Wright: KVCC set to aim high

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CAPTAIN Jonathan Wright says Kidderminster Victoria should be aiming high.

The Chester Road-based cricket club kick-off their Birmingham and District League Premier Division in good spirits after a fruitful recruitment drive in the winter and positive results during the pre-season build-up.

They start the season at Walmley on Saturday (noon start) before travelling to Stourbridge in the ECB National Club Championship on Sunday.

Wins over Walsall and Barnt Green have already seen the team book their place in the semi-finals of the Graham Williamson Trophy, where they will tackle Shrewsbury away on May 5 (12.30pm start).

“We’re looking forward to the season,” said Wright.

“We’ve always had a lot of flair but we’ve added players who will provide some steel, which is a big positive.

“A top three or four finish, winning a cup in the Graham Williamson or one of the Twenty20 competitions would be a good season for us.

“But we will be going out to try and win the league. A lot of the other teams have strengthened, but we hold our own financially and we can compete.

“Winning the league won’t be easy but we certainly want to give it our best shot.”

Last season, KVCC had been competing with Shrewsbury in the first half of the campaign before suffering a dip in form.

However, they have added Staffordshire all-rounder Mike Hill, wicketkeeper Mark Fisher from Wombourne and spin bowler Matt Brace from Worcester Dominies.

Former Stourport captain Andy Siwicki has also returned to the club to add extra strength in depth to the batting.

The club have also retained the services in Neil Pinner and Worcestershire’s Matt Pardoe.

Wright added: “It has been a good winter which seems to have gone very quickly, but we feel we’ve strengthened well.

“We had a good side last year and we’ve added to it.”

l Match report — Page 91

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