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Stowmarket Cricket Club taking aim at third promotion on the spin

Stowmarket Cricket Club. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Stowmarket Cricket Club. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Paul Blake believes a third promotion on the spin could be on the cards for Stowmarket Cricket Club after their bright start to the new season, writes Alex Moss.

The Chilton Fields-based side currently sit at the top of Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Four, continuing the good form which saw them win both the Division Five and Six titles over the last two years.

Stowmarket began their 2018 campaign with six straight wins, before defeats to fellow high-flyers Eight Ash Green and Felixstowe & Corinthians last weekend cut their lead at the top to 19 points.

But having bounced back from two relegations in three years, in 2013 and 2015, which saw the club drop from Division Four to Division Six, captain Blake believes the good times are now back.

“I think it was a really dark time for the club over those couple of years, to be honest with you,” he said.

“There appeared to be little light at the end of the tunnel and that’s when we decided it would be a good opportunity to rebuild and come back stronger.

“We invested in youth and brought a couple of players through from the second team and the youth teams, and since then there’s been some really good progression.

“At the start of this season it was more about consolidation and staying up, doing things the right way, but we’ve started fantastically well.

“Anything’s possible and as we stand currently I think we’ve got a very good chance to be in the promotion shake up come the end of the season.”

A Dale Watling century helped Stowmarket to a 63-run win against Elmstead II a fortnight ago, which stretched their winning start to the season to six games.

But an eight-wicket defeat at Eight Ash Green last Saturday, followed by a 42-run loss away at Felixstowe & Corinthians the next day, slowed Stowmarket’s early-season momentum.

The league leaders will look to bounce back this weekend, with third-from-bottom Nacton set to visit Chilton Fields this Saturday (1pm).

Anyone interested in playing for the club should contact Paul via email at blakie123@hotmail.co.uk

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

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