The Rams will begin their outdoor season with a three-game pre-season schedule, across a range of formats in the lead up to the opening games of the UKFast Cheshire Cricket League.
Prestbury Away (Sunday 9th April)
The pre-season begins with a trip to Prestbury to test wits against iconic seam bowler Matthew Gray. On their last visit to The Village Ground the 1stXI ran out victors by 59 runs, led by a Ross Arrowsmith 5 wicket haul. It proved to be happier hunting ground still for the 2ndXI who last summer won by 160 runs on the back of an astonishing 139 (67b, 14×4,11×6) from the superbly talented Jamie Pollard.
Grimsargh Home (Saturday 15th April)
15th April sees the Rams welcome Grimsargh of Lancashire’s Palace Shield comp, returning the trip made by Disley back in 2012. Players on both sides are hoping it won’t be a repeat of what was said by many to be the coldest game of cricket ever played. There is a family connection as Director of Cricket Stewart Reynolds welcomes Adrian Brookes to his home turf. Aidy toured with the Rams to Cornwall last summer and will be hoping to claim the scalps of some of his caravan buddies in this 40/40 match.
Karachi Kites Home (Monday 17th April)
Monday the 17th sees the Rams back in action at the DASC for a 60 over white ball fixture against fan favourites and fellow DASC residents, the Karachi Kites. After playing three fixtures at the DASC over the summer of 2016, the Kites will be making Jacksons Edge their full time home for the 2017 season, playing a full slate of their Greater Manchester Wednesday League cricket at the ground. The Kites bring big hitting, high octane white ball coloured clothing cricket, and will likely boast the popular Junaid Samdani, and the mythical Shajjad Shah – current Disley average 117.
The extended preseason schedule will hopefully allow a number of Rams to get valuable time in the middle before the senior season starts on the 22nd when the 1stXI head to The Beets to lock horns with Ashton-on-Mersey, and the 2ndXI welcome Stockport Trinity to the DASC.