CRICKET: SCOTT Simmons is looking to bring the fun back to Southend & EMT.

Southend, who were relegated from the Premier Division last season, kick off the new Division One season at Fives & Heronians on Saturday.

And Simmons, the newly appointed skipper, is keen for his new look side to impress after a difficult summer.

“It’s been a tough winter with a large number of departures but with every departure creates an opportunity for another player to stake their claim and show what they can do,” said Simmons.

“This year is about bringing the team together as one and getting the fun and enjoyment back in playing.

“We have some quality cricketers in the club who are itching to show what they can do with everyone fighting for their place each and every Saturday.

“Joe Robbins will be looking to impress with bat and ball and players like Phil Gray and Callum Druce returning has really strengthened us along with a few new signings.”

And Simmons is looking forward to leading the side into action.

“To be named daptain of such a massive club as Southend is a huge honour and I’m immensely proud to be leading the club this season,” said Simmons.

“Saturday’s game has been a long time coming but we expect to compete, play hard quality cricket with everyone putting in a shift.

“If we do the basics right and execute our plans I trust the lads will get the result they deserve.”

In the Premier Division on Saturday, Billericay host Chelmsford while Hadleigh & Thundersley head to Hornchurch.

In Division Two, Leigh on Sea host Epping and Westcliff are at home to Woodford Green while in Division Three, Westcliff host Woodford Green.