THERE will be plenty of local interest in Division Two of the County League as newly-promoted Alvanley join Tattenhall and Malpas.
Alvanley, last season’s unbeaten Meller Braggins League champions, have retained their 2011 squad and have resisted the temptation to sign an overseas pro.
Skipper Andy Bennion said: “Much of the winter’s focus has been on improving the club itself, with a scorebox extension and an extensive decorating and refurbishing project taking centre stage.”
Times are changing at TATTENHALL. The club has welcomed back New Zealander Tom Hyslop, the division’s leading all-rounder last season. Hyslop has taken over as skipper from Roy Sandford, who will continue behind the stumps.
John Hope’s retirement from first XI cricket and the arrival of Gary Forster’s new twin baby girls combine to give the team a new look this year, paving the way for the emergence of youngsters like Stuart Sadler and Callum Wilson.
Mark Sandford will take the reins of the 2nd XI, replacing Ewan Drake.
MALPAS have not lost any players for their second successive season in the County League. They have signed overseas player Paddy Mackrell, a 24-year-old batsman/first-change bowler from Riverside Cricket Club who has played Grade A cricket in Tasmania. Jon Suckley takes over as first-team captain.