Opening batsman Tom Gates has called time on his stay at Fawley to play ECB Southern Premier League cricket with Bashley (Rydal) next season.
“I’ve been at Fawley for the past six seasons and have thoroughly enjoyed my time there, but I’m 28 years old now and want to have a crack at the Premier League,” he explained.
Gates, who cut his teeth in local cricket at Pylewell Park, said that helping Fawley to promotion from the Hampshire League in 2010 was one of his cherished moments from his time at Holbury.
“Scoring 126 at May’s Bounty in 2014, when we chased down 228 to win by two wickets was probably my best knock,” said Gates, who scored 550 runs for the Waterside club this summer.
“I’ve really enjoyed helping establish Fawley in the SPL. It’s a great club, with a lot of great people working behind the scenes, who put in an enormous effort every year,” he added.
“But I think the time is now right to move on and my first task will be to establish myself at Bashley and contribute as much as I can.
“I’m said to be leaving Fawley, but I’m sure they’ll carry on progressing.
“Hopefully, they might have me back some day …”