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LOSTOCK CRICKET CLUB

Frantic 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.

Our 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….