PRESTWICH Cricket Club have unveiled their plans for next season as they bid to avoid another relegation scare and rekindle the form that saw them finish second in their inaugural season in the Greater Manchester Cricket League Premier Division.

After walking on thin ice last season, surviving the drop 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, helping them to the league and cup double in their final campaign in the Lancashire County League before losing out on the GMCL Premier title in a final-day shoot-out with Egerton.

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 second team have retained their Division Two status, playing the majority of their games against other clubs' first teams, and they

boast a number of players who could push for a first-team place next season.

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.

"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 second team, as they won the Per-Fit 2nd XI Cup, while the first team made it through to the quarter-finals of the LCB Knockout before losing to eventual joint-winners Ormskirk.

Anyone interested in joining can contact senior cricket director Andy Bradley on 07407 516678 or the chairman on 07850 947534.