Winterbourne Cricket Club looks to continue momentum

March 01 2020
Winterbourne Cricket Club looks to continue momentum

PREPARATIONS are well underway for the new season at Winterbourne Cricket Club as we look to continue the momentum that has seen considerable recent progress both on and off the field.

The playing season for the junior section starts in April, with the seniors commencing in May, and time will fly with much needing to be done. Winter senior nets are already underway at Winterbourne Academy on a Sunday between 5-7pm: all are welcome.

The club runs five senior sides, with the 1st team, playing in WEPL Prem 2 following promotion in 2018, finishing in an excellent 3rd position. The 2’s failed by a single point to achieve a notable promotion to the Bristol and North Somerset, with the 3’s achieving another excellent promotion to reach Div 4 of the B&D. The 4’s held their own in Div 10 after promotion the year before, with the 5’s gaining yet another promotion, to Div 13.

Our junior section continues to thrive, as we look to grow and develop the senior teams of tomorrow. We have groups from U11 through to U17 and also participate in the ECB All Stars programme, which provides an opportunity for children of five to eight years old to enjoy the game in a very relaxed environment. A further programme, Dynamo Cricket, is being introduced this year for 9-11 year olds. You can sign up for both at Winterbourne on-line via All Stars cricket: the fun takes place on a Friday night from 6.30-7.30pm, during which time the bar is open and the BBQ on.

Last year saw the formation of our girls’ section, whose numbers grew incredibly from four to 28. The girls competed in many festivals and represented the club with great pride and enthusiasm. We also started the formation of a ladies softball section that we’ll be looking to grow further this year.

Off the field the most significant development though last year was the installation of our new ‘state of the art’ netting facility, which has provided us, at last, with a safe environment for all players, young and old, to develop their batting and bowling skills.

Our thanks go to ETS, our project sponsor, St Michael’s school, with whom we share the school field, and of course the ECB, for their support and backing.

The nets were opened by our very own Gloucestershire and England Lion, James Bracey, and his Gloucestershire teammate and captain Chris Dent, both of whom play for the club when county duties allow.

We are very fortunate here at Winterbourne CC to have a very committed group of volunteers, including coaches, bar team, tea makers, scorers and ground staff, and kind sponsors.

Contacts at the club are Chris Shine (junior section) at chrissy.shine@btinternet.com, Liz Bracey (secretary) at lizbracey@hotmail.comand Bob Vickery (Chairman) on 07711 856472 or vickeryb1@outlook.com

Bob Vickery