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Cricket Club News

2nd of November 2007

During what seemed like the shortest summer in living memory the Cricket club strived to provide entertainment on the common despite the vagaries of the weather. At least the grass did well and the playing area retained a green hue long after it would normally have turned brown.

The playing strength of the club was maintained and the first eleven, after at one stage looking doomed to relegation, finished a creditable 14th in the league on Saturdays. Well done to Alex Moore and his lads. New players joined the club mid season and we look to have a more competitive start next year.

The second eleven, under the guidance of Martin Oliver, won 6 of their fixtures to finish 9th, not too far from a promotion spot. Their achievement was all the more encouraging due to the presence in the side of many younger players from the under 15 age group who acquitted themselves well and we have high hopes for the future.

Results on Sunday were slightly disappointing and saw the Sunday first eleven relegated to division two of the Chess Valley League. However social cricket on Sundays continued to flourish and the club fielded two sides most Sundays to ensure active sport for those who prefer to play the game in a somewhat less competitive atmosphere.

The youth section fielded four sides this year, two at under fifteen level together with under 12s and under 10s. Unfortunately many of the planned fixtures were rain affected and the youngsters did not get to play as often as we would like. The under 15 A side finished a lowly ninth in the table but did defeat local rivals Kings Langley, Hemel Town and Abbots – always satisfactory. The under 15 B side played in a non-competitive structure and enjoyed a happy season on many occasions supplying players to the A team. The under 12s surprised everyone to finish fifth in a very strong league winning as many games as they lost, congratulations to their captain Oliver Holt. The under 10s only recorded one victory but due to their small squad they fielded a much under age team which showed it could hold its own against older players. Training continued for the youngsters throughout the summer and thanks must be recorded to the dedicated coaches Bill Hampson, Jim Carson, Malcolm Leach and Holly Atkins. Training will continue through the winter at indoor nets and consideration is being given to sending young players on fast track intensive courses organised by the ECB.

Many social activities have been held during the year but the highlight without doubt was the Summer Ball on the Common. This years was the biggest ever with 339 guests enjoying a fine meal followed by some energetic dancing to live music in a magnificent marquee and our thanks go to Adrian and Nikki Perkins for their Herculean efforts in organisation. Apart from proving a memorable night’s entertainment for many villagers the function provided much-needed funds for the club to offset the loss of income due to the weather. Also ensuring that the club will be able to afford to keep the playing area of the Common looking as beautiful as ever and providing a sporting facility for young and old at a reasonable cost.

Our thanks also go to the Parish Council and Dacorum for the support and encouragement we receive from them in our endeavours. The ground has now been ‘put to bed for the winter by our dedicated groundsmen Malcolm and Robin and the older members have six months to recover from all the niggling injuries before donning their whites in an effort to rekindle the glory days of youth or do I really mean the fools in flannels will be at it again next summer. Chris Bangs, Chairman CCC


Afternoon W.I.

It’s been a busy, exciting year. How it has flown by, with just two meetings left. November 20 is our AGM where we adjust the committee and December 4 is our Christmas Celebration. We always give a warm welcome to anyone who wants to join us, and we have had some new members this year. Our meetings take place in the Village Hall and start at 2pm on the third Tuesday in the month.

Evening W.I.

Mr John Neal recently addressed our group. He reminisced in an amusing yet informative manner on his 27 year career with the Metropolitan Police, highlighting the differences in policing methods between his period in service and the present day.

Thirteen members visited the Paper Trail at Frogmore Mill, Apsley, during September and had a very interesting morning’s tour, followed by lunch at the Paper Mill Public House.

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