Foxes hunt success in top league

Elworth CC Yasir Ali and Raj Kumar (FILEminimizer)

Elworth CC’s first XI are in the nets and anticipating a successful season in the top flight of club cricket.

Last season’s excellent performances saw the Foxes promoted to the North Staffs & South Cheshire Premier Division.

They finished one agonising point behind champions Blythe but 81 points ahead of third placed Moddershall and the top two were consistently several laps ahead of the field.

Elworth have had two previous, brief experiences of premier league cricket.

Club chairman Dave Buckley hopes that this time the experience will be different.

He said: “If everyone plays to their full potential there is no reason why we can’t do well in the Premier division.

“We have experienced players who know what Premier division cricket entails.

“Chris Regan had his best ever season last year and will want to continue that form into the new campaign.

“We have an excellent professional in Yasir Ali who will be coming off the back of one of his best first class seasons in Pakistan.

“We also have a number of young players who will be keen to prove themselves at the higher level.”

The importance of young players coming through is vital for the club’s future.

Dave added: “We have always been fortunate in producing good young cricketers from our junior ranks and our junior cricket section continues to thrive with the support of volunteer team management and coaching.

“In addition we are able to call on experienced cricketers like Raj Kumar and Yasir Ali to enhance coaching and act as role models for aspiring juniors.

“Expect players like Ed Parrish, Joe Stephenson and James Holt to continue to improve in 2018.”

Indoor training for U7s, U9s & U11s runs on Sundays until March 25, from 4pm at Sandbach School at £3 per session.

Speaking about the club’s facilities, the Foxes chairman added: “The ground improvements over the last five years now make for excellent facilities.

“The three-lane practice nets and the well prepared and protected pitches are ideal for player development.

“The added draw of Premier league cricket means we are well set for a fantastic summer of cricket at all levels within Elworth Cricket Club.”

The first fixture is a trip to play Meakins in Hanley followed by the first home game on Saturday April 28 against Checkley.

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