Berkshire County Cricket Club have appointed Dan Lincoln as their new National Counties Cricket Association captain for 2022.
Berkshire CCC’s website announced the new appointment and also spoke to the new man at the helm.
Statement & Interview – written by Mark Roche
Berkshire County Cricket Club are delighted to announce the appointment of our new 1st XI Mens Captain Dan Lincoln.
Dan began as an U9 with the county and was an ever present throughout his age group pathway sides progressing into the counties EPP scheme at the age of 15. Alongside his cricket Dan was also an Academy footballer with Reading FC where he would go on to sign professionally with the football club from 2011-15.
Whilst a professional Dan continued to represent his club side Finchampstead CC and made his senior Berkshire debut in 2012 in the county championship fixture against Wiltshire at Corsham CC. Since 2017 he has been an ever present in the side across all 3 formats helping the county achieve the 2017 and 2019 championship and KO Trophy double as well as the T20 trophy in 2018.
His personal performances gained him a professional contract with Middlesex CCC in 2019-20 and a short term deal with Kent CC in 2021 where his experiences of the professional game and sharing a changing room with international players will stand him in good stead for the job ahead.
We spoke with Dan and began by asking him how it felt to be named captain of the county he has represented since he was 9?
“It’s a huge privilege to be asked to take on the role and one I’m very excited about. I feel very fortunate to be taking over from James Morris who over an extended period of time laid the building blocks for the counties most successful ever period. Last summer his brother Richard continued this good work and I’m very grateful to be taking over a squad with superb foundations and values in place. Little needs to change as the building blocks are there and I look forward to continuing their good work whilst adding my own ideas, beliefs and methods on top.
How has the winter started and how is the squad shaping up?
“We have been back in for two weeks now and it’s exciting to share a room with such a talented young group of home grown players. Leading into Xmas we’ve spoken of our expectations, dusted off a few cobwebs both physically and in terms of cricket and we look forward to getting back into things from January. What excites me is the skill level of the squad and how quickly the more experienced players have stepped up into a more senior role following the retirement of two or three since the end of last summer.”
“As a county we have a brilliant pathway in place that continues to produce fantastic young players we can select from. We also have good performing club sides where as we proved last summer, those scoring runs and taking wickets in Home Counties league cricket will get their opportunities to force their way into the side. The squad is therefore in a good place with plenty of good headaches in the months a years ahead.”
What are your and the teams expectations of the winter months ahead leading into the summer?
“We expect what we always expect in the winter, commitment and hard work. I accepted the job with a long term plan very much in mind. I take over following long and both stable and successful reigns under 3 previous captains in Julian Wood, Bjorn Mordt and James Morris and in the first instance we’ll look to emulate this stability with long term planning.”
“We’re delighted, all things being well, to be competing in three competitions this summer, the first two of which being centred around white ball cricket in the T20 and 50 over format. We have a dynamic squad who in short format cricket we want to mould into an attacking team who enjoy their cricket and are confident to express themselves and showcase their skills. This will take continued hard work and belief but ultimately over time I want my team to be a representation of me when we take the field. “
“In red ball championship cricket it’s a continuation of previous years, the formula is there, it’s a case of executing it over and over again consistently.”
“If we continue to get our processes right and are patient with one another the rest will look after itself and as in previous years we’ll end up where we deserve at the end of the summers ahead.”
We congratulate Dan on his appointment and wish him and the First XI squad all the best in the years ahead.