DROITWICH Spa’s new captain Jake Young will be missing some of his regulars but is still relishing the prospect of his first game in charge this weekend and the Worcestershire County League Division One season ahead.
Spa entertain Halesowen in a friendly fixture at St Peter’s Fields on Saturday ahead of next week’s season opener against local rivals Worcester.
Jack Sealey and Australian Jordan Renau have returned to Droitwich for the 2017 campaign and will line-up against Halesowen but Young will be without the services of his talisman brother Max, wicket-keeper Jay Da Costa and Ian Cottrill – all of whom he hopes will be available for the Worcester game when the latter faces the side he left over the winter.
After flirting with relegation last summer with a ninth place finish, the new skipper hopes his side can set the standard for the whole club, which will once again be fielding four Saturday sides.
“It will be nice to get out in the middle and blow away the cobwebs on Saturday before we get down to the serious business next weekend,” said Young.
“We didn’t get off to the best of starts last season so I’m hoping we can hit the ground running this time around.
“The first team squad has a good blend of youth and experience and on its day will be difficult to beat.
“I’m looking forward to my opportunity to lead the group and to try and make sure that we have more good days than bad over the course of the season.”