Hayfield captain targets more of the same ahead of new DCCL season

Hayfield's Gareth Davies
Hayfield's Gareth Davies

Hayfield skipper Gareth Davies believes his side can continue to defy the odds in the PS DCCL Division One.

Davies’ maiden season captaining the first-team co-incided with the club finishing second in the top tier.

He believes that the young squad will be well-equipped for the new campaign, especially with a good 2014 season under their belts.

The skipper, 22, said: “Last year was my first as captain and I was quite a young captain at just 21-years-old.

“I think we performed above expectations.

“I don’t think many saw us challenging for the title at the start, as we were quite a young side.

“We came up short in the end and had a few fixtures rained off but overall I think it was a really good season for the club.”

Hawk Green were eventual winners of the First Division but Davies’ side performed well in both league and cup.

Ahead of the new season, which sees Hayfield host Whaley Bridge on Saturday, Davies looks back fondly on the last term.

“Our top-order batsman Kieran Sharp, who is only 20, contributed around 350-400 runs for us so he was a success story,” he added.

“We’ve had no additions to the squad but I think we’ve still got a good enough base to work from.

“You have to be mindful of the juniors of course, and be careful not to blood too many at once.

“We got knocked out in the semi-final of the cup last year but I don’t think we were necessarily expected to do well in the cups.

“Obviously, other sides will have made new signings over the close season but we need to make a good start and hopefully a similar performance to last season will follow.”