Author: Reg Nelson
The Club in Winter series begins with Pudsey St Lawrence, who were very much in transition last season and did well to finish fourth. It was evident that their traditional ploy of trusting their promising young players could well bear fruit again.
“Now that the festivities are over and the days are getting longer, thoughts at Pudsey St.Lawrence CC are turning to the 2020 campaign," said secretary Richard Brown. The indoor nets are under way and I’m sure our aching muscles and joints are shared by many other clubs!”
“Last year saw us finish fourth in the league, despite having recently won `back to back’ titles. We were not overly disappointed when considering that captain Chris Marsden was sidelined for much of the season following knee surgery and the club had lost three influential players from the previous year. We once again turned to our junior section for replacements and they proved their worth."
Looking ahead to the new campaign, Brown added: "“Despite losing Ritchie Lamb and Stevie Watts this year we have recruited wisely and again raided the junior section. The two major signings are overseas player Chathura Kalathanthri from Horsforth, a fast medium right arm bowler, and also Jude Roberts, a young left arm spin bowler signed from Scholes.
“Following one of the wettest summers for many years with countless matches either cancelled or rain affected, we then witnessed one of the wettest autumns on record. This in turn has prevented much-needed work being carried out around the ground, with drainage work needed on the outfield and refurbishment to the changing rooms and scorebox. It’s going to be a busy `lead up’ to the season”.
“This is going to be a landmark year for the club with the club celebrating its 175th anniversary; a monumental achievement and testament to the many people who, over many years, have given their time and effort to get us where we are today. The club have numerous events planned to celebrate the anniversary.
“Our President Emeritus and Bradford League President Keith Moss MBE has also had reason to celebrate having reached 70 years of involvement in cricket. The accolades that have poured in for him were testimony to the dedication he has given to cricket at many levels."