We’ll have real star quality, says Glicher
STEVENGLICHERISHOPING a sprinkling of Old Trafford magic will inspire his South Manchester Sports Club side to glory in this year’s Greater Manchester Amateur Cricket League.
Glicher’s men have been undergoing training at Lancashire County Cricket Club with players being put through their paces on a weekly basis for the past two months.
And Glicher, whose side features award-winning batsman Akiva Lieberman, is hoping the training picked up at the home of the County champions will give his side an extra edge to their play this year.
“We’ve been preparing well for the new season having had regular coaching sessions at Old Trafford with LCCC since the beginning of February,” said Glicher.
“We have strengthened our squad with the signing of Steven Allweis this year and the fact that Huddy Lieberman will be available all season.
“We finished sixth in the league last year and will be looking to improve on this. Akiva Lieberman was last year’s player of the year with several very impressive performances.
“We are hoping that he will continue in a similar vein this year which will encourage other players to up their game.
“D a v i d Cohen has been impressing in the nets, and other youngs t e r s i n c l u d - ing Josh Oehley are expected to impress.
“We are very confident that we will improve on last year’s efforts as we have retained the bulk of the squad and have got used to the standard expected of us.”
Ray Tammam, captain of Manchester Maccabi, is confident of an improvement in his team’s fortunes following a disappointing campaign last summer.
“We finished lower than we would have liked last season in a tough new league and hope to do better this season,” he said.
“Our key players will include Daniel Franks and Stuart Simpson and as we always try to do - we will involve upand-coming youngsters as much as possible, including Rafi Dines and Joe Lewis, to name but two.
“We look forward to the season starting at the end of April and hopefully a bit of nice weather.”
Robert Marks has taken over from Josh Henry as the new captain of Salford Jewish CC and the skipper has set his sights on helping his side move away from the lower reaches of the division.
He said: “We have a young squad, made up primarily of schoolboys and students, but with enough ‘more experienced’ hands to help out and keep things ticking over. “Last year being our first season outside of the Manchester Jewish Cricket League was a learning experience and we realised we had to quickly adapt to a far higher standard of cricket.”
South all-rounder Akiva Lieberman