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PUBLISHED BY PROCESS PUBLISHING LTD CRICKETCLUB contentsSUITE 1, SAVILLE EXCHANGE,HOWARD STREET, NORTH SHIELDS, ISSUE 37NORTH TYNESIDE NE30 1SE 04 Middlesbrough CC 33 ST Lawrence and Highland Court CCWWW.CRICKET-CLUB.BIZ 09 Yateley CC 34 COPFORD CC 12 BERWICK CC 39 STONESFIELD CCCOMMERCIAL 14 MISTLEY CC 40 FIRWOOD BOOTLE CCCOMMERCIAL DIRECTOR 16 gloucestershire ccc 46 Corbridge CC 19 Banchory 48 Coggeshall CCIAN FINLAY 20 WIMBORNE 51 Alnwick CCT: 0191 447 2512 21 WEST BERGHOLT CC 54 Northwood CCE: [email protected] 25 Shrewton CC 56 witney mills cc 26 ELLINGHAM CC 58 Private Air TravelOFFICE MANAGER 28 GMB ROTHERHAM PHOENIX CC 62 GALA CCMarie Leng 30 CHIPPING NORTON & DISTRICT CC 64 DERBYSHIRE CCT: 0191 340 6161E: [email protected] FRONT COVER IMAGE COURTESY OF LISA SCOTTMEDIA DIRECTORS David Steele “ David Steele’s EnglandJohn McKegney After-Dinner Speaker test career started in 1975T: 0191 4472554 and lasted little more thanE: [email protected] “David is a very a year, in which time he played in 8 matches. DuringPaul Lennon accomplished After this period he took on someT: 0191 340 0622 Dinner Speaker, and of the world’s best bowlersE: [email protected] reflects with immense including Dennis Lillee and enthusiasm on his superb Jeff Thomson as well as thePaul Ellwood career of more than 20 fearsome West Indian paceT: 0191 596 8944 years in the game. attack.E: [email protected] email: [email protected] Steele revelled in theKeiran Sanchez phone: 01536 744401 spotlight, standing up to theT: 0191 340 5773 mobile: 07769 166190 challenge with an averageE: [email protected] of 42 and becoming a national hero in the process.Melanie Rae Described by The Sun’st: 0191 4476767 Clive Taylor as “The bankE: [email protected] clerk who went to war,” he is a well-liked and drilyEDITORIAL humorous Staffordshire manHEAD OF PRODUCTION who was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year inGARRY HOOSANT: 0191 447 6767 1975.E: [email protected] IN CHIEFJAMIE SEYMOURT: 0191 435 7878E: [email protected] GOLDSMITHT: 0191 447 3718E: [email protected] MURPHYT: 0191 4475 755E: [email protected] FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG © PROCESS PUBLISHING LTD ALL RIGHTS RESERVED No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any mean, or stored in a retrieval system without prior written permission, except as permitted under the copyright designs and patents act 1998. Applications for permission for use of copyright material shall be made to the publishers.

Middlesbrough FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG[Middlesbrough][CC]Acklam Park /// /// Founded in 1855Established in 1855, Middlesbrough CC Play in the North “We are activelyYorkshire and South Durham League and are based at involved in the ChanceAcklam Park where Yorkshire CCC played up to 1996. We to shine programmerun three senior and four junior teams ranging from under going into eight schools11s to 17s. We pride ourselves as being one of the clubs that in the area and holdinghave produced three England players Alan Old, Bill Athey festivals during schooland Liam Plunkett. term time and the summer holidays.”Situated on Green Lane Acklam Middlesbrough, we sharethe ground with Middlesbrough RUFC. A new Clubhouse andrefurbished Pavilion was built in 2009 which is state of the art.CommunityYouth development is very important to us. We are a Clubmarkand Focus Club for the area. We are actively involved in theChance to shine programme going into eight schools in the areaand holding festivals during school term time and the summerholidays. This introduces players from schools into the club.4 ISSUE 37

MiddlesbroughJuniors/YouthWe see our junior cricket as vital to the future of the club. Many ofour league, County and England players have come through ourjunior section, but just as important are our parents and coacheswho volunteer their services all year round. Junior matches andtraining sessions have turned into a social occasion with a greatfamily atmosphere. Like other clubs we find it difficult to introduceour juniors into senior cricket. We have a Sunday 3rd Team andthis is mainly how we try to introduce our juniors into the seniorgame with some great success.AFFORDABLE, RELIABLE SKIP RENTAL Call us now on 01642 217403We offer affordable, reliable skip rental covering the following areas: Redcar, Saltburn, Thornaby, Stockton, Yarm, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Stokesley.Our great value skips are suitable for all types of waste including scrap metal. We recycle the majority of our waste and try to minimise waste that ends up as landfill.T.P. Skip Hire Ltd can often offer same day delivery throughout Middlesbrough and the surrounding areas. We can arrange wait and loads for work in sensitive areas and we offer a computerised weighbridge facility. Richmond Street, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, TS2 1LN 5

Middlesbrough FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAGWhy Ecco arebacking the BoroThere’s nothing better than watching a good game of is a decision he has never regretted, though he hascricket on a warm summer’s afternoon with a pint in changed his agreement to make some of the cashone hand and maybe a pie in the other. If you sponsor dependent on results. He’d like to think his incentiveone of the teams, too, then so much the better. At scheme played a part in spurring on the club’s youthleast that’s the view of Keith Miller. team to promotion last season.Next season will be the fourth that Middlesbrough “It’s a great club and I love being involved,” saysCricket Club has been sponsored by Ecco Finishing Keith. “When I was asked to sponsor the club, ISupplies, the local success story that managing saw an opportunity to do something good in thedirector Keith founded 20 years ago. community. Ecco get some publicity out of it, ofHaving started in his spare bedroom with the course, but we don’t really need it. It’s just good toinvestment in a £20 typewriter from Argos, Keith now share some of your success.runs an internationally successful business with a £5million turnover. “Middlesbrough have fantastic facilities. It’s a jewel in the crown in terms of local sports facilities but tooMiddlesbrough-based Ecco manufacture and supply many people don’t even know about it.shot-blasting and fire protection equipment to world-wide clients in the oil, gas and off-shore industries. “But cricket is such an inclusive sport because anyone can play it,” Keith reflects. “MiddlesbroughBut while Keith’s corporate horizons now stretch to really look after the kids. They are always tryingfields as far as Kazakhstan, Russia and the Far East, to improve them - teaching them life skills as wellhis heart remains closer to home. He believes he has as cricket. As a former schoolboy cricketer myself,a responsibility to support the Teesside community in I appreciate that. It’s really nice to see the kidswhich he was born and raised. progressing.”As such, Ecco not only sponsor the “Boro” club but While Ecco are doing very well, their small team is athe thrills and spills of Redcar Bears speedway team far cry from the corporate conglomerates.and Middlesbrough Homeless Football Club, helping Why does Keith invest a big chunk of his hard-earnedto put back on track young people who have found cash into local sport?themselves without a home to call their own. “I do it because I can, because I want to,” he replies,But Keith is never happier than when relaxing with a matter-of-factly. “I’m from the town and I want to sharebeer to the sound of leather on willow, as one of the a little of the success I’ve been fortunate enough toMiddlesbrough cricket team hit an overly loose bowl achieve. If I had more money I’d give more of it away.from an opposition player for six. Some people become greedy but I can’t do that. I have to do something positive with my money.It’s a thought with which his famous namesake,the legendary Aussie all-rounder, would no doubt “It’s easy enough to say ‘You’re not getting myhave agreed but this Keith Miller admits he never money.’ But all you need is one of those promisingpossessed the talent to take cricket beyond a kids to really do it – to go on and make it big in theboyhood hobby. However, his love for the game never sport – so that I could think ‘I sponsored that kid yearsleft him. ago.’ That would give me immense pride.”When, in 2012, Keith was approached about thepossibility of providing the club with somemuch-needed financial support, he readily agreed. It 6 ISSUE 37 7

Middlesbrough FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAGFacilitiesWe are very lucky with our facilities. We have a new clubhouse withtwo bars, tea room, gym and a separate function room. The pavilionhas totally been refurbished to Sport England specifications, withsix changing rooms with showers for ten in each, toilets and Maleand Female officials changing facilities. The new plastic seatingoutside the pavilion hold 165 and a new beer garden with benchseating. We also have outside nets with four lanes, bowlingmachine and a new electronic scoreboard.AtmosphereThe club is quite buoyant at the moment with our second team “We see our junior cricketwinning the Robinson Cup and gaining promotion. Our 1st XI has as vital to the future of theconsolidated their position in the NYSD Premier league for another club. Many of our league,season and our third team did the same in Sunday Division 1. The County and EnglandJuniors did well with the under 11 team winning the league and players have come throughthe regional final plus the under 17 team also had great success our junior section”winning the Teesside University 15/15 Junior final.AmbitionsWe are hoping for a year of stability for all our teams with maybethe odd cup thrown in. We are looking for our junior players tomake steady progress into the senior sides. We are changingthe way we coach our Juniors with the main emphasis on onecombined coaching night on a Friday with all our coaches andparents involved and a second during the week by age group. Weare hoping this will bring the teams and coaching techniques closertogether and encourage more parent participation.8 ISSUE 37

Yateley[Yateley][CC]Sean Devereux Park /// /// Founded in 1881Situated in North Hampshire, very close to the borders of Berkshire and Surrey, YateleyCricket Club has developed, both on and off the field, over the last twelve years into one of thebiggest clubs in the region.Boasting a membership of over two hundred and fifty the club have Chairman Rob Bartlett says, “the purchase of our ground willfour men’s adult teams competing in the Thames Valley league, a enable us to further improve upon our already excellent facilitiesthriving boys and girl’s youth section with twelve teams in the North and ensure cricket is played at Yateley in memoriam. Rob took upHampshire Youth League and a developing ladies team playing in his position in 2012 after previously being secretary for four years.the Hampshire Women’s League. “I have now been a member of Yateley for ten years,” says Rob,2014 was Yateley’s most successful season with all four men’s “My son Harry joined as an eleven year old. We were looking for ateams finishing in their highest league positions ever, the 1stXI club with a strong reputation for high quality coaching.”coming fifth in division 1 and the 3rdX1 winning their division. Theladies finished third in division 2 of the Hampshire league and the Harry went on to play representative cricket and now opens themen also won the prestigious Guy Jewell Cup, North Hampshire’s bowling for the 1stXI. In fact the club’s 1st XI has an average age ofpremier T20 competition for the second year running. only twenty three, almost all coming through the youth system that has produced over fifty county age group players, of which two haveTwelve years ago, the club moved grounds from the town’s green gone on to play first class cricket. In the last four years Yateley’sto a purpose built site at Sean Devereux Park which they rented U15s have twice finished third in the National Club Championshipsfrom the council. In 2010, they added a second square on adjacent so believe they have a lot more strength in the Having raised sufficient funds they are delighted to have justpurchased the main ground. Led by Head of Cricket and ex Hampshire age group coach 9


YateleyColin Justice, Yateley has sixteen ECB qualified coaches whosecommitment not only develops young players but ensures theirsmooth transition into the adult game. “A high number of ourcoaches play for one of the adult teams and can help mentoryoung players into senior cricket,” says Colin.Yateley’s coaches also work with children in local schools,establishing important community links. Girls coach RachelMcGowan even runs events at the club for local schools ensuringthe club remains rooted in the local area. With seven girls selectedfor the districts training squad and a strong, rapidly growing Girlssection Ladies 1st XI captain Debbie Pienaar believes they willexperience further success in the near future too.As you can imagine the general mood in the club is very positive.We asked Rob Bartlett about Yateley’s main challenges andambitions over the next five years. “The club has developedvery quickly since we moved to our new ground. We have had asignificant increase in members as well as the number of teams werun and have improved facilities accordingly.Our committee, volunteers and finances have been stretched bythis expansion and like all clubs we are looking to recruit morehelpers and attract more funds. We remain though very ambitious,our eyes must be on Premier League Cricket and if we can keepour young squad together it should be possible.” 11

Berwick FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG[Berwick][CC]The Pier Field /// /// Founded in 1844Berwick CC is a great example of a family club that plays an important role in their local com-munity. Cricket Club Magazine caught up with 1st Team Captain Glen Bird to find out moreabout the club.Involvement for example, when they could open for the seconds and get a bat in the middle. It’s always about trying to balance what’s good for theHe told us, “The next season will be my 20th playing for Berwick, club not only in the short term but in the long term as well.having played in all of the junior age groups and then the seniors.Not bad for someone under 30! I first got involved when our PE The most rewarding aspect for me is winning a close game.teacher, who played for the seniors at the time, got a group of us Everybody always imagines that it is great to win by a large margindown to junior nets after having us for PE. It’s now come full circle but it’s always the close games I remember. Sitting with just theas both myself and the first team vice-captain Scott Middlemist team in the changing room straight after a game with a beer (orboth teach in the two local middle schools. two) is probably my favourite moment. Then it’s into the bar to speak with the other team.”The Role Atmosphere“Team selection is one of the most challenging aspects I face weekin week out. We are very fortunate to have an excellent crop of “The mood is very good around the club. Our junior section isyounger players coming through the ranks, but it is not always an expanding weekly, the first team had a good run of games at theeasy decision to take them as a second change bowler for the firsts end of last season so we can hopefully take the momentum forward12 ISSUE 37

Berwickin to next season and the seconds were Division 2 Champions. Maintenance of the machinery for the ground is a major outlayWinter nets will start in the New Year for both seniors and juniors each year, alongside things such as the purchasing of a match ballso we are hoping for great numbers as usual.” for both senior teams and paying the umpires every other week at home games. A big thanks must go to John Hush and his teamYouth at the Berwick branch of Co-op Funeral Care, who have been our main club sponsors for consecutive seasons now. Without their“Junior cricket is massively important to us and the area. Because help we would really struggle.”of our location we don’t get the numbers of seniors that clubs inbigger towns or cities get. Tillside Cricket Club, our local rivals also Ambitionshave an excellent junior section and it shows. Both clubs put out afirst and second team each Saturday, friendly teams on a Sunday “If we can maintain a consistent team week in week out then a topor midweek and junior teams at most age groups. Not bad for two 3 place in the league should happen sooner rather than later. Asclubs in such a rural location. a team we have talked about having a decent cup run to aim for some silverware.The percentage of current senior players that came through our The seconds have another step up in the first division so theyjuniors is testament to the hard work that the volunteer coaches put need to see what this season brings. We will continue to build onin throughout the year. There’s a lack of facilities in local schools our growing junior section, and in 5 years’ time a lot of our oldestfor hard ball cricket so we offer that at our junior nets, as quite juniors will hopefully be playing their cricket for our senior teams.often it’s only kwik-cricket that has been played by those juniors Ultimately we would love to build a new pavilion, so the hard workattending.” starts here!”Integration Robert White - Chairman“We are a family orientated club and this shows. Throughout the “I arrived in Berwick from London in 1978 and wanted toseason we have various different days, such as a golf competition continue my cricket. One of the first people that I met wasfor our members. There are often different things going on after a a member of the Berwick Club, and he introduced me. Igame on a Saturday, this season ranging from a BBQ when the liked the facilities and the members so I allowed to a rodeo bull and bouncy castle, which the oldergeneration seemed to enjoy more than the youngsters! Senior nets We had very good teams in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s with aalso takes place directly after junior nets so the youngsters are young professional each year from Australia and Newaware of who each senior is as they progress through the club.” Zealand. The first team played in the Border League and we got into the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup beatingCommunity some big clubs on the way.“The club is situated right on the coast and is on the same site as Cricket is not taught in the local schools so our very youngthe local tennis courts, so there is usually a decent crowd around players start from scratch which is difficult for some ofon a Saturday. The local schools have excellent facilities in terms them. The most rewarding aspect of the role is to seeof an astro and various sports pitches, but no cricket pitches, so we young players who started with us as juniors perform wellhost school games whenever we can. We are generously backed in the first the community each season in terms of match day sponsors sonow seems an appropriate time to say ‘thank you’!” We want to continue to offer a friendly environment where anyone can come to play cricket and enjoy themselves.Facilities We will try to expand our junior section and, hopefully, play more touring teams in addition to our league matches.”“Our home, the Pier Field, has stunning views down the coast andan amazing sea view. We’re probably known however for havingthe coldest cricket field in Northumberland and plenty of jumpersare often on show! Our single storey clubhouse is not one of themost glamorous buildings architecturally but hopefully our warmwelcome and bar area more than make up for that. We prideourselves on our teas, both in quality and quantity, and visitorsoften compliment us on them.”Challenges“I would imagine our challenges will match those of the vast Telephone number: 01890 882424majority of cricket clubs. We rely a lot on our volunteers, frommaintaining the books to maintaining the ground, and as a club Email: [email protected] a very grateful for every members time and effort. Money isalways an issue, especially in the current climate, and the costs of Website:www.collingwoodarms.comeverything are often underestimated. Main Street, Cornhill-On-Tweed, Northumberland TD12 4UH 13

MISTLEY FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG[MISTLEY][CC]Mistley CC /// on New Road in Essex, Mistley CC currently competes in Division One of the Two CountiesCricket Championship. They are led by Chairman Jack Jiggens who is supported by SecretaryRobin Mills and the club has made a considerable amount of progress under their guidance.Their first team put together a strong campaign in 2014, managing He was well supported by a number of other batsmen includingto play some terrific cricket and this led to them finishing in 3rd Kyrang Young, Daniel Goff, Simon Barlow and Stuart Dove. Havingplace. In total they compiled 318 points and can be proud of their such depth in their batting line-up meant that Mistley’s bowlers usually had plenty of runs on the board to play with.performances across the course of the season.They will now be looking to have a strong off-season in order to As well as batting well, Young bowled superbly, proving himself toensure that they are able to hit the ground running in 2015. So long be a genuine all-rounder as he took 42 wickets at an average ofas they can retain their current group of players and perhaps make around 13. Bruce Leeke and Jason Pembrooke backed him up inone or two quality additions they should be in with a good chance style taking 60 wickets between them to ensure that Mistley hadof mounting a title challenge. one of the most feared attacks in the league.One of the key reasons for the team’s good record was the strong They will be looking for these players to continue to perform inbatting line up that they had. Michael Griggs in particular was in the same manner next season and so long as they do they willoutstanding form, finishing as their leading scorer with 814 runs at continue to be a well-balanced side capable of winning plenty ofan average of just shy of 60. This included seven half centuries and matches. It will be exciting to see how they get on.two hundreds including a memorable 112 not out. Red Rock will:  Inspect the property in detail at least once a month to ensure all buildings and grounds are in good order and all services are working  Recruit, supervise and manage contractors and staff – prepare specifications, get quotations and appoint the right people  Make the time to deal with any unexpected work and contracts  Deal with individual residents’ questions and ensure all calls and e-mails are dealt with on the same day All for a low transparent fee14 ISSUE 37

MISTLEYThis is a club that is committed to providing as many players “This is a club that isas possible from the local area with a chance to play the game committed to providing asand this is reflected by the fact that they also have a number of many players as possibleadditional sides running. This allows them to give far more players from the local area with aa game each week. chance to play the game.”Another benefit of having so many sides is that it allows the firstXI to benefit from far greater strength in depth. If they are ever leftshort on numbers through injury or work commitments they havethe option of calling players up with a limited amount of disruption.As well as having a genuinely good side, Mistley CC also plays avital role in their local community. This is thanks to all of the hardwork that their Committee has put into making them a successand hopefully they will be able to continue in the same manner formany years to come.Mistley Cricket Club If you are new to the area and fancy playing at one of the most picturesque grounds in England then get in touch. We run 5 Adult teams, Ladies Cricket & Juniors from U7 to U15 We play in the Two Counties Championship which covers North Essex and Suffolk and the North Essex Cricket League. If you are interested please contact us via the address below [email protected] 15

Gloucestershire FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG[gloucestershire][CCC]The Bristol County Ground /// /// Founded in 1878First established in 1870, Gloucestershire CCC is one of the 18 first class County Cricket Clubsand can boast having WG Grace as one of their founder members. They currently compete inthe County Championship Division 2 and state that their mission is, ‘To sustain, develop andgrow Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in order to be successful in the enterprise of cricket.’The club is based in the Bishopston area, just off of Gloucester “As one of the most famousRoad in Bristol and are carrying out a significant amount of work Cricket Clubs in the country,in order to ensure that they are able to bring International Cricket Gloucestershire CCC has ato their base. A major part of this work has been their new pavilion lot to live up to.”which was opened in August 2013 and allows the club to offer stateof the art media and hospitality facilities as well as a superb viewof a game of cricket.In 2014, Gloucestershire put together a solid campaign in theCounty Championship as they compiled a record of 4 wins, 7draws and 5 defeats from their 16 matches. This saw them finish inthe bottom half of the table with 163 points. If they are able to getoff to a quick start in 2015 there is no reason why they will not beable to push on up the table.16 ISSUE 37

GloucestershireTheir best performances last season came in the Royal LondonOne Day Cup as they managed to win 4 of their 6 group matches.This saw them reach the quarter final where they were defeated bya strong strong Kent side.Ian Cockbain’s performances in this competition played a key rolein their progress and they were recently given a major boost whenhe signed a new contract to keep him with the club until 2017.Speaking to after committing his future,Cockbain said, “I am really pleased to have signed a new dealwith Gloucestershire. I believe there are some very exciting timescoming up for our squad. It was obviously a big loss to see theGidman brothers leave, but this has now presented a fantasticchallenge and opportunity for me to step up as one of the seniorguys and to take on more responsibility in the group.” OWZAT! FOR SMARTER SOLUTIONS BE BOWLED OVER BY ITEC Itec combines cutting-edge products and solutions with profound technical know- how, dedicated customer support and superb service levels – to help you perform exceptionally. Contact Itec today and meet your new partners for efficient printing and document workflow solutions. T: 0117 951 1500 F: 0117 964 1077 E: [email protected] W: ITEC Connect House, Hawkfield Business Park Whitchurch, Bristol BS14 0BG. United Kingdom With offices in Exeter, Plymouth, Bournemouth, South Molton,Truro & London 17

Gloucestershire FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAGThe club also places a significant emphasis upon playing animportant role in the local community and they work closely withthe Gloucestershire Cricket Board to help recreational cricketprosper. One of the main ways they do this is by running communityprogrammes in hundreds of schools every year. They also runactivities at their ground in Bristol and at their Brewin DolphinCheltenham Cricket festival each summer.As one of the most famous Cricket Clubs in the country,Gloucestershire CCC has a lot to live up to. With positivedevelopments taking place both on and off the field at presenthowever, they appear to have everything in place to enable themto look forwards to a bright and successful future starting in 2015.Cricket Club Magazine would like to wish them the best of luck. 18 ISSUE 37

Banchory[Banchory][CC]Burnett Park /// /// Founded in 1854Banchory CC was first established in 1854 and has played a vital role in the local communityfor a number of years. Cricket Club Magazine caught up with their President Steve Redpath tofind out how they are getting along at present.He told us, “I first got involved with the club around “Five years down the line12 years ago when my son developed an interest in I hope that the club willplaying. It’s an honour to be President of a very old and be playing good cricket,friendly cricket club. I just enjoy playing the game really. with everyone enjoyingI don’t get to play as often as I’d like now because my themselves and supportingwork takes me away quite a lot in the summer. the youth that are at our club.”The camaraderie at the club is excellent – there’s agreat atmosphere and I think it is one of the friendliest 01330 823981club’s around. But then I would say that wouldn’t I!” | Business Accountancy | Self Employed | Bookkeeping |The season was pretty good. The seconds, who I tend | New Companies | Personal Taxes | Tax Credits & Student Grants |to play for got promoted although the firsts may havegot demoted but it’s a bit controversial because another Rosewood Raemoir Road , Banchory Kincardineshire AB31 4ETteam may have played an ineligible player so we’re justwaiting on the decision. Although that does effect ourplanning for next year we’re always looking for newplayers and are looking forwards to the future.Youth cricket is very important to us; we often have twoyouth sides playing and invest a lot of time developingyoung players. We look to bring them through in the 2ndXI. The first XI is much more competitive and the 2ndteam aims to give youth a chance. There are a coupleof older players like myself to help out and give a bit ofguidance if it is needed and we need a few people to runaround for us so it works well!One of the biggest challenges for us is the weatherbecause playing in Aberdeenshire it’s not the perfectcricket climate here always. One of the big things isthat we have a lot of people who come up to Aberdeenas part of the oil industry and they stay for a period oftime and then move on again. That gives us quite a highturnover of players which means we need to work hardto bring in new faces.Five years down the line I hope that the club will beplaying good cricket, with everyone enjoying themselvesand supporting the youth that are at our club. It’s a smallcommunity here so we draw people in from all aroundthe area.We have family days for people to come and get involvedand we try and do our bit. We’re not a huge club so wehaven’t got a big five year plan; we’re just trying to keepgoing and working with the community and getting thechildren involved and enjoying ourselves.” [email protected] 19

Wimborne FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG[Wimborne][CC]The Leaze /// at The Leaze in Dorset, Wimborne and Colehill CC currently competes in the DorsetCricket League Premier 1. They are a club that is committed to providing their communitywith a chance to get involved in the game under the leadership of Chairman John Ridout andPresident David Lawes.Their first team put together a solid campaign in 2014 as they We offer a mouth-watering rangecompiled a record of 8 wins and 9 defeats from their 20 league of Authentic Peking, Sezchuan andmatches with the other 3 being abandoned. This saw them finish Cantonese Chinese restaurant inin a safe mid-table position with 222 points on the board. smart surroundings, just off theThis should provide the side with a perfect platform from which Square in the centre of town. Taketo build as they head into the off-season. So long as they areable to retain their current group of players and perhaps make away is also or two quality additions then they should be in with a goodchance of putting together a successful campaign next time Tel: 01202 840 217around. 7 Crown Court, Wimborne BH21 1LPOne of the standout features of the Wimborne and Colehill set-up is the superb youth section that they have in place. This partof the club looks to provide young players from the local areawith an opportunity to play the game in a safe and enjoyableenvironment whilst helping them to reach their full potential.It is important for any side to be able to produce their own talent,particularly in the current financial climate and this is an areathat they appear to have covered. It will certainly be exciting tosee how their juniors develop in the coming years.In order to help ensure that they enjoy a smooth transition intothe senior game they also run a number of additional sides.This allows them to give players experience of adult level cricketeven if they are not yet considered ready for first team actionwhich can be an important step in the development process.Another benefit of having so many teams is that it allows thefirst XI to benefit from far greater strength in depth. If they areever left short on numbers through injury or work commitmentsthey have the option of calling players up with a limited amountof disruption.There is much to admire about the set up that Wimborne andColeshill CC currently has in place and this should meanthat they can look forwards to a bright and successful future.Everyone at Cricket Club Magazine wishes them the best ofluck. 20 ISSUE 37

West Bergholt West Bergholt[West Bergholt][CC]Manor Ground /// /// Founded in 1831West Bergholt CC has enjoyed a fantastic season in 2014 with their Two Counties side remainingunbeaten all season. Cricket Club Magazine caught up with the club’s Chairman Peter Twydellto find out what has been behind their success.Involvement The RoleHe started by telling us about his involvement with the club, saying, “Being Chairman of the club is very challenging as I am sure it is at“I have been involved with the club for over 16 years and have most village sides. There are always events to arrange, sides to getbeen Chairman for the last year. Prior to joining I had played for a out and issues around the ground to sort out. I have great supportrival village despite living in West Bergholt since 1980. from Nobby Clark who has been associated with the club as far as anyone can remember.I used to play and run the Colts side for the rival village Boxted andjoined forces with the late Fred Wright who ran the West Bergholt He is Mr West Bergholt and does a huge amount at the ground,colts when he was not getting sufficient support from the club. helping to maintain the ground and clubhouse. Each winter he sets himself a project so we can come to a new season to find theI then decided to join West Bergholt and when Fred passed away clubhouse has been repainted for example.started the Colts again. I was helped by Pat Ward who is nowinvolved with Essex County Cricket Club as a Colts development The club now finances a groundsman as there are not enoughofficer. West Bergholt was always a competitive club but remained members who have the time to do it themselves. I think that thea friendly village side and has a very picturesque ground and I have greatest problem is getting members to give up their time outsideenjoyed all of my time here.” of playing to help. Often it is work or studying that gets in the way. I am also extremely fortunate that my wife Wendy is a born 21

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West Bergholt“I very much enjoy playing cricket for organiser and last year she formed a festival committee of non-the West Bergholt Cricket Club. I don’t playing members from the village to help arrange our annual six aget the chance to play a lot of cricket at side tournament and festival.”school and therefore it is important to meto be part of a local village cricket team. I Atmospherehave been captain of the team for the lasttwo years and feel proud to represent my “Generally the mood of the club is of one of optimism and that thecommunity. club is progressing. Last year our Saturday side, “the Invincibles” won their division and won every game. Our Sunday side finishedAt the club, I have made new friends from mid table. Our U16 side also won our league whilst the U14sother schools and have learnt a lot from were runners up. The U11s finished mid table and we had athe clubs coaching. This being not just very successful Kwik Cricket section that played in a number ofin cricket, but leadership skills also. I tournaments and we also ran our own tournament as part of ourhope to be able to continue with the club festival. We also run a ladies team that had its best season to date.eventually playing in the men’s league.” Due to the continuing success we are running a new development side in the league on a Saturday in 2015.” -Jensen Wood, West Bergholt U14 Captain Youth Firmin’s Maintenance Ltd “Youth cricket is extremely important at the club. We always need Flat Roof Specialist extra help and coaches but my thanks go to Trevor Roger, Simon Lockwood, James Banks and Mark Eves for running our Colts New, Refurbishment, Fascias, Soffits, & Gutters sides last year. It was only a couple of years ago that James was a Colt himself! House Maintenance & Building Works I have always believed in giving youth a chance and this is why Brick Walls, Garden Works, Grass Cutting, Patios, we are running the extra side next year. A large number of our Fencing, and Hedges. “Invincibles” side came through our Colts so we are doing something right. For FREE Quotations ring Jim Firmin Tel: 01206 579879 There is often talk that cricket is not as popular as it was but Mob: 07899 930454 certainly at the younger ages boys and girls are very keen to play and we have large numbers playing in our Kwik Cricket sides. Email: [email protected] Having a lovely safe ground does help but also where possible giving the youngsters a chance to shine in the adult sides helps their graduation. We are also very proud to be a Club Mark club.” Integration “We try and integrate the younger players to the adult side with friendly games initially before starting to play them in league fixtures. We also have an evening league side which is generally for the younger more agile players! 23

West Bergholt FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAGAs part of our festival we run a six a side tournament. There are this is not unique to West Bergholt. Getting competitive sides out isusually three sides from West Bergholt against outside clubs. One also difficult as often football and rugby encroaches on our seasonof our sides is always an U21 side and they have lost narrowly and most players prefer to play just the one game a the final in each of the last three years. Older players are notforgotten as we also run a winter over 40 indoor league side. I We also have a very ageing pavilion which will need to be replacedthink having a beer after the match is more important than winning at some point. The club is starting to actively look at ideas and thethough!” long term plan is to re build our club house with a better kitchen, changing rooms and showers.”Community Ambitions“We do see ourselves as a community club. We try and involve thevillage as much as possible. As part of our festival weekend we “The club remain ambitious. We would like to continue to develophave a quiz which is very well supported by the village. our Colts and to move further up our leagues on both Saturday and Sundays. Having tasted some success we are keen for someLast year we were involved with the local Junior School, Heathlands, more. We would like to re develop our clubhouse and perhaps withby arranging coaches for an after school cricket club which proved all the rain we are having, get some covers for the square.very successful. We hope that we will gain more support fromplayers and parents from there and hopefully the school will enter However, we do not want to lose the fun and remain committeda side in our Kwik Cricket festival in 2015. to being a local friendly village side. I think with a lot of hard work and fun we will continue to be around for the next generations ofA few years ago we started a ladies team that plays in the local cricket players.”ladies league. They have gone from strength to strength and arereally involved with the club now. Whilst we have not had enoughgirls to form a team we have had girls playing in the Kwik Cricketsides. Last year Jessica Twydell and Emily Eves were in the EssexU11 development squad.”Challenges“As a club there are several challenges facing us. Whilst we havea supportive committee and festival committee there is always aneed for more Volunteers to help with the coaching, maintainingthe ground and a continual strain on financing the club.Work commitments mean that players have very little time to helpand all too often it falls on a few to do a lot of the work. I know that Colchesters Leading OF Independent BMW Specialist WEST BERGHOLT ouPrroluodcaltocosmumppuonritty  AIR CON SERVICING55 Colchester Road - West Bergholt CO6 3JQ  GENERAL SERVICING ON ALL 01206 241102 - MAKES AND MODELS24 ISSUE 37  MOTS AND REPAIRS  WELDING REPAIRS  TYRES AND EXHAUSTS  LOCAL PICK UP AND COLLECTION  WITH OVER 25YRS EXPERIENCE 01206 242144 ARMOURY FARM ARMOURY ROAD WEST BERGHOLT,COLCHESTER CO6 3JP

SHREWTON[Shrewton][CC]Shrewton Recreation Ground /// http://shrewtoncricketclub.yolasite.comShrewton CC is a club that prides itself on ELSTONproviding a friendly atmosphere with a blendbetween young and old within the set-up. VETERINARYTheir first team currently competes in theHampshire County Division 1 and they are led CLINICby Chairman David Kemp who is supportedby Secretary Mike Swaybe. They have made a Warm friendlyconsiderable amount of progress under their professionalguidance. serviceIndeed, their first team enjoyed a positive season in 2014,playing some high quality cricket. This saw them finish in We care for6th place in the league as they showed themselves to be your petscapable of competing with anyone on their day. 01980 621999This season’s performances should provide them witha solid platform from which to build as they look ahead Elston, Shrewton,towards their 2015 campaign. So long as they are able Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 4HLto retain their current group of players and perhaps makeone or two quality additions they will have a good chanceof mounting a title challenge.One of the standout features of the Shrewton set-up isthe superb youth section that they have in place. Thispart of the club looks to provide youngsters from the localarea with an opportunity to play the game in a safe andenjoyable environment whilst helping them to reach theirfull potential.It is important for any side to be able to produce their owntalent, particularly in the current financial climate and thisis an area that they appear to have covered. It will certainlybe exciting to see how their juniors can progress over thecoming years.In order to help ensure that these players enjoy a smoothtransition into the senior game they also run a numberof additional sides. This allows them to give playersexperience of adult level cricket even if they are not yetconsidered ready for first team action which can be animportant step in the development process.Another benefit of having so many teams is that it allowsthe first XI to benefit from far greater strength in depth. Ifthey are ever left short on numbers through injury or workcommitments they have the option of calling players upwith a limited amount of disruption.There is much to admire about the set-up that ShrewtonCC currently has in place thanks to all of the hard work thattheir Committee has put into making the club a success.Hopefully they will continue in the same manner for manyyears to come. 25

Ellingham FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG[Ellingham][CC] Picket Post /// /// Founded in 1837Ellingham CC can trace its history back to 1837 when the Somerley Cricket Club was formed,playing on the estate of the Earl of Normanton. At that point the side was made up of estateworkers, businessmen with contacts on the estate and occasional house guests. Since then, the club has put together a history of which they have every right to be proud and had a successful period just after the war having reformed for the 1948 season. They were led in their first three seasons at the time by the impressive Wally Shutler who took 498 wickets and also won the batting cup. In the present day, the team is based at Picket Post in Hampshire and they currently compete in the Hampshire County Division 1. They are led by Chairman Lee Penycate who is supported by Secretary Justine Turner and the club is looking to progress under their guidance. In 2014 their first team put together a solid campaign which saw them finish in a safe mid table position within their league. They showed that they have the ability to compete with anyone on their day and should be happy with their overall level of performance. Their displays should provide them with a solid platform from which to build as they look ahead to the future. So long as they are able to retain their current group of players and perhaps make one or two quality additions then they will be in with a good chance of pushing on up the table in 2015. Ellingham is not a club to focus solely upon their senior section however and they also have a number of youth sides in place. These teams look to provide young players from the local area with an opportunity to play the game in a safe and enjoyable environment whilst helping them to reach their full potential. Forest Edge Solicitors Pleased to Support Ellingham Cricket Club We provide specialist, cost effective legal advice tailored for your individual and business needs in the Ringwood, Verwood and surrounding areas. Call: 01425 484420 for your free initial meeting website: email: [email protected] First Floor, New House, Market Place, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 1ER26 ISSUE 37

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GMB Rotherham FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG Pheonix[GMB Rotherham Pheonix][CC]Picket Post /// /// Founded in 1837Not so long ago, GMB Rotherham Phoenix CC was undergoing a difficult period and took thedecision to re-build, reducing the number of teams they ran and dropping down the leagues.This decision has paid dividends for the club now and we caught up with their SecretaryDanny Morton to find out more.Atmosphere would have put us right up in the mix for promotion. Our Sunday team also gained promotion in our first season back in the SundayHe told us, “The mood at the club is absolutely fantastic. We just league, finishing runners up by a point! We also managed to have anrecently had our AGM which went well, drawing a lot of positives excellent run in the T20 competition formed by the South Yorkshirefrom the meeting and no issues arising that could not be sorted at League this season, getting to the finals day, unfortunately losingthe meeting. This season has been pretty good overall, the first XI in the semi-final.”came within 3 balls of sealing promotion to Division 1 of the SouthYorkshire Cricket League, on the last day of the season. YouthOur second XI were unfortunate to say the least, finishing 3rd “Junior cricket is absolutely paramount to the club, without thebottom of the restructured Division 5, sadly, this wasn’t down to juniors, we wouldn’t have a future at the club! We’re always lookinglosing games, but the weather! In a committee meeting after the to improve our junior section in any way we can. We try our best toseason, we looked at the results we had called off, we probably keep our juniors around the senior players, our junior coaches, alsomissed out on around 35 points out of a possible 49 or so, which play senior cricket, which is pretty standard in the game, and helps28 ISSUE 37

GMB Rotherham Pheonixin keeping the juniors around senior members, so they have sadly, with the restrictions on funding with Sport England and thesomeone they know if and when they step up to senior level. other funding initiatives around, we struggle to receive funding to update facilities, which is unfortunate, and now we’re starting toA lot of that integration is where I come in as U15 coach and feel the effects, but we’ll get by, and we’ll pull through, we alwaysSunday captain. We try to use our Sunday team as a stepping do “where there’s a will” and all that.”stone for the juniors, they don’t do too much, they’re not expectedto do too much, and with the pressure off, they relax, they enjoy Challenges/Ambitionsthe atmosphere that the seniors create, they learn the game, takeon advice, and in doing so, performances have exceeded our “Over the next 5 years, I think the biggest challenges we face areexpectations, which has boosted their confidence no end. sustaining our junior sections and updating the facilities as and when we can. Keeping ourselves running, playing the standard ofWe also encourage the juniors to train with seniors on our training cricket we do, and to ensure we do our bit to sustain junior cricketnight, to start getting the interaction going. We’ve also decided and work hard to be around in 5 years!to integrate the junior and senior presentation evenings into onenight this season, to encourage interaction, and allow everyone The club’s ambitions over the next 5 years are actually on theto enjoy the night together.” agenda to be spoken about, as we are coming to the end of our previous 5 year plan, and we are WAY ahead of where weCommunity planned to be. We had to reduce ourselves from 3 Saturday teams and a Sunday team 5 years ago, due to players leaving“I wouldn’t say we’re too much of a community club, but we’re and other issues.trying to get ourselves out into the community more, and haveeven extended invites to the local community for our race night, So to remain as a club, we reduced to 1 team, dropped divisions,to try and get the club name out there. At the Phoenix, with us and worked our way up, and now, it is starting to pay off, andbeing part of a complex, rather than an individual cricket club the rebuild is coming along nicely, the pan was for 2 teams andwhich is more commonly known in village cricket, the facility is a junior team. We now have 3 teams, 2 junior teams, and analways used by the local community anyway. So naturally, people excellent platform on which we can build!know about us, and we want to push that bond, bridge the gapsand get ourselves out there!” Hopefully, with the right help, and the right people, we can bet- ter ourselves even more, and give ourselves the best possibleFacilities chance of being around in 5 years time! But, we have many people to thank for helping us in our hours of need, getting“Away teams do in general, enjoy coming to the club. The facility the club back on its feet, and getting us back to where we areis good, but starting to become outdated. The scorebox and today!”ground equipment garage are on the list to be sorted and updated, Proud Sponsors of GMB Rotherham Phoenix Cricket Club Every day of the year GMB offers protection at work and solves problems for GMB members. GMB provide backup, representation and advice on every issuewww.gmb-rortelahtedetohmremabemrs li.feoatrwgork. 29

Chipping Norton FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG & District[Chipping Norton &District][CC]Chippenham Sports Club /// on Banbury Road in Oxfordshire, Chipping Norton and District CC currently compete inDivision 2 of the Oxfordshire Cricket Association. They are led by the team of President JohnEsson and Chairman Simon Smith and the club has made a considerable amount of progressunder their guidance.On the field they have successfully built a team for everyone “As an ambitiousin the local community to be proud of and they produced some establishment, they haveoutstanding cricket in 2014. In the league they put together a record already started workingof 9 wins and 6 defeats from their 18 matches with 3 fixtures failing towards their 2015to reach a result. This saw them finish near the top of the table with campaign and will be305 points on the board. determined to challenge for honours once again.”As an ambitious establishment, they have already started workingtowards their 2015 campaign and will be determined to challengefor honours once again. So long as they are able to retain theircurrent group of players and perhaps make one or two qualityadditions then they should be in with a good chance of doing so.One of the standout features of their set up is the superb youthsection that they have. This part of the club looks to provide youngplayers from the local area with an opportunity to play the gamein a safe and enjoyable environment whilst helping them to reachtheir full potential.30 ISSUE 37

Chipping Norton & DistrictIt is important for any club to be able to produce their own talent ifthey are to claim success over a sustained period of time. Coachingstaff overseeing the juniors are confident they’ve plenty of playersinvolved with the potential for a bright future.Two such players, Jamie King and Morgan Stevens, have showntheir quality this year and have been rewarded with selection forthe OCB ‘stream B’ winter training with their respective county agegroup squads.King is a bowler who’s shown he has the potential to take plenty ofwickets playing for the U15s and 2nd XI whilst Stevens is a brightprospect keeping wicket for the U13, U15 and Sunday XI sides.It will certainly be exciting to see how they can progress over thecoming 31

Chipping Norton FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG DistrictThey also have two female players; Lottie Oxton and GabyHeath who have made it into the Stream B I13 Girls trainingstarting this week. The club stated on their official website thatthey are, “extremely proud of them and wish them all the verybest of luck.”To help their young players to make the sometimes difficulttransition into the senior game they have a 2nd XI running.This side looks to provide youngsters with a clear pathway intothe senior game, giving them an opportunity to gain experienceof adult level cricket even if they are not yet considered readyfor first team action which can be an important step in thedevelopment process.There is much to admire about the set-up that Chipping Nortonand District CC currently has in place and hopefully they willbe able to keep up the good work for many years to come. Fully Licensed and Air Conditioned 2 Horse fair, Chipping Norton, OXON, OX7 5AQ Tel: 01608 641075 / 645592 Rose-Wood Carpentry We cater for parties & reservations are welcome Malcolm Rose Take-away Menu available For all your carpentry needs Free delivery in Chipping Norton Also New Builds and Property Development - £3 outside Chipping Norton 01608 645697 10% discount on takeaways collection 07818 024763 - £15.00 minimum order [email protected] Opening Hours:32 ISSUE 37 Seven days a week including Bank Holidays 12 noon - 2.30pm 5.30pm - 11.30pm SUNDAY BUFFET TUESDAY BANQUET 12 noon - 3.00pm £9.95 per person Adult: £8.95 - Children: £5.85

ST Lawrence St Lawrence and Highland[St Lawrence andHighland Court] Court[CC]Picket Post /// Lawrence and Highland Court CC have a proud history dating back to the 1890’s and wereone of the original members of the Kent League. They are one of the original members of theKent League and are won of the most successful sides in the county having won the Leaguetitle a number of times. They are widely known for having high profile members includingDavid Gower, Brian Luckhurst, John Shepherd and Paul Farbrace as members.We caught up with their Chairman We run 2 league sides and despite the coaching is a priority for all sectors of theMichael Green to find out how the club is general trend in cricket we are optimistic Club.getting on in the present day. He told us, with a lot of young players and a youth“I have been a member of the Club for 40 system with Under 15,13,11’s and Kwik The off season is about structuresyears but gave up playing a few years Cricket every Friday nights –these will within the Club, fundraising, recruiting,ago and became Chairman of the Club remain the life blood of the Club and indoor cricket for youth teams, and netslast January. are a vital part of the overall plan going in the spring. The biggest challenge forward . for all the major UK sports is as LordThe current situation here just reflects Coe highlighted – to paraphrase ‘20ththe state of cricket generally at the In addition to this we are the only Club Century was about globalisation of sport,moment. We are a dedicated cricket in East Kent that offers Ladies cricket the 21st must be about reconnectingonly Club with no opportunity to expand and the team plays in the Southern young people with sport’ –the steeplythat and like all Clubs have suffered with Championship and would consider declining numbers participating in all thethe steep decline in participating players ourselves very much a part of the major UK sports could have massiveand a more peripatetic playing base community having links with one of the consequences in so many ways ; forwithout having the ability to amortise local Schools. us as a single sport Club with decliningoverheads over a 12 month period as in participation nationally it will be aboutthe multisport complex that now present Despite the beautiful ground and fighting for survival.a better economic model for cricket. surroundings –always commented upon by those that have never played there Our immediate ambition is to return asAfter the last couple of years we found –we are a little ‘off the beaten track’ quickly as possible back to Division 1 ofourselves in Division 1 and missed out for some and although we would like the Kent League and to build a strongeron promotion by half a dozen points last to improve certain aspects funds are and sounder base from which to workseason with a young side that needed a always limited and it is a case of where from, encouraging Kwik cricket at everycouple more ‘old heads’ to see games the priority lies, and apart from the opportunity possible.”through. maintenance of ground and buildings, UNITED TAXI CANTERBURY Airport transfers | Railway stations | Local and long distance Nights out | Day trips | Sporting events | Business trips Stag and hen nights | Coastal runs | School run | Weddings UK airport transfers 24 hrs services 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 seaters available Call now: 01227 555 666 33

Copford FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG[Copford][CC] Copford Cricket Club /// /// Founded in the 1960sCopford CC is a great example of the progress that a club can make with a strong set up bothon and off the field. Their teams performed well in 2014 with the highlight being their Sunday1st team that won Division 5 of the Piri Piri Cricket League.With the season now complete they are not standing still, having We caught up with their Chairman Terry Soteriou to find out morerecently secured funds from Cory Environmental Trust and the about the club and he started by telling us about his involvement,ECB to make significant improvements to their facilities. This will saying, “I have been involved with Copford Cricket Club sincehelp them to continue to play a vital role in their local community 1993. What attracted me to the Club was its ambience with Copfordand they also host a variety of events for the benefit of the local Church beside the ground and next to that Copford Hall and ofarea. course the unique closeness of our famous oak tree right next to the square in the middle of the pitch. A fantastic setting to playDeveloping young players is a key focus of the club and the superb village that their youth section does should enable them to lookforwards to a bright and successful future. At present, they have I’ve been in the role of Chairman for a year having previously5 teams between the U11-U15 age groups as well as a healthy been Club Secretary and Junior Cricket Manager. I suppose theU11 cohort that compete in several Kwik Cricket tournaments most challenging aspect of being Chairman is trying to pleasethroughout the North East Essex region. everyone. The most rewarding has been the fantastic support of the committee who work tirelessly to make Copford Cricket ClubJunior Cricket Manager Petra Humm and her husband Ivan, Lead one of the most hospitable, inviting and safe places for both seniorsCoach deserve a tremendous amount of credit for the impact and juniors to play cricket.they’ve had in this area over the past couple of years. They workhard to provide their young players with a clear pathway into the This off-season we are planning the construction of a newsenior game through their Saturday 2nd XI and the fact that the Women’s/ Umpires changing room and shower cubicle along withaverage age of their Saturday 1st XI is around 22 years of age is the complete refurbishment of the bar with larger footprint andtestament to the excellent youth policy established by Copford CC. better lighting.34 ISSUE 37

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Copford FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG“The clubs ambitions overthe next five years are tomaintain what we currentlyhave as a minimum!” The biggest challenge for the club is to attract more good quality senior players. All cricket clubs are facing the challenge of diminishing club membership as lifestyles change. As a consequence we have to make the club even more attractive whilst also offering a good standard of cricket. Another challenge is to improve the conversion rate of junior cricketers to play senior cricket. The fall out rate has to decrease considerably in order for the Club to maintain its three teams and hopefully increase back to the four teams that existed up to a couple of years ago. The clubs ambitions over the next five years are to maintain what we currently have as a minimum! We want to increase the number of senior teams playing from three to five including the introduction of a women’s team and to have more qualified coaches to teach the sport of cricket.”38 ISSUE 37

Stonesfield[Stonesfield][CC]Field Close /// /// Founded in 1973First established in 1973, Stonesfield CC joined the Oxfordshire Cricket Association in 1977and enjoyed one of their most successful season’s to date. They play their home games atField Close in Oxon and we caught up with Club Representative Kevin Sherbourne to find outmore about their success.He told us, “The Club is in high spirits after gaining promotion to “Stonesfield is clearly a clubthe top tier of the Oxfordshire Cricket Association for the first time with a great set up behindin the Clubs history. Skipper Tim Wyatt was also top run scorer in the scenes and this is thanksthe entire league for the 2014 season with a total of 805 runs and to all of the hard work thatthis was well celebrated at the Clubs annual end of season dinner. their Committee has put into making them a success.”Youth Cricket is a very important part to the Club’s future and wecurrently have teams at Under 10/11/13/15 and 17 levels. It’s takennearly 10 years for the Club to reap the benefits of this set up witha number of youngsters now starting to make an impact in thesenior sides.The smooth integration between younger and older players ishelped with Head of Youth Cricket Daniel Taylor also being 2ndXI captain and a number of senior players being involved inassisting at coaching sessions, plus a number of Father and Soncombinations within the club. 39

Stonesfield FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAGWe regard Stonesfield as a community club, being a regularvenue for many County Youth matches and holding Kwik Cricketcompetitions for local schools. We have an excellent Sports &Social Club and invite local businesses to advertise.Our ground is rated as one of the best in the Oxfordshire CricketAssociation and has held many prestige Cup Finals for the league,this is mainly due to the hard voluntary work of groundsmen MarkHatton and Mike Ogden. The Club hope to add new changingrooms for the start of the 2016 campaign.The Club’s ambition is to stabilize their position in Division 1 ofthe O.C A and to keep hold of its talented youngsters. We wantto continue the Youth development and maybe introduce ladies/girls cricket. The Club would also hope to raise the funds for theresurfacing of the outdoor practice net, with the addition of roll onnets.”Stonesfield is clearly a club with a great set up behind the scenesand this is thanks to all of the hard work that their Committee hasput into making them a success. They have been rewarded thistime around with some superb performances and results on thefield and so long as they are able to continue to perform in thesame manner they should have nothing to fear as they look tostep up a league. It is certainly an exciting time to be involved withStonesfield and everyone at Cricket Club Magazine would like tocongratulate them on their success in 2014. Honours Division V Champions 1978 Division 9 Champions 2003 (2ndX) Division 8 Champions 2007 (2ndX1) Division 3 Champions 2010 Telegraph Cup Winners 2005 Finalist 2006,2010 Keith Crump Cup Winners 2007 (2ndXI)40 ISSUE 37

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Firwood Bootle FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG[Firwood BoOtle][CC] Firwood Bootle Cricket Club /// Bootle CC is based on Wadham Road in Bootle, Lancashire and they are a greatexample of a community establishment with Clubmark accreditation. Their first team currentlycompetes in the ECB Premier League of the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition.Their first team put together a solid campaign in 2014 as theycompiled a record of 8 wins, 2 draws and 9 defeats from their 22matches with the other 3 failing to reach a result. This saw themfinish in a safe mid-table position with 256 points on the board.This should provide them with a solid platform from which to buildas they look ahead towards the 2015 campaign. So long as theyare able to retain their current group of players and perhaps makeone or two quality additions then they should be in with a goodchance of pushing on up the table.From a batting point of view, David Snell has led the way,contributing 881 runs including 4 half centuries and a memorable109 not out. He has been well supported by Michael Gill and GreggButterworth.42 ISSUE 37

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Firwood BootleTheir bowlers also contributed significantly with William Purser Another benefit of having so many sides is that it allows the firstin particular shining as he finished with 67 wickets at an average XI to benefit from far greater strength in depth. If they are ever leftof just 13. Chris Cunningham, Gregg Butterworth and Kaine short on numbers through injury or work commitments they haveBalgowan also bowled well to form a formidable attack. The club the option of calling players up with a limited amount of disruption.will be hoping these players perform to the same level in 2015. In the modern day it is important for clubs to be well-run off the field as well as on it and this is an area that they appear to have covered.One of the standout features of the Firwood Bootle set-up is the Their clubhouse is available for a variety of different functionssuperb youth section that they have in place. It was set up in including conferences, buffets, private dinners and christenings.its current form in 1995 and has gained a reputation as one ofthe best in the local area as they look to provide young players This has the potential to provide the club with a valuable source ofwith an opportunity to develop their skills in a safe and enjoyable additional revenue which can be particularly helpful during the off-environment. season when they are unable to rely upon matchday income. This can also help to get people involved with the club who wouldn’tMembership is open to boys and girls of all ages from 6 to 18 and usually visit.the club encourages anyone interested to come along and getinvolved. It will certainly be exciting to see how their juniors are There is much to admire about the set up that Firwood Bootleable to develop over the coming years. currently has in place both on and off the field and this is thanks to all of the hard work that has been put into the club in recent times.In order to ensure that their youngsters enjoy a smooth transition Hopefully they will be able to keep up the good work for many yearsinto the senior game they also run a number of additional sides. to come.This allows them to give players experience of adult level cricketeven if they are not yet considered ready for first team action whichcan be an important step in the development process.Bootle Born and Bred Local Solicitor Gives BackCompensation Claim? Few things make people more proud than seeing one of their own succeed.Call in to St. Hugh’s House, Stanley Road,Bootle and see Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor. In Kevin Donoghue, solicitor director of Donoghue Solicitors, the people of Bootle have someone who is not0151 933 1474 only a success in his own right, but is contributing to the success of the next sponsors of FBCC Kevin, 32, is proud to call Bootle home. He went to Savio High School before joining local solicitors David Phillips and Partners at 18. After years of evening and weekend study he qualified first as a legal executive then as a solicitor. In 2010 Kevin started Donoghue Solicitors, specialising in “no win no fee” compensation claims and based at St. Hugh’s House, Stanley Road (at the corner of Trinity Road), Bootle. He now employs a team including fellow Bootle residents like Daniel Fitzsimmons, a trainee legal executive who is following Kevin’s example. Mr. Donoghue explains, “I’m a local lad so don’t put on any airs and graces. My dad, Steve, is a plasterer, who taught me the values of respect and hard work. Everyone here has the same outlook.” Contact Kevin Donoghue on 0151 933 1474, through the website, or call into the office to meet him personally. 45

Corbridge FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG[Corbridge][CC]Corbridge Cricket Ground /// /// Founded in 1886First established in 1886, Corbridge CC has achieved Clubmark Status and is a great exampleof a club that plays a vital role in their local community. Cricket Club Magazine caught up withtheir Secretary Michael Robinson to find out more about the good work that they’ve beendoing lately.Involvement 2014He told us, “I have been with the club all of my life. I am now 62 and “On the playing side our 1st XI won the Wilson Cup and ourhave been a player and official for over 40 years. It was a family Under13 A team went through the season undefeated and wonaffair for me. My father played for Corbridge, so did his brother and the Northumberland Junior Cricket League. Our women’s teammy grandmother did the teas. But as a former player whose best continued to improve and skipper Lisa Scott is now a regularplaying days are behind him I am happy to be able to help the club member of the Northumberland County women’s squad. In Aprildevelop even further.” the Angels hosted a prestigious friendly against the German national team.Wilson Cup Success Paul Collingwood presented the trophies at the club’s annual“It’s always pleasing when one of our teams wins a trophy, but presentation night in November at the Northumberland Cricketwinning the Wilson Cup in 2014 against Bates Cottages CC was League Dinner and Presentation Evening second team skipperreally great, especially as we lost to Bedlington in the final in 2013 Chris Jowsey received the award for the best bowler in the NCLby one run. There were some good performances in the final second division. 1st team stalwart David Hardy was presented withagainst Bates (Chris Fowler 75, Andy Dover 5 for) but the main the prestigious Umpires Association Bowling Award for being thetalking point was a catch, eventually taken by Chris Fowler as a best bowler in the NCL Premier Division.”result of the most exceptional and spectacular piece of fieldingby youngster George Ridley which is moving into folklore status Great Cricket Tea Challengewithin the Northumberland cricketing community.” “Our women did reach the final at Lords and had a good dayAtmosphere out but were disappointed to be one of the runners up. It was a good day when the TV cameras showed up and I thought the“2014 was a good year for CCC and as such the mood around the club showcased itself very well, and it certainly generated a lot ofclub is very positive. The Hadrian and Border Brewery agreed to be interest within the local community. Apparently the German teamour new sponsor for 2014. In April 2014 we opened our extended mentioned earlier were keen to come to Corbridge because they aand improved changing facilities which cost £130,000 and was had heard about the excellent teas and about our new facilities andfunded by grants from Sports England’s Inspired Facilities Fund, our lovely ground.”The ECB, Northumberland County Council, The Winter’s FamilyFund (via Community Foundation for Tyne and Wear), ISOS YouthHousing Community Fund and The Bernard Sunley CharitableFoundation. In addition, we also received a number of private “Youth cricket is very important to the club and we will continue todonations and an interest free loan from the ECB.” give priority to the continued provision of our very popular junior hadrian border breweryImage courtesy of Debbie Garret-Jowsey The Hadrian Border brewing team have a reputation across North East England and Southern Scotland for draft and bottled beers with distinctive flavours and predictable quality tel 0191 264900046 ISSUE 37

Corbridgedevelopment programme . In 2014 we had 120 juniors registered management committee still meets in the winter months to outlinewith us and managed to have teams at Under 11, Under 13, Under the fundraising programme for the coming season.15 and Under18. In addition we provided soft cricket for the Under Our women have been competing in an indoor competition and9s and developed a cricket programme for Under 13 girls.” our indoor nets practice will be happening in the New Year. Our volunteer groundsman has identified a new scarifier he would likeIntegration so I am trying to find some grants so we can keep him happy!”“The club has always been keen to see players progress into our Challenges1st and 2nd XIs. In fact in 2014, five of our juniors played in the 1st “I suppose I would say funding has to be one of our biggestteam, two being regulars, and fourteen were used in the 2nd XI, challenges. The cost of running the club increases annuallysix of whom were regular members of the team. We hope that by particularly on the ground maintenance side. We are fortunate tocoaching them from an early age that will develop an affinity with have a keen volunteer who saves us a small fortune. I hate to thinkthe club which will see them want to stay with us and move into the what it would cost us to pay for the hours he puts in. We need tosenior teams. make sure the cost of playing cricket at Corbridge is not prohibitive. It is clear to us that without sponsorship we would struggle to raiseOver the course of 2014 we have developed a partnership with our running costs. In 2014 we were sponsored by The Hadrian andRiding Mill CC which will see us use their ground in 2015 to host Border Brewery and arrangement which will continue into 2015.our third team which will play in the West Tyne League. This willbe mutually beneficial to both clubs and will enable us to provide The second one for me is keeping our talented youngsters at theanother avenue into senior cricket for our youngsters.” club. Many go to university and do not return to the region and there is nothing we can do about that. Sadly a few are often seduced byCommunity the opportunity of joining supposedly bigger and better clubs.”“We are very much a community club. CCC was founded in 1886 Ambitionswhen the village was a much smaller place. The club is verypopular with parents because of its inclusive approach to cricket. “Our aim is to maintain a thriving junior section and continue withOur coaching programme is open to all youngsters regardless of the development of cricket at all levels. We will continue to provideability and not just those that look as if they are destined to become our junior development programme and support the developmentgood cricketers. We also provide those parents interested with the of women’s cricket and hope that all our teams (senior, junior,opportunity to get involved as coaches, umpires, scorers, coaching women’s) can progress to and successfully compete in the highestassistants and team managers.” possible level available to them.”Off-season“Although the ground and building are closed down for thewinter there are always jobs to do and meetings to attend. OurImage courtesy of Lisa Scott 47

Coggeshall FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAGTown[Coggeshall TOwn][CC] Coggeshall Town CC /// /// Founded in 1840Based on Kelvedon Road in Essex, Coggeshall Town CC’s first team currently compete in theMarshall Hatchick Two Counties Division 1. Cricket has been played in the town for well over100 years and they have put together a history of which they have every right to be proud duringthat period.This season has seen their first team put together a strong leaguecampaign, having compiled a record of 18 wins and just 4 defeatsfrom their 22 matches. This saw them finish 2nd in the table with372 points on the board.The only disappointment for the team would have been missing outon the title having come within 5 points of the leaders. This shouldnot take away from the great performances that the side producedthis year and they now have a perfect platform from which to buildgoing into the 2015 campaign.48 ISSUE 37

Coggeshall TownFrom a batting point of view Dane Cleaver led the way as hescored over 1000 runs at an average of 54, including a top score of119 and 3 other centuries. He was well supported by a number ofother batsmen including Byron Ovenstone, Oliver Blackwell, RobJagger, Will Blackwell, Rob Cross and Jimmy Rees.Their bowlers also played their part with Dale Bailey in outstandingform, taking 42 wickets at an average of just 16. Captain GeorgeBlackwell, Rob Jagger, Will Blackwell, Carl Bragg, Rob Cross andLloyd Edwards have all chipped in with some important wickets toform a formidable bowling attack.Coggeshall Town is not a club to focus solely upon their seniorsection however as they also have a number of youth sides inplace. These sides look to provide young players from the localarea with an opportunity to play the game in a safe and enjoyableenvironment whilst helping them to reach their full potential.It is important for any side to be able to produce their own talent,particularly in the current financial climate and this is an area thatthey appear to have covered. It will certainly be exciting to see howtheir juniors can develop over the coming years.In order to help their youngsters to make the sometimes difficulttransition into the senior game they also have a number of additionalsides in place. This allows them to give players experience of adultlevel cricket even if they are not yet considered ready for first teamaction which can be an important step in the development process.Another benefit of having so many sides is that it allows the first Toppesfield is the largest independent surfacing company Riverside Spice operating nationally in the UK and holds a unique position in the market place in terms of client focus, flexibility, and Indian Cuisine capability thereby delivering real value for money for each The restaurant offers a vibrant and warm and every client, project and end user. dining experience with charming staff, discrete service and mouth watering foodWishing Coggeshall CC all the best for the future. which few can compete with.Tel: 01473 829129 Email: [email protected] Proud Sponsors Of Coggeshall CC Toppesfield House, Hillview Business Park Old Ipswich Road, Claydon IP6 0AJ Tel: 01787 221979 Open: Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm 44 Lower Holt Street, Earls Colne, Colchester, CO6 2PH 49

Coggeshall FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG TownXI to benefit from far greater strength in depth. If they are ever leftshort on numbers through injury or work commitments they havethe option of calling players up with a limited amount of disruption.This is a club that is committed to playing an important role inthe local community and one example of this is the Cricket Weekthat they host. In the past stars such as Marcus Trescothick, AlexTudor, Graham Napier and Monty Panesar have taken part.They also work hard to have an active social side to the clubincluding hosting events such as a Beer Festivals, Charity QuizNights, Ladies Day and a Corporate Lunch. This also has thepotential to provide them with a valuable source of additionalrevenue.There is clearly much to admire about the set up that CoggeshallTown currently has in place. This is thanks to all of the hard workthat has been put into the club in order to make them a successand hopefully they will continue in the same manner for manyyears to come.50 ISSUE 37

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