STAYLEY Cricket Club has captured Australian Sacheen R Paramesh as its overseas amateur.
The 19-year-old pace bowler, who stands at 6ft 4in, is from Melbourne and comes with a glowing recommendation.
Club official Steven Bird explained Paramesh had recently been bowling in the nets to help India prepare for its series in Australia.
Paramesh has played 212 games for Noble Park scoring 2,151 runs at an average of 17.21 with a highest score of 91 while with the ball he has taken 224 wickets at an average of 19.05 with a best return of six wickets for 12 runs.
And the Millbrook club is in the “final stages” of signing an Indian all-rounder as professional for the forthcoming season.
The new pro will replace Hamza Nadeem who had spent the last four seasons at Stayley.
They made the decision after learning the Pakistani would arrive late because of his commitments back home.
And with the prospect of him also leaving before the end of the campaign, Stayley officials decided to explore other options.
Andy Gleave, who was Delph’s first-team captain in the Huddersfield League, has joined Stayley as vice-captain for the 2019 season.
Stayley have also snapped up wicketkeeper/batsman Matthew Maine from Dukinfield.
President Dr Martin Harvey has stood down after 13 years in the role.
Official Billy Bird said the club would like to put on record its thanks to Dr Harvey for his service, especially in securing the lottery grant to improve facilities at their Millbrook home.
Stayley has secured three major sponsorship deals for the new season with BMS Motorist Super-store, Motor Clinic and SWB Commercials.
Senior nets for the new season take place each Wednesday between 6pm-7pm at Total Cricket, Ashton and junior nets are at West Hill School, Stalybridge, at 10am each Saturday. New players welcome at both.
• Meanwhile, a major refurbishment is under way at MICKLEHURST in the wake of last March’s flood that caused serious damage at the Richmond Hill club.
The clubhouse is being re-plastered as well as having a new bar and lighting installed.
Micklehurst’s flourishing junior section is resulting in a second Under-9s team being set up for the new season as well as one at U11 level.
Micklehurst is also looking for a scorer for the new season. Anybody interested should contact the secretary on 07810 677641 to express interest or get further details.