STAND captain Stuart Catterall was left wondering what could have been after bad weather in the final month of the season clipped the club's wings, just as it looked as if they would secure back-to-back promotions.

Catterall's men struggled at first to close out matches after earning promotion from Division Two of the Greater Manchester Cricket League the previous season.

But after winning just two of their opening nine games, Stand men went on a storming run, losing just once in their final 13 fixtures, claiming victory in nine, with one ending in a tie against promotion rivals Edgworth and the other three abandoned.

Washouts in two of their final four games, including a potentially decisive last match of the season, stopped them in their tracks.

And the skipper admitted it was a frustrating end to the campaign, but the fact they were up there challenging for a place in the Premier Division going into the final day meant he had plenty reasons to be positive for next year.

"It was disappointing the weather impacted two of the last four games and that we didn't get the chance to push for promotion even though it was out of our hands. But overall, the season was very successful for the club," said Catterall, after the first team finished sixth in GMCL Division One and the seconds were promoted from Division Four East.

"Our goal at the start of the season was for the first XI to stay up and, if possible, push for promotion, and for the second XI to gain promotion.

"The fact the first team was in the top six with four games to go was down to the run we put together in the second half of the season, when we only lost one game.

"As a team, our batting was our weakest suit but we often battled to a competitive score and then backed it up with the ball and in the field.

"If we could have got over the line in a couple of tight games that went against us at the start of the year, our season would have been even better."

Despite the positive end to the season, Catterall stopped short of predicting another promotion charge in 2018, uncertain how the inclusion of at least 17 new teams from the defunct Pennine League will affect their chances.

He added: "Next year we hope to again be very competitive in the new league format and build on the successes of this year.

"But it is hard to evaluate as we are not sure who we will be playing against, due to the league changes, but the club continues to develop.

"Players from our successful junior section are coming through into senior cricket, so the future of the club looks very bright."