Town going back to the future

Doncaster Cricket Club captain Nick Morley. Picture: Marie Caley D2036MC
Doncaster Cricket Club captain Nick Morley. Picture: Marie Caley D2036MC

New skipper Nick Morley is planning to go back to the future after being handed the reins at Doncaster Town Cricket Club.

The experienced all-rounder (pictured) wants the Yorkshire League outfit to re-establish its reputation as one of the county’s premier clubs by becoming a hot bed for the most talented youngsters in town.

Several products of Town’s youth set-up have departed Doncaster over the winter, including former skipper Andrew Parkin-Coates and top teenage prospect James Stuart.

And Morley, who has also vowed to bring back traditional club values, says his priority is to oversee the emergence of a new generation of Doncaster players.

Morley said: “What we want to do is go back to the grass roots - and get players coming up through the ranks and into the first team.

“We’re effectively starting from scratch.

“The conveyor belt of youngsters has stopped in recent years but we’ve now got the people in place to make sure it starts up again.

“What we also want to do is stretch out into the surrounding clubs and attract the best young players to Doncaster.

“For whatever reason the club seems to have lost that appeal. In the past youngsters would strive to play for Doncaster and test themselves in the Yorkshire League.

“It’s a key objective for us to establish a good relationship with other local clubs - so any good young players out there are encouraged to come here and play a higher standard of cricket.

“We’ve got a two to three year plan to get the conveyor belt working and also get the club on a firm financial footing.

“This season will be tough - it’s bound to be after losing five first team regulars,” he added.

“But it’s all about getting a good team spirit, and club spirit, and giving it our best shot.

“We’re going to go back to some of the club’s traditional values to try and pull people together - like arriving at games in shirt and tie, like it was when I was a young lad playing for Doncaster.”

Former captains Parkin-Coates and Graeme Attenborough, as well as youngsters Stuart, Ashley Knowles and Dominic McGough have left Doncaster over the winter.

But Morley hopes to announce three new signings - including a new wicketkeeper - before Town start their Yorkshire League campaign at Harrogate on April 23.

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