Chorley Cricket Club has a hat-trick of reasons to celebrate.
The Windsor Park club has secured a new sponsorship deal and re-engaged the services of popular professional Gaurav Dhar and player/coach Iain Critchley for 2012.
The sponsorship deal comes with Chorley Building Society, Lancashire’s oldest building society and revives a tie-up between the two parties from the past.
Chorley Building Society chief executive Stephen Penlington and business development manager Melanie Hodkinson joined Chorley CC chairman Peter Mockett and club member and Lancashire junior player Edwin Moulton at a special presentation morning at Windsor Park.
“Back in the 1990s during the club’s halcyon days we had a link with Chorley Building Society and I’m delighted that this has been revived,” said Mr Mockett.
“The sponsorship will greatly assist our already thriving junior set-up at Chorley. As part of the package there will be a junior and senior player of the year presentation at the end of each season and our new sponsors will also use our function room on occasions throughout the year. Our first and second teams have both enjoyed successful seasons and demonstrate the core element pf our philosophy. Both sides contain many players that have come up through the juniors and the vast majority live within two miles of the ground.
“Our members and supporters enjoy watching locally produced players who have developed through the ranks and it all contributes towards the ‘feel good’ factor we have at the club.”
Commenting on Dhar’s return in 2012, Mr Mockett said: “Gaurav has had a good season and is a popular member of the side. He has formed a good partnership with Iain which has helped us to win matches this season and also provide entertaining cricket. We are delighted that both players will be with us again next season.”
Chorley captain Andy Holdsworth said he was delighted that both Critchley and Dhar would be returning next season.
He said: “Both have contributed extensively to the turnaround in the 1st team’s fortunes from last season and have both brought in infectious enthusiasm for the game.
“Their determination to be successful is rubbing of on the other lads around the club.
“They are both a big part in what I am trying to build in the first team, and the most important thing is that these are local lads who have passion for the club and want to restore it back to its successful eras.
“Gaurav is a young pro who has the potential to be the leading pro in the league for many years to come, and Iain brings his vast experience and skills to the side, which will both hopefully help keep the team moving in the right direction.”