Hard to imagine balmy days of cricket as the current wet spell of weather continues. However hopefully we will have seen an improvement by the start of the new season.
The last few months have involved considerable activity in terms of building and planning activities.
The pavilion extension is now completed thanks entirely to the tremendous effort of John O’Brien and his team of dedicated members. This project has been delivered on time and within a remarkable budget. Equally we are indebted to all the individuals and organisations who have contributed financially or in kind to make this happen. Without this level of support, we could never have embarked on such an ambitious programme.
In the meantime, a number of other initiatives are underway which we hope you will be able to support.
Our youth section is now further expanded with the addition of the national All Stars programme, aimed at younger children. Another exciting introduction is the formation of a dedicated Ladies and Girls section. It is of course early days but we view this as important step in the development of the club within the community.
The new Captain of the Ladies and Girls section is village resident Tanya Howlett, herself a sports teacher art Wey Valley. We are delighted to have Tanya taking on the role which is already attracting considerable interest within the village and surrounding area. Although by her own admission Tanya has never played cricket she brings with her considerable experience in the sporting environment. For anyone wishing to get some exercise with a small element of bat and ball this could be the perfect opportunity which can involve the whole family.
For more details please contact Tanya on 07825 415649 or go onto the Martinstown Cricket Club website for general information.
Finally, we look forward to another challenging season as once again we field a full complement of teams across all age groups and leagues. The club is always welcoming to new players, visitors, helpers and supporters. Please feel free to join us at any time.
David Gargrave - Chairman
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Martinstown Cricket Club - Chairman’s Report November 2017
2017 Season – Highlights
Leadership and management of our teams were strong at all levels. Maintaining our position in the Premier league proved challenging at times but equally on a number of occasions we were able to win against the leading teams. Our second team again showed great character completing the season in a respectable mid table position. Once again both teams benefited from a regular flow of juniors who demonstrated tremendous maturity playing at senior level. We were delighted to have a club member who played for Dorset in the Minor Counties League and captained Dorset Leopards. The Evening league season was very much one of two halves punctuated with some impressive wins against the league leaders.
80 Juniors participated regularly in training, playing and achieving – all Youth sides won a competition:
• U15 League winners and County Cup semi finalists
• U13 Dave Cheffey Cup and County Cup Quarter finalists
• U11 Archie Masters Cup winners [5th consecutive year]
• Representation at county level
• Regular selection for 1/2nd team appearances
2017/18 will see the introduction of a new Junior Winter Training Programme covering for the first time individual disciplines in the sport. The Cricket Academy has proved very successful and now enters a second year.
Throughout the year we have maintained a robust financial position. We are indebted to our diverse commercial and individual supporters which resulted in further 29% increase in sponsorship over 2016. Additionally we were successful in our bid to the Sports and Leisure fund at WDDC. A further grant was awarded from the DCC Car Boot fund in recognition of the club’s work in the local community. Commencement of the club pavilion extension and upgrade has begun. Fund raising will continue to be a priority as we maintain our investment in the club’s training and facilities.
A talk by Damien Lewis, parent and leading author, at the Dorchester County Museum proved to be very successful.
This year saw the introduction of an electronic scoreboard built by our talented ground staff.
Under 11Team - winners of the Archie Masters knock out cup
2018 – Key Areas
At times 1st team player availability has been an issue. For the coming season we intend to reinforce our existing squad and attract new players. The progression of junior players to senior representation remains a valuable asset.
This winter sees the introduction of an enhanced junior winter training programme and we plan to commit the club to the recently introduced national ‘All Stars’ programme.
The last few seasons has seen tremendous pressure on our fixture list which has put increasing demands on both players and team captains. We therefore will be focusing on two objectives for our Saturday Dorset league sides. For the 1st Team we aim to achieve a mid table position and for the 2nd Team for the 2nd Team the ambition of promotion. Both sides have demonstrated the ability to achieve these targets and the strong development of the junior players will be a further bolster to our efforts.
We intend to introduce a programme to establish a female section. There is wide support for this initiative which in the past has failed to come to fruition. It is the intention of the club to identify a person or persons who can take this forward. With our excellent facilities and ground we have every opportunity to capitalise on this growing sector of the sport.
Adult subscriptions will be reviewed and one area under consideration may be to switch to a ‘pay as you play’ system.
Off the field activities will be focused on the progression of the pavilion extension and upgrade which will do much to ensure that our facilities continue to match the growth in the strength and membership of the club.
2018 will see the undertaking of club based social fund raising activities with a target of two events. With so much cricket being played this has not always been possible but with the forthcoming demands on our finances it will be an important activity.
Finally as ever we indebted to the tremendous support that that the club enjoys at all levels and in all aspects of the club. Our ground remains the envy of many other clubs and our teams compete in the true spirit of the game none of which would be possible without the participation of ground staff, senior and junior players, parents, coaches, managers, captains and benefactors.
A huge thanks to everyone. David Gargrave - Chairman