“I think if you look at the scorecards they may suggest we were soundly beaten in those first matches. But there were definitely some positives to take out of them. Whilst we’ve not posted the biggest scores there’s not too much to fear with stepping up a level.”
From a village with a population of just 300, Thurstonland are one of the youngest Huddersfield Cricket League clubs (joining in 2014) but their long history lies with their long association in the sadly missed Huddersfield Central League.
Our guest in episode 9 of Castle Hill Cricket Chat is Russell Mottram who has been in control of the captaincy reins at Thurstonland since 2018 and has overseen the most successful campaign in their Huddersfield Cricket League history; promotion from the Conference to the Championship in 2019. Apart from a two season stint when he lived overseas, Russell has spent over 20 years playing at Thurstonland from the age of 10 and has seen the club grow from its modest roots in the Huddersfield Central League to when they find themselves today; in the Championship.
Russell talked us through those earlier days when they made the decision to move along with four other clubs in 2014 (they also declined a move in the late 80’s). He also described the circumstances around that promotion success in 2019 and how they have adapted to life in the second tier.
There were some interesting matches during the second league double-header of the season, not least in the circumstances which saw our featured club; Thurstonland, pick up a first win of the campaign. Thongsbridge lead the way in the Premiership and remain one of the few teams not to have lost a match so far. Before that; it’s ‘The Opener’ and we’re discussing one of the club captain’s recurring nightmares - player lateness!
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