Axminster Colts' successes

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 00:09 16 June 2010

Some of the youngsters enjoying summer coaching at Axminster CC

Some of the youngsters enjoying summer coaching at Axminster CC

Another season comes to an end with a just a couple of friendlies to be played.

Another season comes to an end with a just a couple of friendlies to be played. On the results side the club may not have had the best of seasons but, if results from the 1st XI's late matches can be carried forward, and good use made of the talented players coming through, the club can be optimistic for next year.

The ladies' team continues, but will be looking for more new members to play next season. In the new year there will be coaching sessions with a representative of the successful England Women's team.

The junior section has again increased in size. Providing the finance can be found, the club has four more members who wish to obtain their coaching qualifications during the winter in readiness for next season. The club's head coach Dan Murnane finds himself with a busy schedule as he now takes charge of the junior section and planning the winter practice/training sessions, as well as putting in some time coaching at the centre of excellence at Taunton. Dan, with the support of club member and fellow coach Neil Jones, was instrumental in organising the club involvement in the 'Chance to Shine ' initiative, which is designed to give opportunities in schools and clubs for children to play and learn through cricket. The initiative continues for another two years and next year will include more local schools and again more coaching volunteers.

During the holiday period the annual 'Summer Camp' held at Cloakham, the Spin Day, run by West of England spin bowling coach Paul Lawrence, and the three day's of coaching by the Peak Performance Team, led by Ben Wellington and ex Somerset and England bowler Richard Johnson, all proved popular. Richard will be one of the guests at the Axminster Town Cricket Club Colts' Presentation Evening on Friday, September 11, and both he and his fellow coaches have expressed a wish to return, both during the winter sessions and next season.

The practice/coaching sessions run by the club commence on Sunday, October 11, and anyone interested can obtain more information by contacting Dan (01297) 34376 or Phil (01297) 33621(email

l The annual club dinner will be held on Saturday, October 10 and the annual general meeting on Thursday, November 5. The club will always welcome new members of whatever age and experience, to participate as players, umpires, scorers or supporters.

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