Cricket preview - Alan Swann’s club by club guide

Market Deeping CC are pictured before Sunday's  win agains Ufford Park. They are from the left, front, Josh Smith, Sam Malton, John McDougall, David Gillett, Richard Witt, David Sargeant, back, Michael McMullen, Tom Shinkins, Jackson Andrews, Neil Johnson, Connor Gillett, Richard Pickering.
Market Deeping CC are pictured before Sunday's win agains Ufford Park. They are from the left, front, Josh Smith, Sam Malton, John McDougall, David Gillett, Richard Witt, David Sargeant, back, Michael McMullen, Tom Shinkins, Jackson Andrews, Neil Johnson, Connor Gillett, Richard Pickering.
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Peterborough Telegraph cricket writer Alan Swann gives his predictions for 2015.


Ins: Martin Shillito (Hartsholme).

Outs: James Keywood (Uppingham), Stuart Airey (retired), Neval Grazette (West Indies).

One to watch: Wicket-keeper Carl Wilson is a very positive, innovative shot-maker who plays aggressively in all situations. He has a better reverse slog than Kevin Pietersen in his locker.

Club prediction: “We have a tough start to the season, but we have some very capable youngsters coming through so we’re hopeful of another good season,” chairman Hedley Stroud.

Swanny’s prediction: Bowlers not as good as their batsmen, so second.


Ins: Will Compton (Newborough), Ben Bryant (Australia), Ulricht Van Duycher (South Africa), Laurence Davis (Castor), Matt Milner (Peterborough Town).

Outs: Jordan Ryan (Australia), Devon Endersby (Australia).

One to watch: Captain Rob Vitas reckons he’s retiring at the end of the season. Will he go out in style with trophies in hand?

Club prediction: “Mid-table in Cambs Division One would be a bigger achievement than winning Division Two,” captain Rob Vitas.

Swanny’s prediction: 4th and Vitas won’t quit.


Ins: None.

Outs: None

One to watch: Shakaar Mahmood is a top quality all-rounder who swings the ball at pace. He’s so good he’s been invited to play for the Ketton Twenty/20 team.

Club prediction: We aim to finish in the top six in Cambs Division Two and to enjoy our cricket,” senior player Jaspal Singh.

Swanny’s prediction: If they achieve their first ambition, they will probably have achived their second. Can’t see them being promotion contenders, but they shouldn’t struggle either.


Ins: Mr X (New Zealand).

Outs: Steve Seymour (Australia), Steve Shaw (Australia).

One to watch: March didn’t want to reveal the identity of their overseas recruit. Maybe it’s Daniel Vettori?

Club prediction: “Mid-table in Cambs Division One would be a fine achievement. The younger players will have to step up and shoulder some extra responsibility,” captain Jody Betts.

Swanny’s prediction: They will be in the thick of a relegation battle unless they really have signed Vettori.


Ins: Emile Kriek (South Africa).

Outs: No-one.

One to watch: Captain David Gillett had his leanest year for a decade or so last season.

He’s fitter now and he will be highly motivated to score big runs.

Club prediction: “If we show enough self-belief we can be there or thereabouts at the top of the Lincs Premier Division. On paper we have 11 capable batsmen and a good variety of bowlers,” captain David Gillett.

Swanny’s prediction: That’s a top-class overseas player they’ve recruited. Third.


Ins: Ryan Duffy (Otago).

Outs: Tariq Aziz (Godmanchester).

One to watch: The Craig brothers, Connor and Harrison, are tipped to become big players on the local scene. Connor is older and expected to get his chance this season as a quick bowler, middle-order batsman.

Club prediction: “Our minimum target is top six in Cambs Division One, but it looks a touger league this season,” skipper Alex Laud.

Swanny’s prediction: If players like Dan Robinson play as steadily as ever they will keep out of trouble. Seventh.


Ins: Robbie Trickett (Australia), Dave Stratton (Yaxley), Stuart Brown (Yaxley).

Outs: Kelsey Corder (South Africa), Will Compton (Ketton).

One to watch: The club are hoping this is the season that Ashley Fisher finally realises his all-round potential.

Club prediction: “We struggled last season, but we’ve taken more care over our choice of import this year so we should enjoy a much better Cambs Division Two campaign,” senior player Ross Harris.

Swanny’s prediction: Top half, just.


Ins: Mal Loye (ex-Northants, Lancashire and England, Zeeshan Manzoor (ex-Barnack).

Outs: Harry Ramsden (moved away), Danny Oldham (Peterborough Town).

One to watch: Ben Groom, 19 year old opening batsman who weighed in with runs towards the back of last season . Spent a season playing down under and will benefit from playing a full season after finishing school.

Club prediction: “We want to better last season’s fourth place finish in the Northants Premier Division,” captain Phil Adams.

Swanny’s prediction: Top three contenders.


Ins: David Clarke (Ramsey), Tim Young (Wollaton), Danny Oldham (Oundle).

Outs: Matt Milner (Ketton), Ashley Rodgers (baby-sitting).

One to watch: England under 17 seamer David Sayer is a year older, a bit stronger and a lot quicker than last season. And he was good then.

Club prediction: “The motivation for more Northants Premier Division titles and cups is still there. Second would be a failure,” captain Lewis Bruce.

Swanny’s prediction: It’s tough to see who can stop the crack city side.


Ins: Joe Gatting (Australia)

Outs: Dave Clarke (Peterborough Town)

One to watch: The club hace high hopes for left-arm spinner Gatting. He’s been starring in pre-season nets.

Club prediction: “It’s a three-horse race for the Cambs Division One title between us, Godmanchester and Foxton and we have as good a chance as anyone of finishing first again,” captain Taylor West.

Swanny’s prediction: Clarke is a big loss, but if Dave Carlaw’s aging body gets through another season they could well be champions again.


In: Dan Milgate (Skegness), Dave Gollop (Billingborough), Luke Hollingworth (Billingborough).

Outs: Ravi Rajaratne (Scotland).

One to watch: Spalding have high hopes for Henry Charlton, a former Stamford School all-rounder.

Club prediction: “We’ve finished 10th and 9th since reaching the Lincs Premier Division and steady improvement again would be good,” captain Rob Ambrose.

Swanny’s prediction: They’ll do well to stay out of the bottom two.


Ins: Tom Meyrick (New Zealand), Adam Hodgson (Terrington), Paul Edgeller (Long Sutton).

Outs: Alan Burton (New Zealand).

One to watch: Danny Haynes already has a classy half century against a strong MCC attack to his name this season.

Club prediction: “There’s no reason why we can’t win Cambs Division One, but Foxton, Ramsey and Godmanchester will also be saying that,” captain Gary Freear.

Swanny’s prediction: They won’t finish top unless the Kiwi recruit is special. Top three again though.