Roffey look to stay up

ROFFEY has undergone something of a transformation over the winter in preparation for a debut season in cricket’s Sussex Premier League.

New sightscreens and new fencing at the Crawley Road ground have been erected to make sure the Division 2 champions are ready for the new campaign. And with the addition of an Australian fast bowler as their overseas, a luxury Roffey were without last season, it could be another fine season for Mike Norris’ side.

Batsman Simon Shivnarain said: “There have been big changes here, a lot of work has been done to the ground and it looks amazing.

“We are all ready and we are training well.”

New 6ft 4ins paceman Andrew McGorian is expected to spearhead the Roffey attack, with promising youngster Stuart Whittingham likely to be able to play a bigger part than in previous seasons, and ‘bowling at a decent pace’.

Batsman Chris Plaister also returns - the left hander scored heavily for Ifield last season in their Division 3 West title winning campaign.

And Shivnarain hopes Roffey will be able to buck the trend of Division 2 clubs who win promotion but slip back down again the next season.

He said: “The idea is survival.

“We could say we are going to finish in the top half but that’s all we want to do. So many teams go up but come back down again.”