Lichfield Cricket Club
Address: Collins Hill, Eastern Avenue, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 7SG
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Phone: 01543 263924
Lichfield Cricket Club currently playing in the Staffordshire Club Championship Premier Division. The club has the nickname 'Three Spires', derived from the three nearby spires of Lichfield Cathedral.
The club, which has a flourishing junior section, plays at its home ground Collins Hill in Lichfield.
LCC have 4 Saturday teams – 3 playing in the Staffs Clubs league pyramid and a Taverners side currently playing friendly games and 2 Sunday teams who play in the Lichfield & District Sunday League.
2014 is a big season for the club as they look to get promotion back to the Birmingham League after relegation in 2012.
After a great start to 2013 season the city sides form dropped during the middle section of the season costing them promotion. It is all change at the club this season with former captain Adam Braddock back in charge of the first team, the club have a new overseas player – Dan Upward to replace Riley Ward.
Former first team star Chris Suttle takes over the clubs third team in 2014 looking to use his competitive edge and vast experience in bringing on the clubs youngsters. The current first team squad is made up of 80% home grown players who have played for the club since under 11s which is something the club prides itself on.
Dan Upward Signs
Upward has signed as the clubs overseas player for the 2014 season. Dan is a 23 year old all rounder based in New South Wales.
Dan has played representative cricket for NSW under 17’s and ACT under 19’s. As a result of his consistent performances Dan was selected to play for the Australian under 19 honours squad and attend the national centre of excellence academy.
He is a quick opening bowler and bats in the middle order with a reputation for being an aggressive stroke maker. Upward is currently playing 1st grade cricket in Newcastle (NSW) and for NSW countries representative side.
New skipper Braddock told Lichfield Mercury “We are delighted to sign a player of Dan’s pedigree, he comes with a great reputation and from speaking to him seems a person who will really get involved in the club life which is a key factor for us in selecting an overseas player.
"Dan is a quick bowler which will really give us an extra dimension this season to give us the extra cutting edge to complement our very consistent bowling attack, he also bats in the top order back home against some very good players – the league he plays in back home is full of county cricketers spending their winter out in Australia.
"We have been very fortunate with our overseas players over the last few seasons we have had some very successful players from Scott Connor to last year Riley Ward and hope Dan will continue the trend."
Last years overseas player Riley Ward is starting to establish himself at his new club in Perth making the first grade team for Willetton CC in Perth a club side which includes Australian T20 player Brad Hogg - Ward played against some of Australia’s finest in a one day game at the test venue the WACA against the opening bowling pair of Nathan Coulter–Nile and Jason Behrondorff who have played for Australia and are regulars in the Big Bash.
Lichfield Sign Jack Warren
Lichfield have also signed all rounder Jack Warren from Birmingham Premier League side Walsall, Jack is a young all rounder who spent a short time at Lichfield last season and has decided to return. He is a top quality spin bowler who will add an extra dimension to the clubs bowling attack as well as being an excellent fielder and very useful batter.