Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NO HOME COMFORTS; but Beaumont Looks on the Bright Side Local Cricket

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NO HOME COMFORTS; but Beaumont Looks on the Bright Side Local Cricket

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Byline: ANDREW WILKINSON

LEIGH Beaumont is upbeat about Normanby Hall's prospects despite the team having to play every game away from home.

Awful weather over the last few months means that the club's new square won''t be fit for action this season.

And that leaves veteran spinner Beaumont, who has played for a host of North-east clubs, homeless for the first time in his career. But the skipper is seeing the positives.

"I get to play at Stockton on Monday - that's my real home ground. I was there from the age of 11," he said.

Nomadic Normanby will play 'home' games at grounds around the region, hence the Bank Holiday game at Stockton - against Great Ayton.

And to make matters more difficult their 'Saturday' home games are played on Sundays, as the clubs that host them are playing on Saturdays.

So on Sunday Normanby Hall are at home to Darlington - at Marske.

It sound's confusing, but Beaumont looks on the bright side.

"This is a new challenge in my career," he said. "Another chapter. This is a good club, the committee is right behind me and that's why I have taken on the captaincy.

"The way I look at it is that when the ground is ready we will have a new surface at a club that has a bright future. We have a five-year plan to bring juniors through.

"The second and third teams have won their games so far. The first team has signed a lot of new players and it takes a while to gel."

Normanby have lost their two opening games, and are second from bottom of the Darlington Building Society NYSD League table.

This weekend they face the top two, the only sides to have won twice.

"I'm looking forward to these games," added Leigh.

"They are two hard games, but it's too early to look at league tables. I'm confident we won't be involved in a relegation struggle, even though it's not ideal, having no home ground. …

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