After retaining our 1st X1 Premier League status with a strong end to an otherwise disappointing season, we are looking to recapture the form that saw us finish 4th in 2014.
The club are delighted to announce that Danny and Emma Lamb have committed to stay at Bramhall in 2016, and both will hope to build on their successes this year.
Danny has been rewarded for his great form with the bat (755 league runs @ 47) and some vital and often fiery spells with the ball (30 wickets @ 27), by being offered a scholarship contract with Lancashire for the 2015/16 season, meaning that he will now be training regularly with the 1st team squad. This is a fantastic achievement, and we hope to see Danny build on his strong performances for Bramhall and Lancashire 2nd X1 by taking the next step in his development.
Emma will continue in the Lancashire Academy, and has recently been named in the England Women’s academy pathway squad. Emma made several impressive contributions to the 1st team at Bramhall last season, including a maiden half century at Marple, and her progression in the Women’s game also continues to be very strong.
Australian Dale McKay has also committed to return to Bramhall in 2016 after his first season with the club was unfortunately cut short. Dale plays for Hawkesbury CC in the Sydney Grade competition, and is a stand out performer in arguably the strongest club league in the world. Dale previously played for Formby CC in the Liverpool Competition, and helped himself to 1,042 league runs @ 57.9 in the 2014 season. Dale will add much needed stability to the top order and some great experience to the dressing room, and will also provide top quality coaching, particularly to the junior players at the club.
Added to this, we have been very lucky to secure the services of two new players with big reputations in local cricket who we hope will give us the impetus to step up a level in the Premier League in 2016.
Adam Wilde will join the top order as a heavy scoring batsman from Cheadle Hulme. Adam will bring great experience with him, and has consistently been one of the top scorers in division one over the years. Adam will bring a competitive edge to the line-up, and will hope to replicate his form in the Premier League
Also joining from Cheadle Hulme is all-rounder Iftikhar Naseer. Iftikhar is an explosive top order batsman, who has taken many attacks apart in his time in the Cheshire County League with both Cheadle Hulme and Christleton. He is also a very reliable bowler, and will add an extra dimension to our bowling attack.
We wish both players well and we are sure all members will make them feel welcome at the club.