Well, Christmas has come and gone and cricket is now only a few months away from starting again in earnest. This is my first Cow Corner as club captain with the great Sir Ian Doyle stepping down to move on to pastures new. We all wish him and his family the best in his new home in Wiltshire and I am sure we will see him turning out for the mighty CDCC when he can. I have some massive shoes to fill but I will certainly do my best!!
This is a great time to start thinking about losing some weight and getting fit ready for what will surely be another fantastic year at the Shed. For some, the fitness regime started some time ago with Mark Stephen and James Pretty joining Doylie’s team of mad runners!! Mark has his eyes on Manchester later this year while JP, German and Doylie all had a successful time conquering the Berlin marathon before Xmas.
A busy year for Doylie was capped off by being selected to represent Dorset over 50’s in a tour to Abu Dhabi just before Xmas against some very good teams and well known faces. Having been bowled out by Nassar Hussain’s brother in his first match he was named Man of the Match in his final game, not for his dynamic slow batting, but for taking 4 wickets in 16 balls with his lethal off spin!! Well done Doylie.
Nets at Puddletown Middle School have been arranged starting at the beginning of March. Senior Nets are on Wednesdays with Junior Nets on a Monday evening. Well done to Tommy for organising this. I hope that we can have a great turn out and get as much practice in before the pre-season friendlies start and then into the 2015 league season we go.
The new Dorset Funeral Plan Saturday league structure has been announced with now only one Premier league and a shuffle around of teams in each of the other divisions. CDCC has been placed in Division 5 with some familiar faces like Puddletown and Chalke Valley and other teams that were playing in higher leagues than us last year. The standard will be higher but Tommy’s boys have a great chance of a successful season yet again.
With 3 youth teams and 4 senior teams entered into Dorset Cricket leagues this year the future is looking bright for CDCC and another fantastic year of cricket is not far away……..