CRICKET: RISHTON chairman Alan Craven admitted he was "the proudest man in Rishton" after his side won the Lancashire League title at the weekend.
Craven has been involved with the club for 10 years but is in his first full season as chairman and he watched the Blackburn Road side clinch their first league trophy since 1996, when South African legend Allan Donald was the paid man.
This time, it is Pakistan pro Saeed Anwar Junior who has led the home-grown talent to success.
"I remember watching a lot of these lads when they were young and they have come through the ranks and most of them live in the area," said the chairman. "It was touch and go until the end as we lost a few games and it was nerve-racking but I was the proudest man in Rishton when we won the title on Saturday.
"All the team has done well but John Seedle has had an excellent season with runs and wickets while Garth Wyse's bowling has come on and Saeed has introduced the right attitude in the team and he has been magnificent.
"We had great nights on Saturday and Sunday and the celebrations have gone on a long time."