At the time of writing and at the halfway stage in the season, Calverton Cricket Club lie bottom of Division A of the Gunn and Moore South Notts Cricket League and still need to register a win.
Unavailability and inconsistent performances, both with bat and more latterly ball, allied to an increased level of competitiveness in the top division and the fact that most, if not all other sides have one or more star signings, means that relegation back to Division B is a distinct possibility.
Perhaps no bad thing, given the club’s current playing strength. After all, it’s no fun losing every week, although team spirit remains exceedingly high and we fight on.
By comparison, the Second XI have performed remarkably well. Apart from a couple of reversals and a rain-affected game, they have achieved emphatic victories which sees them lying third in Division J.
An influx of new players, the development of others and astute captaincy from Graham Waghorn seem to be the key factors. Well done. You deserve your success.
If ever the right decision was taken, it is surely our resignation from the Newark Sunday Cricket Alliance which has allowed us to play less frequent, friendly games against friendly opposition with winning important but not that much so.
Sides have been mixed and matched so that players of all ages and abilities get a game and the atmosphere has always been good and more importantly has produced an enjoyable time for all.
Our junior cricket goes from strength to strength. All hard ball sides and our Kwik Cricket team have performed well and our Friday night Club Night remains a huge success.
During the early part of the summer, Calverton CC ran the English Cricket Board’s Allstars programme, giving youngsters the opportunity to learn new skills, develop teamwork and gain confidence.
This culminated with some of the youngsters being given the opportunity to be flag bearers at Trent Bridge during Notts Outlaws’ opening T20 Blast game. Great fun was had by all.
Finally, I must turn to matters off the field which, arguably, offers the greatest excitement of all.
The club has embarked on an ambitious project to develop the pavilion by building a first-floor extension over the existing to provide dressing rooms, showers and a players viewing balcony.
The ground floor will be reconfigured to provide a larger social area and improved and enlarged catering facilities, as well as space for instruction and coaching to junior players, in particular.
Hopefully this project will be grant aided but the club is also committed to providing a substantial contribution to the overall cost.
Derek Pickering, the club chairman called the project “a reflection of the club’s ambition to improve our cricket offer to the local community and beyond and for all ages and abilities. Something which will be more than needed if we are to keep pace with our increasing number of players, particularly at junior level and the increasing demand for the use of our ground by other cricketing bodies and organisations”.
By Terry Lee