Micklehurst rising from the ashes
Thursday 6th September 2018 @ 15:34 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Micklehurst Cricket Club is rising from the ashes after the club was hit by the moorland fires.

Due to the residual impact of the fires, which ravaged the surrounding areas for over a month, the club was forced to shut down for four weeks and subsequently lost revenue.

In a bid to recoup those losses, the club held a special T20 fixture against Stayley last week.

The fundraiser, which included a barbeque, raffle, music and entertainment, attracted a number of special guests and dignitaries, including Greater Manchester Fire Service and Oldham Mountain Rescue Team.

Reflecting on a nightmare period for the club, committee member Mark Woodhead said: “We make a lot of money through the bar, and without having a fixture the revenue stopped.

“We did ok when the World Cup was on, and we got good turnouts for indoor activities, but fundamentally we make money from the bar when our members and visitors use the facility. We’re looking to end the season with a bit of a cash injection.”

During the club’s time of crisis, which included a string of fixture postponements, the cricket family rallied round in a show of solidarity. Greenfield provided an opportunity for the club to run a bbq at one of their home games, while a number of donations were also received from other clubs in the Greater Manchester Cricket League.

The league itself donated money to provide free drinks for those who attended the game last week.

Mark said the support from other clubs and the local community has been nothing short of super. “We were lucky enough to receive a signed Lancashire Cricket bat which was up for auction on the evening, and we also had support from other businesses, including Mossley Health and Fitness Centre and Saddleworth Golf Club. We can’t thank those who have helped us enough.”

Micklehurst finish their campaign in Greater Manchester Division Two A with a home clash against leaders Droylsden on Saturday, before a tough trip to highflying Westleigh the following weekend, who secured promotion with victory over Shaw at the start of September.

While the odds are stacked against them, Mark is hoping the club can end the season on a high. He said: “We’ve had a good season, although we’ve not had the results we perhaps should have had on some occasions.

“We’ve had good away wins at Glossop and most recently Prestwich, which have been enjoyable and boosted team morale. Some other games we fell a little bit short, so we’re at the wrong end of the table but with a few games to go, we’re looking to maintain our position in this division.”