Club Secretary Linda Tweats provides her regular update to club members. Take a look at what has happened in the last few weeks at the Club.
Dear Members/Supporters of Leek Cricket Club,
The latest news from the Government does indicate cricket at Highfield will start on time, on Saturday 24th April. The 1st Team are at Home to Bagnall Norton, whilst the 2nd Team are away to Sandon.
Alex Mellor will again captain the 1st XI with brother Oliver as his vice captain. Matt Nicholls will captain the 2nd XI with Kieran Carr as his vice captain.
Following a very different year in 2020, the League Management team canvassed the players, asking what type of cricket they would prefer to play, i.e. Win/Lose or Win/Lose/Draw.
So as a result, the following will be played this season:
1st XI (Premier League)
Games 1 to 5 (Inclusive) - Win/Lose, 40 Overs Per Innings, Coloured Kit
Games 6 to 16 (Inclusive) - Win/Lose/Draw, 100 Overs Per Game, Whites
Games 17 to 22 (Inclusive) - Win/Lose, 40 Overs Per Innings, Coloured Kit
2nd XI (Division 5)
All Games - Win/Lose, 40 Overs Per Innings, Whites
The Stone Sunday league will commence on Sunday April 25th away to Longton. Dave Alcock will once again captain this “Development” Team.
As in previous years this team will be a mix of experienced players and younger players hoping to gain valuable experience with the intentions of learning at the wicket and hopefully breaking into the senior teams.
Government & ECB Guidance
As I write, the ECB have given us no guidance with regard to food and drink, social interaction or how we have to conduct ourselves in the period April 24th to June 21st. After June 21st your cricket experience should be a little more relaxed, but we will have to wait and see. I am sure my next newsletter will be more informative on this topic.
With effect from March 29th outdoor sports facilities are allowed to re-open and outdoor cricket practice will resume. However, it will have to be formally organised.
Alex, Matt and Dave are keen to get back into the nets and will ensure we play by the rules. Although the teams have been using social media and doing challenges on a regular basis to keep in touch, it will be good to get into the nets and focus all their energies into practice.
The Junior managers & coaches have been meeting via Zoom and are confident the season will commence on time. Again, we will run the ECB All Stars programme. An initiative aimed at children aged 5 – 8 years designed to introduce them to the sport. It will last for 8 weeks and this year we will run it on a Friday night commencing May 7th. More details on this in the weeks to come.
Behind the Scenes
A coat of emulsion paint has been applied to the bar walls. It is now a beautiful shade of grey and hopefully floating shelves will be erected.
Two trees which were diseased have been felled on the lower car park. The beech tree was estimated to be over 150 years old and also a cherry tree. Both of these trees would have been in the original Highfield estate. These were condemned by an independent arboriculturist and agreed by SMDC.
Social Committee Update
The Social Committee have been meeting behind the scenes and are busy putting together an interesting and exciting diary of events. Some events have already hit the headlines, but here's a reminder of what's to come!
Ryan Sidebottom Returns
Leek will be hosting our very first 'Past vs Present' #LegendsGame on Sunday 8th August.
This game will see teams of previous Leek Cricket Club players vs a teams of current 1st and 2nd XI players. We will also welcome back England Cricket Legend Ryan Sidebottom to the club. He was once a one-time pro for Leek in 2009 vs Leycett.
We look forward to releasing more details on this in the coming months.
Outdoor Cinema Event
We will be hosting our very first Outdoor Cinema Event on the lawns of the cricket club, on the weekend of Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th September.
Our movies are yet to be decided and tickets are to be released soon, but there has been an incredible buzz about this event with over 1000 people clicking 'interested' on our social media listing.
Tickets will be priced at £5 for the first 100 per night, £6 for the next 150 and £7 for the remaining capacity tickets (all will incur a service charge too).
More details on this event will be coming out in the coming weeks.
We also have lots of other ideas for events that are still to be announced, with hopefully at least 2 more to come during our cricket season months.
Outside of the Cricket Season, we would like to run a Christmas Market / Craft Fayre, in late November. We have released this via our Social Media channels and have had interest from over 40 businesses.
If you or someone you know has contacts in this field, or has a local business that would be interested in a stall, please get in touch with us via our website. We would love to hear from you.
We do hope that you will support the Club at these events, as I am sure you will, following a release from lockdown and as the saying goes "Your Club Needs You!"
The Annual General Meeting will take place via Zoom on Monday, March 29th starting at 7.30pm.
I know many of you have used Zoom and other platforms so I hope you will join us on the night. It is obviously a first for the Club to hold it via a screen but we have been encouraged to go ahead with it.
A few days before the 29th we will send you details, the agenda and the Zoom link. I have asked for a practice session the week beforehand so hopefully everything will be “alright on the night”.
I look forward to seeing you at the start of the season, but in the meantime keep safe, follow government guidance, and we will once again be able to enjoy the full Highfield & Leek Cricket Club experience later in the year.
Keep an eye out on all of our Social Media pages to find out the last news first.
Until next time, stay safe.