DateLine: 31st August 2015
Church have signed Zain Abbas, a 23 year old left handed opening batsman/right arm bowler as their professional for the 2016 season.
Zain has just had an outstanding year in the Bolton League scoring 1350 runs at an average of nearly 90. He is the leading run scorer in the Bolton League and he broke the batting record at Little Lever, a record that had stood for 21 years. In 22 league innings Zain scored five centuries and eight half centuries.
Zain will live local to the ground next season and he is looking forward to helping develop the cricket talent at the club. He will be available to coach at both junior and senior cricket practise and he will run the popular summer cricket coaching camp week in August next year.
The club would like to thank Abid Riaz at Proelite Sports for their help.
Church would like to thank Usman Tariq for his significant contribution to the club over the last two seasons. Not only has he made a major impact on the field scoring over 2,000 runs and taking over 100 wickets he also helped the club secure its first silverware in over 40 years. Usman's attitude to the game is an inspiration to others and we wish him all the best for the 2016 season at his new club Flixton.