Wickersley cricket skipper plots a way back after relegation

Wickersley cricket skipper plots a way back after relegation

By David Beddows | 10/09/2021

Wickersley cricket skipper plots a way back after relegation
Gareth Purshouse in action in a hard summer for Wickersley.


WICKERSLEY skipper Gareth Purshouse insists his team can recover from an awful season and strike back next year.

The Northfield Lane club's first team will find themselves in the rare position of playing second-tier cricket next season after relegation from the Premier Division of the new Yorkshire Southern Premier League.

Wickersley lost 18 of their 22 games as a lack of inexperienced operators at the level was exposed by opponents.

It is going to make for an important winter before a re-shaped Wickersley prepare for life in the Championship Division next summer.

Purshouse wants to make amends sharpish and with a few tweaks rather than major surgery, he believes Wickersley can make a quick return to the Premier.

“It has been a tough year, with an inexperienced Premier League side,” he said. “We have lost the big moments in a couple of pivotal games and come out on the losing side as a result.

“The lads have learnt a lot from the experience this year, and with an overseas player and a couple of signings we are very hopeful to come straight back up next year.

“It will be a new experience for the club being in the Championship, but as a whole the club is in a good place.

“We have a great group of players across the teams who have all bought into the club identity.

"With a couple of signings and another year's experience under our belts, I am hopeful we can compete week in week out in the Premier League when we return .”

Wickersley predictably ended on a low at home to Doncaster Town last weekend.

Doncaster won the toss and racked up 296-8 despite having lost half their wickets with only 130 on the board.

It was a seventh wicket stand of 70 between Joe Gallagher (71 not out) and Charlie Graham (40)) that really put them on top before Gallagher was joined by Sonny Day-Tennant (30) in an entertaining eighth wicket stand of 65 to help Town set a daunting target. David Mace had 4-83.

Low on confidence, Wickersley never really looked capable of chasing down nearly 300.
Only Jonny Younis (34) and Liam Heathcote (41) provided any prolonged resistance. 

As in the first innings, Gallagher was the star of the show, snapping up seven wickets to add to his unbeaten knock as Wickersley fell 136 runs short at the end of a summer they'd rather forget