Updated: Jun 5
As we continue without any cricket due to the current restrictions, once again the Cricket Club committee provide an update to goings on at Highfield.
Meeting Date: Thursday 18th June
We are quickly approaching the summer solstice, longest day, yet not a competitive ball unfortunately has been bowled on the hallowed turf. However, your Management team remain positive, focused and continue with virtual meetings. You will be pleased to know I have conquered the Skype camera so we were all able to see and hear each other this week.
Firstly, an update on the ground. All going well now we have had some rain, so I am informed. However, the rain does encourage the grass and weeds to grow. The inspection on the square did take place and Ian Plants comments were fair. Weeds have grown on the outfield and obviously need treating. We had planned for the weed man to come and treat them but there have been delays.
The ground staff are preparing two practice grass wickets for the portable nets to go on. New netting has now arrived and with the help of the players the nets should be operational from the end of this month.
Practice has been taking place under Government guidelines. Communication between the teams has been very important during these unprecedented times and I am pleased to say the senior team captains are in constant contact. All players have been encouraged to practice and the captains have coordinated the sessions to ensure not too many players arrive at the nets. We hope juniors will be able to start some practice sessions in July.
ECB guidelines are presently at stage 3 – small group training and 1 to 1 sessions. No recreational cricket at the moment. ECB say that once matches are allowed the gameplay will depend on the size of outdoor groups, social distancing requirements and guidelines on hygiene. It is hoped the game will closely resemble the normal cricket experience. I am sure we all hope for good news soon.
Thanks to Brian Mellor, Oliver Mellor, Matt Bowcock, and Tony Strickson the 100 Club has almost reached 100 participants. We are now up to 96 members! So please make contact if you can make up the last few. Prizes are made up of half of the money collected and drawn each month with special draws at Christmas.
We also have a brand new website at www.leekcricketclub.co.uk.
Ladies / Girls – are you interested in playing cricket? As part of our Development Plan and ECB recommendations, we will be encouraging woman & girls to give it a try and hopefully will be able to form a Ladies team for the 2021 season. Please make contact if you or someone you know who may be interested.
Congratulations go to Craig Melrose and his wife who have recently had a baby.
Since my last newsletter we have lost two of our members - Harry Bradshaw and Harold Dale. Harry and Sybil Bradshaw followed LCC to both home and away matches. Our sincere condolences go to Sybil, the late Stephen and Martin. Harold Dale had been a former committee member, membership secretary and chief tea maker (when we moved to the new clubhouse).
Harold was a fixture for many years for both home and away matches. He loved his beloved LCC. Members are asked to pay their respects by lining Hawkesworth Ave. on June 26th when the cortege will arrive at his house at 2.30pm. Our condolences go to Sylvia, Jacqui and family.
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