Andover cricket club is looking forward with relish to the new season, which starts on 19 April.

Outdoor nets and training start on 9 April, at 6pm at Andover's London Road ground. New members are always welcome.

Roger Miller skippers the first team in the Gold league, for a second term and welcomes to the club Jeremy Ord, a medium pacer and a handy middle-order batsman.

Toby Radford, who has just taken up a coaching position alongside ex-England spinner John Emburey at Middlesex, is hoping for a clean bill of health this year after breaking his arm playing for the Hampshire reps last year.

Mark Miller, Jeremy Hayward, Ian Langdown and the skipper are likely to fill the top five batting places, while Richard Taylor will spearhead the attack. Silli van der Mervre will keep wicket while the spinning places are likely to go to Matty Hooper and Gareth Tate. Dean Woodhouse, who will miss most of the season due to work commitments, is likely to be replaced on those occasions by his bother Stuart.

Tim Keighley captains a young second team, with Paul Funnell and Marc Kavanagh heading up the batting alongside Steve Williams and Rob Palmer. Luke Graham and Mike Adams will head a strong bowling line-up as the side pushes for promotion in to the premier league.

Director of Cricket Andy Hooper will help with first team coaching, but the left arm spinner will be sorely missed as his contribution on and off the field has been second to none.