Cricket Season 2021
After a long wait for ECB guidance, I am delighted to confirm that the cricket season will now formally begin for us on April 3rd with a training session at the club for the 1st eleven squad. The first fixtures will be on the 17th April with home and away games against Enfield. I am certain that having been locked down for so long many of you are itching to get out and play and I look forward to seeing you all at the club over the coming weeks and months.
As a result of last years delayed season and the ever-evolving Covid situation I did not have the opportunity to formally communicate to you but I am excited to share with you our plans for the upcoming season. The cricket committee has been working incredibly hard in the background on developing the cricket section and we will be introducing several new initiatives this year.
Last years shortened season with regionalised leagues and no promotion or relegation allowed us to develop some of our younger players. We have a crop of talented young players coming through and the future looks bright for the club.
We are very fortunate to have excellent facilities at the club and we will continue to invest in them. Last year we purchased a second bowling machine which can also be used by the juniors and a pop-up batting cage for centre wicket practice again with juniors in mind.
This year we have added a new sight screen for the pitch round the corner and a new larger mobile batting cage for centre wicket practise on the front pitch.
We have plans to improve the covers for both squares next year and upgrade the nets although this project will require significant investment.
I am delighted to advise that our overseas player this year will be Aya Gqaname a professional cricketer from South Africa. Aya is a seam-bowling allrounder and plays for the Warriors Franchise. Some of us have had the opportunity to watch Aya play on Sky over the winter in the South African T20 competition and he is a very exciting cricketer. Aya is a skilful bowler and explosive batsman and will add some much-needed experience to the 1st eleven. Aya is also an ECB Level 3 coach and will be leading our coaching program which includes a new school’s partnership (more detail below).
Juniors will have seen a separate communication specifically for the Junior section, written by Guy Peddy. Cricket training starts wc 12th April with u15 on Thursday 15th April and u13/11/9 on Friday 16th April. Training will then and continues throughout the summer. All juniors will need to be members to train or play matches, so please bring a completed membership form and payment card. Dan and the team on reception will be available to assist and take your subs. Friday sessions will this year increase to £6 to reflect the enhanced coaching now on offer, I would like to thank all the coaches and parents who have agreed to help out at the sessions, and you will see some new faces this year. However, we continue to look for additional helpers and match managers to support out qualified coaches, so please make yourself known to Guy Peddy on a Friday night. There will also be the usual Sunday fixtures.
In addition to our junior program, we are also running Allstars for the first time. Allstars is for boys and girls aged between 5-8 years old. It is an ECB initiative and a great introduction to cricket. When you sign up you will receive a great Allstars kit bag. Sessions will start on Tuesday 10th May at 5.30pm and will last for 8 weeks. The link below will take you to the booking page.
I am also delighted to announce we will be running a girls only programme called Dynamos. This again an ECB initiative for 8–11-year-olds and we will be using this programme as a way of introducing girls cricket to the club. Sessions will start on a Tuesday 11th May at 5.30pm and will last for 8 weeks. The link below will take you to the booking page.
Once again, this year 1-2-1 coaching is available from Donovon Miller. For prices and more detail please contact Donovon directly on 07957764062.
Going forward the cricket section training and leisurewear range will now match that of the Woodford Wells Club. All leisure wear can be purchased from the club shop section of the website. The link is also below. The only item exclusive to cricket will be the training which has the sponsor's logo printed on it. When you buy the training top please indicate in the comments sections that you require the RJK logo printed.
Our playing kit has not changed and can be purchased from Surridge See link below.
Below is confirmation of the Team Captains for the upcoming season:
1’s Joe Johnson
1’s Hugo Blogg (Vice-captain)
2’s George Ellis
2’s Charlie Scott (Vice-captain)
Subscriptions / Match Fees
As a gentle reminder, all subscriptions must be paid before you are eligible for selection. Payment can be made in instalments and I ask that you contact the club office if you would like to use this method.
As a result of teas not being permitted at the start of the year match fees have been reduced as per the below.
• 1st Eleven £10 (includes umpires and scorers fee)
• 2s / 3s / 4s £5
I am delighted to announce that the cricket section continues to be sponsored by our friends at RJK, a local security & sound system business, and we thank Richard and Sandra for their continued support. RJK’s name will again appear on the front of our kit and advertising boards around the ground.
As part of the arrangement with RJK, all new kit purchased will still have their logo. The 1st team squad this year will all be in clubwear and I encourage all of you to follow suit. I ask that players do not put our sponsorship at risk by wearing any other kit.
We are also very grateful to GB skips, Bishop & Sewell, Baxter’s and Knightons for continuing to sponsor advertising boards around the ground. We have a few advertising boards available this year and if you are interested please contact me. Oreilly77@icloud.com.
Selection / Spond
Selection, as always, takes place on Monday and will be led by Rob Leiper and the captains. In the past, this has always been a very labour-intensive task chasing people for availability. This year will we be implementing an app called Spond. It is already being used by Crostyx and the feedback is very positive. If you have not already been invited to join can I ask that you download the app and register using the following link on your mobile device. https://group.spond.com/EXTKX. Fixtures, training and events will then be added and you can log your availability and be notified of selection via the app.
Senior nets take place on Wednesdays for all players starting 7th April. Training will be on the grass and artificial nets, starting at 6 pm. I would encourage as many of you as possible to attend training as this will only improve performance on the pitch.
The 1st eleven squad may also run additional sessions on a Sunday as it is not always possible for everyone to attend mid-week but we will keep you updated on this via Spond.
Cricket Week this year is from 22nd June to 27th June. This is a few days longer to accommodate a very exciting game against the PCA England Masters. (More detail below). Presidents Day will on Thursday 27th June, and we look forward to helping make President Ann Miller’s day a success.
Monday, 24 June – 11:30 am Lloyds
Tuesday 25 June – 1.00 pm Crostyx
Wednesday 26 June – 11:30 am Lanzarote CC
Thursday 29 June – 11:30 am President’s XI
Friday 30 June - 11:30 am Mediators CC (for the Mike Rogers Trophy)
We are very grateful once again to Jo Peddy and here helpers for supporting us with the catering arrangements for the week.
On Sunday 27th June a Wells team will be taking on the PCA England Masters. This is a team of former England Cricketers and could include the likes of Matthew Hoggard, Jonathan Trott, Simon Jones and Ravi Bopara. These games a normally very expensive to run but we are very thankful to Greene King the Sponsors of the PCA England Masters for donating us to this game.
We have big plans for the day which will include coaching by three PCA players in the morning for the juniors, sit-down lunch with a Q&A followed by a T20 game and loads of activities for the kids. We aim to raise a large sum of money for the cricket section on the day with all funds raised being reinvested back into our facilities. I urge you all to mark the date in the diary and support the club on the day. More details will follow over the coming weeks. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the day and if you would like to know more could I ask that you contact email@example.com.
I am delighted to announce that this year we will be supporting several local schools with cricket coaching as part of PE lessons or after school clubs. The committee carried out a review of cricket in schools two years ago and it highlighted that little or no cricket was being played. We saw this has a huge opportunity to develop the game and to introduce new members to the club. Aya Gqaname over player-coach will be delivering these sessions either at the club or at the schools themselves. This is just the first stage of our school’s partnership program and we have some very big plans for the years ahead. As things stand today, we have 10 schools signed up and will deliver coaching to approx. 1000 children.
Holiday Cricket Camps
In addition to our junior coaching and school’s partnership program will be running four school holiday cricket only camps at the club. These will again be run by Ay Gqaname our overseas player-coach. The first will be at easter, the second May half term and the final two in the summer holidays. You can book via the club website and as places will be limited, I urge you to book early.
We also have plans to run elite programs during the summer holidays which will be by invitation only. These sessions will be for juniors who are involved in representative teams and those identified as high potential. These sessions will be free of charge and will focus on developing specific skills and gameplay situations.
To ensure we hit the largest possible target audience at the club the cricket committee has decided to merge our social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram with that of the Woodford Wells `club. You may have already noticed a message on cricket accounts asking you to follow the Woodford Wells club and if you have not already done so the club links are below. We intend to fully close down the Cricket section accounts before the league season begins in early May.
Instagram @the woodfordwellsclub twitter @ww_club
Live Streaming Games
This year we will be live streaming all 1st eleven home games and hopefully 2nd eleven games where a laptop is being used. Using a new ECB product that links to play cricket you will have the option to watch the game live or just sign up for alerts such as a wicket or six. This is a very exciting development for club cricket and we will share more detail once the system is up and running.
Jack Leiper 6 a side
This highly enjoyable day will take place as usual on the Bank Holiday of 30h August. As always helpers will be required on the day, and you may well be asked to play in a team. Our sincere thanks continue to the Leiper family for supporting this event.
The club has appointed a new caterer http://www.sharronseventcatering.co.uk/. Sharon and her team will be supplying a full menu at the club on Saturdays and Sundays. This will include breakfasts if you wish to arrive early before games. Although teas are also not permitted for the first half of the season you will be able to order food to eat outside and I encourage as many of you as possible to do this and support the club’s new venture.
The BBQ on Friday nights led by Head Chef Paul Munson will continue. The cricket section remains indebted to all the volunteers who assist in raising much-needed funds. If you are able to help Paul please let me know.
UMPIRES, SCORERS, GROUNDSTAFF, KITCHEN HELPERS, COACHES, MATCH MANAGERS etc.
As always, I want to extend my thanks to all those individuals who put in their own valuable time and effort to support the club and its objectives. Please do always show your appreciation with kind words or the offer of a drink – the cricket section could not function were it not for the dedicated volunteers, and this must be recognised by us all. Again, we could always benefit from more support so please let me know if there is any capacity in which you can help.
On Friday 2nd April a working party is meeting at the club to carry out some preseason jobs. If you can spare a few hours from mid-morning onwards it would be very much appreciated. Some of the jobs we need to complete are putting the slats in the sightscreens, installing the tops on the covers, fixing the netting on the nets and putting out the boundary rope.
Finally, I would just like to wish all players and supporters a great season, and I look forward to catching up with you throughout the summer.