All systems go for cricket clubs
CRICKET clubs in the Thornbury area are gearing up for the new season after the government gave the go-ahead for recreational team sports to start again from March 29. Here are updates from three of our local clubs.
Thornbury Cricket Club
AFTER months of uncertainty, it is all systems go at Thornbury Cricket Club.
We hope to field 25 teams this season across our club, including a newly-registered 5th XI and developing ladies section. Our youth teams will be sporting new coloured kits in T20 matches, designed by Under-16 Louie Patch-Bowden.
With a return of outdoor hospitality venues in April, we are thrilled that our bar can re-open, with a brand new look (below). We will be inserting an outdoor bar, and also launching our brand new coffee shop, which will be run by club members and means that TCC will be open all day, every day.
On the pitch, we are delighted to welcome Gloucestershire CCC club captain Chris Dent and T20 captain Jack Taylor to the club. Both join as player-coach ambassadors, looking to drive the performances of our youth players alongside playing for our 1st XI when available. Both have previous experience of playing for Thornbury: Dent played age-group cricket for Thornbury before bursting onto the scene with Gloucestershire. This partnership is a major moment for TCC and has added to the excitement surrounding the 2021 season!
Pre-season starts on April 10 with inter-squad friendlies at the Ship and Tockington Manor School, and our adult league season starts on May 1.
Things are moving at a rapid pace and the club is brimming with excitement, as we reach the return of club cricket.
Old Down Cricket Club
PREPARATIONS are well under way for the new cricket season at Old Down Cricket Club and we are excited to hopefully be able to enjoy a full summer of cricket this year.
We aim to start our regular Senior practice sessions, on Wednesday nights at 6.30pm at the ground, on April 7, weather permitting.
We are able to offer indoor practice for our junior section, with four weekly sessions planned at the Sports Hall, Castle School, Thornbury, from 3-5pm on Sundays, from Sunday April 18, for children from Year 5 and upwards. No experience necessary.
We are again running the ECB All Stars programme, which is for five to eight-year-old boys and girls, starting on May 7.
Sessions are an hour long, between 5.15pm and 6.15pm, at our ground.
This year also sees the start of a new ECB programme, Dynamos Cricket, for children aged eight to 11, and is suitable for both All Stars graduates or children trying cricket for the first time.
It will also run on Friday evenings, between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, from May 7 at our ground.
Both the All Stars and Dynamos can be booked online at ecb.clubspark.uk, where you’ll find full details of what’s included. Be sure to specify Old Down Cricket Club as your delivery centre.
Rockhampton Cricket Club
WE are a local, village cricket club boasting four teams who play league matches on Saturdays.
The club has a fantastic youth section from U9-U17 level, with a keen focus on the pathway into the senior sides.
We will be running Dynamos and All Stars cricket courses again for any youngsters looking to start learning how to play.
Our 1st XI currently plays in the West of England Premier League Gloucestershire division and will be playing in the Village Cup, looking to repeat our 2013 trip to the Lord’s final.
New players of all abilities are always welcome at Rockhampton. Our glorious Boundary Field will also be hosting Gloucestershire 2nd XI matches this summer, so spectators can watch some entertaining county cricket whilst enjoying our well-stocked bar.
For more information, have a look at our social media sites @RockhamptonRams or visit www.rockhamptoncc.com.