Re­cruits give two sides op­ti­mism

Halifax Courier - - Bowls - Tow­er­gate Hal­i­fax League: Ian Rush­worth

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

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