STRABANE begin life in the Championship with a new captain at the helm.
Barry Scott is the man charged with the responsibility of leading the Red Caps back into the top echelons of NW cricket, where a club of their pedigree and stature belong., Scott has taken over the reins from Tommy Barr, whose ongoing ankle trouble means his appearances this season are likely to be severely restricted.
For Scott, it’s a first foray as skipper of Strabane, but he has extensive coaching experience both in Ireland and the Antipodes. The 31-year-old has experience of playing and coaching in Ireland, West Indies, New Zealand and Australia., He appreciates the task will be difficult, but is one that he is relishing as the Long’s SuperValu season starts this weekend.
“My captaincy philosophy will be the same as my coaching one,” he said.
“Keep it simple, do the basics well and train and prepare hard for all games. We know it’s going to be tough in the Championship, and we face some tough away days for sure.
“I’m fortunate that although we have a very youthful squad, we have somebody of the calibre and experience of Peter Gillespie in our ranks, and I’ll be looking to bounce ideas off him.
“He has a vast encyclopedic knowledge of the game garnered over an international career of 130 caps, so he’ll be a big help to me., “I’m expecting big things from our overseas player, Kevin Pretorius. He has a year’s experience of Irish conditions banked and he’s looked in super form in our warm-up games against Fox Lodge and Ardmore. I’m hoping he’ll carry that momentum into our season opener against St Johnston.
“It’s a bit of a local derby so they’ll be coming gunning for us, but we will be ready for them!”
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