'Spin twins' to make Formby début at
Jamie Bowman - Saturday 18th April 2015
Formby will begin their 150th season in style this weekend after skipper Ian Cockbain confirmed spin stars Stephen Parry and Gary Keedy will make their débuts for the club.
The Premier League newcomers start their season with a tough opening match at Northern in the first round of the Ray Digman Knockout Trophy with the Crosby outfit welcoming back Stephen Cole after a long injury lay off and handing débuts to new signings John Dotters and Ian Carroll.
All eyes will, however, be in Formby's new 'spin twins' with Cockbain hoping the two left armers can send out the message that his side means business this season.
Parry, who played two One Day Internationals for England against the West Indies last year, is a familiar face in the Liverpool Competition after his spells with Bootle and Northern but for 40 year old Keedy, who has played just two games of league cricket since 1996, Merseyside is new territory.
The former Lancashire player, who signed for Nottinghamshire last season, is regarded by many as one of the finest spinners never to play for his country. He has made a long term commitment to Formby and is expected to play up to 90% of their games.
Elsewhere, in the second round, holders New Brighton include Parry's Lancashire team mate Luke Procter in their side as they take on seventeen times winners Bootle at Rake Lane. Both sides have new captains with Martyn Evans leading the Rakers and Craig Prince holding the post with Bootle. Neil Williams makes a return as wicket keeper for the visitors who include former Birkenhead Park captain Chris Stenhouse.