Premier title is 'realistic' aim - Martin
THE title is a "realistic" aim this season for Banstead according to captain Jak Martin.
After being tipped as Surrey Championship Premier Division title contenders last season, Banstead got off to a bad start, before eventually finding form late in the campaign to finish fifth.
But captain Martin is ensuring his team hit the ground running with a comprehensive indoor pre-season.
"Pre-season has been going well and we have done a bit more this year than we usually do," he said. "The weather hasn't made a lot of difference to us because we have been doing all our training indoors at Whitgift."
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Banstead have managed to retain most of last year's squad including top hitting batsman Ali Jaffer who amassed 754 runs last season, including five centuries in 11 innings.
However, they have added two overseas players from Perth in Australia.
"Anthony Caddy is going to be our opening bowler and Alastair Turner will be a top order batsman. They are from Perth but hold English passports," Martin explained. "We have kept most of last season's team but of course this season they have an extra year's experience."
Banstead start their Premier Division campaign by hosting Sutton on Saturday, weather-permitting, a team which Martin recorded a century against last season as Banstead triumphed by nine wickets.
But after underachieving last term, Martin has high hopes for this season in the Surrey Championship.
"We want to win the league," the captain simply stated. "There is no reason why we can't win it and we had a good finish to last season.
"We want to finish at least in the top two but I don't think saying we want to win the league is unrealistic."