Leeds Trinity University cricket team are anxiously waiting for the new season to start according to new signing Cameron Patel.
Training began back in September ahead of the new season and it is now under a month until the opening round of fixtures.
They will be looking to go one better than last season when they finished as narrow runners up to West Yorkshire rivals Bradford.
With promotion the target there is a lot of pressure on the players this season. And the Lions have made many changes to last season including a lot of first year university students joining the side.
Patel, one of the new recruits, believes the side are ready and raring to go for the new season. “We’re looking forward to the matches and hopefully we’ll get promoted.”
Trinity will be competing in the Northern 3B League. The season begins with a home match against Huddersfield.
The Lions will have to get used to a new pitch after moving grounds. Their home games will be played at King George’s Field, which is also the home of Horsforth Cricket Club. The ground is closer to the university than the previous one. Trinity had previously played their matches at Horsforth Hall – over a mile away from the university.
The pavilion at the new ground was rebuilt in 2016, after premiership footballer James Milner donated the money to them. The former England midfielder, who is also chancellor of Leeds Children’s University, was keen to help support the project in the town where he was brought up.
Fast bowler Patel commented on the first game being: “a tough match but a good one to get started on.”
Long distance away trips to Newcastle and Sunderland are on the agenda for TASC and Patel noted how the team spirit will help for those games. He is especially looking forward to Newcastle. “It’ll be a nice night out after the game. Obviously we want the win first.”
Trinity will also play Hull while they’ll finish the season with a home game against York.
When asked about targets for himself, the 19-year-old stated: “I’d love to take as many wickets as possible and score a few runs down the order.”