Clubs still waiting.
With the start of any form of cricket still appearing to be some way off, Sport Furness caught up with a few more local clubs to see how they are managing and what’s been happening around their clubs.
Tom Stanwix at Hawcoat Park CC had this to say;
“Everyone at Hawcoat Park is waiting patiently to see how much, if any, cricket we’ll be allowed to play this summer and in what form that may be. As a club we were very much looking forward to this season and thought we had a really good chance of building on our cup win last season. We haven’t been able to get into any training yet as the mower is out of action at Hawcoat currently but we’re hopefully going to have that sorted in the coming weeks and then I’ll be able to arrange some net sessions up there to get us back into it. We did very well as a club to raise over £1k for local food banks earlier on in lockdown and I think we can all be very pleased with our effort there. It will be interesting to see how the lockdown impacts the local game and participation long term but fingers crossed it will be for the better rather than the worse!”
Toms’ sentiments were echoed by Drew Postlethwaite at Haverigg CC;
2020 was an exciting year for Haverigg Cricket Club with the first team returning to the Cumbria Cricket Premier League. I personally was eager to get going and see how we faired coming off the back of the League & Cup double in 2019. We had a strong pre season with great numbers attending for both senior teams. Our relatively new U11 team we’re looking forward to a second season back in local league cricket and coaches were eager to see how the hard work over the winter had paid off. It was great to see a large number of the juniors back in the County and District set ups. Our juniors have been talking part in some “Drills @ Home” which have been set out by the coaches to keen them active. Off the field we had our usual popular functions lined up which would as ever provide the club with the income and fundraising to keep our poolside ground and facilities up to a high standard. Some of the the functions will be rescheduled for the winter or early 2021. The grounds team led by Alan Sharp have been keeping the ground in top condition which should stand us in great shape if cricket is to return this summer. It’s such a shame to walk past on a daily basis and see the sun shining down on the ground knowing there’s currently no play happening. As a club we are currently looking at ways in which can open the nets or mobile net facility which will allow us to then restart training following the ECB guidelines that have been released. We are hoping that this can be done over the next few weeks. From a game play perspective we are like everybody else, preparing behind the scenes, awaiting further guidelines and keeping our fingers crossed that some form of cricket can return this summer when safe to do so. Whether that be small sided fixtures, regionalised competitions or in house games. Statement from club committee – We have been releasing a monthly bulletin on the clubs social media pages and would urge all members and players to keep a look out for updates in these bulletins. All at Haverigg CC hope that all clubs around the county are surviving during these testing times and when cricket does return its enjoyed again by all!