Monthly Archives: March 2015

New Outdoor Nets Opened (17/03/15)

On 17th of March the new nets at Spalding Grammar School were officially opened by England wicket keeper batsman Matt Prior!Spalding Grammar School

We are pleased to announce that following nearly two years of hard work by SGS (in particular Dave Venables / Director of Sport), supported by STCC and with backing of the ECB, that the new outdoor nets have been completed at Spalding Grammar School.

Members of Spalding Town Cricket Club should not underestimate the huge amount of work and funding that has been done during 2014 to ensure everyone can enjoy this development for the future. Spalding Grammar School and Spalding Cricket Club continue to work together for the benefit of all players who represent both sectors.

Needless to say all parties are delighted to announce this news and thanks for all involved at SGS for helping fund this dream development. We now hope that the 2015 season will allow us to build on the success of the last four years.

Back in 2010 it was a distant dream of a very few clubmen that has enabled us to move forward so quickly to the position we find ourselves in today. Congratulations to all those involved in putting the Club back where it belongs!

Old Nets New Nets

Images comparing the old nets (left) and new nets (right)

Spalding Town Mourn The Loss Of ‘True Gent’ Henry (21/11/14)

Spalding Town Cricket Club has been left saddened by the news that club president Henry Walkers has passed away following his brave and courageous battle with illness.Henry Walkers

Those fortunate to have spent time in Henry’s company over the last five decades, whether on the field of play or socially, will agree that his presence was absolutely remarkable.

A talented sportsman, Henry represented Spalding Town over 700 times at cricket and Spalding RFC 400 times at rugby, although his ability shone through at everything sport-related.

Making consistent appearances from the age of 12 for a period of 50 years, Henry was not only the town’s ‘Mr Cricket’, but also captained Spalding RFC.

He achieved early success as school cricket captain to his age group, before some years later this was repeated within the senior ranks of the club.

All levels of office followed, until his proud election to cricket club president and Spalding Sports Club director.

During this same period Henry also excelled at rugby and was selected by the county under-19 side whilst still in school. He went on to captain the Lincolnshire under-21 squad and represented the Three Counties team (Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire) at under-23 level.

Aged 17, Henry made his debut for Spalding RFC’s 1st XV – and went on to amass in excess of 2000 points during his distinguished career.

Henry, a very articulate, funny and highly intelligent man, was deeply respected as a team player – albeit with a competitive nature.

He was a selfless individual, something that was clearly shown when – at the age of 59 – he achieved his highest-ever cricket score of 93 not out.

But instead of taking the glory in an attempt to reach his first-ever century, Henry gave up the last six balls to allow the youngster at the other end of the wicket to get a taste of senior cricket – the ultimate testament to this fine person’s sportsmanship.

A true gentleman in every respect, Spalding Town stalwart Jimmy Clarke reflects the view of everyone involved with the club with the following tribute.

He said: “Henry was amazing. For years he has underpinned our club through the good times and the bad.

“His selfless approach was typical of a man who, to many of the younger generation, became a father figure – times I will treasure.

“Henry will be greatly missed by everyone, but I am confident his legacy will live on for many years to come.

“I consider myself blessed to have known such an inspiring person.

“Rest in peace, H.”