BARNSLEY Woolley Miners begin their new ECB Yorkshire South Premier season on Saturday, and will hope to bring more silverware back to the club.
The Shaw Laners won the Twenty20 Blast last season and lost in the Viking Cup final, while finishing fourth in the league.
Captain Beck Frostick said: “We want to dream big. Why can’t we try to win the league?
“We are T20 champions and want to go all the way again in that competition and challenge in the other cups.
“We can take massive confidence from last season.
“We had a bad start and that cost us a chance of competing for the title. We’ve worked hard during the winter to make sure we hit the ground running.”
Barnsley are due to have Australian star batter Jake Weatherald from the second game.
The Adelaide Strikers star scored almost 1,500 runs at an average of 66 last season, which he missed the start and end of.
Frostick said: “We’re hoping he will only miss one game which is huge.
“He’s done a lot of work behind the scenes. He sent loads of equipment to the club out of own pocket and has done a lot of Zoom meetings with the players. He sets the standards as well as myself. We hope he will score a lot of runs as well. “
Frostick, from Darton, has taken over the captaincy from Jason Booth having taken the role in some games last season.
“It’s a privilege. I am honoured. The club believes in me after what I showed when I was captain last season. I have a really good set of lads around me so that makes captaincy easy.”
Frostick is an avid Barnsley FC fan and hopes the Shaw Laners can emulate the Reds in challenging at the top of their league.
“There are a few Barnsley fans in the team.
“I don’t like this time of season because I have to miss some games at Oakwell, which is hard when they are doing well.
“We want to recreate what the football club is doing and bring some more pride and joy to the area.”
Barnsley have signed fast bowler Adam Copley, Yorkshire youngster Harvey Round and Liam Johnson from Treeton who is a top order batter and left-arm spinner.
Meanwhile, former Yorkshire bowler Moin Ashraf is the new Elsecar captain.
Elsecar battled relegation for most of last season before staying up.
Ashraf said: “We have aims which we will keep quiet for now. But we want to start fast because, in the last few seasons, we have had to play catch-up.
“We were looking over our shoulder last year which we weren’t too happy about. But hopefully we can do ourselves justice this year.”
Jack Shutt, the Yorkshire spinner, has moved from his local club Elsecar to Doncaster.
Elsecar have brought in Indian batter Taruwar Kolhi who starred for Cawthorne over the previous two seasons before they were relegated.
“He has a really good record in the league and we’re hoping he can make a big impact with the bat and take some wickets as well.
“He had a really good couple of seasons at Cawthorne, which isn’t as good a batting wicket as at Elsecar.”
Ashraf, 31, made 71 appearances for Yorkshire in all formats from 2010 to 2015. He is in his third season with Elsecar and takes over the captain from Pete Hadfield.
“I love it. It’s a very nice club with great people who put in a lot of hard work. I like the atmosphere and the set-up. I wanted to take on the captaincy to give something back to the club and get the best out it.”