ACTION on and off the pitch is picking up at Denton St Lawrence CC – and even the off-field activity will be on it!
For while the first team continues to ride high at the top of the Greater Manchester Cricket League Premier Division with a huge lead, preparations for its biggest night at Sycamore Park are well underway.
Amazingly, St Lawrence won nine of their first 11 matches, with the other two being abandoned because of the weather.
That meant a 15 point lead over nearest challengers Woodbank, which when you consider it is five points for a win, six if teams secure a bonus point, represented a massive advantage.
Overseas pro Neil Hornbuckle, who featured in the Correspondent, is living up to the billing.
The South African topped the average batting list with a stunning 151.67 – more than double the nearest challenger.
While the first team ploughed ahead at the top, St Lawrence’s second team sat second in Division Three East and both are through to the semi-finals of their respective cup competitions, with ties to be played on Sunday, July 21.
The firsts certainly turned on the style in the quarter-finals by scoring a phenomenal 404/6 in 45 overs against Unsworth, with Hornbuckle himself notching 184.
St Lawrence’s second team won through to the last four of the Second XI Premier Cup by seeing off Glodwick, scoring 112/5 in reply to 111 all out.
With things going swimmingly on the field, work is going on to set up the Bohemian Rhapsody Outdoor Cinema Experience on Friday, July 26.
It will see a screening of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody on the Sycamore Park surface on Clayton Street.
Tickets, priced £7 for adults, £5 for concessions or £20 for a family of two adults and two children, are on open sale from the club during normal weekend opening hours and also 6pm-9pm on Monday evenings while the juniors are training.
The bar will be open and food will be available, so bring your blanket or camping chair as no seating is provided unless you purchase a reserved bench seating ticket, which costs £30 for three people.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult, food and drink can only be to be purchased on the site, there will be no refunds and dogs are not allowed.
Gates open at 7pm and the screening starts shortly after sunset.