JAMES Couldrey and Matt Cocken have revealed why they think members should choose them to be captain this year.
On the eve of the polls closing, the rivals released statements saying what their plans are to lead the King’s Road in 2013.
Members have until midnight on March 1 to cast their vote with club chairman Mark Isham.
James, who took over from Giles Fagan last year, said: “Last year King’s Road had their most successful season ever.
“Hopefully this was achieved without changing the clubs ethos of enjoying our cricket while playing to win. I think all members of the club deserve credit for that and it was great being part it.
“I think I learned throughout the year about how to rotate bowlers and set appropriate fields and I hope to improve this further this year.
“I think I am better equipped to captain the side this year with that experience behind me. On some occasions I didn’t get the batting order right and that is something I will look to work on this year.
“Many of our wins were achieved by limiting the amount of overs I bowled. I will continue that policy this year.
“I promise to only put Leon opening the batting, Jamie at deep midwicket and ask Sham to make vegetarian sandwiches if they really deserve it.”
And Matt, who was skip in 2010, said: “For me there are two factors that should be key to our club – inclusiveness and enjoyment. Back in our early days we formed as a cricket club for people who can’t really play cricket.
“Anyone could join in, get a game and have some fun. That’s what made us different, and that’s what made us great! As we’ve grown into what can only be described as the
greatest social cricket club in London, I want to maintain these values.
“Everyone enjoys winning, and I want to keep the club’s recent form going and ensure we continue to win! But I don’t think this has to be at the
expense of our club’s inclusive approach, or having a laugh. I’d like to see everyone in the team scoring crucial runs, or taking that key wicket.
“If there’s a way of doing so that also makes us laugh then all the better! We’re always going to have games where we’re really striving for a win.
“But then there will be other games where we can mix things up a bit. That’s what I’d like to do. So, if someone who isn’t a regular bowler
fancies turning their arm over – let me know.
“If someone fancies a bat higher up the order then when we have the opportunity – let’s give it a try. I’d also try to get more people involved in tactical decisions -
something that hasn’t happened too much in the past.
“And if we have wickets in hand, overs to spare and you claim you can hit the winning runs cack handed after downing half a bottle of vodka – then pad up son, you’ll be the next man in!”