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Coulson & Cotton to Lead Junior Section

Following the departure of Matt Laker from his role as Junior Manager the club is pleased to announce that it has moved quickly to install Thomas Coulson and Ruth Cotton as leads of the Junior Section.

“I am super proud to be appointed as head of the Junior Section along with Ruth” said a beaming Coulson who can’t wait to get started.

“I am well aware that the task ahead is a huge one but I’ve played at Stretford for many years and I realise the importance of the junior section so I am determined to make a success of the job. We will at least try our best!”

Already the new duo are looking ahead “We have a few ideas even at this early stage which will see the juniors evolve as players and individuals. We want to see players stand up and play to their strengths which will help them push for teams above their age groups and into senior cricket. We want the players to test themselves physically and mentally to better understand their game”

Coulson stressess the importance of team work and how its been important at Stretford. “Stretford’s Junior Section has been very successful over many years thanks to the efforts of our own members. This is something that we want to continue. We want to appeal to all members to give our team of coaches full support from helping with games, or at training even if that means setting up the ground or making a few cups of tea for opposition players. We all will need to work together to build the section”.

Ruth, who by day runs Lancashire’s indoor centre, has plans to improve the organisation, infrastructure and commmunication within the section not least by increasing the number of qualified coaches and coach support workers. If anyone is interested in these courses please contact us.

Director of Cricket, Guy Robinson is also pleased with the new team. “on behalf of the club I would like to wish Tom and Ruth good luck and I know they can rely on everyone to give them the full support needed in the role. Onwards and upwards”

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After all, it all makes sense

Congratulations and good luck to Stretford’s own Arran Sen who had been selected to join Lancashire’s U13 tour of India starting this week.


Arran is a talented and very hard working all rounder who combines a fluent wristy batting style with bamboozling flighted leg spin and can often be found in our nets practising (probably all day and night if he could).

Huge congratulations to Arran and we hope you enjoy every minute on such a life changing tour of Mumbai! We are proud to have another skilled, committed, and talented youngster coming through the ranks. Keep up your hard work.


The Lancs U13 tour is a pilot project aimed at the Club’s future Academy cricketers undertaking annual overseas tours.

A 16-strong squad will travel to Mumbai alongside coaching staff and parents to play five fixtures, as well as take to part in a development programme designed to improve their cricket skills in a challenging environment.

The tour is also designed to aid development as people as they partake in charity work by working with the Dharavi Cricket Academy.

The young Red Rose side will also train with the Global Cricket School, a scheme founded to provide a holistic cricket experience that helps cricketers gain the competitive advantage. The facility aims at providing exposure to the differing conditions and skill sets required to succeed in a different continent.

You can follow Lancashire U13s tour on Twitter account on the handle @LancsCricketACA and by visiting

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January Junior Cricket Training

Our junior winter nets begin on Friday January 4th for twelve weeks from 8-9pm at Lancashire Cricket club indoor centre.
At only £3 per session we cater for all abilities from under 7’s to under 15’s throughout the winter program.
We would love to involve new members so invite your friends to come along.
We look forward to seeing you there and starting our preparations for 2019!

When you arrive look out for Matt Laker who will get you signed in



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Stretford install Laker as new Junior Manager


The club is delighted to announce that Matthew Laker has been elected as Junior Manager. Laker himself is a product of our successful junior section and is a long time member. His family has been heavily involved in the club for over 35 years and we are pleased that he wants to oversee a new era for the junior section. Laker has gained his coaching badges with the LCB recently and already has over 2 years experience of working and coaching young people in the county. We hope you will support him in helping to build the section.

After many years of service, Andrew Fletcher is stepping down as Junior Manager. Fletcher guided Stretford’s Junior Section to over 10 trophies and played a key part in developing many youngsters who have gone on to higher levels. We wish to express our thanks for all Andrew’s committment and effort in his role and we are grateful that he has chosen to remain part of the Junior Coaching Team as U13’s Manager.

We are proud to announce that Matt Laker has been installed as Junior Manager to oversee the development of our prestigious junior section. Together with the support of Director of Cricket, Guy Robinson, Laker is eager to make an impression;

The committee and I want our young people to have fun during training and we will bring fresh new ideas to help develop our section and players

Laker is keen to express that it’s not going to be an easy task but is confident that a constant parental engagement project is key to having an effective section;

I will be contacting all members and having regular meetings and updates to properly involve parents. Consulting parents, players and volunteers on some of my ideas and asking them for their views is a priority because we will all have to buy in to move forward.

Laker’s message is clear and one parents and members alike should be excited about;

I want our players to develop and learn new skills from the under 9’s all the way up to our under 19s t20 team within a fun and safe environment that me and my coaching team will be striving to create.

Matt Laker (right) awarded his club cap by Director of Cricket Guy Robinson