An interview with Skipper Scott Friend
Hi Scott, last season was your first as captain of the Towers, how did you find the transition from player to captain?
I knew what was in store for me having captained before, so the transition was OK to be honest. It also helped having played with the same group of players for a couple of years already as people know their role in the team.
There have been a few challenging moments; the classic selection issues being the biggest.
Is there anything in particular you learned about the team or captaincy to take into the new season?
Nothing in particular, however having had a couple of seasons in the Lancashire League and captained for a season, it is good to get a familiar understand how the opposition teams play and their individual strengths and weaknesses.
From a team point of view, i has been good to see how we as a team we deal with certain situations and how individuals cope too.
Winning the Worsley Cup and reaching another Lancashire Cup Final, we had a fantastic 2019 in cup competitions, however, our league form was inconsistent. Why do you think that was the case?
At times in the league we were a little unfortunate, particularly with injuries. I can remember a period of time where we only had 1 seam bowler.
In addition, we didn’t have enough stand out individual performances and a lack of people taking responsibility in key situations. We did show signs of this throughout the season but not on enough occasions.
Cup success has almost become a trademark of the club, with 3 league cup wins in 5 years, to go with the Lancashire Cup of 2018, as well as numerous T20 Finals day appearances. What do you think makes us so successful in cup competitions?
Our cup form really is down to the fact that we have a very long batting line up, we have people capable of changing the game with the bat from 1-11 and we have a variety of bowling options.
There is a group of probably 15 or 16 players who can all come in and do a job as proven in the last 2 years.
In league games teams can sometimes try and rely on a pro with maybe one or two other bowlers, cup cricket doesn't allow you to do that and really shows the strength of your squad.
How would rate the strength of the Lancashire League and the new two division format?
The standard is really strong and is proven by how well the teams in our league have done in the Lancashire Knockout over the last few years.
I like the new format with relegation and promotion. It makes fore more competitive cricket for a longer duration through the season and makes for more competitive cricket, anybody can beat anybody.
With the current uncertainty around the start of the 2020 Season, how are you keeping prepared for when we do get some cricket?
We had started the winter net sessions really well, with good numbers participating, since then there has been nothing on the cricket front from myself.
I know the juniors are being entertained with videos from senior players through Facebook and Twitter to encourage them to continue working on their own individual skills.
Personally I have been doing a lot of running and walking to keep myself generally fit, normally 5km-10km but did attempt a half marathon not too long ago. We are lucky to have the moors and woods on our doorstep so it is good to get out and about.
And finally, when cricket does get underway, which players are you tipping to have a big season?
When the cricket gets underway, I think we can hope and expect to see improvements from every player across senior levels.
I am intrigued to see the continual development of our junior players, particularly Jordan Shaw, Oli Brindle and Jack Davies, who were all fantastic in 2019.
I'm also expecting further improvement from Tobias who we are hoping can continue to break into the first team.