Bury CC are ready to bowl over the opposition this season thanks to some important signings on and off the pitch.
Club captain Karl Belston says the addition of exciting new players, as well as the re-signing of one of the club’s major sponsors, building contractor Cube Construct, have given the club just the boost it needs as it prepares for its first season in the Greater Manchester Cricket League.
Karl says: “It is going to be an exciting year. We have Cube Construct on-board again, our shirt sponsors, who continue to support all the teams throughout the club. We have also got a really good core of young amateurs, as well as some very experienced cricketers joining us. We have had some players move on, so we’ve had to do a bit of recruiting this year.
“One of our biggest signings is Mohammed Jamal, who is a very experienced cricketer. He has been playing for Northern Premier League side Chorley, so we are excited at what he will bring to the table.
“We are also looking forward to seeing what our amateurs can do, the likes of Sam Massey and Alex Breckin, who have come through the ranks.”
Karl admits it is a big year for himself, too, who is stepping up to captain the club, taking over from none other than his brother, Simon, who has emigrated to Australia.
“Losing Simon, our captain for the last eight years, has been a really big blow for us, he was one of the top amateurs about, and his performances mirrored the professionals. We are also in a new league with the big guns, so the cricket could be a lot tougher. We will be up against plenty of local rivals, including Prestwich, Unsworth, and Edgworth, so there’s a lot to look forward to.”
Pete Laithwaite, CEO of Cube Construct, said he is delighted to be sponsoring the club again: “It is a big season for the club, with a new captain, a new league, and some stiff competition. It’s a great time for Cube Construct to be involved with the club. We are right behind the lads, and wish them all the best during the upcoming season.”
Bury CC first Xl play Stretford away next Saturday in a friendly, with their league campaign beginning on the 17th.