Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from Great Harwood Cricket Club

Whilst it has been a year to forget for so many of us, one no-one would wish to repeat, we’d like to end the year by wishing all our members, supporters, players and sponsors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We look forward to welcoming you all back to Cliffe Park early in 2021.

Art Prints of Great Harwood CC for sale – just in time for Christmas!

Looking for that extra special Christmas present? Well we’ve got something for you……….

Specially commissioned by a club member, local artist Colin Livesey has produced a number of signed prints of his landscape work of our very picturesque clubhouse, mid-game.

If you look closely enough, you can probably identify, who we were playing, who was batting and bowling, right down to which spectators are watching the game from their traditional positions!

Art prints sized at 18″ x 12″ are available to buy at just £25. If you wish for us to include a white mount, they are priced at £35. (Frames are not included)

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GREAT HARWOOD CRICKET CLUB

These are limited edition prints, signed by the artist himself. So, get in touch early to avoid disappointment.

Contact chairman@gtharwoodcc.co.uk for more details.

You can also check out more of Colin’s wonderful work via his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Colin-Livesey-Art-815087035319407

Captains appointed for 2021 season

The Committee of Great Harwood CC are delighted to announce the appointment of our team captains for the 2021 season.

Allan Armer

1st XI

Allan Armer has been appointed as our 1st XI captain, replacing Matt Oddie who stood down in 2020. The Committee would like to express our thanks to Matt for his service as captain, and wish him well as he returns to the playing ranks.

Allan has captained the 1st XI on a permanent basis before, most notably in 2008 when he led the club to its first Ribblesdale Cricket League title in 108 years. Stuart Maher has been appointed as his vice-captain. We wish them both every success in what we hope will be a season where normality returns to all our lives!

Paul Houldsworth

2nd XI

For the first time in our club’s history we have taken the decision to appoint joint 2nd XI captains in the shape of Russell Whalley & Paul Houldsworth. They bring a combined wealth of priceless experience as they are tasked with developing the next generation of 1st XI cricketers.

3rd XI

Richard Law-Riding will continue to lead our 3rd XI in 2021 and continue his work in developing our junior players into senior cricket in a competitive environmment.

Liam Noon

4th XI

We are also delighted that the continued hardwork of our junior section, led by our coordinator Mick Deasey and his cohort of brilliant managers and coaches, has neccesitated the introduction of our first-ever 4th XI, entered into the Lancashire League Third Divisions alongside our 3rd XI.

We anticipate that this team will allow those keen junior players the opportunity of more senior cricket, to help their development into the next generations of 1st XI cricketers.

We are delighted that Liam Noon has agreed to take on the role of our inaugural 4th XI captain. We wish him all the best for the season ahead.

Ladies Team

Our Ladies Team will once again be led by Vicky Cocken, as the team look to develop throughout 2021 having almost all of their 2020 season wiped out by the COVID-19 crisis

Clubhouse open this evening at 6.00 p.m.

Members! The cricket season may be over with but you can still support YOUR club!

The clubhouse and bar will be open this Friday evening (2nd October) for members and their guests from 6.00pm to last orders at 9.30pm. Covid guidelines will be followed with limited numbers seated and table service only. We ask that everyone have left the premises by 10.00pm.

Should more members and guests wish to come along than we can accommodate, we may have to turn some people away. We do however thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding regarding this matter.

Thikshila De Silva to return as pro in 2021

The Committee of Great Harwood Cricket Club are delighted to confrm that we have again secured the services of professional Thikshila ‘Sanka’ De Silva for the 2021 season.

This is following his successful stint in 2019 and our mutual agreement that he would not be in a position to take up the role in the delayed 2020 season which has just concluded.

Sanka signs again!

In 2019 he scored 838 runs and took 51 wickets in all competitions, with his remarkable 141 against East Lancs the highlight of an entertaining season.

Chairman Stuart Maher said:

‘We are delighted to have secured Sanka’s services at this early stage as we look to plan for 2021 and beyond. It will help us with our ongoing planning and development needs to have him in place for next year and allow us to plan properly throughout the winter.’

‘His attitude from the day he arrived at our club has been nothing short of exceptional, and he has kept in regular touch with all our players since his return to Sri Lanka in September 2019.’

‘We fully believe that notwithstanding the current climate, whereby the very question as to whether we should even have professionals in our leagues has been widey discussed, we feel that he – and the many exceptional talents that have come before him – make such a difference to our club and had no hesitation in re-signing him for 2021.’

‘The example he sets on the field at both practice and in matches to all players, both seniors and juniors, is testament to what he brings to our club. He will continue to help push our players to improve their games, and we can’t wait to have him back with us in April 2021.’

Weekend Report – Cricket Finally Makes a Return!

Cricket Finally Makes a Return!

Great Harwood CC vs Great Harwood CC

Team News

Sunday saw our first senior friendly of the season, as our squad took the field in an “Old v Young” inter club battle. Our talented young players taking on the
experience (many years of it) of our senior players. A bit like cricket meets Cocoon!

Team News: Captains Matt Oddie and Jack have 13 players to rotate in the field as well as bat, so it should make for a good game.

Umpires today who are giving their time up to manage proceedings are Wayne Fitzharris and Paul Clifford. Thanks chaps.

Scorers are Tim Holden and his son Ciaran. Thanks for your support “The Holdens”.

Team Experience vs Team Inexperience

Match Report

For anyone that thought the break in our cricketing calendar would mean I would have retired the pen, I have decided to continue for what is going to be a short season.

As I approach the ground, the sun is out so makes for a good day. There are already several spectators on the ground as the game starts…more than what is usually on for a 1st team fixture. Not just me pleased to see cricket back then.

Our “oldies” to bat first with Allan Armer and Mohammed ‘Shak’ Shakeel taking the crease. They proceed to get off to a quick start racking up the runs in not too many overs, and not long before Allan retires on 31. Maybe experience is going to show today.

As Matt rotates the bowlers for our young guns, they seem to get a foothold in the game and start restricting runs, which is helped by the wicket of Shak, bowled by Caleb for 27. In comes Andy Brown who gets 11 off 18 balls, and then out LBW by young Kasim. He is followed to the crease by Kaz who amasses 15 runs before being caught behind off the bowling of Matt.

The wickets that follow are shared around with Captain Matt getting the wickets of Hamza and Jack, Marcus bowling Liam, and wickets for Ishmael, Alex and Adam.

Good bowling performance all round with young Kasim getting 3 wickets for 7 runs, Adam 3 wickets for 23 runs and Alex 2 for 29 runs. The “oldies” innings totals 143….something to chase for the “youngies”.

2nd innings starts with Harris and Caleb opening. Stuart Maher to open bowling from the Dog & Otter end…..not sure what has happened but after bowling a successful delivery, Stu gestures to the umpire Mr Clifford…must have expected a wide

Adam to open at the scoreboard end. 20 minutes in after a slow run start, strike bowler Paul Newton gets the first wicket of Harris bowled for 8. In comes new signing Reece Willets. Alongside Caleb a partnership is forming, which results in Reece retiring on 30 runs from 40 balls. Good effort. In comes Monday….sorry Chris Oddie….who after scoring 5 is bowled by Stuart. Captain Matt in next as our “youngies” seem to be top loading the order with experience. Unfortunately, after getting 8 runs, Matt is stumped off the bowling of Paul Newton. Caleb still there…

In comes Thomas Newton to face his Dad’s bowling….Chance! Luckily for Thomas MC Hammer was the catcher. Dropped! Thomas then proceeds to hit a couple of fine shots off the bowling of Stuart. Thomas eventually succumbs to the bowling of Kaz Masood who bowls the young lad. In comes Ismheel who unfortunately gets a duck as experienced bowler Paul Newton takes his  wicket….as he does with Ethan for another duck….got the “youngies” on the ropes here.

Oh yes…and Caleb still there…

In comes Adam Masood…23 runs needed. He proceeds to play some nice shots. Caleb still there…

Wicket! – Caleb finally out for 29 having lasted the full innings. 29 from 100 balls. Is it me or does he look a little older as he comes off the field?!

He has been there a while…

Before

After

In comes Joel, who doesn’t last long and is bowled by Abid for 1. Young Kaz in next who battles away for 5 runs before being stumped off the bowling of Abid. Alex in next… with 7 balls to go. Swings and misses. 1 Over left…..boom…..6 from Adam. Game over and the “youngies” win and very close encounter.

What an advert for Great Harwood Cricket Club and our youth development. Well done everyone….it’s great to be back.

Player of the Match

There were some good performances across both teams today. Batting wise including Allan Armer’s 31, Thomas Newton’s bludgeoning 4’s &
Caleb’s 29. Bowling wise included wickets from a few of our young senior players including Kasim, Marcus and Alex.

Overall the man of the match for his bowling performance of 7 overs, 4 wickets for 10 runs… Paul Newton

Support your Club

As we reopen our doors to our members, your safety is our main concern. A lot of work has gone into making the club safe following the governments advice on social distancing. We want everyone to feel comfortable in and out of the club at all times.

When you use our club, you are asked to fill in a form giving your personal details using the QR Reader on your phone. Whilst in and around the club there are sanitiser stations and posters advising you at all times.

Drinks can be ordered to tables which are clearly marked inside and out.

As you can see in the photos, the club is ready and awaiting your support….we look forward to seeing you all.

Weekly Round Up

Training took place throughout the week in the lead up to our weekend of friendlies. We have had in excess of 25 people training which is great to see.

Great also to see our Ladies Team come together on Friday for their first training session up at The Cliffe.

Also worthy of a mention – what a great job our volunteers and committee have done in getting the club ready for re-opening including preparing the clubhouse, ground, deep cleaning and many more activities…..including our Chairman  Stuart spending a lot of time laminating…when I asked him how it was going, he said…he had it covered!

I am sure you will all agree how well the ground looked this weekend.

A final mention has to go out to John Seedle and his team for their work down in the Practice area. It looks absolutely fantastic and makes a massive difference to our club. Great job.

Now work underway extending the patio area…..watch this space.

In Remembrance

It is with great sadness Great Harwood Cricket Club lost 2 of its members this week.

Russ Cuddihy passed away peacefully this week. Russ had a lifelong involvement in cricket both as a player and a coach and had a passion for grass roots cricket across the board. He also actively coached our ladies side. All our thoughts go out to Victoria and the family at this difficult time.

We are also remembering one of our former 1st XI players who has passed away following a short illness. John Whitehead will be sadly missed as he had close ties with our club. Again, our thoughts go out to his daughter Hannah and the family.

What’s Next?

Next weekend sees the inaugural “Graham Porter Challenge Trophy” between GHCC and our close rivals and neighbours Rishton CC. Graham was well known across the local sporting scene spending his time watching non-league football as well as supporting both our clubs. Having left money to both ourselves and Rishton, this memorial trophy will be played in his honour and memory.

The games start on Saturday 18th July, with a 3rd XI fixture at The Cliffe against a Rishton 3rd XI where 2 points for the winner will be played for. Sunday 19th July then sees a double header fixture with our 1st XI at home and the 2nd XI at Rishton with 3 points and 2 points available respectively.

The winning club over the 3 games will win the trophy and at the start of every season going forwards the trophy will be played for.

Please come along and support both clubs.

Upcoming Fixtures

The 2020 season sees us all impacted by the current pandemic, as we are all  coping through very difficult times. The cricket season has been cut short and looking to restart in August. This will see us play some of our near neighbours in a Group format, as we look forward to getting back to some normality. As we restart cricket, there is no better time to support your local club.

Are you interested in partnering with Great Harwood Cricket Club?

We have a wide range of sponsorship opportunities, suitable for any budget. These include Team Sponsorship, Advertising Boards, Matchday Sponsorship and Ball Sponsorship. We are also open to discussing bespoke opportunities with you.

For further information please contact club secretary Richard Law-Riding on 07841 901694 or email us at info@greatharwoodcc.co.uk.

We Need You to support “Your Club”

The Graham Porter Challenge Trophy

Both Rishton & Great Harwood Cricket Clubs are delighted to announce that this coming weekend we will compete for the inaugural Graham Porter Challenge Trophy.

Graham has been a wonderful friend to both clubs, and his legacy had been invested by both clubs in their facilities in recent years. We are both indebted to him for all he has helped us improve at both our facilities in the last couple of years.

So with that in mind, and to carry on our ‘friendly’ local rivalry, we are delighted to have agreed 3 competitive fixtures taking place across the weekend of 18th/19th July.

The Graham Porter Challenge Trophy will have 7 points available.

A 3rd XI fixture held at Great Harwood CC on Saturday 18th July 2020 will be worth 2 pts to the victor.

On Sunday 19th July 2020, our 2nd XI and 1st XI will face off.

At Rishton, our 2nd XIs will face off in a contest worth 2 pts

At Great Harwood, our 1st XI’s will face off in an all-amateur match worth 3 pts

All matches will be over 40 overs and will start at 1.00 p.m.

The club with the most points at the conclusion of all 3 ties will take home the Graham Porter Challenge Trophy.

And the Trophy will be played for as annual event thereafter

We hope you can support our brilliant community clubs on what will hopefully be a brilliant weekend.

 

John Curran, Chairman (Rishton) & Stuart Maher, Chairman (Great Harwood)

Cricket is back! With a Talent Showcase, in Great Harwood’s Biggest & Best Beer Garden

We are delighted to be in a position to host some live entertainment for you this weekend, in what promises to be improved, sunny and warm weather.

We have not one but THREE games for you to enjoy, as we showcase our talented cricketers in an inter-club festival of cricket.

We start on Saturday from 1.00 p.m. as our junior cricket co-ordinator Mick Deasey showcases our Under 13s and Under 11s in a mixed battle, before our Under 15s & Under 17s face off from approximately 4.00 p.m.

Then on Sunday, our club Committee will show showcase our senior players as they take to the field in a ‘Young v Old’ battle. Our talented but youthful senior players will take on their experienced teammates in a 40-over battle commencing at 1.00 p.m.

The Green Cafe will be serving from our kitchens via the rear door on both days, and our bar will be open, and following our already-announced social-distancing measures.

We hope the weather will hold so that we can also showcase all our hard work which has gone in to the club during lockdown for the benefit of you all.

Clubhouse re-opening Saturday 4th July from 2 p.m.

We are delighted to be in a position to re-open our doors to our wonderful members and their guests from this Saturday, 4th July. Our Committee have worked wonders in their limited spare time to have our facilities ready for you to re-open from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday 4th July 2020

The club has not been sitting idly by in our imposed hiatus from cricket, and thanks to our volunteers significant areas of our club have been improved in recent months. We hope you will take time out of your weekend, or in the coming days and weeks, to come and appreciate all the hard work that has been put in for everyone’s benefit.

We re-open this weekend on Saturday only, but remain closed on Sunday owing to the lack of any cricket.

We will then re-open on Monday to Friday evenings from 6.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. to complement our junior and senior practice sessions which have been exceptionally well run since early June, closely following ECB guidance to ensure they have been conducted in an appropriately safe manner.

Now all we need is some proper cricket!

We have implemented safeguards and protections for the benefit of both our staff and our members and their guests, and we will undoubtedly learn from our initial re-opening and the service limitations and adapt these safeguards accordingly.

We will announce further information, including any amended opening times, on our social media feeds. We hope you can come and support your club. We rely heavily on our bar for our income to support all of our activities, and your support in these coming weeks and months will be appreciated.

Our aim – as always – is to provide a safe environment for our members and their guests. Our approach to COVID-19 has been no different. When you come to visit, you will notice a few keys differences:

  • Hand sanitisation stations will be available at all entry points to our clubhouse
  • In order to comply with our NHS Test & Trace obligations, on entry you will be asked to scan a QR code in order to provide your contact details which we will retain for a period of 21 days. Staff will provide assistance to any member or guest who requires it.
  • In order to maintain social distancing, our indoor capacity has been reduced to a maximum of 58 people. Table seating is restricted to 14 separate tables. Advance booking is therefore recommended. Please contact info@gtharwoodcc.co.uk to confirm your reservation
  • Members and guests must refrain from moving any tables or chairs. To do so will reduce the capacity available to us
    Service will be by table service only, both indoors and outdoors. There will be no service at the bar, for the protection of our staff at this time. Our staff will be on hand to take your order and keep you well hydrated.
  • Contactless payments by card is preferred, but payment by cash will be accepted.
  • Members and their guests are reminded of the strict social distancing guidelines:
    Indoors – there is a maximum of 2 households per table
    Outdoors – there is maximum of 6 people from any households at a table
  • Members must remain seated and are not permitted to move between tables due to government guidelines
  • Children are always welcome at our club, but all parents or carers or reminded of their obligations to ensure their children abide by all social distancing guidelines
  • All toilets are restricted to a maximum of two persons at any one time

We would also take the opportunity to remind everyone that owing to the terms of our licence, membership of our club is required to take advantage of our facilities. For more details, please see here: https://gtharwoodcc.co.uk/the-club/club-membership.html

We would remind all members and their guests that these rules are not imposed by us, but have been imposed upon us. Our staff will take time to get to grips with them too, so your support and understanding will be appreciated.

Any questions can, as always be directed to your club Chairman, Stuart Maher: chairman@gtharwoodcc.co.uk, or Secretary, Richard Law-Riding: secretary@gtharwoodcc.co.uk

We hope to see you soon.

Prospects Foundation Windfall aids Cliffe Park Environmental Project

Great Harwood Cricket Club is delighted to report that we have been awarded funding of £1000 from the PROSPECTS Foundation, under their Windfall fund, which will facilitate the development of a food and wildlife garden at Cliffe Park.

Those of you who have visited the club through lockdown will have seen that extensive work, led by Mick Deasey and John Seedle, has already been carried out in regard to this project, and we aim to have this area, which surrounds the existing cricket practice facility, ready for when restrictions ease to the point we can welcome you all back to enjoy some cricket and refreshments.

The PROSPECTS Foundation is Hyndburn’s community owned environmental charity, who aim to improve people’s quality of life through positive environmental action. Through providing practical assistance to develop environmental projects; Windfall grants to support community initiatives; a range of volunteer opportunities and a wide range of accredited training courses, they seek to inspire young people; improve health and wellbeing, support communities, improve the environment and encourage sustainable living. For further information visit their website, https://prospectsfoundation.org.uk/

We would like to put on record out thanks to Julie Livesey and Alison Silver at Prospects Foundation, and to Wendy Litherland who along with Mick Deasey co-ordinated our application.

We’ll keep you updated on progress providing images once the project is complete.

Windfall Fund logo

COVID-19 – A Message From Our Chairman

I wanted to follow up on the statement back in the middle of March, which now seems so long ago, to update members, supporters, sponsors and guests and outline where we are as a club.

The circumstances in which we find ourselves are unprecedented. The combined effects of the coronavirus outbreak and the consequential financial impact continues to be unpredictable, and for many clubs it may have long lasting, severe consequences. This simply has not happened before, in any of our lifetimes. There is no obvious way out of the mess in which we find ourselves. There isn’t a manual to read.

I fear that competitive sport at all levels will find itself way down the pecking order when it comes to a return to ‘normality’. Our function room and clubhouse are likely to be even further away from returning to unrestricted use to support our members, their guests and our wider local community.

As a club, we do however go into this uncertain future in a relatively strong position. For our club to survive, and then to thrive, it needs all of its parts to work together. This includes our officials and management committee, our players and coaching teams, our junior members and their wider families, and our sponsors need to work together. Never has the spirit of ‘My Club. Your Club. Our Club been more readily needed from us all.

I am delighted that all of those different groups of people are addressing their responsibilities for the good of the club. Many members are using their new-found spare time without cricket to volunteer their services with Hyndburn Hub, supporting our most vulnerable members of our local communities. This is something of which we are very proud.

Our government’s financial help has been welcome, and we are grateful to members for renewing their subscriptions, notwithstanding the prospect of limited or no cricket in 2020. If you have yet to do so, and can financially, please do renew your subscription as soon as you are able.

That said, the threat to our club, like many others, is very real. We have very limited means to guide us safely through. We cannot adequately protect visitors to our facilities, and have had to close them for the safety of our local communities.

We have been guided by the ECB, LCF, and the Lancashire League as well as Public Health England. We will ensure we continue to be so guided by a few key principles in the months ahead:

  1. The management committee are working tirelessly to manage the massive financial impact that this outbreak has imposed upon us. The sensible financial stewardship that the club has benefited from over the past decade leaves us well placed to weather this significant storm, when others sadly may not. It will not pose a threat to our existence, and we hope to come out of this crisis stronger than ever.
  2. The safety and well-being of all of our members, staff, volunteers and visitors remains our priority. We were ahead of the curve in taking action to protect the health of our community, by closing our facility to the public. We are aware that our facility, views and open spaces are magnets to people seeking fresh air and outdoor activities. We could not stand by and risk the health of any individual. Whilst may of our players expressed a desire to continue to use our facilities, we were conscious of not allowing any perceived short term gain to risk those individuals health and welfare.
  3. Your club benefits from a wonderful committee with a vast array of different skill sets which complement one another to the club’s significant advantage. They will continue to take decisions which will ensure that your club is in good shape when a return to cricket is permitted.

What we do need right now is some direction from central government and the cricket authorities to enable us to better plan for our future. But until that arrives, and into the future, we will need your help to get back on our feet.

There is no obvious way out of this. But so many of us have so much of ourselves invested in the club we love that we will make one. We will come out of the other side. Whatever is to happen, we will make it happen with the long-term future of our club in mind and the community it serves at its heart.

Thank you all for your support.

Stuart Maher

Chairman

Coronavirus Update – All Cricket Suspended

Following the recommendations & advice received from the England & Wales Cricket Board today, all recreational cricket at all levels is suspended until further notice.

You can read the ECB’s announcement here: https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1646355

We did however find some time to play some competitive junior cricket before the outbreak. Congratulations to our U-9 and U-15 teams who won their respective competitions. First two cups on the shelf!

There are however some important announcements to make:

1.    Junior Training – following the announcement all remaining indoor training session for juniors have been cancelled. Please keep an eye on the club’s information sources for details of when these will recommence in the blistering sunshine of early-Summer 2020.2. Ladies Cricket – training sessions are also cancelled until further notice. Announcements will be made in due course when outdoor training is scheduled to recommence.

3. Senior Men’s Cricket – all indoor sessions have been cancelled. Announcements will be made to players in respect of outdoor practice sessions, which will be linked to ECB advice.

4. All scheduled cricket fixtures at every level – Men’s, Ladies and Junior cricket – have been postponed. No start date for the 2020 season is yet proposed. Please monitor our website and social media feeds, which we will update once we receive further information from our respective league administrators.

We as a club face an uncertain financial future, and challenging times ahead. We hope that we can reply on you, our members, supporters and followers, to help us in the future.