Cricket club gears up for the new season

March 04 2021
Cricket club gears up for the new season

News from Winterbourne Cricket Club

WITH the country in lockdown and rain continuing to fall, the cricket season may seem a long way off.

However at Winterbourne Cricket Club preparations for the 2021 season are well underway. The first senior cricket is due to take place on April 25, with the club entering the NatWest Village Cup and five senior teams scheduled to commence league cricket from May 1. Along with the traditional Saturday cricket returning, the club have entered the NatWest T20 tournament, which starts on May 2 against Thornbury and Stroud.

Senior nets have been delayed until restrictions start to be lifted but in the youth setup, we are working hard to get ready for a full summer. Online booking for our ECB All Stars and Dynamos programmes (5-9 years) is coming shortly and we hope large numbers of local children will sign up for the fun sessions, which take place on Friday evenings from 6.30-7.30pm, when the bar and tuck shop will be open and our BBQ cooking.

This year we have competitive teams for boys and girls from the ages of seven all the way to 19, competing in a range of different leagues, cups and festivals throughout the summer. The club continues to grow ties with Gloucestershire Cricket Club, with six youth games due to be hosted this season. Youth-related enquiries can be directed to Chris Shine at Chrissy.shine@btinternet.com.

Youth and senior cricket will provide great opportunities this summer to come to the clubhouse, enjoy a drink and watch high-quality cricket.

We are looking to improve the club’s facilities with new sight screens, ordered with funding assistance from the parish council. To help the club's dedicated grounds staff we are planning to give them additional storage: we would be very grateful if anyone in the community would be prepared to sponsor all or some part of this vital wooden storage facility. With the club continuing to grow we have great sponsorship opportunities: please contact our chairman, Bob Vickery, on 07711 856472 or vickeryb1@outlook.com.

The first social event of the season is the club's golf day, planned for April 10, the first of many social events including quiz nights and a family day. Throughout the season the club will be open on a Friday evening after training.

For further information on any club events, or if you are looking to get involved this season, contact Bob, Chris or our secretary, Liz Bracey, at lizbracey@hotmail.com.

Nick Crane