Clevedon's Ryan makes first class impact

PUBLISHED: 09:49 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:49 18 April 2018

Jacob Lintott.

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Clevedon Cricket Club's new signing Ryan Higgins starred for Gloucestershire on his debut against Kent at Canterbury.

While Clevedon’s would-be first eleven squad were gazing wistfully across a rain sodden Dial Hill last weekend, there was one member of the club who was ignoring the constant drizzle by virtually walking on sunshine as he made his debut for Gloucestershire against Kent at Canterbury.

All-rounder Ryan Higgins reduced the Kent second innings to rubble by taking 5-22 as the home side collapsed to 153 all out in their second innings to leave Gloucester requiring just 108 for victory in the first county championship match of the season.

This was good news and not such good news for Clevedon who have signed the 21-year-old youngster for the coming season.

The drawback is of course that Gloucestershire will have first dibs on the all-rounder and if he establishes himself for the county, as appears quite likely, Clevedon will find themselves without a pivotal member of the squad for much of the summer.

With last weekend a washout as far as pre season warm-up matches were concerned, there was little or nothing would be first team aspirants could do in order to catch the eyes of the selectors.

It is for sure that skipper Jacob Lintott and coach Piers McBride will have formulated plans and it is quite possible that playing conditions, together with a knowledge of an opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, could result in a sort of horses for courses selection strategy.

If anything, the all-round strength of the Clevedon club is stronger than it has ever been, but it will need to be as the standard of cricket now demanded by the Premier League is so far reaching.

As one well respected administrator put it recently. “Forget talking about championships, the very first focus for all teams in the Prem is to avoid relegation at all costs.”

Clevedon certainly have high hopes, but auditions are still ongoing for those seeking to secure a first team’s squad berth.

Fixtures for this weekend, weather permitting - Saturday - First XI v Shapwick & Polden (away), second XI v Twyford House (home). Sunday - first XI v Winterbourne, National Knockout Cup (home).

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