Ashton CC prepare for 2017 season
Monday 16th January 2017 @ 08:45 by Mark Phillip

Waking to snow last Friday it seemed a long way from the 2017 cricket season. But at Reyner Lane Ashton officials are well advanced in planning ahead for the second season in the Pennine Cricket League. As brought to you in last week’s Reporter Sport Ashton have joined together with the Greater Manchester Sports Partnership to provide free coaching, practice sessions and membership for 2017 for juniors joining the Club for the first time. Any junior interested is more than welcome at West Hill School from 2.00 – 4.00 every Saturday.

On the other side of the world Chami Ediririsinghe, who will be returning to Reyner Lane as professional, has had an outstanding campaign in the 1st class competition in his native Sri Lanka. Ashton members are well aware of his bowling process, and with him picking up 39 wickets in just 5 games, at an average of under 13 apiece, it bodes well for another successful time at Ashton. His progress with the bat has also been encouraging. It was only in the latter part of his first season at Ashton that he found any kind of batting form, but given increased responsibility for his team back home, (Sri Lanka Ports Authority), he has averaged over 50. On this basis Ashton will certainly be hoping to build on the excellent progress made last year.

Further afield Bradley Woolley has spent the winter in Australia, enjoying a season of Grade A club cricket “Down Under”. Based at Boisdale Briagolong CC, in the Mebourne area, he has had a decent return, featuring well with the ball. Still only just 18, Woolley has already picked up 120 wickets in senior cricket since making his Ashton 1st XI debut in 2014.

By Martin Frost