MATT Wilson takes over as Clifton CC captain this year promising a fresh, aggressive approach to what he hopes could be a promotion campaign.
The Chapel Lane club were relegated from the Beechwood Derbyshire Premier League in 2007 – three years after winning the title – and have flattered to deceive in several seasons since.
They have put themselves in a position to challenge for County League Division One promotion but always fallen short at the final hurdle.
Wilson, now 23, was just emerging from Kwik Cricket at the club when they won the Premier League title, so he is already a club stalwart.
Vice-captain to Campbell Ogilvie last year, he says he felt ready to give first-team captaincy a go.
"Campbell felt it was worth trying something new," said Wilson. "We know that we've never fully reached consistency, finishing third after third in recent years.
"I was captain in the cup and in the T20 tournament last year and I've always been keen to do it.
"I've captained at university and in age groups before. I hope I'll bring a fresh, aggressive approach to our game.
"We still have the same good nucleus of players and perhaps the difference is that you just need a bit of luck in a couple of the close games which can go either way.
"I think there are perhaps half a dozen teams who will fancy their chances of getting out of this league and I'm sure we can be among them."
Clifton have lost leg-spinner Nick Birds to Ockbrook & Borrowash but should have Australian all-rounder Jamie Barnes, who plays Grade cricket in Adelaide and bowls seam, here in time for Saturday's season opener away to Stainsby Hall.
All-rounder Ogilvie stays as a player, while talented all-rounder Faisal Khan warmed up for the new season with a century in a friendly at West Hallam at the weekend.