STAND captain Stuart Catterall hopes the widespread changes to the Greater Manchester Cricket League structure, which were announced last week, will be the last for the foreseeable future.

The Hamilton Road club has been placed in Division 1b, alongside 2016 Premier Division champions Egerton, who were relegated this season.

Catterall’s men will also lock horns with Glossop and Thornham, former foes from the Lancashire County League, and Monton, who were third in the Pennine League Premiership.

The Stand skipper says he is looking forward to the challenge, but has called on organisers to let the new league have time to settle, following the introduction of three new divisions to accommodate 17 teams from the defunct Pennine League.

“Clubs have been finding their level over the past couple of years, as was anticipated when the league was formed in 2016. But I feel we need to start to get to a level of stability for clubs throughout the structure,” he said. “I am glad it has been announced as early as it has (to allow the changes to sink in).

“On paper, it looks like we have the tougher of the sections in Division One, with Egerton and Monton in our league. It will also be good to visit Glossop and Thornham again and there are a number of new clubs to visit that will be a challenge but we can now prepare for next season and I feel we are in a good place to be very competitive.”