The winter might be taking an icy grip, but Prestwich CC are not getting cold feet.

After walking on thin ice last season, and surviving plunging from the GMCL Premier Division by just one place, they have already swooped to bring back a familiar face for the 2018 season.

Marty Walters will be returning as professional, having created a huge impact during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

There will be a new face at the helm as well, after prolific spin bowler Andy Bradley stepped down from a successful stint as captain. He will be replaced by Sam Holden, and the team has been boosted by the retention of all-rounder Ryan Stanbury.

Efforts are also being made to attract additional players in a bid to become title challengers again.

The club’s 2nd team have retained their division two status, playing the majority of their games against other clubs’ first teams, and boast a number of players who could push for a first team place.

Chairman Brian Lorenzini said: “We have a lot of young talent coming through, but we are always looking to strengthen our teams as they play at a very competitive and high standard, and the right blend of youth and experience will hopefully keep us at the right end of the league table and in with a chance of silverware.”

Last year proved a big hit for the 2nd team, as they won the Per-Fit 2nd XI Cup, whilst the first team made it through to the quarter-final of the Lancashire Cup before losing to eventual joint-winners Ormskirk.

Anyone interested in joining can contact Senior Cricket Director Andy Bradley on 07407 516678 or chairman Brian Lorenzini on 07850 947534.