The season kicked off this weekend with all 3 teams in action in the GMCL League. On Saturday At Winton the 1st team posted 224, deputy pro Calvin Savage the mainstay of innings with 76. Todd Casey batted well at top of the order for 47. A number of other players also chipped in. However, with some small boundaries one side & good batting surface it wasn’t foregone conclusion at tea! The game was in the balance for nearly the whole of Winton innings who eventually with 3 overs to go gave up, and batted out thus ensuring themselves one solitary point. Jack O’ Brien & Jehangir Ali were pick of bowlers with 3-46 off 14 and 2-25 off 10 respectively.

Over at the Den on Saturday, the 2nd team posted 154-9 off their 45 overs, with Jack Ryder 36 & Danny Creer 32 the mainstay of the innings in what was a respectable total. Ryan Edge and Matt Garner picked up 3 wickets each as Unsworth remained on top throughout, easing to victory by 58 runs.

On Sunday the 3rd team were not able to complete a hat-rick of wins, despite bowling the opposition out for just 103, Matthew Gilmore’s 4-16 pick of bowling. In reply only Michael Earnshaw 29, got to grips with oppositions bowlers, but his effort was all in vein. Thanks to this weekend’s match ball sponsors, Earnshaws on Saturday & Steve Judge on Sunday. Next Saturday sees first team at home to Woodhouses, please come and watch, its your first change to see South African International Cricketer Mangaliso Moshele!

The club are delighted to announce the signing of South African International Cricketer Mangaliso Mosehle. Mosehle is a current international playing 3 games for South Africa in January of this year, where he kept wicket and batted in the middle order. His 3 games includes a blistering 32 not out off just 15 balls v Sri Lanka. He joins the club after the Home Office refused a visa for Darryl Brown. Mosehle is not the first international cricketer to play for Unsworth. In 2010, Faf Du Plessis was the stand in professional against Middleton, he has now played over 170 games for South Africa. In 1995 the club also had the services of West Indian, Gus Logie. Gus was part of the 1984 touring party to England which famously “blackwashed” England 5-0 on home soil.

With the signings of Kendrick Hatton, Leighton Friend and Aman Arora already secured for the season, the club can look forward optimistically to the season. Winter nets continue at Total Cricket in Ashton on Thursday Nights at 8pm. New players always welcome. The club would like to thank Complete Cricket Agency for securing the services of Mangaliso. And of course wish outgoing professional Chris Williams all the best who has joined Middleton.

The club are delighted to announce the signing of South African Darryl Brown. Darryl is a 33 year old fast medium bowler, and top order bat. To date he has played 100 first class games for Border, scoring over 3500 first class runs and taking 193 wickets. He brings a wealth of experience to England, To date in first class cricket, he has 2x 100s and 21x 50s to his name, along with 4 wickets on 10 occasions. The club sourced Darryl via CricIntro, Thanks to the help of Gary Hunt.

Thanks go to outgoing professional Chris Williams. Chris joined the club in 2013, ironically making his debut against Middleton who he has now joined as professional. In his first season Chris bowled the 2nd most amount of overs in the league, ending the season with over 80 wickets for the club along with 800 runs. The club missed out on promotion to the top tier of the CLL, finishing 3rd but claiming Oldham Subsidary trophy. The team also reached 20/20 finals day, thanks largely to William's contributions. In his 2nd season he took over the captaincy, and guided the team to 2nd in the league and thus securing promotion with a game to spare. Chris's stats were just as impressive as his 1st season at the club, and like the 1st year he managed a solitary ton, this time against Crompton. 2015 season saw the last year of the Central Lancashire League, and the fixtures were much tougher in the top tier, the team however managed to finish 7th, and William's impressive performances earned him another contract with the club. 2016 saw the club join the top tier of the Greater Manchester Cricket League, and the team struggled to recover from poor early start. An impressive 115* v Prestwich and 5 wickets, along with equally impressive performances against Bury and Clifton hauled the team out of the relegation zone. Unfortunately the team went down on the last game of the season despite a win in final game. Chris ended the season with over 550 runs and 41 wickets for the club in 2016.

Junior training starts at Derby High School on Sunday Feb 12th for 9 weeks. Under 9-11 is from 2-3pm, with the Under 13s- 15s the hour after (ie 3-4pm). No specific kit needed, all welcome, just bring along £3.

Senior training continues at Total Cricket, Ashton, every Thursday till end of March. The club has 2 lanes booked and its from 8-9pm, again cost is £3.