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Whisker is full of confidence

PUBLISHED: 17:48 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 12:29 11 August 2010

AFTER a stunning promotion from the Lords International Essex League Division One, new Goresbrook captain Kurt Whisker is confident his side can compete at the higher level. The Dagenham club won promotion to the Premier Division after finishing second, w

AFTER a stunning promotion from the Lords International Essex League Division One, new Goresbrook captain Kurt Whisker is confident his side can compete at the higher level.

The Dagenham club won promotion to the Premier Division after finishing second, winning an impressive 13 of their 18 matches and while Whisker acknowledges the season will be hard, he feels his side have what it takes to survive.

"It's going to be a hard season," he admitted.

"The first thing we have to do is start well, and then we'll take it from there. The season is about consolidation and making sure we can compete well at a higher level, but I believe we can stay up."

If they are to stay in the Premier Division they will be doing so with the same side, as Goresbrook continue their tradition of sticking with what they have got and looking to their youth team rather than other clubs.

"I think what we have here at the moment will do nicely," smiled Whisker. "We've had this same group for about three years and we have done well, so if we need anyone we'll look within."

Goresbrook will also be looking to two key individuals for the coming season, as Whisker himself was the second highest run scorer in the division last year with 562 runs and medium-pacer Richard Williams, who took 36 wickets to help bowl them towards the top.

"Obviously I'll try and score as many runs as I can," he said. "Being captain gives me that extra responsibility, so to score 500, 550 runs is good."

"Richard is very important for us. He's very economical and from nine overs usually goes for under 30 and he makes sure he bowls loads of maidens it puts pressure on the opposition and that helps get wickets for other bowlers."

Goresbrook entertain Rainham in the first round of the League Cup on Saturday.

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