Summer has finally arrived! The sun has been shining for the last 2 weeks and we have reached the halfway point of the season with mixed fortunes for the club in the first part of the 2019 season.
The first XI are battling away and fighting hard in every game in what is a highly competitive league and are currently 9th, but managed to beat an excellent Burnley team in the Worsley cup to progress to the semi final stage. The T20 campaign on the other hand was an exit at the group stage despite smashing 119 off 7.4 overs to beat Church in our final game, but it came an over too late.
The highlights so far being the win at Burnley in which every player contributed to the cause and centuries for Peter Dibb and Charlie Dewhurst in a club record amateur partnership of 270 runs. Young Sam Mulligan has also hit a ton early in the season (unofficially he has two after the Great Harwood game was washed out!). Youngsters such as Harry Lang and Eli Smith also continue to improve and make significant contributions. With Tom Lord and Kyle O’Connor coming into form, and the evergreen Marcus Sharp, pro Suraj Randiv, and Sam Halstead starring with the ball, we hope to move back up the league during the remainder of the season.
The second XI are 2nd in the league, and just 1 point from the summit, but exited the cup in the early stages. Young blades George Barnes, Charlie Atkinson, Jonny Wardle, and Harry Rickard have been exposed to second XI cricket for most of the season and are learning every game. The experience of Danny Turner and Paul Gaskell with the bat; along with bowlers Saud Ahmed, Graeme Kershaw, and Assad Mehmood are also pushing the team along.
The 3rd XI recently won there first game of the season under the captaincy of Craig Nicholls and the young side is being guided by the club record breaking 2nd team captain John Green. Marcus Thurnhills 4th XI are still pushing for there first win and hopefully it will come along in the not so distant future, many junior players are now getting a taste of senior cricket each week and this bodes well for the future. Marcus/Craig keep up the good work!
As you may know we recently lost a fine longstanding member of Clitheroe CC in Mr Brian H Sims, Brian would travel to most first XI games but also loved to watch second, third and fourth XI cricket and see the emerging talent come through the Clitheroe ranks. Brian would have delighted in seeing the Dibb/Dewhurst partnership and many will miss his presence around the club on matchdays, I know all the senior lads would love to try and do Brian proud in winning some silverware this season.
The junior membership is as large as ever and teams are lining up week after week, smartly attired in club kit supplied by JPA Sports and kindly sponsored by Dawson’s. The u9s have benefitted from the extra coaching sessions laid on by Stan Fitzgerald for which we are very grateful and look a good solid competitive side.
The U11A team are so far unbeaten and have reached the quarter final stage of the county cup and the u15s also reached this stage but unfortunately couldn’t progress further. The u11B team are now getting into there stride with some of the boys playing their first season of cricket. The u13s team looks strong as always and many of these boys are now making the progression into senior cricket.
Many thanks so far to all the junior team managers for their time, the coaches also for there work on a Thursday night and to our professional Suraj Randiv who is going down a storm with the kids in the nets and has settled in well. My biggest thank you must go to Victoria, Emily, and Ben for there efforts in the smooth running of the junior section.
The golf day was a great success for the club, well done and thanks to Phil Bishop and John Green for there help in organising the day, thank you to all the helpers on the day, to Clitheroe Golf Club, sponsors and all the teams who entered, hope you enjoyed the day.
The Summer Gin festival is on Saturday 20th July which is to help raise funds towards the running of the cricket section, if you can lend a hand on this day or at night please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, these fundraisers rely on volunteers so if you can lend a hand please do, CCC needs you.
Tom Bailey has also recently informed us that he has attained funding for the club to replace some of the old benches and update our outdoor seating and facilities, so keep a look out for that. Another great effort from Tom, whose ideas and work ethic are helping drive the club forward off the field, I believe he is now working on trying to get a new electronic scoreboard.
Finally a quick thank you to all our sponsors this season the club appreciates your help and funding immensely, and a thank you to all committee members, volunteers, ground staff, bar and kitchen staff and supporters at the club, you make the club what is today. I know the lads are very grateful for your support and love to play in front of a big crowd at Chatburn Road, let’s hope all the teams can push on now in the second half of the season and we can pick up some silverware at the end of the season.
Enjoy the sunshine everyone!