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Liam is ready to be a professional

ALL-ROUNDER Liam Jackson has been a member of Enfield CC since he was "around four hours old," he says.

NEIL Holmes receving his Player of the Year award from Russ Cuddihy
NEIL Holmes receving his Player of the Year award from Russ Cuddihy

ALL-ROUNDER Liam Jackson has been a member of Enfield CC since he was "around four hours old," he says.

But now, the 23-year-old is saying good-bye to Dill Hall Lane and going into the professional ranks with Manchester and District Association side Euxton.

He will become their first ever professional but Jackson, who made his Lancashire League debut aged just 15, is ready for the challenge.

"They have never had a pro before and I have never been a pro or been away from Enfield so hopefully we can learn together," said the youngster who lives in Wordsworth Street in Accrington.

It is big step but, judging by his performances in the Lancashire League, he will shine.

He has scored 2995 runs and taken 216 wickets as well as being the Lancashire League Under 23 Player of the Year three times since 1997.

"The Manchester League is not as high a standard as the Lancashire League. Whereas the Lancs League have international professionals, the Manchester League have decent amatuers," said the all-rounder.

"Euxton have only been established about nine or ten years but they have had lottery grants to build a club house and things like that.

They were relegated from the Premier Division last season but they didn't have a pro and were getting hammered every week.

"I am hoping that I can help them get promoted back into the Premier League. It is a big responsibility, that is the hard bit, and I don't know what it will be like leaving Enfield but who knows where I can go from here. Everyone at Enfield has wished me well."

Jackson, who works at Senator International as a wood machinist, has taken advice off former Enfield paid man Martin van Jaarsveld.

"He has played at the top level and I think he calmed me down a lot last season. He has talked to me and given me things to think about and he is a role model for anyone wanting to become a professional.

"We showed how much we missed him last year as, when he went to join South Africa, we went from third from the top to fourth from bottom!"

Chairman Geoff Dixon admitted it is hard to lose such a talented player as Jackson. "It is a huge blow for us but we wish him all the best."

But Enfield haven't seen the last of the youngster.

"Euxton play on Saturday's so I will be there every Sunday barracking the lads!" he added.

Jackson signed off by winning four trophies at the club's annual presentation night, after chalking up 523 runs and 27 wickets during the season.

All-rounder Neil Holmes picked up three cups after a best ever season. He collected the "Player of the Year" and "Players' Player of the Year" along with the prize for the best batting average - he hit a personal best ever of 450 runs, averaging 32.1.

"He had a good year," added Jackson. "I usually beat him but he deserved it this year!"

Scott Wilkinson was the most improved young player.


1ST XI BATTING: Most runs: Liam Jackson; Best average: Neil Holmes
1ST XI BOWLING: Most wickets: Liam Jackson; Best average: ImranAbid
2ND XI BATTING: Most runs: Phil Wilkinson; Best average: Matloob Khan
2ND XI BOWLING: Most wickets and best average: Simon O'Loughlin
3RD XI POOL TROPHIES: Most runs: I Abid; most wickets: Aqeel Shah
3RD XI BRAMWELL TROPHIES: Best batting average: Imran Abid; Best bowling average: Adrian Bond
RAMSBOTTOM TROPHIES: Most 6s 1st Xi: Adam Bracwell; Most 6s 2nd XI: Simon O'Loughlin
BRINDLE TROPHY: 2nd XI most improved player: Safdar Mohammed
BRACEWELLS TROPHIES: Most runs and wickets: Liam Jackson
KEIGHLEY AWARDS:Most improved young players: Scott Wilkinson
MATTHEW BROWN TROPHY: 3rd Xi player of the year: Adrian Bond
RAMSBOTTOM TROPHY: 3rd XI player of the Year: Adrian Bond
BRACEWELL TROPHY: Player of the Year: Neil Holmes
HARGREAVES JUBILEE TROPHY: Players player of the Year: Neil Holmes
BILL LOWE SHIELD: Under 17s Player of the Year: Imran Abid
CHAIRMAN'S AWARD: Tea room ladies


Under 17s batting: Mitch Taylor; bowling: Scott Wilkinson; fiedling: Imran Abid
Under 15s batting: Adrian Bond; bowling: Matt Taylor; Fielding: Matt Taylor
Under 13s: Batting: Joe Wrigley; bowling: Asix Fazal: fielding: Jacob Dowling: Most improved player: Joe Wrigley.


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