It always rains when the cricket season starts – everybody knows that! Well, yesterday saw the start of the county cricket season and, amazingly, it didn't rain. The local cricket season starts this Saturday and, incredibly, the forecast is still for fine weather.
The Cheshire Building Society Cricket Alliance has been revamped for 2007 as the structure moves to five straight divisions, rather than three divisions for 1st XIs and three divisions for 2nd XIs.
The new Division 3, in which Audlem 1st XI play, is a hybrid of 1st and 2nd XIs. Audlem 1sts open their account against Holmes Chapel 2nds, whilst the 2nds travel to the Wirral to play Port Sunlight in Division 5.
Both teams have new captains this season – Chris Shenton for the 1sts and John Wainwright for the 2nds. Both are expecting their teams to fare better than they did last season and a number of new faces will be present.
Although Audlem's ground is one of the most picturesque in the league, as it is situated out of the village there are not too many spectators who venture up there. The clubhouse does have a licensed bar, so if you fancy watching local league cricket whilst having a refreshing drink, take trip up to the Gorse Croft on any Saturday during the season. You'll be made to feel very welcome. Matches start at 2pm until September, when they start at 1pm.
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