryan McKinlay made a passionate plea to be allowed to enter a “historically significant race” on Sunday – and he ended up coming joint first after a dead heat with his good friend Tom Beedell.

Most read sport

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

At 100 years old, this was Ruby Holt’s first visit to the beach – and the first time she saw the ocean.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition