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Record breaking season not enough for Newcastle

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New captain Du Toit has high hopes for Newcastle

Newcastle Cricket Club are still hoping to improve despite last year’s record breaking Dukes North East Premier League season.

The club’s first team finished fourth in the 2013 Premier Division which was their highest ever league position.

But newly-appointed captain Jacques Du Toit thinks that the team can still achieve more.

He said: “I think Newcastle ruffled a few feathers last year by finishing fourth and I think the league is getting stronger and stronger.

“But I think it’s important for the club in the future to be competing and to win trophies because that’s what they deserve.”

As well as finishing fourth, Newcastle also finished above one of the giants of the division, Chester-le-Street, which Du Toit describes as “very sweet”.

However, it could be difficult for the club to reproduce last year’s form as key player Ben Raine has left to join Leicestershire.

Du Toit said: “Obviously we will miss players like that, but we played the last month-and-a-half without him and some guys had to step up which is good.

“You always will miss quality cricket players but we have made a lot of quality replacements.”

One new signing is Left-arm bowler Oliver McGee, signed from Tynemouth, and he has already taken seven wickets including figures of 4-30 against Gateshead Fell.

Du Toit said: “I think it’s quite important not to go and buy the biggest players it is the way they fit into your team and if it they will play into your role.”

Some players would find it difficult to captain a squad with as many changes, but Du Toit is relishing all aspects of his new role.

JDT fieldsHe said: “It’s not just the captaincy on the field, it’s my responsibility to make sure youngsters are getting through the system and we make sure there is a future at Newcastle Cricket Club for every single player.

“I want to leave a legacy. It’s easy to go to a big club, where all those things are set in stone, and they’ve got the history behind it.

“With Newcastle it’s a very, very young club and they have achieved so much.”

Du Toit’s captaincy will also bring round a change of attitude at Newcastle.

The 34-year-old said: “We might not be the nicest people on the field but we’ll have a drink with you after.

“We’re going to play hard cricket but in the right spirit.”


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