Cricket Finally Makes a Return!
Great Harwood CC vs Great Harwood CC
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
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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