THERE is a ‘noticeable buzz’ around Tattenhall as the Cheshire County League club looks forward to the new season.
Facilities have been improved over the winter months, there have been changes to the playing personnel and a new-look committee has been formed.
Tattenhall’s Flacca ground as also been chosen to host a Cheshire Minor Counties game, against Cambridgeshire on Sunday, May 5.
Alex Sandland, who has taken over from Mel Dobson as club chairman, said: “Our promise, as a new committee, is that we shall build on the excellent work undertaken by Mel Dobson – and all those earlier chairmen and officers – who have done so much to develop the club over the years.
“There is a noticeable buzz around the club and there is much to look forward to this season.”
The new chairman added: “The Cheshire county game is a massive event for the club and one which we hope will attract some local support.
“For a second division club to be asked to host a first-class game is previously unheard of.”
On the field, Robin Mulvihill will replace Tom Hyslop as captain when the 2013 season begins next month, leaving Hyslop free to focus on playing.
New Zealander Hyslop has now qualified as ‘ordinary resident’ in the UK, so Tattenhall have been able to bring in another Kiwi – Dan Power – as an overseas player.
Power, from Dunedin, is a top-order batsman and has fielded as a substitute for the New Zealand Test team.
Tattenhall have also recruited all-rounder Owen Williamson from Bunbury, and young Chester Boughton Hall duo Glenn Coppack and Ollie Thompson.
Thompson will take on the role of vice-captain.
Despite significant interest from elsewhere, Tattenhall have held on to the services of junior spin bowler Ryan Spann, who caught the eye of many teams last season.
Skipper Mulvihill said: “I’m pleased to have freshened up the playing staff and now just keen to see the new-look team get out in the middle.”
Facilities at the Flacca have improved with the purchase of county ground standard sight screens and a new bowling machine.