City Cup 2016 Kicks Off on Friday 15 July
The Lancashire region ECB City Cup kicks of this Friday with what promises to be 5 weeks of exciting Twenty 20 Competition as players from across Greater Manchester, Preston, Blackburn and Burnley look to showcase their skills.
The Lancashire Competition is, in the main, a selection process as at the completion a squad of players will be selected to represent ‘Team Manchester’ in the National ECB City Cup which starts on August Bank Holiday weekend, a competition that is well attended by ECB Talent Managers who are looking for players that might be able to progress to a higher standard of cricket as we look to connect the recreational and professional game.
Following the completion of the Lancashire Way’s ‘X Factor’ South Asian Talent Search programme run by the Lancashire Cricket Board in conjunction with Lancashire County Cricket Club and LCCC Foundation, five squads have been selected as below by their respective coaches. Over 100 players attended trials and there is excitement around the talent within each of the squads. Many of the players aren’t linked to cricket clubs and it is hoped that this competition will also give opportunities for those who aren’t involved with clubs to be so.
All Stars - Raj Arora
Daredevils - Farouk Hussain
Kings - Abid Hussain
Panther - Mo Patel
Royals - Qas Ali
The five team competition is a round robin format over the next five Friday evenings, July 15th until August 12th with two fixtures taking place each week. Our thanks go to Droylsden CC, Deane & Derby CC, Preston CC, South West Manchester CC and Cherry Tree CC as the current venues.
You can keep up to date with news, fixtures, players and results via the website: http://ecbt20citycup.play-cricket.com/ (drop down “Division - Manchester 2016”).
James Cutt, LCB’s Clubs and Leagues Officer, said: “This process started right at the beginning of 2016 as we looked to make links with local South Asian communities, in particular local faith groups and areas of the County where there was a potential high interest in cricket. The number of players who attended trials was encouraging and I look forward now to seeing some good cricket where the players really do have a fantastic opportunity to showcase their skills. My thanks go to players, coaches, clubs, umpires, scorers and other volunteers who will be involved with this year’s City Cup and I hope everyone enjoys the experience.”
This programme continues to grow and it is hoped in 2017 that capacity will allow us to identify additional areas of the County where new players can become more involved.
For more information please contact James Cutt on 07595 520536 or via email at email@example.com.