Will Brown wants Histon to go one better in Cambs and Hunts Premier League
Histon will be out to go one better than the last two seasons in the Whiting & Partners Cambs and Hunts Premier League, Division One.
In 2019, they finished runners-up to Sawston & Babraham, and in last year’s shortened campaign, they lost in the play-off final to St Ives & Warboys.
It means that it is an obvious target from the off this time around.
“We’ve got to look at winning it really,” said Histon captain Will Brown.
“The last two seasons we’ve come second. The fact that we won the season last year but then lost in the play-off – and we won the actual league by six or eight points – was a bit frustrating; we just lost to a better team on the day in St Ives.
“We’ve got to be looking at winning the league and, like most clubs, we’ve got to aim high.”
There are certainly no complaints about the format though, which teams considered worked well overall.
“We would say no because we lost the final, but we won the league; St Ives finished second and they won it in the final,” joked Brown.
“To be honest, I think it is a good idea. It keeps every team involved. A few years ago when Sawston won the league and there was only really us behind them, and third and fourth were nowhere near, there was nothing really to play for.
“The fact four teams can go through means there is still something to play for right to the end of the season to get a spot, which keeps it competitive and is what you want.”
Histon have made a few additions to their squad during the winter.
Kieren Mackenzie, who was with Cambridge in the EAPL in 2019, will be their overseas player.
“He will be a good addition to our squad,” said Brown.
“He will offer a lot with the bat and ball, and also the club in general, just a lot of coaching which will be great.
“We’ve had a few local recruits as well which is always good to bolster numbers, especially like most teams if the first team is strong then the second team looks strong as well.”
Navdeep Aujla has recently moved to the area and the all-rounder previously played in the Manchester Premier League, while opening bat prospect Yousuf Choudhary, 15, has moved across from Cambridge.
It fits in with a theme for Histon, who used last season as an opportunity to play some of the club’s promising youngsters.
“Last year, we managed to blood a lot of young players given that there was no promotion or relegation; it was a no-brainer to give people a go, and we couldn’t go overseas,” said Brown.
“The fact we have managed to do that has given a lot of players experience which means they are better developed for this year and hopefully that will come through by the end of the season. So many clubs did it last year and I think they’re all benefiting from it, just giving the youngsters that experience that they wouldn’t normally get if you had a full strength first team with overseas players.
“The fact that many clubs have managed to do it is only going to benefit cricket in the area really.”
He added: “Keeping our senior players in the team and forming the team around them and hopefully they will be able to guide some of the younger players has been quite key for us this year.”