Overy: Brondesbury want quick return to top flight

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 September 2018

The cricket season is well underway (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The cricket season is well underway (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Harman Drive club to play in Division Two next term after suffering relegation

James Overy says Brondesbury are determined to ensure their exile from the Middlesex County Premier Division only lasts one season.

After finishing in the bottom two of the top flight this term, the Harman Drive outfit saw their two-year stay in the Premier Division come to an end.

It means Brondesbury will line up in Division Two next season, but Overy says the team are already desperate to return at the first attempt.

And if they are successful in securing promotion next season, the skipper wants the Harman Drive outfit remain in the Premier Division for years to come.

“We want to stop being a yo-yo club and re-establish ourselves back in the top flight,” he said.

“Over the past six years, we’ve either won promotion from Division Two, been relegated from the Premier Division or narrowly avoided relegation every season.

“We no longer want to be doing that and we want to be among the teams in the top half of the Premier Division.

“Plans are being put into place to try and help us achieve that going forward and the link we have with Primrose Hill, who have hundreds of young players, is sure to help going forward.”

Overy also indicated he was keen to stay on as skipper next season, despite Brondesbury suffering the agony of relegation.

“I enjoyed the process of trying to build something this season, even if the outcome was not what we hoped for,” he added.

“I can’t fault the boys for their effort as they all stuck together throughout the season, which was pleasing.

“I loved playing with them and captaining them and I hope to continue in the role next season.”

As for the season just gone, Overy believes Brondesbury were hampered by poor weather in pre-season which prevented game time.

But the skipper of the Harman Drive club knows that was not the sole reason behind their relegation.

“Like most teams, we were unfortunate not to play before the start of the season because of the weather and it took us until week four or five to get up to speed,” he said.

“It wasn’t just down to the weather, but we know we need to start well if we want to be successful next season.”

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