Lancashire warm up for busy county season

LANCASHIRE have selectedPaul Williams.jpg a team combining youth and experience for the curtain-raiser to the county golf season.

The annual fixture between the Red Rose county and a team from the Southport and District GA on April 2 at Formby traditionally marks the start of the season.

Pleasington’s Michael Hunt returns to action in the Rest of Lancashire ranks, missing the whole of last season after breaking his shoulder in an accident at home.

He shares top billing as the most capped player with 76 appearances alongside John Carroll, from Huyton and Prescot.

In contrast, Ashton under Lyne’s Luke Kelly is at the very beginning of his county career. The 18-year-old has come through the ranks with the Lancashire youth set-up and has represented England at under-16 level. He made the breakthrough into the senior team last year, making five appearances.

The Southport team includes a number of players with county and international experience, allowing Lancashire County Captain Paul Williams (pictured) the chance to run the rule over potential picks for the start of the full county programme.

The host team includes Sean Towndrow, from Southport and Ainsdale. The 25-year-old missed much of last season after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, but has recently returned from South Africa where he represented England in four tournaments.

REST OF LANCS: Henry Tomlinson (Royal Lytham), John Carroll (Huyton and Prescot), Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park), Michael Hunt (Pleasington), Thomas Winn (Morecambe), Reece Cranfield (Wigan), Luke Kelly (Ashton Under Lyne), Sean Doherty (Rossendale), Ciaran Doherty (Bury), Joe Brice (Manchester), Paul McFerran (Warrington), Curtis Clarkin (Nelson)

SDGA: Richie Blundell (Hillside), Sean Towndrow (S&A), Chris Reid (Southport Old Links), Andrew Molloy (Hillside), Anthony Stirling (Formby), Mark Duncalf (Formby), Geoff Harris (Formby), Jack Shelley (Formby), Bryan Hughes (Hesketh), Greg Holmes (Royal Birkdale), Greg McIlroy (S&A), Joe Banks (West Lancashire)

OTHER FIXTURES: April 8 Rest of Lancs v Bolton GA (Westhoughton); April 11-13 Four Counties Junior Tournament (Shifnal); April 16 Cumbria Select v Lancs Select  (Furness); May 10 Collinge Trophy (Wilpshire); May 11 Lancs Seniors v Shropshire and Herefordshire Seniors (Whitefield GC).




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