Three Bridges Cricket Club name new first team skipper - and he's over the moon

Joe Walker will bring drive, enthusiasm and a positive mindset to the role of first team skipper at Three Bridges CC.
Joe Walker. Picture by James WesternJoe Walker. Picture by James Western
Joe Walker. Picture by James Western

The 20-year-old was named captain for the 2021 season at the club’s annual meeting last week.

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The wicketkeeper batsman couldn’t be happier to take on the role. And having been at the club for 12 years, he knows what it entails.

He said: “Absolutely over the moon to captain this great club.

“I’ve been here since I was eight years old so it’s an absolute honour to be leading the lads out.

“With me being at the club since I was eight, I’ve got a real understanding about the values and ethos of this club.

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“I will bring drive, enthusiasm and positive mindset combined with the culture and winning mentality already created by Matt [Blandford].

Bridges had a good season in 2019, finishing third in the Premier Division of the Sussex Cricket League, but in the August Cup 2020 they had mixed results in a very disrupted season caused by the pandemic.

But Walker is hoping for more consistency this year with the team he will have at his disposal – hopefully including new overseas player Will O’Donnell.

Walker said: “We will look to really solidify our place in the Premier League and ultimately, look to win games of cricket for this club. We are hopeful of keeping the same side with the potential additions of a few others.

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“At this current moment, we are hopeful of Adam Jones and Will O’Donnell to come over from New Zealand depending on Covid-19.

“With the latter being the leading run scorer in the Ford trophy competition for the Auckland Aces, we are looking forward to having Will over for the first time and to see what he can bring to this great group of lads.”

And what message will Walker give to his players?

“To firstly enjoy their cricket and go and express themselves.

“I feel players are at their best when they are enjoying the game.

“Also, to know they have my full support whatever happens, win, lose or draw.”