Hello again to everyone connected and involved with the best cricket family I know; especially to families of our juniors who will be going into a third month of this lockdown wondering where it will go next especially as to when our children will be able to return to school.

I am sure the guidelines are for the common good and if we continue with caution all will be well sooner than later. We all have our own stories but for us oldies the separation from our grand children is tough to say the least.

The committee has been meeting regularly online. Our Treasurer, Terry Busby, continues to secure funding opportunities and we have had some success which is a great relief and will help our survival. I sincerely thank those who you who continue to pay subs which are essential at this time. Some of our sponsors have also renewed their commitment to us which is fantastic.

The clubhouse remains closed of course, with Ian Reynolds regularly checking in. 🏏Junior cricket 🏏 Prior to the lockdown it was great to see some of our juniors at our seniors nets. They really are the future of the club. Daniel Ford is an established first team player who would currently be playing his fourth season in the first XI. Charlie Dissanayaka and Mathew Truman, who have both represented the second XI over the last couple of seasons, really looked the part in those net sessions too. It is amazing just how many of the management team were introduced to the club through the junior set up. My own son Tom started in the juniors as did Terry Busby and Philip Hulme’s sons. Mackenzie and Freya Wood brought their Mum and Dad to the club and now Nicky is our Child Welfare Officer, she also manages the juniors too. Ian Sampson, Keith Sampson and Mark Schofield all played in Carltons junior teams and continued to play senior cricket and manage teams for many years. I hope that some more parents of juniors would like to continue this tradition. It’s essential that we have new people and ideas alongside traditional ones. Please get in touch with any member of the committee if you are interested.

🏏Ground update 🏏 Martin and Steve continue their excellent work on the square and outfield and many who have seen the ground over a great many seasons are commenting that it is in as good a condition as they can remember. Areas on the square where moss was removed have been dressed and seeded and are now fully repaired. The pitches are measured out and not even the worms are trying to spoil them. The area on the outfield where the bonfire is lit on fireworks night has been reseeded, the whole cricket field and square benefitted from a liquid weed killing in recent days so hopefully the areas in the outfield where chickweed was starting to show will return to 100% grass. Martin and Steve have invested a great deal of time and effort to improve the junior pitches already they in better shape than they have done for a few years. Martin, as well and continuing with all manner of maintenance work every day, has decorated the changing rooms and they look great.

🏏Let’s meet again - soon 🏏 We are all itching to play some cricket, the weather is perfect, our ground and square look wonderful we have talented senior and junior squads but (and it’s a big but!) the Leagues have to be guided by the Government, Sport England and the ECB’s advice. The Bradford League have kept the clubs up to date and they are preparing for all possible start dates whether it be July, August or even September. We all hope that some cricket can be played this year, we will of course let everyone know as soon as we do. As we await further instructions from our leaders, we will get through all this and be better for it in terms of relationships. As Her Majesty said: “we will meet again” and I’m sure you will all agree when I say “let it be soon”.

John Ward