Saints lay groundwork to build on double success

DENTON St Lawrence have already laid the groundwork to carry on their phenomenal success after walking away with the double this season.

The club is still celebrating after landing the Greater Manchester Cricket League Premier Division title to add to the Derek Kay Cup.But it is hoped the basis of the most successful team in its history means further silverware could be on its way to Sycamore Park.

Several members came through the ranks at St Lawrence, giving captain Adam Hawley hope for the future.

Signing the likes of overseas pro Neil Hornbuckle, who told the Correspondent he will be back for 2020, was also a huge factor.

Adam said: “I am immensely proud of the players and the work they put in, especially in the first half of the season.

“Poor weather disrupted the second half of the summer but we stuck at it and showed good battling qualities.

“We have a great balance in every department and a good team spirit, which is a dream for any captain.

“Neil had a big influence on the lads’ work ethic but the confidence they had in themselves shone through.

“Winning the GMCL and being the first team to do the league and cup double is a fantastic achievement for the club.

“Seven of the squad played their junior cricket at Denton St Lawrence and the new signings this season fitted in like they’d played for the club all their lives, which certainly helped.”

Next year, the GMCL will restructure as its aims to move to five ‘linear’ divisions for the 2021 season.

And there is a chance its Sunday competition, in which St Lawrence’s third XI finished second in division ‘A’, may trim its season from 18 games to 16.

A spokesman for the GMCL said: “This season we organised a 12 game and an 18 game season for clubs and it is our intention to consider the same next season.

“Although we are open to going to 16 instead of 18 because more than a quarter of Sunday fixtures have been rearranged this season for many reasons or there may be other suggestions.”

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