DateLine: 23rd September 2010
Church have signed Saeed Anwar as professional for the 2011 season.
The 31 year old Pakistani has been a most consistent all round performer over a number of years in both the Lancashire and Central Lancashire Cricket Leagues and brings a wealth of experience to the Club.
Apart from 2009, Saeed has played local league cricket since 2002 and during that time he has amassed 7994 league runs and 470 league wickets. As professional at Rishton in 2007 and 2008 he made a total of 2933 runs and 156 wickets in just two seasons, helping the club to the league title in 2007.
Club captain Andrew Bentley said: “Saeed has been one of the most consistent all round performers in local league cricket for a number of years and we are looking forward to welcoming him to Church for the 2011 season. We feel Saeed will make a big impact both on and off the field and that with him as professional Church will, hopefully, be in a position to challenge for honours. He has also asked to be involved at all levels of junior coaching and is especially keen to assist our youth players in making the transition into the senior teams. Saeed recognises the talent at the club and is confident that with his contribution and input Church will improve on this years’ fifth position in the league.
"As the Club looks forward to welcoming Saeed to Church next year it would also like to recognise and thank the outgoing professional Luke Woodcock for his contribution to the Club over the last two seasons”
Saeed will be Church's third Pakistani professional following in the footsteps of Ghulam Abbas (1968-69) and Shafiq Ahmed (1975-77).