Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ELTON ALL SET FOR A FRESH START IN CLL ; Bury-Based Club Has Made Its Long-Awaited Switch from the Bolton Association

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ELTON ALL SET FOR A FRESH START IN CLL ; Bury-Based Club Has Made Its Long-Awaited Switch from the Bolton Association

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CENTRAL Lancashire League new boys Elton says it has made the move from the Bolton Association in order to keep more of its promising youngsters.

The Bury-based club has made its long-awaited switch to the CLL, which now holds 18 teams across two divisions instead of 16, and it will play its cricket in the 2015 Championship alongside ex- Saddleworth League outfit Heyside.

This was the club's third attempt to move, and chairman Geoff Hall is confident it can compete on the field in the short and, more so, long term.

"Over the last 10 years, we've produced some good young cricketers," he said.

"But, unfortunately, they have left to go to clubs in other leagues that I think they thought were better.

"This was our third attempt to try to move into the CLL, so it's not something that has happened overnight.

"We run five junior teams - Under-9s, 11s, 13s, 15s and 18s - and three senior teams, two of which will play in the CLL and the third currently plays in the North Manchester Cricket League.

"We're hoping that the lads we develop from Under-9s will now stop with us and continue into playing senior cricket.

"Over the last 10 years, we've been fairly successful, although perhaps not quite as much of late.

"Our first team won the Cross Cup five times in seven years and the league twice, including the double in 2006, and our seconds won their Cup three times in six successive final appearances in the 2000s and three league titles.

"Our third team fluctuates, and their success depends on the age of the juniors we are developing. This year, they just got relegated, but the year before we got promoted."

There have been a few changes at senior level ahead of 2015, but Hall, who has released homegrown allround pro Chris Read, continued: "We think we are ready to compete. I wouldn't expect promotion, but I certainly think we'll be competitive. …

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