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Cricket: Dwaraka Ravi Teja’s signing for Oakfield Parkonians in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Two will be a huge boost says captain Dave Rai

PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 May 2018

Oakfield Parkonians celebrate a wicket against Hainault & Clayhall (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Oakfield Parkonians celebrate a wicket against Hainault & Clayhall (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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In an article from our ‘Howzat’ pullout, skipper Dave Rai previews the season ahead for Oakfield Parkoanins in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Two

Oakfield Parkonians new overseas star Ravi Teja (pic: OPCC)Oakfield Parkonians new overseas star Ravi Teja (pic: OPCC)

Oakfield Parkonians captain Dave Rai believes the arrival of overseas player Dwaraka Ravi Teja will be a real boost for the club in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Two.

The 30-year-old, who has played in the Indian Premier League for Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the past, will represent Parks this term.

Teja is also keen to get involved in coaching during his time with Oakfield, and Rai believes his signing as their overseas player for the season will prove to be a real coup.

“Ravi is someone who is a talented frontline batsman and offers us some good leg spin too,” said Rai.

“Having played in the Indian Premier League and India A, he has good pedigree and is an exciting addition to our squad.

“Ravi’s played in England a few times before, so he knows all about the conditions, and he’s really keen to get involved in coaching our younger teams, which is great.

“We had a lot of players under 22 in our first team last year who are starting to grow into men and having Ravi playing alongside them will help them.”

As well as adding Teja to their ranks for the upcoming campaign, Oakfield will also be boosted by new facilities at their home in Forest Road.

Over the winer, Parks have installed new nets and there is a new scoreboard for the club too.

And Rai believes the new facilities have added to a real feel-good mood around the club ahead of the new season.

“It’s an exciting time for the club. We used the nets for the first time in mid-April and the facilities are state of the art.

“We have a new scoreboard too and the new facilities, along with the arrival of Ravi, have provided a real buzz around the club. Hopefully they can attract some new players.”

As for what Oakfield hope to achieve this season, the minimum will be an improvement on their seventh-place finish last term.

Two seasons ago, Parks came close to winning promotion to Division One, and Rai hopes they can launch a challenge to the top two again.

“Of course we hope we can challenge for promotion, but we know how tough it can be,” he said. “If we are to challenge, we need players to find form early on, but we will also need a bit of luck, as will everyone.”


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