Micklehurst will fare better than most

MICKLEHURST Cricket Club will fare better than most clubs having earlier decided not to employ a professional or overseas player.Secretary Julie Kippax admitted it was a decision which in hindsight has saved the club a sizeable sum of money.

She said: “When we were looking for players, because of the uncertainty over finances we decided not to engage a professional or overseas player.

“We are very lucky we don’t have that outlay because that would have been catastrophic in the current climate. It gives us breathing space to build up our finances.”

Julie added having no cricket and being unable to hold functions will greatly reduce revenue streams.

And it will become increasingly difficult without income if coronavirus continues, though the club’s finances are currently stable.

“The longer it goes on, the harder it will be, but all clubs are in the same boat,” she said.

Micklehurst, who are in the fifth tier of the Greater Manchester Cricket League, usually recruit a player from the Barbados army team.

But because the Barbados Government is not providing funding this year, Micklehurst did not go down that road.

Julie praised the GMCL who have been working with clubs, advising them how to save money.

She said: “Our groundsman is still working on the pitch but we have put on hold other work done by outside contractors.

“We might have to cancel the club’s Sky Sports subscription as nobody is able to use the club. That would save hundreds of pounds each month.”

On the playing side, talented teenager Tom White has left to join Greenfield, who are in the GMCL’s premier division.

But after advertising for players, Micklehurst recruited a couple of cricketers who had been attending pre-season net practices.

Julie added the club’s junior section continues to prosper and this season they intend to field two Under-11 teams and one at U9.

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