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East Anglian Premier League survival is the target for Burwell & Exning Cricket Club in 2019

East Anglian Premier League survival will be Burwell & Exning Cricket Club’s main aim this season.

After making a really bright start to the 2018 campaign, the Cambridgeshire-based side, who merged together just over 12 months ago, finished in ninth place.

It will be largely the same squad in action this time around – with the addition of Australian opening batsman Tom Jagot, who returns after a year away.

MNJP-15-09-2018-004Burwell & Exnings Joe Tetley salutes his 50. (8744165)
MNJP-15-09-2018-004Burwell & Exnings Joe Tetley salutes his 50. (8744165)

But, with other clubs in the division having made a number of additions, Burwell & Exning chairman Wayne Hardy has conceded that staying up is the number one aim in 2019.

“A lot of money has been spent in the division this year and we are not in a position to do that – we never have been,” said Hardy.

“You have to say that survival is the main aim and that is not great in terms of the club’s aspirations, but sometimes you have to play the cards that have been dealt and just get yourselves through it.

“We still have some good youngsters and the second team also got promoted last year with a lot of the lads that came from Exning, so in that respect there is still plenty to be positive about.”

Burwell & Exning, who will once again be skippered by Joe Tetley, open up on Saturday against a Vauxhall Mallards side that finished a place and three points below them last term (11am).