Crows captain hails early-season form

Paul Leary batting for Royston

Paul Leary batting for Royston - Credit: Archant

Paul Harris is proud of the progress Royston Cricket Club continue to make and says the Crows are a “happy camp” at present.

The Therfield side boast three adult Saturday teams this season for the first time in several years.

The trio have been in blistering form so far with all three currently holding unbeaten league records to leave them in the promotion places of their respective divisions.

The first team are shining in particular, currently sitting aloft Junior One South after three games.

It all amounts to impressive reading for a club that not too long ago found themselves in the doldrums.

Captain Harris told the Crow: “After re-building for the last eight years, being able to field three teams a week is a great achievement.

“When I took over as captain we were struggling to get one team together week-to-week.

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“We used to play at a really high level, Tucker One and Tucker Two divisions, but we were relying on players from Cambridge areas and they all left so we were playing in a high division with hardly any players.

“We basically folded our first team and moved everything down to our second team, who were playing at a decent level, and now we’ve slowly worked our way back up.

“Our players are all Royston-based as well and they all want to play for the club so less travelling is a bonus.”

He added: “We’ve got a really young squad and that’s good because eveyone enjoys playing.

“I am one of the oldest players on a Saturday and I’ve only just turned 30. The youth help to create a good team spirit so we’re a happy camp right now.”

The good results have filtered down to the youth levels as well.

He continued: “I think including the youth teams, U10, U11 and U12, we’ve only lost one game across the board this year. You can’t ask for much more than that.”

Harris eluded strongly to the prospect of promotion for the first team this season and if they can continue dispatching sides as efficiently as they did against Haslingfield at Therfield Recreation Ground on Saturday, they have a good chance.

Bowling out the visitors for 203-7 off their 40 overs, with Max Kindred’s 3-44 the pick of the bunch, Royston got to the task and soon reached their target with Paul Leary (59) and Paul Miller (58) leading the way for a five-wicket triumph.