Saturday's senior presentation saw John Green step down after an incredible 23 years as captain...he was kind enough to put together a few words for the website!
Give us some background on the dressing room and the club you walked into all those years ago.
May 1994 after we moved back from Liverpool was my first game, 11th man on the sheet. Keith Fawcett was captain and he called our opening bowlers “the dangerous brothers” , Simon Bishop & Stephen Booth. The spin twins were Garth Sutcliffe & Neil Bibby. I opened the batting with Neil Ashworth, with Craig Hall & Stephen Blackburn in the middle. We also had the Booth brothers , Andrew and David , and Paul Atkinson, the worst bowler to win the bowling award! David Musson completed the seamers. We beat Earby & won the league.
The 1sts were flying under Phil Bishop in Ian Wrigglesworth’s last year as Pro. Michael Houldsworth was quick & Mick Dewhurst in his pomp. A young Neil Bolton and Chris Seed were making runs. They won the league too on the same day and Robin Sharp gave a speech stood on a chair in the bar saying this doesn't happen very often so let’s enjoy a drink ! We did and he was right !! Chris Bolton did a great job on the ground and wickets.
What have been your proudest achievements in the 23 years as captain?
The best moment was finally winning the Lawrenson Cup in 2012 , a great victory over our friends & rivals from Read who themslves went through the league season unbeaten. Graeme Kershaw was man of the match & a very young Saud Ahmed turned the game for us with 3 quick wickets. He was in his “prom” suit for the celebrations. The proudest moment was winning the league in 2015 with a young side after last winning it in 1998 before many of them were born! Luckily my chairmen had patience in me !!
How has the club changed in the last 23 years?
On the field it is now a younger mix of players, particularly the 2nds & 3rds, plus we now have a 4th team too.
Facilities have expanded with the dressing room extensions, new showers & the all weather nets in the compound plus half a new square !
We also now have fantastic social media and support off the field that has made the club the place to be !!
What are your hopes for Danny's team?
I really hope Danny and his team enjoy it as much as i have done ! We’ve had some great years & wonderful friendships, Chris Musson has been at my side every step of the way. Hopefully the first Lancashire League 2nd XI silverware and a few more cups than i managed are just around the corner ! The junior system & coaching support is now producing some fantastic young cricketers & a new young captain will i am sure galvanise the team to get even better. They all have my full support & hopes for the future.
Where would you like to see the club in 23 years time?!
To see it at all will do for starters ! I’ll be 81 by then !! It will be great to see the cricketing careers of our youngsters ! Harry & Sam should have 10,000 LL runs apiece by then & Eli a 1,000 wickets. Maybe even girlfriends too!
Hopefully Bails’ architects plans for the new space age pavilion will by then stand as suitable monument to him. He’s doing a fantastic job.
From Chris Musson "I have played cricket with Greeno on and off for 40 years. He has never let his love of the game, love of scoring runs and desire to win get in the way of being a perfect ambassador for the club before, during and after the game. He has always given youth a chance and been selfless around the opportunities he has given himself latterly as the hamstrings have tightened and the reflexes slowed (only a bit!). A raconteur par excellence with a pint in his hand after the game, he is a CCC clubman through and through. I am very happy to have been part of Greeno’s Barmy Army for longer than I care to remember and to call him a mate."