Well what a summer, allowing plenty of matches to be played and some glorious training evenings.
We have seen new players arrive from our local schools, Bishop Tufnell, Downview and Walberton, many taking part in matches for the first time.
We have also seen a welcome increase in the number of girls playing. Something which we highlighted as a priority last year.
The Sussex Cricket Board have also provided 3 evenings of coaching in July at Middleton for girls in the Arun and Chichester area. Numbers were quite low, however it has given further opportunities and something to build on.
We not only continue to reinforce cricket skills, but also how the game is played, often referred to as “Spirit of Cricket” We see in the media examples, of behaviour, which are not acceptable, they do bubble over into non professional sport and on occasions Colts cricket. I am delighted that we do not have those problems within our Junior section. Thank you.
Many of our young players have had the opportunity of representative cricket, at Area or County level and we are always delighted to hear of their progress and development. Well done.
The pace of activity quickens, we have a number of events and the Junior Cricket Festival weeks.
This Saturday 19th we have our Vice Presidents Tea.
Taking place during our First Team senior match v Crowhurst Park CC
Match starts at 1pm, and tea will be around 4pm
It would be great to see you at the match and support the team and thank the VP’s. Who are listed in the fixture book.
All our VP’s generously donate, to ensure we are able to offer top quality cricket to our youth squads.
As you know our senior squads are having a superb season, with every chance of promotion for our three sides. There is every possibility that we will be playing Premier League Cricket, next season, competing with teams like, Horsham, Eastbourne, Brighton and Hove and Preston Nomads. Most of these clubs have current Sussex Professionals playing!
Many of our senior squad are former colts as our the coaches, Will, Andy, Harry and Ben.
I would like to mention Harry Pacey who this year has batted superbly and last week scored 133 not out, with previous scores of 90, 50 and 45.
A fantastic achievement. Well done Harry
The previous update from Carmen, provides the detail.
Again, please make every effort to support the club, by attending or sponsoring the event.
This summer we have entered teams at U12, U13 and two at U11.
Please do all you can to support the team managers, there is a lot to do on match days. Pitch preparation, scorers chairs/tables, scoreboard, drinks and teas.
A little help in all these areas, really does assist the mangers, who can concentrate on the team organisation.
Weather permitting the following schedule will take place.
Monday 21st. Normal training. BBQ
Thursday 24th. Normal Training. BBQ?
Monday 28th. Possibility of Beach Cricket, dependant on numbers and coach/parent supervision. Final full colts training date.
Thursday 31st. U12 Festival match at Home. Space restricted, but training may take place.
August, training may be arranged for squads at U13/11 playing in SJCF, these will be notified, in consultation with managers and coaches. Days may vary.
August 4th-7th Summer Coaching week at Middleton. 930-1230.
Cost £10 a morning.
Again we are running our summer holiday coaching week, with our coaches providing the expertise of skills and games. This is open to all, including non club members.
Please book with the coaches or ask for further information.
Colts presentation event, will take place in September/October. Final details to be notified.
As I mentioned a busy time and before I finish, many thanks to everyone who makes it happen.
Please come along and support the club and our teams over the summer.