Chris Ashforth PCC 1st XI Captain

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Hello and welcome to the 1st edition of a regular Captain’s Report  – as part of the cricket club’s newsletter.

Firstly, I would like to introduce myself to all our members, parents and volunteers and share my excitement at taking over as Club Captain for Penicuik CC.

I have been a member of the cricket club for the best part of a decade now. Like all the juniors starting at the club, my Friday evenings were spent bowling, batting and catching balls at the glorious Kirkhill with my friends and some superb coaches.

Almost 10 years on, I was asked to take over the captaincy from Matthew Foulds and it really was an offer I couldn’t refuse. It’s an honour and one of my proudest moments to be asked to lead this fantastic club forward after progressing through all the teams at PCC.

The club had a fairly disappointing season in 2015 and after the 1st XI narrowly avoided relegation it became clear again that the long term goal of improving our coaching team needed to happen.

The club has recently announced some exciting news on that front.

Craig Thyssen – a former South African first class cricketer – will be filling the position of Player Coach for the 2016 season. Craig is a top player and is no stranger to Scottish cricket, having previously coached at Stenhousemuir and Ayr. He is also qualified as a Level 3 coach which was one of the most appealing factors to the club.

Undoubtedly the club will have one of the best qualified coaches in the country. Craig will be leading on cricket at a senior level and will also be supporting our junior programme. I am extremely excited to work alongside Craig this year and help players progress as best we can.

Along with Craig Thyssen, a young amateur – Heynrych Nel – will be joining us for 2016. Heynrych played with Ayr CC as an overseas amateur last year, the boys remember him well from last season when we played Ayr CC in the 1st round of the Scottish Cup and we are delighted to add him to our side for the 2016 season.

The Championship is looking to be a very tight contest this season with Dunnikier and Kelso coming up and RH Corstorphine coming back down. I am particularly looking forward to having the border side, Kelso in the league and locking horns with them. The 2nd XI finished 3rd in Division 4 last year, narrowly missing out on back to back promotions. Hopefully with the additions to the club, this will enable the 2XI to continue to move up the leagues.

The season starts for PCC on the 22nd of February as indoor nets begin at MES in the lead up to the season. I would like to see a good turnout at these sessions so that we can start the 2016 season off on the right foot.

That’s all from me for the 1st edition, I look forward to meeting new faces throughout the season.

Thanks for reading!

Ashy

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