Arbroath captain Marc Petrie knows his team face a tough season as they begin the defence of their CS Eastern Premier title tomorrow (Saturday) at home to Grange.
And the skipper believes that as champions they will be the scalp everyone else wants to take this time round.
The wicketkeeper said: “It’s often said that defending a title is more difficult that winning it for the first time.
“Having said that, it was really hard last season with three teams in contention all the way and I can see it being at least as competitive again.
“The big Edinburgh clubs are always strong and I expect Carlton and Grange to be among the main challengers again.
“But our boys are buzzing for it and we want to adopt the same approach that worked for us last season, with every player concentrating on pulling their weight and executing our skills individually and as a team.”
It its expected that young guns Ross McLean, the Scotland Under-19 captain, Harris Carnegie and Ryan Cameron will have bigger parts to play in the season ahead.
Petrie added: “We have a great blend of youth and experience. Even quite a few of our young players have picked up tremendous experience from playing in the Scotland age-group teams.
“Last season was the best one in the club’s history and we know it will be tough to match that, but we’ll give it a real go.”