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Results won't be the yardstick for judging Cookham Dean's success

How the first team gets on in the league this summer is not the be-all-and-end-all for Cookham Dean CC, and it won’t be the yardstick for judging whether they’ve had a successful season, says skipper Ben Millar.

Millar expects the first team to be depleted for the first third of the Thames Valley League Division 1 season, but he says the club remains a ‘hub of activity’ and feels that community aspect shouldn’t be overlooked or considered less important than results.

“The way this club is set up commercially is brilliant,” he said.

“The committee deserves enormous credit for the way its run.

“Volunteers doing almost full-time jobs and the club is run in a very prudent way with a lot of effort put into trying to get people to the ground.

“We have so many youngsters playing, it’s a hub of activity and how the first team gets on is not the be-all-and-end-all. It’s about the broader community aspect.

“No other club have put on the number of off the field events that we have, hence why, we haven’t resorted to crowdfunding like some other clubs. We don’t think that’s a great look and it’s not what we’re about.

“The committee does such a good job to facilitate as much cricket as possible.”

While clearly concerned about the impact absent players will have on Dean’s form this season, Millar added it will simply present opportunities for other players to impress.

“I don’t really know too much about the other teams and who they will have or won’t have in their sides,” he said. “All I know is that we’ll be depleted for the first third of the season. It’s one of those things, but it brings opportunities for other guys to get their chance and we’ll see how we go.”

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