efforts to secure the future of cricket for the seniors were rewarded
when the Manchester Association agreed to allow us to join the league
for the 2006 season, but still the problems with the ground hung over
the club like the proverbial sword of Damacles. At the end of 2007 we
were served notice to vacate the ground, and again the committee went
into overdrive. A deal was agreed with Haydock CC to accommodate the
senior teams with a similar solution at Bolton School for the juniors.
Not ideal but at least it meant we could continue to play cricket.
time in the Manchester Association has been fruitless in terms of
trophies, but we have visited many new grounds and made many new
friends. Sadly the last couple of years have seen a gradual exodus of
clubs from the MDCA with the likes of Stretford, Hindley St Peters,
Westleigh, Brooksbottom and Euxton all moving on to pastures new. Once
again there was a threat to our future and this time it wasn’t just the
ground. Thankfully the announcement of the deal to finally complete the
new ground at Chew Moor came at the most opportune moment possible with
the Bolton Association deciding to expand the league by 4 clubs, and
helped enable us to reactivate our membership. Eight years away has to
some of us felt like a lifetime, but we should be forever grateful to
the Manchester Association for providing the opportunity to keep the
club going in these difficult years.
A new dawn approaches and seldom can it have been so keenly anticipated….