“Quite how anyone can captain Clint McCabe for a decade and remain sane is beyond me”
The 2018 season is galloping up quickly. Winter nets have been arranged (see here) and the TCC Saturday captains have been put in place.
Carlos's relishing the premier league challenge
The First XI will once again be led by Carlos Nunes. Carlos surely deserves some sort of legion of honour for entering his second decade as TCC 1st XI captain. Given that TCC can't award such things, the club has settled for something that's almost the equivalent. In view of all the work that he's put in to keep the 1st XI show on the road he's been made a club Vice-President. It's the least the club can do to recognise all his efforts over the years.
Twos thinking positive
The 2nd XI will move in to their Premier League campaign again under the tutelage of Eugene Berger. "Going toe-to-toe with the likes of Ealing and Teddington will be a challenge, but we feel we're up to it" Berger commented. "We started pretty well last time we were in this division, but we drifted in the second half of the season. We're aiming for more consistency this time round".
The 3rds will again be led by the force of nature that is Steve Watts. Back-to-back promotions are certainly on Wattsy's agenda, and who'd bet against the 3s doing precisely that? "My aim for the team is nothing short of top spot. My aim for myself is to hit the ball off the square. Both of these aims are eminently realistic. Well, the first one certainly is ... "
Aiming for the top
Hinay Dassani will continue to lead the 4ths. The fourth string ended the season like a runaway juggernaught, but they were just too far back to clinch one of the promotion slots. HD will be aiming to get just a little more consistency over the full 18 weeks. If he can do that, then there's no reason that the 4ths can't go one better this coming season.
New skipper for the 5ths
Phil Walker led the 5ths admirably in 2017, but he's opted to step aside for 2018. As yet, the captaincy berth remains unfilled, but Club Captain Paul Johnson is overseeing the hunt to put that right. "I've employed a leading city headhunter to help us pick the very best candidate for the 5ths' job. And, no, I don't mean headhunters of the 'Chelsea' variety, just so we're clear".
Updated 08:49 - 16 Jan 2018 by Dan Hough