WESTON Cricket Club are looking to put some tough times behind them when they take the field for the new season on Saturday.
The Main Road club has lost 14 senior players since the beginning of last season, including 10 who would be considered first-team players.
Vice-captain Simon Barratt said: 'This has been for a variety of reasons, such as ill health, retirement and unfortunately, as is all too common these days, players moving to new clubs in search of 'success' and having no loyalty to the club itself.
'This time last year we had a first-team squad that should have been pushing for promotion. But things did not work out and, in the end, the club just managed to avoid relegation.
'But enough of the past. We have a new first-team captain in Paul Newnes and a new professional this year in Syed Saad Wasim - a Pakistani batsman and off-spin bowler. He played for us four years ago for only half a season and was very successful. We are hopeful that he will perform similarly for us again.'
Weston would have liked to have added several more fresh faces but have been hindered by the number of amateurs seeking payment.
Barratt added: 'Fortunately, we started an U15s team last season and despite the majority of the lads having not played before, they did extremely well with several of them turning out for our second team. They play in the Staffordshire Moorlands League on a Monday evening and practice on Friday evenings at the club from 6.30. New members are always welcome. We will no doubt be calling on the services of these juniors for the senior teams throughout the coming season.'
New players are always welcome, irrespective of age or ability. For further details, contact club secretary Alan Holdcroft on 01270 588782.