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Captain calls on Lakenheath players to believe in themselves ahead of Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One return

Lakenheath Cricket Club captain Shane Leech admits to nerves ahead of Saturday’s first game in five years in Division One of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship.

The 2018 Division Two champions are away to Coggeshall Town (12.30pm) on Saturday as they begin their campaign in the league’s top flight – having last competed in the division in 2014.

Last season marked a vast improvement on their results, having finished most seasons in the bottom half of the championship’s second tier.

CRICKET - Haverhill (Bowling) v Lakenheath (Batting)...Pictured: Shane Leech....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (8673683)
CRICKET - Haverhill (Bowling) v Lakenheath (Batting)...Pictured: Shane Leech....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (8673683)

“I’m a bit nervous about Saturday actually,” Leech said. “We’re a club that thrives on confidence, and I’m worried some of our players don’t think they’re good enough for the level.

“A lot of things went our way last season and there’s a feeling with some of the players that we were maybe lucky.

“But I know we have at least four or five very good cricketers here, so I know we can beat anyone.

“And I think this could be the season that should prove to those players that don’t have the belief, that they are good enough for Division One.

“We want to stay up this season, that’s the goal. I want to play cricket at this level and I think we are of the right standard.

“Division One isn’t as tough as it used to be, we are at the same level as the rest now.”

He said that although it would have been nice to begin their campaign with a home fixture, Coggeshall’s home is a ‘helluva ground’.

“It’s a helluva ground to play at and the team are great fun too, we get on well,” he said.

“So I don’t mind playing them in the first game, it should be a great atmosphere.

“We want to get off to a good start, that’s very important, we do see it as a winnable fixture.

“I will look to lead by example and get some runs on the board, and make sure we start on a winning ticket.”

Leech scored 713 runs in his 23 innings last summer, with a high score of 121 not out.