Chew Magna aim to be fighting fit for their Premier League challenge
PROMOTED Chew Magna are preparing for life in the West of England Premier Cricket League by doubling the amount of time allocated in pre-season work to fitness.
Skipper Pete Solomon has enlisted the help of instructor Davis Chasimba, who will team up with Shaun Hosier with the aim of making Chew ready for the big new challenge that awaits them after winning the Globe Sports Bristol & District League's Senior Division title.
Solomon said: "It's very important that we're as fit and as prepared as we can be, and Davis and Shaun will do important work for us.
"Our first objective is to avoid relegation. We've been handed a really tough start in WEPL – our first game is away to Bristol West Indians and then we've got a home derby against Timsbury, who almost went up for the second successive season.
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"Those matches will provide a really good gauge for where we are. The challenge is something we're all looking forward to ... we've got a really good solid platform here to build on.
"We're always looking to promote from within, and we're also always looking to attract quality players too, but it's very important they fit into our ethos. We train hard, we play hard and then we enjoy ourselves afterwards."
Solomon and the Chew squad received the Senior Division trophy from former Glamorgan and England spinner Robert Croft, who was an entertaining guest of honour at the Bristol & District League's annual dinner at the BAWA Club, Filton.
It was a night to remember for Taveners. The Division Four club received the Tony Pepworth Fair Play Award, while Paul Jackson won the league's batting award, with 551 runs, and the Adams Exhibitions Award to the Over-50 Cricketer of the Season went to Nick Chapman.
The Les Hodge Cup, for the league's most promising young cricketer, went to Pak Bristolians' Shazil Mustafa, who hit 521 runs at an average of 52.
Old Elizabethans veteran Stuart Turner received the league's bowling award after claiming 32 victims in Division Four. The wicketkeeping honour went to YMCA's Lee Portch with 16 victims.
The Schoolmasters Trophy for Services to Cricket was presented to league treasurer Kevin Davis, who also balances the books for the Bristol Youth League. The Umpires Award went to Mike Craddock.