Church Eaton Cricket Club
Church Eaton Cricket Club had every reason to celebrate at their annual presentation night, which was held at Church Eaton Village Hall on 26th October. It has been a bumper year of exponential success and growth for Church Eaton Cricket Club, with the 1st team being promoted to the next division after being unbeaten all season, the first ever women’s team being successfully formed and the junior teams showing ever increasing promise.
The 1st Team captained by Andy Greaves proved to be a force to be reckoned with all of 2018 season, being unbeaten all season which has resulted in the 1st Team being promoted to the division 7 of the North Staffordshire South Cheshire Cricket League. Andy modestly put the success of the 1st Team down to “a balance of youth and experienced players who committed to developing their individual performance and establishing a positive team spirit which showed on the pitch.”
The 1st Team’s promotion saw them collecting the league trophy and a cheque of £100 as well as celebrated Dan Smith achieving the highest batting average throughout the entire league. Unfortunately, Dan was unable to collect his award for the highest batting average at the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Cricket Leagues annual presentation night.
The junior sections continue to grow in numbers across all age ranges, with the children’s successes also being celebrated at the club’s annual presentation night. Individual junior members Doug and Dan Hughes have made the final 24 juniors for the County Development Squad, Keira Parkes making the Under 15’s County Team, Kirsty Hughes being selected for the Under 15’s development squad and Ben Parlato making the Under 11’s district team. A fantastic achievement which the club are extremely proud.
Junior Coordinator and Welfare Officers Stuart Goddard and Adrian Melbourne along with a dedicated group of coaches have helped to maintain and grow the numbers of boys and girls developing in cricket as well as offering a valuable opportunity to establish friendships.
2018 has seen the first ever Women’s Soft Ball cricket team at Church Eaton Cricket Club, with a majority of the women having no experience of playing cricket, with some players stating that the closest they had come to playing cricket in the past was to wash their children or husbands’ whites! Despite this lack of experience the women have proved to be a force to be reckoned with on the pitch despite the prosecco warm ups… the Women’s Team Captain – Amanda Whitehouse said that she believed the “great team spirit and enthusiasm” were the key ingredients which make the women’s team so enjoyable to all the women regardless of age, ability and experience.
Club Secretary – Victoria Chinchen said that it is her aim to attract more players and supporters of all ages and ability in 2019, however she is especially keen to continue reaching out to women who would like to either increase their fitness and/or want to play soft ball cricket. Victoria added that in 2018 the club has received some fantastic feedback about the positive, family friendly and encouraging atmosphere provided to all the adult and junior sections at the club which seems to help build positive teams as well as a great social environment. As part of the drive to attract more women to the club and raise awareness of women in cricket the club intend on hosting Church Eaton Cricket Club’s first ever women’s soft ball tournament within the Staffordshire and Shropshire league in 2019.
Training in readiness for the 2019 season for men, women and junior sections is scheduled to commence at Graham Balfour School in January 2019.
If you are interested in joining the club as a player or supporter, you can contact the club secretary – Victoria Chinchen on 07712193829 or via email; firstname.lastname@example.org
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