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Chairman’s Welcome 2018

Well, after what seems an age, the 2018 season is fast approaching and once again I am thinking about what to write. May I firstly welcome all our members for another year of cricket at Spalding Town Cricket Club, whether it is in a playing capacity, past club member, supporting role (of which there are many of you), and our many parents, guardians and grandparents – all of you help to make the club operate as a whole.

I would like to pay thanks to Heath Ripley whom stepped down as President at the end of 2017. Heath has been a staunch supporter of Spalding Town Cricket Club over many years and has held many positions within the club, secretary, chairman, culminating in serving as our President. I would suggest that his most notable achievement was in making his Premier League debut last season, no mean feat going fine leg to fine leg at his tender years! We welcome back Russell Whitworth to the club as Honorary President, whom is more than capable of filling the large boots left behind by Heath.

Rob Ambrose our 1st Team Captain has also decided to hand over the reins after 6 years in the position. Rob has achieved some great things during this time, twice leading us up into the Lincolnshire Premier League, no mean feat for a club such as ours. It is not only his work on the field that we have to thank him for, but also for his tireless efforts behind the scenes helping in any way he can, he remains at the club as a player for 2018.

The first team captaincy baton has been handed over to Josh Newton, whom I am sure will prove and inspired successor, and a good mentor for the junior members looking to break into the first team this season.

Josh will be ably supported by our 2nd and 3rd team captains, Matt Gill and Carl Andrews, respectively. Both will have players aiming to get themselves promoted to the teams above, this should provide the club with a real competitive edge and pride in wearing the club badge.

2017 was for many reasons a tough season, mainly due to the unavailability of players at critical points during the season, hopefully an issue that we won’t suffer from in 2018! The ladies had to quote our Monarch an “annus horribilis” too many fixture cancellations lead to them only playing one competitive fixture, something Hayley and her team will not wish to suffer a repeat of in 2018.

There were plus points too, most notably the Sunday side gaining promotion from Rutland League Division 4 East, by comfortably topping the table with a 100% win record, we look forward to their progress in 2018. The U13’s narrowly losing in the final of the County Cup after a fantastic run of victories to reach it, along with some great results from all the other junior age groups. Well done Mark Laud and his team of coaches whom have once again given selflessly of their time for the benefit of our junior members, we shall look out for the impact that some may now make in the senior ranks this season. Good luck again to those boys and girls that have worked hard to get into their respective County and regional age groups for 2018; we shall follow your progress with interest and pride.

We could not continue to run as a club without the support of our many sponsors, we must not rest on our laurels, but look to bolster their support ourselves not come to rely on it! The committee will be looking to put in place social events throughout the season and your support of these events would be greatly appreciated. Please follow us on social media or via the clubs website diary for events during the season ahead. Amongst those that help us as a club we should of course mention Lincolnshire County Cricket with whom we have built a good relationship over recent years.

Lastly it goes without saying that I could not operate as your Chairman without the support of not only my committee, but everyone within the club family.  I wish all of our teams the best of luck for the 2018 season, let us make this a great year for Spalding Town Cricket Club, both on and off the field.

As ever remember to play hard, play fair but to most of all play with a smile upon your face.

I look forward to catching up with you all around the boundary in 2018.

Andrew Cook

County Squads 2018

Congratulations to the following for getting into their respective county squads. We are immensely proud of you all.

Train hard through the winter and reap the rewards in the summer!

Girls Development – Molli McCormick

U13 Girls – Sophie Smith

U15 Girls – Macey Andrews

County U11 Boys – Barney Dring, James Laud

County U12 Boys – Edward Barnes, Harry Biehler-Birch

County U13 Boys – Ollie Dring

County U14 Boys – Peter Cook

County U17 Boys – Brandon Andrews, Jonny Manton

Hard luck to those that didn’t make it this season. Continue to work hard as there will always be another opportunity.

Lincolnshire County Awards 2017

Ladies U13 Batsman – Macey Andrews

Ladies U17 Batsman – Amelia Gardner

Ladies U17 Bowler – Yasmin Martin

Ladies U17 Coaches Award – Ellie Stanley

Ladies 1st XI Bowler – Amelia Gardner

U11 Bowler – Harry Biehler-Birch

U15 Bowler – Brandon Andrews

U17 Coaches Award – Jonny Manton

Special Recognition Award – Ellie Stanley (102* on Sri Lanka Tour)

Congratulations to all players involved! A fantastic show from STCC. Keep up the good work.

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