Wisbech cricketers hoping indoor league triumph will be just the start of their silverware haul this season

Wisbech's indoor cricket champions: Gavin Plume, Dom Stannard, Alan Burton, Gary Freear, Daniel Hayn

Wisbech's indoor cricket champions: Gavin Plume, Dom Stannard, Alan Burton, Gary Freear, Daniel Haynes and James Williams - Credit: Archant

THE season may not be starting for another couple of weeks but Wisbech has already picked up their first piece of silverware.

Wisbech Cricket Club has won the West Norfolk Indoor Cricket League and then triumphed in the marquee showdown with the League Select Team, made up of the best performers in this year’s competition.

Batsman Dom Stannard said the tournament triumph was good preparation for long overdue.

He said: “It was about time we won it. We’ve been trying for the past 14 years and for the last two seasons have lost in the final game.

“The tournament has been good preparation for the season.

“The new club captain Alan Burton saw us play and said he hopes for this to be the first of many pieces of silverware for us this season.”

Stannard said Burton’s arrival at the club has been a breath of fresh air.

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He said: “Alan has had a massive positive effect.

“Things got stale before so it’s good for someone new to come in with new ideas.

“Now we’ve got to take it out on to the pitch.”

The club will, weather permitting, start outdoor nets next week and play their first friendly on April 7 against Downham before their Sunday League campaign kicks off at Barnack CC on Sunday April 13.

Burton is excited about the potential of his team, which he expects will be challenging for the title.

He said: “People are up for the new season and training hard.

“We have got a lot of potential at the club. There is a lot of talent that can be nurtured.

“I’m hoping to bring a bit more professionalism to the club with an emphasis on fitness, not just on having a net.

“Our aim to win the league. Even though it’s a strong league this year we’ll be right up there. We have no weaknesses.

“I’m confident we can do it.”