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Whalley Range CC Win Six Trophies in Most Successful Year in their History

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On Saturday 14 September, skipper Waqas Malik took the 10th Newton Heath CC wicket to ensure Whalley Range CC 1st XI maximum points and the MDCA Championship for the first time in the modern era by just 1 point from Swinton Moorside CC.

Veteran Paul Davies capped his spectacular season with 101no in a total 220-2, and Sajid Mahmood took six wickets to help dismiss Newton Heath for just 107.

The 2nd XI had already won their division, unbeaten all season; and the U18s had won the SC Reakes Trophy in August to ensure the club won three prestigious Manchester Association trophies.

Earlier in the season, the junior section had also won three trophies in the South Manchester Junior Cricket League: the U18s won the cup v Poynton; the U14s won their cup v Bowdon and the U13s won their league with only one loss all summer.

Club chairman Mike Hill said: “Both of our senior sides have played some marvellous cricket this summer and the skippers have blended hugely experienced players with exceptionally talented youngsters from the U18s to form very successful teams. But it is not about just 22 players.

“Whenever players have been unavailable, 3rd XI players and other juniors have stepped up and have done their bit – we have strength in depth, right down to our talented U11s.”

Whalley Range CC will be playing their cricket in the Saddleworth League next season, as well as entering the LCB Knock Out Cup and are already planning ahead for the new challenges. 1st team skipper Waqas Malik, who is again the league’s leading wicket taker with 61 victims, said: “We are really looking forward to measuring ourselves against the professionals and overseas amateurs in the Saddleworth League in 2014. We leave one league on a high and start in another with a lot to learn. We start indoor nets in October!”

WRCC has also been awarded nearly £24,000 from Sport England to refurbish the changing rooms for next season, as well as funding from Manchester City Council towards an electronic scoreboard and We Love Mcr charity for coaching courses for U18s.

Picture: Manchester Lord Mayor Cllr Naeem Ul Hassan presents We Love Mcr cheque to WRCC club chairman Mike Hill, with some of this season’s six trophies.

Mike Hill (Chairman, WRCC)

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