Crafty Fox hopes new approach will pay off
THE Bolton Association hope a new approach can overcome the Bolton League in tomorrow’s Axford Trophy.
The Association have gone for specialist batsmen and bowlers rather than all-rounders in a bid to match the League’s extra quality.
There are five changes to the team which performed poorly in the Lancashire Inter-League Knockout.
In addition to bringing in overseas trio James Damjanovski, Jamar Griffith (both Atherton) and Kobus Scholtz of Bury, manager Andy Fox and his selectors have replaced Standish duo Sam Heeley and Niall Burke with Flixton pair Luke Perry and Adrian Holmes, having earlier considered playing Elton’s young fast bowler Kieran Grundy.
The two Bolton leagues’ representative teams go head-to-head at Flixton in the annual showdown, starting at 1pm, when the Association will be looking to get a rare win.
They have only won twice since 1995, the last time being in 2010 with year’s match washed out by the rain.
“We think that if we are going to beat the Bolton League we need something a bit different,” said Fox.
“Even though Sam Heeley and Niall Burke are playing really well for their club, we feel we need specialists for this game – out-and-out batsmen and bowlers.
“Luke Perry is scoring phenomenally well, and the game is on his own ground. The focus on bowlers should give us a better chance of getting the good Bolton League players out than all-rounders would.
“We are optimistic, but we have got to get the League’s professionals out. Our amateurs on paper are slightly better than the Bolton League amateurs, but their pros are very good.”
Association team: Simon Belston (Bury) captain, Danny Lomax (Elton) wicketkeeper, Danny Hornby (Walshaw), Nick Murphy, (Walshaw), Ali Dickson (Edgworth), Adrian Holmes (Flixton), Luke Perry (Flixton), Majid Majeed (Adlington), James Damjanovski (Atherton), Jamar Griffith, (Atherton), Kobus Scholtz (Bury).