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Cambridge St Giles tipped to be Cambs and Hunts Premier League surprise package

Ssam Thain has moved to Cambridge St Giles this winter. Picture: David Johnson
Ssam Thain has moved to Cambridge St Giles this winter. Picture: David Johnson

Chris Germon has backed Cambridge St Giles to be a surprise package in Whiting & Partners Cambs and Hunts Premier League, Division One.

They were promoted to the top tier in 2019, and so the heavily-reduced 2020 campaign proved to be an ideal taster for the club for what to expect.

Germon made the switch from Histon last year, and became captain when the overseas player who was due to take the role was unable to travel. He will repeat the feat this summer.

St Giles have made some additions to bolster the club.

All-rounder Zaheer Hussain has joined from Cambridge CC, opening bat Will Routledge has switched from Foxton and will also add some medium pace bowling, and Jonathan Yarde-Leavett will increase the spin options.

Sam Thain has also arrived, with the batsman hitting 70 runs off 40 balls in a pre-season friendly against Worlington. He can also bowl.

“He was at Thriplow, but we had his younger brother, Noah, who has gone to Sawston,” said Germon. “He is a really good young player, and a great family as well so it’s great to have them still involved in the club.”

St Giles finished the reduced season last year in fifth place, winning three of their seven completed fixtures, but Germon believes they will fare far better this time.

“We’ve had some good additions, the league itself looks really strong with lots of teams who have added to their squads,” he said.

“We’re certainly aiming for the top four, with the play-off system again. I think we will surprise a few, the squad looks really good so we will definitely compete.

“It’s great that outside sport is allowed again. I think if we were offered a full season where we were actually able to play at the start of April, we would have snapped your hand off at the start of lockdown.”

He added: “The competitive juices are flowing, and I can’t wait to get back out there, especially at Histon Rec against my old mates.”

St Giles start their season away at Histon.

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