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A review of 2017

The Spring of 2017 brought the realisation of the number of players leaving prior to the 2017 season. After the success of 2016 the year ahead was going to be hard going. Credit must be given to both captains leading new players in to the season.

At the end of Spring the Natwest Cricketforce was an immense success again and was the start of great teamwork for the season ahead. A big thank-you to those who helped from the club and to Chris from Oaken Interiors, Simon Bradbury (SB Tree & Garden Solutions) and Mike Allen (Wolverhampton Handyman) for their help.

Pre-Season nets brought fresh faces to the club and were again held at Dawley Phoenix Academy and were well attended buy seniors and juniors. The introduction of Cookie Patel was a success with coaching and developing our youth both pre-and early season.

1st XI cricket was challenging to be polite having lost at least 10 of the team from 2016 and most of the successful 2nd XI Reserve Division III winning team stepped up to play 1st XI cricket. The new 1st XI was led by Adam Shimmons and played with great team spirit throughout. The lows of losing were brightened with some great individual performances in particular from Ismail Anwar who will be moving on 2018, I wish him all the best for the future. A rear-guard display of batting late season against Ludlow ended a run of defeats and showed great determination from the team. This determination and spirit shown in 2017 will without doubt make us stronger in 2018.

2nd XI cricket started well with a win away too much fancied Lilleshall. Captained by Mick Woodhouse the team like the 1st XI introduced many new players who have enjoyed the season and though they finished just above the proposed relegation spots and could easily of finished mid table having lost a few very tight matches during the season. A thank-you to “Woody” for his hard work off the field in chasing players for weekend and leading a new look team so well and making all the new players so welcome. Like the 1st team I am confident that the progress through the season of the team will leave us in good stead for 2018

Sunday Cricket again was a remarkable success for Social Cricket. Despite losing a few fixtures for various reasons, new players were introduced to cricket and the club by “Lord” Will Hurford and cricket was a winner (in the words of Richard Wild) Thanks to Will for your leadership.

Behind every team at home there is always a fantastic tea and a thank-you to the ladies (and gents) for your hard work. The newly introduced Saturday rota worked well and will hopefully be used again in 2018.                                               

Junior Cricket – the future of the club saw the introduction of the ECB`s “Allstar Cricket” for 5 to 8 year olds and was well attended. The new kit and coaching plans worked well and with thanks to our two Allstar Activators Helen Hurford and Karyn Shimmons for leading this new initiative which I am sure will benefit the club in future years. Albrighton CC managed to fulfil all of its U11 and U13 junior fixtures and both teams were a great credit to the hard work coaches had put in to their training sessions. This year the club has put forward a number of juniors to county and district trials. I would also like to thank Patrick & Claire Hyde for the purchase of the junior bowling machine that has been well used already. A big thank you to our Junior Coaching team and Friday night crew for making Junior cricket so enjoyable and to the parents for all their support.

The club has been busy too off the field…

A tribute to the club this season has been how well the ground has looked and wicket played and a thanks to all who have helped with groundwork. In the close season the ground has been put to bed by Mike Humphries more professionally so hopefully will improve even more in 2018.

As always, a big thank you to the committee who have supported me well in my many roles and without them the club would not run so smoothly. Again, the teamwork at functions held at the club has been exceptional. The income from social events are the core to the clubs sustainability and must be more supported by members. To single out Mick Woodhouse for organising the successful Big Bash Music Festival and thank all those who helped with the event. Each event held at the club whether organised by the committee or weddings/parties is double edged, bringing in much needed income and spreading the word to the community of Albrighton Cricket Club.

The clubs accounts are stable once again and a credit to Karyn`s hard work and pride with every detail, there have been big expenses this year with Bar equipment and new boiler to name a couple of things yet the club still is financially strong. The team behind the bar lead by Matt Wilson has helped generate good income to the club in many events this year.  

The Albrighton Cricket Club Community Fund team worked well with its Charity Walk to Edgbaston and the Big Bash raising funds for “MIND”

To move “Onwards and Upwards” we must support the club both off the field at events and volunteer to help and show the enthusiasm of 2017 on the field in 2018. Overall 2017 has been challenging however the key words as mentioned before are teamwork and enjoyment and I am sure such a season will make the club stronger as lessons have been learnt and the vibe within the club is without doubt stronger than previous season. The club knows we need to recruit again and with the help of determination of the committee and spreading the word by members I am already looking forward to the 2018 season ahead.

May I thank all for 2017 and wish you all

Darren Shimmons


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