It may feel as if we are in the depths of Winter but this is a busy time for Charlton Down Cricket Club as we prepare for the 2018 season. There is a lot going on behind the scenes to ensure the season starts with a bang. The good news is that our winter practice sessions have been booked – starting at Puddletown Middle School on Monday 19th February. Youth sessions will run from 6 to 7:30pm and adult sessions from 7:30 to 9pm.
As in previous years, the sessions will be a mixture of training drills to improve our techniques as well as ‘traditional’ net practice to get our bodies used to batting and bowling again after several months of no cricket what-so-ever. It is a great way to get the season started, so hopefully we will see you there!
This time of year is also busy in terms of getting the fixtures sorted. You may have seen that the Saturday league fixtures have been published and CDCC will hope to continue their unbelievable run in Division 2. Evening fixtures will be arranged shortly at the Evening League AGM on weds 24th January at Dorchester FC, 7pm. All are welcome if you’d like to come along….
Sunday cricket will see the biggest change in terms of what is on offer for club members.
This year we have entered the National Village Knock Out Cup for the first time, a competition famous for having it’s Final at Lords. We’re perhaps not expecting to get that far but it will be an opportunity to play some different teams in the early rounds. In addition, CDCC have entered the new TT25 Sunday competition – this is a shorter format game (25 overs a side) aimed at filling the gap between Youth cricket and competitive Saturday league cricket. National surveys have shown there is a clear trend of young cricketers playing through the age-group system but drifting away from the game when it comes to adult cricket. It is hoped that the TT25 will provide a route for youngsters into the adult game as well as encouraging older players back into playing. We envisage the side will be a healthy mix of youngsters from within the youth set-up plus some dads and a few older heads from within the club. The emphasis very much will be on enjoying the game and making sure everyone gets to bat and bowl. Games are completed within 3 hours so don’t take too big a chunk out of the day!
As well as that, we will squeeze in as many friendly games as we can against local sides and touring teams. So, there will be loads of cricket available and there really should be something to suit everyone. We hope to see lots of you getting involved and enjoying yourselves!
On a slightly more administrative note, we are in the process of updating our members database and would like to make sure we have all your correct contact details etc. Hopefully this will help streamline club communications for the year ahead. To this end, Alex will be posting a short membership questionnaire on FaceBook and the website – please fill this in so we can keep our records up to date. THANKS!
Last but not least for this month’s Cow Corner News – the bar is open Friday 19th Jan. Come and join Jae celebrate his birthday – a perfect opportunity to give him some abuse before the season starts proper!
See you all soon, your new Club Captain JP.