Axminster CC's new era

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:26 11 June 2010

Axminster Town Cricket Club will be entering a new and exciting era in its history when in the coming season the newly laid second pitch comes fully into use.

Axminster Town Cricket Club will be entering a new and exciting era in its history when in the coming season the newly laid second pitch comes fully into use. The club will again be running four teams in the Devon Cricket League on Saturdays and, subject to the weather of course, two matches should be played at Cloakham each Saturday. The players who have represented the club for the 3rd and 4th teams over the last few years will no doubt look forward to their move to the new pitch at Cloakham.It has to be remembered, of course, that without the use of the school ground the club would not have been able to provide cricket for so many but they will no doubt be glad to be sharing the facilities at Cloakham Lawn. As the successful ladies' team will be playing all their fixtures on Sundays, fixture secretary Les Haynes is now able to accommodate sides that in the past were turned away so there may be 'double fixtures' on both days. The five colts' teams will also be accommodated and together with the idea of running a T20 competition for local clubs, a busy season is scheduled. The club has already had confirmation of several county youth fixtures, and will be host to the Devon Over-50s and has been asked to stage the finals of the countywide Corinthian Cup competition. Under the stewardship of coaches Dan Murnane, Robbie Prior and Andrew Moulding, some 60 juniors have already undergone three months of coaching at the Axe Valley Sports Centre. Those who have been attending on Sunday evenings complete their course on January 13 when the presentation of awards will take place. The ladies will be back in the nets from Friday, January 11, and the session on Saturday morning continues. There will be some additional practice sessions for adults on Sunday evenings for four weeks from Sunday, January 20, and all members and prospective members are welcome to attend. Information regarding the practice sessions can be obtained by contacting either Dan (01297) 34376 or Phil (01297) 33621. The hectic schedule created at Cloakham Lawn for the cricket club means a great deal of work for those who have to organise and run the games. One particular area is that of catering where the club has always relied on the good will of many of the wives/partners of players to arrange teas for the various matches. In a busy world, and with so many games to consider, it is doubtful if all matches can be covered by the age old reliance on this system, so the club would be interested to hear from anyone who feels they could take on the responsibility as 'catering manager' to assist throughout the season. The possible move from Axminster by popular 1st XI scorer David Swift has also created a vacancy and the club is always happy to hear from anyone interested in either scoring or umpiring. The annual general meeting will be held at Cloakham Lawn, 7.30pm on Friday, February 1, and all those interested in the future of the club are welcome to attend.

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