A NEW era beckons for Prestwich CC as players get set to dust down their bats and pads.

They will begin their indoor training next week as they prepare to make the move from the Lancashire County League to the new Greater Manchester Cricket League (GMCL).

The first team, who will be contesting the Premier Division, already have a couple of informal sessions under their belts, and retain much of their 2015 league and cup-winning squad.

Andy Bradley remains first-team captain, with Peter Lorenzini skippering the second team, and Brian Ahern heading up the thirds.

The club is keen to strengthen the ranks of all its three senior sides as they prepare for life in the new league structure, which begins on April 16.

Chairman Brian Lorenzini said: "This is a very exciting period in our history as we look to consolidate in a brilliant new format.

"Players from all over the Manchester area wanted change and I believe the GMCL provides a very competitive environment at all levels.

"If there is any player out there that wants a new challenge, contact us as soon as possible."

New players are welcome to attend the indoor net sessions, to take place at Old Trafford on Mondays, starting on February 1 at 8pm.

Inquiries can be made to the chairman on 07850 947534.