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Middlesex County League Division Two season preview: Harrow St Mary’s

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:00 07 May 2016

Harrow St Marys captain Tom Pettet in action (Pic:Paolo Minoli)

Harrow St Marys captain Tom Pettet in action (Pic:Paolo Minoli)

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Harrow St Mary’s captain Tom Pettet says another season like the last one is unacceptable as they look to cement their position in the Middelesex County League Divison Two.

HSM narrowly avoided relegation to Divison Three after a season to forget last term, with Pettet insisting that the club must perform a lot better this time around.

He told the Times: “It was a relatively poor season, with patches of good spells in the middle, but overall it was not good enough at all.

“We’ve got to raise our game this season and I’m quietly confident we will.

“I think we should be aiming for a mid-table to top-half finish this season.”

In the off season HSM have made two new signings, with batters Andre Sharma and Nikin Repuralk returning to the squad.

And Pettet is very content with the additions the club have made, saying: “We’ve got a couple of former colts coming back who went away and played elsewhere at a better standard.

“As a result we’ve got between six and nine ex-colts in the first team most Saturdays, and that can only be a positive thing.”

While Pettet feels the new league format – where half of the games are timed and the other half limited overs – will impact on who wins the division, he doesn’t believe it will affect his side that much.

“I think it willl affect the league quite a lot in the sense it will probably make the best team go up,” admitted Pettet.

“You’ve got to have five bowlers, so the strongest side is most likely to go up because of that.

“From our point of view it suits us as we’ve always done well in Twenty20 and cup games, but I don’t think it will have as much impact as some think it will, especially in our case.”

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