STALYBRIDGE St Paul’s will be vying for promotion when their Derbyshire and Cheshire Cricket League, division three campaign begins on Saturday, April 21 when Charlesworth make the short trip to Gorse Hall Road.
Following a restructuring of the league from four to six divisions, Stalybridge finished just below the cut for division two.
“We should be one of the teams up there,” explained Jamie Brownhill who is captaining the team for the first time.
With pre-season training starting in mid-February, Stalybridge are well equipped for the campaign and hope to take the momentum straight into the first games.
A couple of new players have joined the club with Junaid Mahmood signing from Dukinfield and Steve Monks moving over from Charlesworth.
Following a second-placed finish and promotion, the second team, captained by Brian Stone, will be looking to consolidate in division five this summer.
They get their campaign underway with a game at Dinting on Saturday, April 21.
Stalybridge’s small but dedicated ground team has been working tirelessly against the elements with a particularly dreadful winter to get ready for the new season.
The annual ‘cricket force’ weekend also took place recently over the weekend of March 24/25 that gave chance for a larger working party to really get stuck in and make the ground ship-shape for the first game. There is still plenty to be done, however, due to the recent bad weather.
Stalybridge are still on the lookout for volunteers, particularly any local caterers or helpers who can assist on matchdays with tea preparation.
Help is very welcome in all areas (playing, sponsorship, general matchday help) so contact the club on the Stalybridge St Pauls Facebook page or Twitter @StalybridgeCC if you would like to become a member of the club.