Stone aims for pro­mo­tion push

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Sport - BY EMMA SAN­DERS

JON STONE is look­ing to build on his side’s strong fin­ish to the sea­son by launch­ing a pro­mo­tion push for next year.

The Burscough skip­per con­firmed he will be cap­tain­ing the side again next sea­son and their main aim will be to se­cure a path to the Liver­pool Gin Liver­pool Com­pe­ti­tion ECB Premier Di­vi­sion.

Stone is pleased with how his team’s 2017 cam­paign has panned out – but ad­mit­ted it was a poor start and that might have af­fected their pro­mo­tion hopes.

“We have had a good sea­son over­all,” said Stone. “We lost ev­ery game apart from one in our first eight matches but since then we have been un­beaten.

“If we would have had a bet­ter start we would have been right up there. We have played some re­ally good cricket over the course of the sum­mer.

“I’m very proud of ev­ery­one who has been in­volved this sea­son.

“I look for­ward to cap­tain­ing the side again next sea­son and who knows, we could push for pro­mo­tion and be the first Burscough side to ever make it into the Premier Di­vi­sion. Fin­gers crossed!”

Burscough were un­able to get their game with Sefton Park un­der way on Satur­day due to poor weather and they were forced to can­cel.

Stone and his side will have to wait un­til this Satur­day to re­turn to ac­tion for their fi­nal First Di­vi­sion game of the sea­son at rel­e­gated Hightown St Mary’s.

Satur­day’s can­cel­la­tion will make no dif­fer­ence to Burscough’s sixth po­si­tion in the ta­ble but skip­per Stone ad­mit­ted the play­ers are keen to get back in ac­tion this week­end.

“The game be­ing called off has had no ef­fect on our pos­si­ble ta­ble po­si­tion be­cause we couldn’t have climbed any higher than sixth in the last two games any­way,” said Stone.

“Ob­vi­ously, it was still dis­ap­point­ing not to get a game of cricket un­der way but in the grand scheme of things, it didn’t make too much dif­fer­ence.

“We are all look­ing for­ward to the last game of the sea­son on Satur­day though as we will be hav­ing a bit of fun. We’ll let peo­ple who wouldn’t nor­mally bowl, bowl and mess­ing around with the bat­ting or­der a bit.

“We have a full strength team so we do ex­pect to win against op­po­si­tion that have al­ready been rel­e­gated.”

Alex Parkes gives Burscough the lead from the penalty spot at Run­corn Town on Satur­day – but they even­tu­ally went down 3-2 to the run­away Hall­mark Se­cu­rity League Premier Di­vi­sion lead­ers. It leaves Burscough still look­ing for their first league win of th

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