Green eyes a golden campaign
TUNBRIDGE Wells Cricket Club have not been champions of Kent since 1988 and they are looking to put that right this season.
Wells struggled in league cricket in 2011, but with a new coach, Rob Ferley, and captain, Evert Bekker, leading the side, there are high hopes they can put up a title challenge in 2012.
"Our ambitions are the same as always and that is to win as many games as possible," chairman Stephen Green said. "We want to challenge in the various leagues our club is involved in and with Rob on board, we feel we have got a better chance in a tough division like the Premier League. All 10 teams want to win it.
"Having a coach is a new thing for us. It's something we have been trying to do for a few years, but it's about getting the right person. Cricket is a bit different to football and rugby. More often than not they don't have coaches and more responsibility falls on the captain. Having someone with Rob's experience and qualities, we hope, will bring out the best in the younger players especially."
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Wells start their season with a trip to Beckenham tomorrow, before they visit Bexhill in the National Cup on Sunday.
Once again the team will focus on youth and with no overseas player in the ranks, it will be up to the youngsters to come of age.
"We are not looking to superstars," Green said. "We are looking for individual and team performances."