Ex England cricketers join club

Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire.'Yorkshire's Ryan Sidebottom takes the wicjket of Nottinghamshire's Chris Read.'12th September 2014. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire.'Yorkshire's Ryan Sidebottom takes the wicjket of Nottinghamshire's Chris Read.'12th September 2014. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.

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New arrivals at Thorp Arch and Boston Spa Cricket Club (TABS) mean there’s an exciting year ahead for junior and senior sides alike.

Former England cricketer and Manchester United footballer, Arnie Sidebottom, has become the new president of the club, while his son, former England test cricketer and County Championship winner, Ryan Sidebottom, will be a club ambassador.

TABS also welcomes a new chairman this year.

Adam Gough has played club cricket in Lancashire and Cheshire before moving to Boston Spa.

He has a strong vision for the club, stating that he wants TABS to be a “nursery for talent” that attracts young cricketers and helps them fulfil their ambitions.

“TABS will continue its inclusive ethos, ensuring all cricketers play in a safe, fun and enjoyable environment,” added Mr Gough.

The club has six junior age groups from ‘TABS Tykes’ to Under 17s as well as three senior teams.

Mr Gough explained: “TABS has a proven record of developing exceptionally good cricketers across a range of age groups.

“Last season, six juniors played representative cricket for Yorkshire and many more played at district and Lord’s Taverners level.

“The junior teams consistently achieve on the field, winning matches and trophies.

“Many also regularly play in the senior teams on a Saturday, further developing their skills.”

The club season starts with winter nets on Wednesday January 14 at Boston Spa School, under guidance from Head Coach Andy Hawkswell.

The club is actively recruiting for its junior section. Contact Karen Price at karenprice1501@btinternet.com or visit www.tabscricketclub.co.uk