Recruits give two sides optimism
BLACKLEY and Warley, sides who finished too close to the bottom of the Premier Division for comfort last season, will be hoping for improvement with new blood in their ranks for 2011.
The action gets under way today and league official Neil Myers has had the usual late flood of registrations.
Blackley, Division One champions in 2008 and title winners in the top section 12 months later, had a troubled 2010 in spite of successfully hosting the Parish Cup final of the first time.
Their six captures include useful bowler Tom Greenwood, who is returning from Elland, and highly-rated batsman Barry Hawksworth from Bolton Villas.
Warley, as already announced, have all-rounder Michael Midwood and opening batsman Wayne Swift back in the fold.
They also have a young New Zealander for the third year running, obtained via a contact of former skipper Ian Shaw, who is a cricket development officer in Cumbria.
Mitchell Renwick, who follows in the footsteps of Brandon Venter and Dan Temm, is an 18-year-old batsman, who is a UK passport holder.
Rob Keywood, who has led Warley to several trophy successes in the past, is back as first team captain.
He said: “We’ve a stronger side this year and selection has been quite difficult - we’ve had to leave out a few first teamers.
“But the league is wide open.”
Bradshaw and promoted Old Crossleyans have also been quite active on the transfer front and the other Premier sides will be monitoring the early success of their new players.
Back at Blackley: Tom Greenwood