Wymeswold Cricket Club Report of the 2014 Season

Wymeswold’s cricketers enjoyed another successful year and are already preparing for the 2015 season.

The first team moved up to Division E of the South Notts Cricket League and at times found the higher standard a challenge, especially when some key players were unavailable due to exams or being away at University. However skipper Rob Pitman led the side to a mid-table finish and we hope for further consolidation in 2015.

Meanwhile Phil Parkes skippered the second team again in Division M and had problems virtually every week trying to field a competitive side due to absences or injuries. Unfortunately two games had to be conceded due to the lack of available players, which meant the side ended at the foot of the division. However it was pleasing to welcome youngsters such as Ollie France, James Anderton and George Jones to the second team, having risen through the club’s junior section.

Jason Whowell managed the club’s Thursday Evening League side and this season the team competed in the Belvoir League for the first time. The games and venues were hugely enjoyable as Wymeswold just missed out on top spot in their division.

The club’s Under-13 team progressed in the Leicestershire Youth League, playing 20-overs-a-side games on Sunday mornings. The side won several games and with most players well below the age limit there should be further success next season. The lads voted for their own ‘Player of the Year’ and for 2014 the Jack Bartram Trophy was awarded to Sam France.

Once again the Cricket Club wishes to thank the individuals who help to keep things running, including Adele Sutton for scoring and also Mr Ken Barratt who kindly donates the profits from his sales of kindling wood to the club.

Our thanks are also extended to the tea ladies – Lynn and Susan – who provided such excellent teas throughout the season for the first and second teams respectively.

Perhaps the most important news is the refurbishment of the sports pavilion on the Burton Road playing field, which is a partnership project between the club and Wymeswold Parish Council. It is envisaged that the work will be completed in time for the start of the new cricket season, meaning that there will be a fantastic modern facility available to anyone wishing to take part in sport.

It is hoped that this may encourage an influx of new faces wishing to get involved and new players, of whatever standard, are always welcomed to get involved with the club.

For anyone interested in joining, indoor winter nets will commence at the ECB Academy in Loughborough from 8pm until 9pm on Wednesday evenings from the beginning of March.

Whether it’s playing, scoring, umpiring, coaching, preparing the ground or even helping with making the teas then please get in touch if you are interested in being part of the club.

Nick Shaw
Secretary, Wymeswold CC
01509 880543