Dear Club Member,
I would like to take this opportunity to bring to your attention to what is happening at the club this season and alert you to key dates. This will replace the traditional Fixture Card covering such information and fixtures will be available on line via the club’s website.
Firstly, here are the important social/ fundraising events to put into your phone, diary or calendar.
|Spring work days||Saturday 17th and 31st March 9.30 a.m.||Vital for getting the ground and clubhouse ready for the season|
|Inter–club match||April 14th 12 noon onwards||Cancelled due to ground conditions!|
|Pre-season friendly||April 28th||V Ibis Mapledurham (H) 1.00|
|Final date for Membership subscription||April 30th||Future team selection will be based on paid up members|
|Quiz Night||Friday May 18th 7.30pm||Enter your team of 6. Ploughman’s supper.|
|WSL Fete||Saturday June 16th||Only one team playing(away), other club members expected to be available to help at the fete – a crucial fundraiser.|
|Nineties and Naughties Gig||Friday 13th July gates open 7pm||Help required with preparation and on the night|
|Race Night||Saturday 15th September||After President v Chairman’s game|
|Winter closedown||Saturday 29th September||Help required|
|Autumn Gig||Saturday 20th October||TBC|
At last year’s AGM, it was agreed that for a season’s trial, with certain exceptions (see below), Sunday fixtures would take the 20/20 format. This is an attempt to revitalise Sunday cricket which has been struggling both here at WSL and other clubs. Here is a list of some of our more important fixtures. The full schedule is available on the website or BCL website for league games.
|1st League Fixture||5th May||Ist XI away / 2nd XI home|
|Sunday 20/20 v Hawley||6th May||Home|
|Sunday 20/20 v Utopers||27th May||Home|
|Sunday 20/20 v Woodley||3rd June||Home|
|John Harris memorial match||Sunday 10th June 1.30pm||Wonderful tea provided/ 35 over game|
|Blueys||Friday 29th June||20/20 6pm|
|Sunday 20/20 v GX||1th July||Home|
|Luke Patel memorial match||Sunday 8th July||Fathers v Sons|
|Trustees match||Sunday 22nd July||Home 35 overs|
|Sunday 20/20 v Hawley||Aug 5th||Away|
|Wayfarers||Sunday 26th August||2 innings match|
|Earley 6-a side||Monday 27th||Existing champions!|
|President v Chairman’s Match||Saturday 15th September||35 over game by invitation|
We have much to do, as ever, in terms of getting the club ready for the approaching season. We will need additional support from players in the early part of the season due to a number of absences and unavailability. On the playing front, we continue to be under great pressure to field two sides in the BCL this year and player recruitment remains a priority. So if you hear of or know of anyone who would be interested please do steer them in our direction.
Best wishes for the season,
Chris England – Chairman WSL.CC.