Dear OBWCC member,
Further to April’s update I wanted to share with you the latest things I’ve been hearing about our prospects of playing cricket but also some of the things that have been going on behind the scenes to ensure that whatever happens the club will in good shape to get going.
You may have seen that the ECB have pushed back their provisional date for the 1st class game to resume, initially to the 1st July but now this has been revised to 1st August and the inaugural 100 campaign has been shelved completely and will be launched in 2021 instead. In better news the West Indies tour will go ahead with 3 back to back test matches played behind closed doors starting 8th July.
In the recreational game, the county boards maintain hope that the adult league competitions and junior programmes will still be played in some shape or other although we have heard that whatever cricket is played there will be no promotion or relegation. We will let you know more when further ECB or county board guidance is received.
Since the government started to ease lockdown restrictions we have made a net facility available at Failand which I am pleased to see many of you using. There continue to be strict social distancing measures and ECB and Government guidelines to adhered to in using this and full details and links to the ECB and Government guidance are on the booking site which can be found at – www.obwcc.co.uk/net-bookings. If you want to go up to the ground to work on fitness this is also fine but we would again ask that a booking is made so we know who is on site at any given time.
Last Month Stu and Jack hosted the first club quiz which 36 households took part in. Thank you for getting involved and I hope you found this an enjoyable event which we will hope to repeat later in the ‘season’ if we are still not playing. Congratulations to the winners: Richard Haydon, Dan Langan and Gareth Griffiths who also get my thanks and bucketloads of clubman points for donating theirprize money back to the club. My thanks to Stuart and Jack for organising and hosting and to the captains for promoting.
On the theme of clubman points – my thanks also go to Alex Harris – May’s winner of the Bonus Ball competition who has also donated his winnings back to the club.
In other good news, your committee has also been successful in securing a grant from Sport England which had made a pot of money available to all sports clubs for help with fixed costs up to the end of July. I mentioned in my last letter that we needed approximately £10,500 to get through this year and this grant along with your generous donations and subscriptions mean that we are now in a reasonably comfortable position so I thank you again and the committee will look to put on an event to acknowledge your support when this is over.
As part of the club’s 25th anniversary celebrations I would like to direct you to a fantastic piece of work by Tom Beach who has put together a visualisation of players batting and bowling statistics throughout the 25 years and can be found here – www.obwcc.co.uk/2020/05/21/throwbackthursday.
The ECB have also made some courses available online to keep you busy while you aren’t out in the field. The long term ability of the senior leagues being able to provide independent umpires is seriously under threat due to the age profile of those currently doing it. I would encourage all of you to undertake some if not all of the below modules to give you some additional skills that might keep you involved in the game when your playing days come to an end. The following course can be found by following the links here: https://ecb-comms.co.uk/1FT6-6UQEX-9A7G60VA2F/cr.aspx
1. Basics of Umpiring – suitable for all that do the occasional few overs on a Saturday
2. Umpiring Stage One. County boards recommend clubs members take this.
3. Basic scoring -again suitable for all that do this occasionally on a Saturday
As mentioned in my last letter, Stu has been very busy again this time putting together a high quality hamper of goods as picture below:
He has provided a list of the contents as follows:
We are now looking to raffle this hamper and want you all to get involved. The committee asks that you try to sell as many tickets as you can between now and the draw date which will take place on 27th June. Tickets are £5 each or 3 for £12.50. Once you have sold a ticket(s) please email or text Jon Sheeran at (email@example.com, 07739 755536) and he will allocate the raffle ticket numbers – last orders by 10pm on the 26th please. The draw will be broadcast on the club’s Facebook page via Facebook Live and the winner will be contacted to arrange delivery. There is also special prize for the member who sells the most tickets.
Thank you again for your support and I look forward to seeing you all soon and once I’ve had a haircut. Until then, look after yourselves and your families and should you have any questions, please contact me on 07718923340 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Bristolians Westbury Cricket Club.