CRONKBOURNE Cricket Club’s Lancashire Cup tie with Penwortham took on a new significance this week with the news that the Preston-based side have signed modern day cricketing legend Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.
The 33-year-old former England star retired from first-class cricket in September, but could join brother Chris in the line-up to play the Tromode outfit when the Manx side travels to the Red Rose county in the middle of May.
Penwortham chairman Paul Walmsley said earlier this week: ‘All I can really tell you is that Andrew Flintoff has signed for Penwortham and that we look forward to seeing Freddie once he has recovered from his recent surgery.
‘He has expressed a keen interest to play alongside Chris and he, of course, will be made more than welcome.’
The match was already going to be a tough ask of Max Stokoe’s young charges with Flintoff’s new side having finished runners-up in the Palace Shield League’s Premier Division last term.
Reining Standard Bank Premiership champions Castletown are the island’s other Lancashire Cup entrants this season and they will face Ribblesdale Cricket League side Barnoldswick.