The senior squad has been hard at work on Tuesday evenings since the start of the year, as they prepare for the 2017 season and aiming to at least emulate the successes of 2016.
Training runs from 8pm-9pm in 3 lanes of Lancashire CCC’s excellent indoor facility at Old Trafford, which gives batsmen a chance to face all bowlers and make use of bowling machines – whilst the bowlers have the advantage of coming in off their full runs. The sessions are usually themed around a certain aspect of matchplay each week, and the attendees are given a short briefing before the session and feedback afterwards. The indoor sessions continue through to APril
We’ve had several new faces along who are considering becoming a Beaver for 2017. Two new faces that have already committed to Bramhall are Matt Higginbottom and Gavin Tomlinson . Matt is a genuine allrounder and was a Derbyshire for several seasons after working his way up through their junior system. Gavin is a batting allrounder with Cheshire County 1st XI experience at Middlewich and both are strong additions to the club.
Bramhall’s 1st XI have unfortunately won’t have excellent Aussie Dale McKay returning in 2017, but retain all other squad members from last season. Another recognisable face returning to Church Lane after several years working away, is Luke Smith, who will bring energy to the batting and fielding.
Danny Lamb, who is now on a full contract with Lancashire CCC, has with the Beavers already, despite a busy schedule of cricket and fitness training at Old Trafford over the winter. After selection into the Lancs 1st XI squad towards the end of last season, he’ll be looking forward to working with the structure at Old Trafford – whilst hopefully playing at many games for Bramhall as possible.
Danny’s sister, Emma, has been featured in print and on TV as she looks forward to her second season of Women’s Super League cricket with the Lancashire Thunder – having made a very positive impact in 2016. Despite only just turning 19, Emma has been called up into the full England Ladies’ squad in Sri Lanka during the winter, after training in Abu Dhabi, and has more recently travelled out to Mumbai for specialist batting training. Like her brother, Bramhall will be hoping to see Emma regularly taking the field for them in 2017, as we hope she can build on her previous 1st & 2nd XI performances.
Do get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are thinking about playing for a new club in 2017 and would like to come to senior training to get a feel for Bramhall.