Around 50 clubs are predicted to sign up to the Greater Manchester cricket league initially, which will replace established leagues across the county and operate with a multi-division structure.
The Lancashire Cricket Board women’s cricket team has changed its moniker to LCB Thunder, in an attempt to increase media interest in the side following last season’s promotion.
This April marked the first time the women’s squad have joined their male counterparts at the pre-season media day at the club’s Old Trafford ground.
Bury-born Kate Cross is looking to continue her progress in another Ashes summer that looks set to be the biggest one in women’s cricket history after Sky Sports agreed to increase its coverage.
Kate Cross, Lancashire’s first female professional cricketer and Jennifer Laycock, Women’s Cricket Development Officer for the county both agree that the recent development of women’s cricket will help it share a similar status to their male counterparts.
Bobby Denning, who has held his position since October 2013 and has worked for the LCB in various roles for 14 years, accepts that cricket faces serious challenges to arrest decreasing levels of participation.