Loam Spreading

Please note that the loam has been delivered and the weather for the weekend looks good – so 10:00am at the ground on Sunday for the working party.

Coach Awards

As well as being coach, welfare officer and committee member for our club Richard Golding is also heavily involved in the Cambridgeshire branch of the ECB Coaches Association.  His current roles are Secretary and Welfare Officer. In the past he organised the ‘Coach in the Community’ programme that saw ex professional cricketers including Derek Randall and Ian Pont deliver coaching sessions for coaches.  These sessions provide valuable information for coaches to take away and use at their clubs. To recognise Richard’s contribution to Cambridgeshire coaches, the county nominated him for the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ category in this years Coach Awards.  We are pleased to report that he won and was treated to a day out at the Oval when England played South Africa.  Winners were presented with their awards on the Oval pitch by England bowling coach Ottis Gibson (who has now left the post to coach South Africa).

The Kia Oval on July 28, 2017 in London, England.

Loam Spreading Deferred

Please note that the loam for the end of season pitch work will not be delivered until Wednesday October 11th.

Therefore the working party at the ground will now be needed on Sunday October 15th at 10:00 (weather permitting).

Ground Maintenance

It is that time of year when we need to do essential maintenance on the ground ready for the winter.  The loam is being delivered next week so the plan is to have a working party at the ground on Sunday October 8th from about 10:00am.  This if course depends on the weather so keep checking the website and social media for updates.  The more people we get the easier the job will be so please see if you can spare some time to come along and help with this important annual event.

Junior Cricket 2017

At the start of the season the Cambridgeshire Youth Cricket Association announced that they were no longer running leagues at U12 and U14 level.  This gave us a big problem because we had planned to enter teams in both. So to ensure our juniors got a game we had to push the Under 15 team up to the Premier League, enter our U14’s in the Under 15 Regional League and enter the U12’s in the Under 13 Regional League. Therefore all of our league teams were playing below their age group which resulted in a challenging season.

Full details of each match can be found on the Matches page but in summary the U15P and U15R teams were unable to record any victories although they came close on a number of occasions.  The U13’s fared better winning three games and in a tight league finished runners up to Haverhill.  It may have been a tough season but it is all about learning the ups and downs of the game and the experiences will benefit the players next season.  The one exception this year has been the outstanding form of the U11’s.  They won the league for the first time without losing a game.  The only defeat all season was the cup final where they lost narrowly to Linton.  This is all very positive for the future as we see more young players taking up the game.

In addition to the junior programme the club also joined forces with Burrough Green to deliver the first All Stars Cricket (ASC) sessions.  ASC is a new scheme launched by the ECB to get children in the 5-8 age range playing the game. A total of twenty five children signed up to eight sessions which gave an introduction to the game.

The club would like to thank all parents and family members who have supported the junior section at Friday coaching and at matches

Difficult Season for 2nd XI

It has been a difficult season for the 2nd XI with several conceded games.  But they have soldiered on recognising the importance of a 2nd XI to allow juniors to get into adult cricket, and to develop the next generation of 1st XI players.

Their final match was at home to Thriplow IV where a low scoring game saw the hosts dismissed for 44 but a good display in the field made the visitors work hard for their victory, losing six wickets in reaching their target.

 

 

Mowers stolen

A note for all cricket clubs.  There are thieves in the area and mowers are their target.

Between the end of our home game last Saturday (July 29th) and the following Monday our groundsmans shed was broken into and three mowers stolen plus quantities of petrol and diesel.

We have lost a Ransomes 213d sit on mower that was used for the outfield, a Ransomes GS50 pitch mower and a Stiga rotary.  The chances of these being offered to other clubs is small but please note the models just in case.

 

Ade gets a mention….

The following snippet appeared in the Daily Mail Sports Agenda column on Friday July 28th 2017

Tom Westley makes assured start to Test career

It was reported at the end of May that with Essex flying high in the county championship Tom Westley had made a seamless step up in class to deal with the demands of Division one cricket. At the end of July there was further evidence of his class with a solid debut for England at the Oval. Scores of 25 and 59 were a key part of the big win against South Africa and although one game is not enough to make a full judgement, the signs are encouraging that England may have at last found their number three batsman.

Test cricket of course is another major step up and with it comes a level of intensity unlikely to be experienced at county level. Slow motion replays, split screens, pitch maps, experts and former players all combine to forensically analyse a players every move. And that is just the TV. Add in all the column inches in the press and it is no wonder that a players head can get scrambled.

By his own admission he was very disappointed to get out for 25 in the first innings. Cue the experts. Favours leg side too much. Bat face is closed. Bottom hand is too strong. These comments could easily have distracted him and affected his second innings performance. But temperament is just as important as skill and ability and it was here that Tom excelled as he compiled his first half century in Test cricket. In particular the morning session on day four presented a stern test of all those qualities.

It does not take an expert to work out that if a batsman is strong off his legs then it is unwise to bowl there. This is what South Africa did, trying to keep it outside off stump and restrict his scoring opportunities. So here we had fascinating passage of play where the batsman is waiting for the bowler to err, the bowler is waiting for the batsman to lose patience. Bat versus ball. Who blinks first? Test cricket at its best.

So it was appropriate that after nearly two hours of waiting a leg side half volley did come along and was despatched to midwicket to bring up a maiden test fifty. England would have set targets for the declaration and maybe the rush at the spinner that resulted in being stumped for 59 was part of the effort to push on.

As has been stated in the reviews anyone not knowing that Tom was making his debut would have thought he had been playing Test cricket for some time, such was his calmness at the crease and his ability to accumulate runs when the bowling is tight. This is all very positive for the future and it is to be hoped that more runs come in the next Test at Old Trafford and then against the West Indies. If that all goes to plan the ultimate series for an Englishman beckons with the Ashes series that starts at Brisbane in November. Fingers crossed.

Congratulations

To Tom Westley on his England call up.  Having already taken a hundred off the South Africans for the Lions, we hope that form continues at the Oval and beyond.

With the exception of Alistair Cook the England selectors have generally gone for Division 1 players so it was appropriate that having scored over 1200 runs in 2016 to secure promotion for Essex, Tom continued that form in 2017 scoring three centuries and finally getting noticed. It also makes sense to have a number three for England who actually bats in that position for his county, plus it breaks up the left handers (which would have been three again if Mark Stoneman had been selected).

With career stats of 8050 runs @ 37.44 and 18 centuries, now is the time for the ultimate test.  Everyone at Weston Colville is willing him to succeed, not only at the Oval, but for many more Test matches to come.