NOW the clocks have moved forward and the sun is threatening to make an appearance, the familiar summer sound of leather on willow is just round the corner as Morecambe Cricket Club prepare for another season in the Furness Building Society Northern Premier League.
With his first child due during the summer, it is sure to be a hectic few months for Mark Woodhead as he enjoys his second stint as club captain in his 21st consecutive season playing for Morecambe’s 1st XI.
He took time out to chat about his expectations for the upcoming season and giving an insight into his team mates.
“We welcome two new faces to the first team this season, Danny Welbourne, from Lancaster and Josh Dixon from Heysham.
“We have only lost one player over the winter, Graham Cassidy. He has left us to play at Heysham, due to work commitments.
“Pakistani fast bowler Anwar Ali will replace the retired Mandla Mashimbyi as the club’s professional for the forthcoming season.
“He is 22-years-old and was born in Karachi. Anwar played for Colne in the Lancashire League in 2009 and 2010.
“In his first season he scored 371 runs for Colne and collected 76 wickets. In 2010 he scored 516 runs and took 57 wickets.
“As a priority we were looking at a strike bowler for next season and Anwar fits the bill.
“We have done our research and he comes highly recommended by players that have played with him and against him.
“Phil Dennison has been in constant touch with him all winter following his progress and now his own successful domestic season is over he can’t wait to get here.
“I met Josh (Dixon) several times over the winter to talk about him leaving Heysham, having scored heavily in the Westmorland League for them over the last couple of seasons.
“It was made even harder for him as he was also captain and had played there all his life.”
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