Westbourne Cricket Club, West Sussex!
SEASON 2013 BEGINS! After what seemed like a never ending winter there is now less than a month to go until the start of the season. The fixture lists have been finalised, the net sessions have been organised and the players are chomping at the bit to get started.
Of course Westbourne Cricket Club (WCC) cannot function without the players and are always on the lookout for new teammates if you or know of anyone who might be interested. They are a friendly outfit who simply play for the love of the game, a bit of banter and naturally to sample some of the ales and beers at many of the south coast’s finer establishments after a match.
This season WCC play a game every Sunday from the 28 April through to 29 September and also a midweek evening twenty over match from mid May through to August. If you fancy having a go then why not come to the preseason net sessions on Sunday 14 and 21 April. Just contact the club captain Mark Haines whose details can be found at the bottom of this page.
Last year saw WCC have another good season winning more than they lost and considering the rain last summer played the majority of games. At the end of season awards dinner, held at The Stag, Mark Haines won the bowling award and Alex Bone the batting award. Player’s player of the year was awarded Dean Kehagias. Last year also saw a new award for Clubman of the Year, in honour of our good friend John Ayres who died just prior to last season, and was award to Stephen Malley.
Most importantly the club honoured Brian Hardy who announced his retirement from umpiring games at the end of the last season. Brian has been involved with WCC for nearly ten years since he moved to the village. During that time he has umpired nearly every game and if that was not enough he also manages to prepare the square for each home game. It is his hard work and dedication that enable the club to fulfil its fixtures and while he will continue to prepare the pitch during the week he sorely missed out in the middle, except of course when he giving us out or when he declares a sweetly timed six a dead ball! WCC would like to thank him for everything he has put into the club over the years and look forward to seeing him as a supporter at our home games this coming season.
This year WCC also has a weekend tour to Birdlip in Gloucestershire. The tour takes place from the 5-7 July and expects to play three games while getting the opportunity to have a little mischief in the evenings. WCC are also planning a fundraising BBQ in August which they hope will be attended by Westbourners to show support for their local team. More details of which will be announced in the coming months. This will be a great season to get involved with WCC, so once again if you are interested in playing for your local cricket team then please get in touch with the Club Captain Mark Haines.
WCC also has a Facebook page which is a great way of getting in touch with the club and join in some of the online tom foolery and a chance to see some photographs from some of the games. Should you wish to join WCC you will be made more than welcome and can be assured of a few laughs along the way.
If you are interested in playing whether you are new to the game or have not picked up a bat in years please contact the club captain... Mark Haines here!Stephen Malley