Micklehurst CC set to join the GMCL next season – Mark Woodhead explains why
Tuesday 8th August 2017 @ 12:37 by Mark Phillip


Micklehurst Cricket Club has revealed its intention to join the Greater Manchester Cricket League for the 2018 season.

The announcement follows the news that the Pennine Cricket League will be coming to a close after just two years, having been unable to retain enough clubs to make the league a viable competition next season.

Micklehurst are set to be joined in the Greater Manchester League next season by Stayley and Ashton, who themselves are founding members of the Pennine League after joining in 2016 from the Saddleworth and District League and the Central Lancashire League respectively.

Although the final placement in terms of the Tameside PCL clubs remains to be determined it is not unrealistic to suggest that Stayley will be placed in Division 1 and Ashton and Micklehurst in Division 2.

Stayley’s promotion in 2016 and their consolidation in the PCL Premiership this year provides the basis for a placement in the higher division.  Both Ashton and Micklehurst have struggled this year and a place in Division 2 could well allow the clubs to develop and become more competitive.

Speaking to Reporter Sport about Micklehurst’s decision to join the GMCL, committee member, Mark Woodhead said: “We sat and waited to see what transpired with the Pennine Cricket League, but it became apparent that it wasn’t a viable league any longer, so on the recommendation with the people looking at these things, we’ve decided to apply, en bloc, to the Greater Manchester League for the 2018 season.”

Mark said he was disappointed with the way in which things have panned out – especially after only two seasons – but did admit he’s looking forward to the future. “We came out of the Saddleworth League to join the Pennine League, which has only lasted the two years, but it’s onwards and upwards.

“We’ll see how things transpire and make the best of it”.

Although the 2017 season is coming to a close, the club is calling on the local community to help attract new players – both senior and junior – ahead of next year. Mark said: “First and foremost we need to have a level of cricket which is sustainable for the club – we always need new players and we’re always looking for new players at every level.

“Perhaps as we enter the Greater Manchester League, that’s the best time to get some new blood into the club. We’re always looking for new talent”.

Micklehurst fell to a seven wicket defeat at Werneth on Saturday.

The first team return to league action this weekend against Uppermill at home.