STALYBRIDGE St Paul’s Cricket Club start gearing up for their 2018 season in early February when their pre-season nets commence.
Senior pre-season training starts on Tuesday, February 6 at Top Cricket, Ashton, between 8pm-9pm.
Anybody interested in joining the club either as a player or volunteer should contact first-team captain Jamie Brownhill on 07920 056659.
Junior training, aged 11 and under, has already started and takes place on Saturday at West Hill High School between 10am-11.30am.
Beginners are welcome and all equipment is provided. Contact Nigel Corless on 07752 897623.
Stalybridge first team will be in division three of the Derbyshire and Cheshire Cricket League which contains local teams such as Hollingworth and Charlesworth, with the second team winning promotion last year, placing them in division five, playing teams such as Dinting, Old Glossop and Hayfield.
Jamie said: “Pre-season training starts soon and we have had a couple of new players wanting to join us, so although senior playing numbers are alright at the moment, we are always on the lookout for new players to come along.
“We have a great atmosphere at our club and welcome anybody wishing to join, be it playing, scoring the games (training is provided), helping on the ground or just offering us general help on matchdays and around the club.
“I am excited about the season ahead and am hopeful that both our teams can build on last season and aim for the higher league positions, although it will be tough.”
“Off the field, we are also currently on the lookout for new sponsors to go along with the local businesses who have kindly donated recently.
“The Bridge Inn, McDermott Solicitors, Mortgage Force, Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club and Carrs the Bakers have all made very kind contributions in recent seasons.
“This helps us buy things like junior playing kit, groundcare equipment and making sure our club is suitable to host local groups such as Weight Watchers, Stalybridge Photographic Club and Dynamite Dance Streetdance. We are a fully amateur club and without this sort of continued support we would struggle to operate.”