Grappers aim to go straight back up
- Published 27/04/12 6:00 am
They will be hoping for kind weather and a good result to add to their fine victory over Bradbury St Marks in the opening match of the season.
Wicket-keeper batsman Liam Parkinson is skippering the side this term, but club captain and former Lancashire player Steve Titchard and fellow former Lancastrian Richard Green should both be available for duty most weeks.
Aussie Jason Smith, who signalled his arrival with a flamboyant 60 last week, should strengthen Grappers this summer.
The Queenslander has played grade cricket for Maroochydore Cricket Club, where Liam played in 2010 and where Grappers batsman Luke McCoy played last year.
Jason is 21, has previously represented Queensland at under-19 level and is a hard-hitting middle-order batsman and bowler of genuine pace.
According to Liam, he is one of the fastest bowlers he has kept wicket to.
Also turning out for Grappenhall this year is Daniel Hawke, a 6ft 4inch fast bowler from the Isle of Man.
He played a few games for the Broad Lane side last season, but was side-lined through a number of injuries.
He is playing at Grappenhall to further his prospects with Lancashire and is currently playing for the Lancashire Under 19s.
All in all, Grappers are making a determined effort to go straight back up to the ECB Premier division after last year's disappointing relegation.