Crompton CC debut in Lancashire League

CROMPTON Cricket Club’s debut season in the Lancashire League gets underway on Sunday, April 22 with a visit to Burnley, the club where England bowling legend James Anderson began his playing days.


Aubrey Swanepoel

The Glebe Street had been due to begin their league campaign at home to Great Harwood last weekend only for the game to be postponed through an unfit ground.

Crompton captain Simon Wright describes it as a journey into the unknown as they are one of seven former CLL clubs to join the Lancashire League following the demise of the Pennine League after only two seasons.

Wright said: “It will be interesting to see how the old CLL clubs do in the Lancashire League as there was always a debate as to which was the better league.

“You can be rest assured it will be competitive with no easy games with anyone capable to beating anyone.
“Our objective is to finish in the top 12 so we are in the first division next season.”

The Glebe Street club is one of seven former CLL sides to join an enlarged Lancashire League that will operate two divisions of 12 for the 2019 season.

For 2018, however, each of the 24 clubs will play each other once to determine the make-up of the divisions for the following year.

Crompton have 12 home fixtures and 11 away in the league due to the uneven number of games.

Wright believes his side is well equipped for the new league having signed South African all-rounder Aubrey Swanepoel as their professional.

Swanepoel, 28, is a batsman/spinner who is a former South African U19 player who currently stars for Cape Cobras. He has previously played in the Lancashire League for Bacup.

Former overseas amateur Denis Louis, an opening batsman from St Lucia in the West Indies, is staying as he is eligible due to getting residency here.

Crompton have also recruited Danny Cashin, a left-arm spinner from Heyside; Denny Hulme, a wicketkeeper from Royton and Bury batsman Mohammed Jamal.

“As we are the only Oldham club in the Lancashire League, it has opened opportunities and we have had players approaching us as they want to high as high as possible,” said Wright.

Crompton’s ground improvements have continued as they have spent £28,000 – thanks to a grant from waste-firm Viridor – on new nets.


22: Burnley (A)
29: Littleborough (H)

5: Bacup (A)
6: Worsley Cup, first round
12: Worsley Cup, first round reserve date
13: Rochdale (A)
19: Todmorden (A)
26: Accrington (H)
27: Worsley Cup, second round

3: Haslingden (A)
9: Rawtenstall (H)
16: Worsley Cup, quarter final
17: Middleton (A)
23: Worsley Cup,
quarter final reserve date
24: Church (H)
30: Darwen (A)

7: Nelson (H)
8: Worsley Cup, semi final
14: Worsley Cup,
semi-final reserve date
15: Rishton (A)
21: Lowerhouse (H)
28: Milnrow (A)

4: Walsden (H)
5: Worsley Cup, final
11: Worsley Cup,
final reserve date
12: Enfield (A)
18: Ramsbottom (H)
25: Clitheroe (A)
26: East Lancs (H)

2: Colne (A)
9: Norden (H)

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