Cricket: Fives & Heronians chairman Jonny Kay confident of success in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Two under captain Jake Poulter

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 May 2018

The new cricket season is now upon us (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The new cricket season is now upon us (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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In an article from our ‘Howzat’ pullout, chairman Jonny Kay looks forward to the season ahead for Fives & Heronians in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Two

Chairman Jonny Kay believes skipper Jake Poulter can spearhead a successful season for Fives & Heronians in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Two.

The 22-year-old will lead The Paddock club again this season, having also been captain last term.

Fives have eyes on winning promotion from a competitive Division Two this term, but with Poulter at the helm, Kay is confident the team can achieve their aims.

“Jake is the youngest skipper we’ve had for a while at the club, but he’s progressed through the age groups at Fives and that adds to the positive vibe we want around the team,” said the chairman.

“Last season was frustrating because we wanted to win promotion, but our inconsistency cost us after having high hopes.

“We’re looking to push for promotion this year and there is a real positive vibe around the club.

“We’re a small club, so it can be hard with numbers at times, but we have a lot of players who have progressed through the age groups.

“We have a good core at the club, from the players to those behind the scenes, and hopefully we can reward them with some success this season.”

While at just 22 years old, Poulter may still be green in terms of his cricket experience, Fives still have plenty of older heads to call on.

The likes of Kay, Gary Norris, Terry Ballard and Ben Britton, a former captain of the first team, are all expected to feature prominently this term.

And the chairman believes Fives have the right blend of youth and experience to be successful this season.

“We have some talented youngsters, some as young as 17, knocking on the door of the first team and that means that even the more experienced players have to perform,” added Kay.

“Competition for places is not something we’ve had at Fives in recent years, when the first XI almost picked itself, so it’s good to have some.

“We’ve still got plenty of experience in the first team and I’m sure myself, Gary, Terry and Ben can offer advice when required.”

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