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Melford eyeing top half finish


Gareth Boon has spoken of his delight following his reappointment as the captain of Long Melford, writes Liam Apicella.

Melford secured three promotions during Boon’s previous five-year stint as skipper, but last summer he was replaced in the role by Stuart Whitehart.

However, Whitehart relinquished the responsibilty halfway through the season and his successor, Joe Harvey, has since stepped aside.

It means that Boon, who took 50 league wickets last term, will once again lead the team.

“It was a bit of a complicated situation, but I am delighted to be back in the role and I am looking forward to it,” he said.

“I would like to think that we can enjoy some of the same success we had when I was captain last time.”

Although never in any real danger of being relegated from the second division of the Two Counties Cricket Championship, Melford could only muster a seventh-placed finish with their haul of 236 points in 2015.

However, this time around Boon has challenged his charges to ensure they end up in a much healthier position.

“We done enough to stay up, but too often we beat ourselves,” added the 36-year-old.

“When we were chasing low totals, we kept hitting the self destruct button and that is frustrating.

“We need to learn quickly because last year there were too many off days and a lack of confidence.

“I would take finishing in the top half and then anything after that is a big bonus.”

Melford, who have signed Ben Taylor from Sudbury and have a couple more potential deals in the pipeline, begin their 2016 campaign at home to Elmstead on Saturday (1pm).

n Meanwhile, Long Melford II will look to build on their top-five finish in Division Six last term.

Their season gets underway on April 30, with a trip to St Osyth (1pm).

n As for Long Melford’s Sunday first team, they open their Hunts County Bat Division Two season at home to Thurston, on April 24 (1.30pm)

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