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Bolton Cricket League
The Bolton Cricket League is a cricket league comprising twenty teams in and around Bolton, Greater Manchester in North West England. The league ran competitions at First Team, Second Team, Under 18, Under 15, Under 13 and Under 11 levels. It expanded after the 2015 season, with nine clubs joining from in and around the area. However, the league lost two established clubs in the process, due to the formation of the Greater Manchester Cricket League. Further clubs joined GMCL for the 2020 season and again for the 2021 season.
The current eighteen teams as at the 2020 season are:
- Astley Bridge
- Darcy Lever
- Farnworth Social Circle
- Little Hulton
- Little Lever
The league began in 1930 after breaking away from the Bolton Cricket Association. The most successful team to date is Walkden who became league champions for the fifteenth time in 2019.
The Hamer Cup is a knockout cup for first teams in the Bolton Cricket League.
A number of quality cricketers have played in the Bolton Cricket League including:
- Michael Atherton
- Ian Cowap
- John Crawley
- Kapil Dev
- Charlie Griffith
- Matthew Hayden
- Ronnie Irani
- Dheeraj Jadhav
- Collis King
- Javed Miandad
- Sir Garfield Sobers
- Mark Taylor
- Mark Waugh
- Aiden Markram
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- Neil Bonnar. "The Bolton Cricket League to remain independent and looking into creating two divisions". The Bolton News. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
- Neil Bonnar. "Bolton Cricket League clubs recognise need for change". Bury Times. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
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