The new season sees the first team continue in the second division where they hope to improve on the fifth place of last season with a promotion spot this time. The second team continue in the first division whilst the third team will be out to defend the league championship title they won last time. The third team will continue to operate with a minimum of senior players to ensure the ongoing development in senior cricket of our many talented juniors. We will again operate a full range of junior boys teams together with three girls teams at under 9, 11 and 13.
The new first team captain will be Ally Long , Jamie Hudson takes over as second team captain with Mick Lawrence continuing as third team captain. The overseas player this year will be Hamish Skelt from, Invercargill, New zealand who is an early order batsman.
Apart from Ed Brown, who has left for Burley CC , there has been very little change in last season’s first team squad. We are hoping that more of our exciting junior players will break through in to our first and second teams to supplement those that so successfully achieved this last season.
As a result of moving out of the area we say goodbye to Nigel Law after many years of loyal service to the club, initially as a player and then, since retiring from playing and for the last eleven years as our club Secretary. We are very grateful to Nigel for his valuable contribution, both on and off the field, and he leaves with our very best wishes for the future. As a result of Nigel’s departure we have had a committee reshuffle with Brent Armitage moving from Treasurer to Secretary and Jeremy Harrison coming in as Treasurer. Giles Phillips replaces Bernard Thornton as Assistant Secretary who is to continue in an advisory capacity with the club.
The club’s new pavilion with our picturesque ground setting is proving extremely popular as a venue for weddings , parties etc and the income generated from these has already repaid a slice of the money we spent when developing it. We have four large weddings already booked for 2012 together with several parties and many other hiring enquiries. Anyone wishing to hire the venue should contact any club official.
The club will be once again holding an annual cricket festival week (24 August to 2 September ) and with cricket matches played every day during this period we have an open invitation to members, players and supporters from all clubs to come along to our ground and enjoy a days cricket..
We welcome all clubs, umpires, supporters and officials to our ground for the coming season and hope that all will enjoy our hospitality and our new pavilion and the facilities it now offers.
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