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Cricket Club News

2nd of June 2004

Another season is upon us and a new challenge faces the club – to attempt to reverse the downward trend which saw us relegated last year. Mick Garrini has taken over as captain of the 1st eleven and, with the help of some old stalwarts and an infusion of fresh blood from Australia, hopes for a more successful campaign are high.
The club has for the first time entered the National Village Knock Out Cup, so watch the local press for progress. As well as the usual Saturday and Sunday league programme, entries into the Watford Observer and Hemel Gazette mid-week knock out cups should provide some entertaining matches. Training for senior players is held on The Common on Thursday evenings, 6pm onwards, so if you are new to the village turn up and try your luck, even if you don’t enjoy cricket the bar will be open.
This year colts evening is Tuesday and we are training under 15’s, under 12’s (who are also playing in a league competition) and 9/10 year olds. Our aim is to make it as much fun as we can, so any budding Darren Goughs or Michael Vaughans please come and join us.
One area which has caused great concern is the condition of the outfield which, during the prolonged dry spell last summer, died in a number of places. We were, with help from the Parish Council, planning a major overhaul this spring but the work could have been wasted if another drought occurred. As a temporary measure, we have applied fertiliser which, at the time of writing, looks to have solved part of the problem. If necessary, we plan to have the major work done at the end of the season and would ask all to understand that it may be necessary to restrict access on to that area in order for it to return to its former glory.
Chris Bangs, Chairman

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