gathers as Burscough look to the future
Wednesday 10th November 2010
With a new £85,000 net facility, a thriving junior section with three U9 teams, two U11s, two U13s, two U15s and an U18 team alongside a playing membership fee of only £40.00, the future is looking good for Burscough Cricket Club.
For this, they have two new recruits, Waterhouse and Bimpson. That may sound like the name of a law firm but the only laws they'll be obeying are the laws of cricket.
The club has appointed former Ormskirk skipper Adam Waterhouse as 1st XI Captain for 2011, a post that was ratified at the recent AGM. Waterhouse had considerable success with Ormskirk winning the Liverpool Echo Knockout in 2006 and 2007 and, most importantly, the ECB Premier League title in 2008. He also led them to an LCB Knockout semi final in 2006, a National Knockout group final place in 2007 and a quarter final tie at Chester le Street in 2009.
However, and perhaps more importantly, Waterhouse had the knack of identifying new young talent, some of whom have gone on to play First Class and County second team cricket. Burscough will hope Waterhouse can have a similar impact on them.
Of his appointment at Burscough, Waterhouse commented: "I left St Helens Recs with a heavy heart. It's a smashing club and I genuinely found it difficult to leave but Burscough offered me a fantastic opportunity. After a couple of meetings, I was really impressed by the set up, especially junior teams. They have over 90 junior members and there will be a conveyor belt of talent coming through over the next few years. I found the Committee totally straight with no baggage. This is a new challenge and I will give it my best shot."
Meanwhile, wicket keeper Michael Bimpson has joined the club after a personally successful fourteen years at Fleetwood Hesketh during which time he became one of the league's leading glove men. Michael performed with distinction for Hesketh and played in 265 league matches since they joined the Liverpool Competition in 1999, claiming 375 victims (ct 268, st 107) and scoring 1921 runs. He joins the family link with the club as his father, Fred, played at Burscough as a left handed bat/wicket keeper.
Waterhouse has already signed a proven Premier League player but until the player has obtained his release letter from his current club his name won't be released. It will in good time be exclusively revealed on this website.
Waterhouse continued: "I do know a lot of the players and we have the quality already at the club. It's very important for the club to keep its own identity and we don't need to make wholesale changes. The additions the club has made have given us competition for places and just freshened things up a bit."
New Zealander Brendan Domigan is scheduled for a return next season after scoring 858 runs and taking 38 wickets in 2010.
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