Catch up with the new 2nd Team Skipper!
It’s all change at the House with the first and second eleven both getting new skippers! With Owen taking the reigns of the second team, we thought we’d have a chat with the relatively new Lowerhouser…
Owen, for those who don’t know – where did you play cricket before Lowerhouse?
Padiham Cricket Club
Why did you choose to switch to Lowerhouse?
I moved to take myself out of my comfort zone and to test myself. I feel facilities available at the club are always going to help any player improve.
When did you realise you wanted to be captain/how did it come about?
It was in the later stages of the season when I thought about it while looking ahead at what I could improve on next year. I went and spoke to Stan to see how to apply. I think it will challenge me but only help me improve as a player.
What do you want to get out of next season?
To captain a title or cup winning side would be a great experience and with the ability in the side I know we can do it. To score over 500 runs and still be on the pitch when games are finishing when we bat second are more my personal goals. They were a few games this season where I should have seen the team home but got out cheaply needing 20 or so to win, leaving it to somebody else to do.
Which of Charlie’s/Jamie’s attributes do you most admire and would you love to carry on?
I’ve admired Jamie’s commitment and effort with such a young squad and the way he handles tough situations through unavailability he always stays positive. I’ve played under some good experienced captains in Neil Anderson and Steve Meehan and learnt a lot. So it was a change this year with Jamie being younger than me but to have confidence and be in control of the team is something I’m looking to take forward. As for Charlie I only played under him a few times but his awareness on the field is something I picked up on. He is always focused and makes sure everyone else is as well.
What do you want the team to get out of next season?
Being another year older hopefully some of the younger lads will of matured and start to learn their individual roles a bit more. Be that coming on to get a vital wicket or bowling 10 overs for say 20 runs. Batting wise, getting a scratchy 20 not out at the end of an innings or seeing the game home with a match winning 70 not out.
I think with the group of lads we have they are more than capable of doing this and we should definitely be challenging for the league and dare I say winning it. To get to a cup final or even semi-final would be a great experience and something I hope we can do.
What are your aspirations for the next 3 years?
Personally my aim is to play first team cricket so hopefully in 3 years I would have cemented a place for myself there. If that is not the case then I would see as still being the captain of the seconds a great achievement with hopefully at least 3 trophies under my belt.
What is your favourite game that you have played in?
On a personal level it has to be the game away at Rishton when I scored my first 50. We set a total of around 250 I think and won the game comfortably. However making my first team debut in the Lancashire cup is a close run 2nd. Even though we ended up winning on a bowl out to score some crucial runs and get the team over 200 in the 1st innings is something I won’t forget. As a team this year I think it has to be beating Burnley at home. After being comfortably beaten by them twice earlier in the season it was a must win. Having to chase down 88 in 20 overs, we did it emphatically losing only 1 wicket and in 15overs.
What changes would you like to make as captain?
There is only one real change that is needed. It has been agreed throughout the club that training has to be more structured and it is something that will be organised closer to the start of the season.