Friday 2nd July 2010
Jimmy Wisniewski is to make a shock return to Lytham's first team for tomorrow's home game against Northop Hall.
The ex Church Road skipper retired from the game last year but has answered an SOS from his successor Antony Mulligan, who is without three regular members of his squad for the match against the Welsh side.
"I'm away with the family most weekends but 'Mully' rang up and asked if I could play on a few Saturdays when he was short," explained Wisniewski. "I looked at the dates and this one matched up. I had a net last Tuesday and it went relatively alright considering I hadn't picked up a bat since last September."
Wisniewski's brief return to the colours could hardly be better timed. Work commitments rule out Joe Davies tomorrow, while Nick Knight and Simon Long are both on holiday and miss a match which Lytham probably need to win to maintain their 12 point lead at the top of the ECB Premier League.
The club's success has come as no surprise to their former captain. "Lytham have some very fine players so their form has not shocked me in the least," said Wisniewski. "I've been down to the club on the odd occasion and Dom O'Brien looks a very good batsman too."
In eight days' time Mulligan's men begin a tough four match sequence comprising games against Bootle, Ormskirk, New Brighton and Colwyn Bay. The Church Road players are therefore only too aware that in a month or so their title credentials will have received the most rigorous of examinations.