2023 campaign starts with Rishton clash
Greenmount kick off the Lancashire League Division Two campaign for 2023 with a home clash against Rishton on Sunday, April 16th.
In the Worsley Cup first round to be played on Saturday, May 6th the Mount have home advantage again when Church are the visitors to the Log Cabin.
The season concludes on Sunday, September 10 when Rawtenstall are the visitors.
Full first team fixtures are:
Sunday April 16: Greenmount v Rishton
Sunday April 23: Crompton v Greenmount
Sunday April 30: Greenmount v Colne
Saturday May 6: Greenmount v Church (Worsley Cup 1st round)
Sunday May 7: Middleton v Greenmount
Saturday May 13: Worsley Cup 1st round reserve date
Sunday May 14: Greenmount v East Lancs
Sunday May 21: Church v Greenmount
Saturday May 27: Worsley Cup 2nd round
Sunday May 28: Greenmount v Great Harwood
Saturday June 3: Worsley Cup 2nd round reserve date
Sunday June 4: Greenmount v Accrington
Sunday June 11: Bacup v Greenmount
Saturday June 17: Worsley Cup quarter-finals
Sunday June 18: Greenmount v Nelson
Saturday June 24: Worsley Cup quarter-finals reserve date
Sunday June 25: Rawtenstall v Greenmount
Sunday July 2: Rishton v Greenmount
Saturday July 8: Worsley Cup semi-finals
Sunday July 9: Greenmount v Crompton
Sunday July 16: Colne v Greenmount
Sunday July 23: Greenmount v Middleton
Saturday July 29: Worsley Cup semi-finals reserve date
Sunday July 30: East Lancs v Greenmount
Sunday August 6: Greenmount v Church
Saturday August 12: Gt Harwood v Greenmount
Sunday August 13: Worsley Cup final
Saturday August 19: Worsley Cup final reserve date
Sunday August 20: Accrington v Greenmount
Sunday August 27: Greenmount v Bacup
Sunday September 3: Nelson v Greenmount
Sunday September 10: Greenmount v Rawtenstall
T20 COMPETITION FIXTURES
In the Lancashire League’s T20 competition Greenmount have been drawn in the JWL MPA (Manchester Pale Ale) section.
Fixtures are as follows:
Friday May 26: Greenmount v Todmorden
Friday June 2: Greenmount v Walsden
Friday June 9: Norden v Greenmount
Friday June 16: Bacup v Greenmount
Friday June 23: Greenmount v Ramsbottom
Friday June 30: Quarter-finals
Friday July 7: Quarter-finals reserve date
Monday July 28: Finals Day
Saturday September 2: Finals Day reserve date
SECOND ELEVEN FIXTURES
Sunday April 16: Rishton II v Greenmount II
Sunday April 23: Greenmount II v Crompton II
Sunday April 30: Walsden II v Greenmount II
Saturday May 6: Church II v Greenmount II (Junior Cup first round)
Sunday May 7: Greenmount II v Middleton II
Saturday May 13: Junior Cup 1st round reserve date
Sunday May 14: East Lancs II v Greenmount II
Sunday May 21: Greenmount II v Church II
Saturday May 27: Junior Cup 2nd round
Sunday May 28: Great Harwood II v Greenmount II
Saturday June 3: Junior Cup 2nd round reserve date
Sunday June 4: Accrington II v Greenmount II
Sunday June 11: Greenmount II v Todmorden II
Saturday June 17: Junior Cup quarter-finals
Sunday June 18: Nelson II v Greenmount II
Saturday June 24: Junior Cup quarter-finals reserve date
Sunday June 25: Greenmount II v Rawtenstall II
Sunday July 2: Greenmount II v Rishton II
Saturday July 8: Junior Cup semi-finals
Sunday July 9: Crompton II v Greenmount II
Sunday July 16: Greenmount II v Walsden II
Sunday July 23: Middleton II v Greenmount II
Saturday July 29: Junior Cup semi-finals reserve date
Sunday July 30: Greenmount II v East Lancs II
Saturday August 5: JW Lees Junior Cup final
Sunday August 6: Church II v Greenmount II
Saturday August 12: Greenmount II v Great Harwood II
Saturday August 19: Junior Cup final reserve date
Sunday August 20: Greenmount II v Accrington II
Sunday August 27: Todmorden II v Greenmount II
Sunday September 3: Greenmount II v Nelson II
Sunday September 10: Rawtenstall II v Greenmount II
Back to the future as Travis makes a return
Travis Townsend – who was a popular club professional in 2015 and 2016 – is returning to the Mount as first team captain for the summer of 2023.
The talented South African all-rounder replaces Ryan Senior who is standing down from the skipper’s role after four years in the hot seat.
Travis (pictured right) has been paid man at Littleborough CC since 2019 following a spell with Heywood after leaving Brandlesholme Road.
He has now decided to leave the professional ranks and his acquisition is another massive boost hard on the heels of the announcement of his countryman Jacques Snyman joining the club as professional for 2023.
Club chairman Andy Skinner said: “I’d like to place on record a big thank-you to Ryan for his work over the past few years.
“He feels it is time to step down and allow a fresh approach but we are pleased that he will continue to play for us.
“He guided us to promotion to the Lancashire League top flight in our first season and that was no mean achievement and, looking forward, his experience will be invaluable to our young first team players.”
Meanwhile, the club’s Head of Cricket John Stevens said: “I’m delighted Travis has chosen to return to Greenmount for the long term in an amateur capacity.
“I believe his wealth of experience combined with natural leadership skills and energetic enthusiasm are just what we need to kick start positive momentum on the field across the club.”
Meanwhile, it’s ‘as you were’ for Oli Dixon and Mark Crowther who are set to continue their good work as skippers of the second and third teams respectively.
John takes the reins to drive Mount forward
The club are delighted to announce that Lancashire Under-11 team manager John Stevens is to take up the role of Head of Cricket at the Log Cabin with immediate effect.
A former player with the club, he is a vastly experienced coach and he will oversee the Under-13s, Under-15s, Under-18s through to the open age third, second and first elevens.
Father of the club’s Under-19 Scotland international Dan Stevens, John is looking forward to taking on his role saying: “We aren’t going to take our relegation from Lancashire League Division One last summer lying down.”
“All aspects of the club are changing positively – on and off the field – and that has to be really encouraging.
“Even in the first two weeks of the Emerging Players Programme we are running there has been a massive change in the attitude of the junior players who are involved.
“The programme is 17 weeks long and I have said to the lads that they will really benefit from the sessions if they progress as they have started.”