Greetings to all of our players, juniors, families, supporters and all cricket lovers in general! We are into June and now it is raining after all that great sunshine and heat! However, our outfield is loving it and is much greener again. The big news in the last couple of days - Geoffrey Boycott has retired as a commentator!
Whatever your view, on Sir Geoffrey, no one can forget his hundredth hundred at Headingley, a great milestone in those days of a lot less test matches. Being as we are in the Heart of the Rhubarb Triangle, it is hard not to chuckle when he mentions hitting a cricket ball with a stick of it, as well giving off with many of other Yorkshire sayings. It also reminds me when Henry Olonga, the Zimbabwe international bowler, came to Town Street. It was a Sunday morning; he was great with the Juniors posing for photos and all that, but Steve Cooper nipped into the field and emerged with a stick of our Yorkshire National Fruit. Henry had never seen this before and could hardly believe it when he was invited to taste it “Was it ok to eat?” As we all know without a dab of sugar it tastes rather sour uncooked, Henry, all in good spirit, sampled it and duly screwed his face up!
The ECB and Bradford League have kept clubs as up to date as possible with guidelines, feedback and possible options going forward. With the domestic game not proposing to start until August it would be difficult to imagine our recreational game starting before then. However, nothing is confirmed but if recreational cricket can start in August we would anticipate, that clubs may be allowed to hold friendly practice matches towards the end of July with restrictions on number of players. The League would then look to organise our Cup Competitions and T20 competition to take place in a zonal group structure during August and September - we shall see how it pans out with fingers crossed.
Following receipt of the latest ECB guidelines for the use of outdoor cricket facilities it was fabulous to welcome senior players back to the Club training in groups of six. Senior training is on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6pm onwards. To request to attend a training session please contact our Club Secretary, Philip Hulme on 07949 154277. Thus is to ensure we are able to accommodate everyone who wants to train and comply with the Covid-19 guidelines.
Putting procedures in place to facilitate Junior training is a little more complicated and the work done by our Junior section, management, and coaches to ensure that we comply with the ECB guidelines has been excellent. Junior training will start on Monday 15 June under the following training schedule:
- U11’s - Monday Evening from 6pm - to commence from 15 June
- U13’s - Monday evenings from 6pm - to commence 22 June
- U9’s - Wednesday evenings from 6pm - to commence 17 June 2020
- U15’s and above - training with seniors, again to be requested via Philip Hulme for Tuesday and Thursday Evenings
Team Martin Simpson and Steve Cooper continue keeping the ground, facilities and square in top condition. Their efforts and commitment to the club are inspirational. We have a project in the making to refurbish the changing room floors, information will be forwarded about this project before the end of June, we will need your help with this so please watch this space. In addition, a big thank you to Sue Simpson who has recently given the Club surroundings a colourful lift with the planting of flowerpots.
Our new fundraising initiative - the Monthly 50 Club Draw - has been launched! This will hopefully help us towards addressing some of the financial challenges thrown at us. A massive thank you to Terry Busby, our Treasurer and thanks to you members for continuing to pay subscriptions. So please join in our draw and encourage family members to do the same. Simply refer to our Facebook messages or contact Philip Hulme on 07949 154277. You can also see the Monthly Draw Rules on our web site www.carltoncricketclub.co.uk
🏏We’re getting there!
Dare I say we are getting there, if we all stick to the rules and guidelines, this unprecedented situation will be resolved sooner rather than later. Please be diligent and socially aware of what is going on around you and yours when out and about just now, especially with the part relaxation of some of the Covid-19 rules. Do your bit regardless of the actions of others! I sincerely look forward to seeing you all soon. John Ward Chairman of CCC