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Firstly, I would like to offer thanks to everybody involved in what was very successful 2018 season, and look forward to meeting returning players, both seasoned pros and new players alike. We have seen growth within the club, starting with Academy, supplying more players into the seniors, more ladies representing both Spalding as well as their respective age groups within the County, as well as the number of youngsters participating has increased, from Mark Laud, and Academy helper’s success with the ‘All Star’ to the Academy Coaches who helped develop our next batch of cricketing superstars.
We welcome Chris Dring on board as President. Those who know him know he works tirelessly within the club, from training within the Academy to donning his whites for whichever team may need him. His knowledge around cricket shall be called on regularly I am sure.
The baton also passes to Jonathon Miles for the first team captaincy, and I am sure his quality shall help the young senior in their development.
The Sunday team shall continue with its policy of youth being captained and managed on a joint venture by Jonny Manton and Brandon Andrews
As a club we must not rest on last year’s achievements, but strive to improve, both on and off the pitch, as well as providing a better environment for the players to excel in. With that in mind, I would ask that anybody who can spare 5 mins to volunteer, please offer your services to your relevant team manager. The management structure of this club is made up by a few who provide so much time and effort to make this club work.
I personally, would like to thank Andrew Cook, for his recent stewardship as Chairman, and I know I shall have his ear whenever need.
Let us now hope for summer weather similar to last, so we can enjoy lazy afternoons, wandering around the boundary chatting and enjoying the cricket.
‘UP THE TOWN’
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.
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.
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
A warm welcome to everyone either playing or supporting Spalding Town Cricket Club to a new season of cricket in Spalding, in what is my first season as Chairman.
2015 proved to be a difficult season for all at senior level within the club, and after punching above their weight for several seasons the first team finally succumbed to relegation from the Lincs. Premier league.
We start 2016 in a positive mood fielding three senior teams in the South Lincs and Borders league, the first team once again under the experienced captaincy of Rob Ambrose, whom is looking to lead us straight back up into the Lincs. Premier League. He will once again have the support of our second and third team captains, Mike Kearns (Snr) and Richard Gilbert, whom will help bring through some of our many youth members who are challenging for places in the the senior teams. Youth is the future of all clubs along with the guidance of experience!
Our ladies team goes from strength to strength and will again play in the Lincolnshire Womens League under the Captaincy of Hayley Jones, we wish you well for the season ahead.
We have reintroduced a Sunday team to play in the Rutland Sunday League, this team will enable us to nurture and give experience to the burgeoning amount of talent that we have in our junior academy.
The junior academy continues to grow and excel under Academy Director Mark Laud, now in his second season of stewardship, not forgetting the coaches that ably assist him on a weekly basis, giving of their time and knowledge freely, we thank you all immensely.
We are very grateful for the support of our many club sponsors, especially to our new principal sponsor Consilium Wealth, we could not survive without you all.
Hopefully 2016 will be a season to remember, these are exciting times for Spalding Town Cricket Club. We look forward to seeing you ‘down the club’, whether as a player or supporter you will always be given a warm welcome.
Enjoy your summer of cricket!
** The 2016 Online Club Shops are now up and running! For STCC clothing, please visit Total Clothing Solutions and for playing equipment, visit Cricket Deal Direct (and their Heather Knight Collection if looking for Ladies cricket equipment)! **
A big thank you to everyone at the club who contributed as a captain, player, coach or supporter in some way throughout the 2015 season. With so many teams at the club and so much cricket to be played, it is astonishing how much work needs to be done in order to ensure everything runs smoothly.
From the attainment of grants/ sponsorship and the arranging of fixtures before the season starts, to the efforts of the ground staff in preparing high quality wickets for the entirety of the season. From the efforts of all involved in coaching the next generation of keen young cricketers at the club, to the parents who taxi their children back and forth to games and practices alike. From those who prepared teas, helped at car boot sales or simply turned up to watch games and offer some support, to the captains who tirelessly worked to ensure everyone had a full team and that the club could compete in each and every game. And lastly, to the players, many of whom showed great flexibility and maturity in either playing at the last minute, or having to switch teams due to unavailability. Everyone has played their part.
Indeed, a whopping 145 players represented Spalding Town Cricket Club in 2015 and many have a lot to celebrate! The U13’s and U9 Sharks finished as Champions in their respective leagues, and the Ladies Team went on to finish very respectable runners-up in theirs! Even with the senior teams, for whom it proved to be a difficult season, it is a testament to those players involved who have stuck together, competed, and enjoyed their cricket despite results not always going their way. With such a strong foundation at the club, and a high degree of resolve resonating throughout, it’s onwards and upwards as we prepare for the 2016 season! Let’s make it a good one!
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Welcome to the 2015 season and what an exciting few months we all have ahead of us! We look back over the last few years and everyone should be delighted with the progress.
Our first team had a slightly better season and remain in the Lincolnshire Premier League. Rob Ambrose continues as Captain and Tim Norris will be Vice-Captain. The second eleven have a huge season this year. Promotion in 2014 under the leadership of Steve Norris has elevated them into the South Lincs and Border Premier Division. This new challenge is taken up by the experienced team of Mike Kearns Snr, assisted by Simon Juckes. We wish them the best of luck!
The third team held their position in League 2 and continued to integrate all sections of the club – using many players from the youth teams and ladies team. Considering the number of players used we should not be disappointed with results. Development has always been our main reason for three teams and development is what we have seen from many members of the third team. It goes without saying that the improvement we are seeing from these players is great for the club!
The newly formed ladies team entered the league for the first time, with dedication and commitment from players and coaches they finished joint top – a fantastic achievement for all involved.
Notably, the most important factor for STCC is that players are now getting county recognition across all age groups and genders. This is a testament to club development and reward for all the coaches who give their time freely throughout the year. Keep up the good work everyone!