Friendly fixtures and new skip for seconds

The club have announced their pre-season friendlies ahead of the first team’s inaugural campaign in Lancashire League Division One.

The firsts will take on old Bolton League rivals Farnworth at Bridgeman Park on Saturday, 9th April with the second eleven hosting Farnworth’s second string at the Log Cabin on the same day.

Twenty-four hours later the firsts then take on Greater Manchester League champions Prestwich at The Heys in just the kind of tough encounter required if they are to be focused and ready to take on Lancashire League champs Burnley on the opening day of the season.

The third team open their league account with a home game against Accrington thirds on Sunday, April 10th.

There’s no change in the first and third team captaincy for the summer with Ryan Senior and Mark Crowther again taking up the roles respectively, however it’ll be a new face tossing up for the second team.

Oliver Dixon is taking up the skipper’s job following Alex Bullen’s decision to step down from the position.

Cricket chairman Andy Skinner said: “I’d like to thank Alex for all his hard work with the ‘twos’ over the past three seasons and I’m sure his replacement Olly will be a great success .

“Ryan and Mark bring continuity to the firsts and thirds and I know they are looking forward to a great summer once we get started in April.

“We are fortunate to have such capable and popular lads as team captains and I’m certain all three will continue to set great examples both on the field and off.”

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