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Club Statement – Fielding of Ineligible Player

With regards to the recent points deduction received by our First Xl in the ECB
Lincolnshire Premier League, we have been very naive as a club in the selection of
an ineligible player, thus resulting in the 24 point deduction we have received, for
which accept full responsibility and have apologised.

Spalding Town CC has paid a heavy price for our actions, but this should not detract
from the fantastic work that has been, and is on going from our Junior Academy
upwards throughout the club, this will continue to be so for the remainder of this
season and into next…

Spalding Town CC Committee

Chairman’s Welcome 2017

May I welcome you all to Spalding Town Cricket Club for what promises to be an exciting 2017 season; the sound of leather upon willow is once again upon us.

I would like to start by thanking those of you that saw fit to retain me as your Chairman for a second term. I must say that I couldn’t have taken over the helm at a better time with 2016 proving to be a buoyant season for the Club; my thanks go to the previous committee for laying the foundations for this to happen, and I hope that I can continue to build on these to strengthen our great cricket club for the future.

This season we see our first team make a welcome return to the Lincolnshire Premier League, with Rob Ambrose once again at the helm. The second team will take their place in the South Lincs and Borders Premier Division under new Captain Matt Gill.

The ladies team will be looking to become the bride and not the bridesmaid as in the previous two seasons, once again under the captaincy of Hayley Jones.

2016 saw a welcome return of a Sunday team competing in the Rutland League, the side was very much a development team under the guidance of some of our senior players. 2017 will see the team under the joint captaincy of two of our junior members, Josh Lawrence and Jonny Manton.

The clubs junior academy continues to go from strength to strength under the guidance of Academy Director Mark Laud, ably assisted by his group of dedicated coaches, whom give up their time so selflessly week after week. Congratulations to those junior boys and girls that will be representing us at County or Regional level this season, I look forward to hearing of your exploits, you are a credit to your club and to your coaches.

We wish all of our teams well for the coming season and the challenges that will be presented. Whether you are playing within the junior or senior ranks or indeed for our ladies, remember we are one club and wear our badge with pride! Please support our teams during the season as there will be lots of cricket being played, both home and away, and also the social functions we will hold throughout the season.

A big thank you to all of our sponsors past and present, we couldn’t manage without you and achieve the success we have on and off the field, THANK YOU!

Lastly may I thank my current committee and our Club President for your support, without you all contributing behind the scenes I could not, and Spalding Town Cricket Club certainly would not function as it does.

Remember to play hard, play fair but to most of all enjoy your summer of cricket.

Andrew Cook

Welcome from the Chairman

Preparations are now being made for the 2017 season which promises to be a busy one. Winter training is now under way with sessions for all age groups taking place every Sunday at Spalding Grammar School. All are welcome, details are shown on the diary.

This season we see our first team make a welcome return to the Lincolnshire Premier League, with Rob Ambrose once again at the helm, our second team will take their place in the South Lincs and Borders Premier Division. We say good bye to two of our club committee members and captains in Mike Kearns (Snr) and Richard Gilbert whom have stepped aside from their respective roles of 2nd and 3rd team Captains, Mike to have a breather and Richard due to a career move that takes him out of the area. I thank you both for the time, dedication and efforts you have both put in for the club over many seasons and look forward to seeing you around during 2017. Matt Gill has stepped up to Captain of the 2nd team and we wish him well in this as he has a hard act to follow, but I am sure he won’t disappoint.

The ladies team continues to progress and in 2017 will be looking to become the bride and not the bridesmaid as in the previous two seasons in the Lincolnshire Women’s League. They will once again be under the captaincy of Hayley Jones whom will be as determined as ever in her leadership.

2016 saw a welcome return of a Sunday team competing in the Rutland league, the side very much a development team with the guidance of some of our seniors. 2017 will see the team under joint captaincy of two of our junior members, Josh Lawrence and Jonny Manton.

The clubs junior academy continues to go from strength to strength under the guidance of Academy Director Mark Laud, ably assisted by his group of dedicated coaches, whom give up their time so selflessly week after week. Last year saw some great individual performances throughout the junior section and some amazing collective team performances. A big well done to all academy players that have gone on to play senior cricket last year – an impressive achievement. A BIG shout out to the mini Under 9 team that went unbeaten throughout the 2016 season – well done boys and girls. Finally, congratulations to those juniors boys and girls that are currently with their County or Regional squads, you are a credit to your club and to your coaches.

We wish all of our teams well for the coming season and the challenges that will be presented. Whether you are playing within the junior or senior ranks or indeed for our ladies, remember we are one club and wear our badge with pride!

Lastly a big thank you to all of our sponsors past and present, we couldn’t manage without you and achieve the success we have on the field, THANK YOU!

– Andrew Cook, Chairman

 

STCC Open Day (28th August)

Thank you to everyone involved in this year’s club day. It isn’t everyday you get to meet an England Cricket Captain.

A few special mentions to those who ensured the day ran smoothly; Mark Laud, who was on site from 6:30 am to make sure the day went ahead, Amy Juckes for making the teas, the girls behind the bar, Rob Manton for his photography, Pete Clarke from the Grammar School for ensuring the ground and wickets were prepared, Alison Barnes and Carl Andrews for selling raffle tickets, and everyone who turned up to make the day a success.

Andrew Cook (Chairman)

Waiting For Presentation 2

Waiting for the presentation to begin.

Ladies Photo and Heather Knight

Heather Knight with the STCC Ladies.

Juniors Awards Photo

The award winners.

Team

STCC Juniors.

Heather Knight Net Bowling

England Ladies captain Heather Knight gives a coaching masterclass to the STCC Ladies.

Heather Knight and Ladies Captain

England Ladies captain and Spalding Ladies captain.

Award winner.

Junior Game

Live match action.

Heather Photo

Heather Knight and her minders for the day.

Heather Knight STCC Shirt

Heather Knight is presented with an STCC shirt.

England Ladies Captain Heather Knight to Attend STCC Open Day (28th August)!

We are pleased to announce that our annual Presidents day will be attended by England star Heather Knight (pictured below after being announced as England captain in June).HeatherKnight

Aged just 25, she has been a regular in the England Ladies team for a number of years. In her first One Day International as England captain she scored 50 not out and took 5/26 – a format in which she has excelled, averaging 33 with the bat, and a miserly 21 with the ball! On 28th August, she will be doing a ‘masterclass’ training session with the STCC Ladies team.

Also on the 28th, we will have multiple matches, kids entertainment, and coaching sessions. Throughout the day we will have food and beverage facilities open for players and supporters alike.

On the day, the 200 Club Prize Draw will take place – so please let us know if you require any tickets. We will also have a raffle with some fantastic prizes – from holiday break to signed memorabilia.

The day will culminate with the Academy awards presentation.

Rough Timings:

  • 10-30 – 12.00 – Under 9 matches and training sessions ( maybe even “mums & dads” )
  • 12.00 – 14.00 – Under 11 and Under 13 hard ball matches
  • 14.30  onwards  – Senior 30 over match
  • 15.00 – 17.00 – Ladies net coaching ‘masterclass’ with Heather Knight
  • 17.00 – Academy Awards

If you have any questions / queries or would like to get involved in the day, please get in touch with Andrew Cook or Mark Laud.

Club Day Facebook Banner

200 Club

We have launched a 200 club to raise further funds for the club, and are offering some great cash prizes to the winners (please see photo below).

Should you be in a position to purchase any, please contact myself, Martyn Green, Mark Laud or indeed any of the coaching staff or committee members.

Once again thank you for your support.

Kind regards

Andrew Cook (Chairman)

200 Club Ticket