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Middlesex County League Premier Divison season preview: Shepherd’s Bush

PUBLISHED: 11:21 07 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:21 07 May 2016

Shepherds Bush skipper Jack Brydon (Pic: Paolo Minoli)

Shepherds Bush skipper Jack Brydon (Pic: Paolo Minoli)

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Shepherd’s Bush captain Jack Brydon says the newly-promoted club are relishing the opportunity to play in the Middlesex County League Premier Division again.

Brydon and co secured the Divison Two title after an outstanding season for all involved with the team last term.

And Brydon says the new challenge is one they are all eagerly anticipating, but are equally aware of how difficult it will be.

He told the Times: “We were delighted to secure promotion back to the Premier League for 2016 after some strong performances from a number of individuals last summer, most notably James Kidson who took 62 league wickets.

“That said, we are under no false illusions that this season will be a completely different challenge altogether, bringing us up against much stronger opposition in all facets of the game.

“The challenge is something I know the club as a whole are so excited about.

“We’ve signed a number of new players, most notably a trio of experienced Shrewsbury CC players, namely Steve Barnard, Tom Cox and Alex Blofield, all of whom who have experienced success in the Birmingham Premier League.

“We welcome them to Shepherd’s Bush and hope they can bring a similar level of success down south.”

Brydon also says the club’s philosophy of bringing through homegrown talent will not change.

He added: “The club will continue to focus on bringing through young talent.

“We very much hope in the coming years we will see our promising colts rise through the ranks, as well as inject more competition for places across all senior teams.”

Bush take on Southgate in their Premier League opener on Saturday (12pm), and Brydon says it is important the team start off the season as they mean to go on.

“It’s great to start the new campaign on home soil and hopefully we can take advantage of that.

“It would be good for us to build some momentum early on so fingers crossed we can do that.”

Meanwhile, Tom Felton – who exceeded all expectations with bat and ball last season – has returned to Bush this summer as their overseas signing.

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