Familiar face Azmat returns to Pendle as Colne professional

SALESBURYCC V EARBY CC: Earby professional Ali Azmat at the crease.'Photo Ben Parsons
SALESBURYCC V EARBY CC: Earby professional Ali Azmat at the crease.'Photo Ben Parsons
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Colne Cricket Club have announced the signing of Pakistan all-rounder Ali Azmat as their professional for 2014.

Azmat is well-known in the area, having been a long-serving paid man at Earby,

Colne cricket manager - Gary Hunt said: “Ali is a proven performer at all levels of cricket.

“He has a first class batting average of 40 and has been a huge success in UK League cricket.

“In eight seasons playing for Earby and Tonge he has racked up well in excess of 9,000 runs, and holds the Ribblesdale League batting record for runs scored in a single season, scoring 1,655.

“In addition to this, he also averages over 60 wickets per season with his left arm spin.

“Having played for our neighbours Earby, Ali is well known to us, he is a great guy, and in addition to his playing ability he is also a keen and experienced coach, and we are delighted to have signed such a talented and proven player who will play a major role in our 2014 campaign.”

The club, who finished bottom of the Lancashire League last season, have already added three players to their amateur ranks, opening bowler Andy Hakin from Ramsbottom, and the Nelson pair, top order batsman Tom Bradshaw, and bowler Adil Ali.

Hunt said recently: “Andy generates good pace and bounce, has a terrific attitude and we are extremely confident that he will make a real difference.

“Tom is an exciting young prospect, he has already enjoyed some success at first team level with Nelson notching his maiden 50 in 2012, and Adil took 33 first team wickets at an average of 22 from only 160 overs for Nelson this year.”