Captain's View On A Challenging 2014 At Valley End CC

Darren Redwood pictured receiving a new playing shirt for this season from Valley End sponsors - Kia West End Garage
Darren Redwood pictured receiving a new playing shirt for this season from Valley End sponsors - Kia West End Garage
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With the league season now past the midway stage, the various league tables are starting to take shape round the country.

We talk to Darren Redwood, in his first season as captain of newly promoted Valley End CC, as their 1st XI strive to remain in the ECB Surrey Championship Premier Division.

It’s as much of a challenge off the field as on it...

It's been quite a tough start. We haven't performed as well as we would have liked, but we have the second half of the season to put this right and start getting the results we want.
Having taken on the captaincy this year, I now have a lot more responsibilities - not just on the pitch but off it as well. It's like having a second full time job with the countless emails going back and forth, the selection meetings and then club training. When it comes to a Saturday it's a relief to finally get across the line and actually start playing cricket.
For me personally this year, my form with the bat hasn't been anywhere near where I would like it to be, which has been frustrating as I want to lead from the front both on and off the pitch.

I know I have to keep training hard and keep improving week on week to start scoring the runs I know I can. When I'm batting I don't think about being captain, I just think about scoring runs. I know I have to carry on keeping a clear head a hopefully sooner rather than later the runs will start to flow.
I've been very lucky in firstly being chosen to fill Keith Fisher’s boots as captain, and secondly inheriting a team that has been promoted seven out of nine seasons plus winning a number of different Cup competitions along the way.

I have great confidence in the guys that we will be able to turn our season around and get back to winnings ways. So far it's been testing and we have learnt a lot, but as a team we enjoy a good challenge. In previous years we have always played our best cricket when up against it.
The goal this year is to make sure we are still playing Premiership cricket in 2015, and then build on that for the future - hopefully even challenge for the league in years to come, but we don't want to get ahead of ourselves.

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