Matthew Baines has expressed his excitement in returning to Formby Cricket Club this summer after recovering from injury.

The 21-year-old spoke  to Merseysportlive this week, and penned his return for late May.

Baines has not played since the back end of last season due to a hand sprain, but feels he will be ready when it matters.

He said: “It’s been really difficult to not start the season. Every time my team plays I want to be out there helping.”

“I feel my return is close, I’m looking at late May for the game against Maghull.

“If I feel ready earlier then who knows. I might play, but I don’t want to rush back into it and risk anything further.”

Formby started their season with an away loss at Northern CC, but managed their first win in a home game vs Liverpool CC in late April.

Baines’s fast bowling was an important factor in helping his side reach the quarter-final of the Mike Leddy Cup in 2021, and he will be hoping to go further this year.

Credit: Formby Cricket Club
Baines bowling in the Summer of 2021. Photo credit: Formby Cricket Club.

“It’s really important to me that we are playing with competitiveness and aiming to win things.

“The cups are a great place to do this and I hope my return can boost our chances of a title.”

Away Games

Formby will travel for three away matches in May, including games against Birkenhead, Wallasey and Maghull.

Baines spoke on his excitement to travel with his team again.

“It’s one of my favourite parts of the game.

“We’ve got some really good teams in this league, Some of the facilities we visit make you feel very lucky to be playing here, and it only motivates you more.”

Formby will travel to Birkenhead for their next game on Saturday April 30.

(Pics courtesy of Formby Cricket Club)