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CHAIRMAN’S NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2022

Dear Members / Players / Socialites

The Season is well underway now and what a start – seventeen wins out of twenty in the League with our top three teams top or joint top of their Divisions and plenty more to come. The Midweek teams have also started well, and Sunday games are just round the corner as indeed is the Sixth team.  As I have stated before, it is important that the players make themselves known to their captains and the best way to do that is to use the Doodle system, so please start doodling.

https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/aKr11jze

We are still recruiting new adult players for all sides and some of the older age groups so let us know if you want to dust down your whites.
We continue the Youth Indoor Nets at 6.30 p.m. Tuesdays for U15, Chalkwell Park for U13 and 6.45 p.m. on Thursday for adults all at Westcliff High School for Boys, and they are going well although we could still do with a higher turnout for the latter.  Also, the Friday night sessions for U11 are going well and of course you can always turn up to support the players and the Bar.
As I have been reporting for some time, we are pushing on with refurbishing the Nets and artificial wicket at Chalkwell Park namely:
  1. Replace the artificial surfaces in the Nets and on the square utilising a national professional firm COMPLETED
  2. Purchase portable nets (identical to those used by Leigh on Sea CC for a couple of years now) and house them in the Nets area to ward off vandals but then be able to wheel them onto the square for practice WORK PLANNED FOR MID JUNE (pushed back due to issues with the Chinese manufacturers)
  3. Erect a new gate utilising a different professional contractor so that the four metre nets can be wheeled in and out COMPLETED
  4. Make good some worn or vandalised areas in the Nets to provide better security COMPLETED

Annual subs are moving along but we still have a few outstanding, so please pay them as soon as you can (remember it is a £30 discount for adults paying by the end of May).  We do need to rebuild our reserves following the work on the Nets plus the usual maintenance work. I attach the subscription form as a reminder.

Our First team Scorer, Harry Pitchforth , will be missing for the games on 4th and 11th of June (THIS and NEXT Saturday) due to his Finals, so I am hoping that someone can step up and take his place. The First team will lose points if we do not provide a scorer and points are hard enough to earn without giving them back.

In relation to the above we have a number of targets for 2022 other than these ground improvements.  We would also like to achieve three League promotions, retain our midweek trophies, maintain the excellence of our Youth offering and run around ten games for both the 6th XI and Sunday teams.  When you type those few words out it all seems very straightforward, but it will take a good deal of hard work – we are very much on target.
The Bar is open and, despite the weather, has done very well.  We enjoyed a fabulous lunch and thanks go to Toni and Suzie for the food and Al and Carol for keeping the bar going – suffice to say we ran out of some ales !  Provisionally we are looking at a repeat on 2nd July – details to follow – and possibly another toward the end of the season.
While I am posting diary dates, Cricket Week is only a few weeks away starting on 1st August with games every day against Old Parks , MCC, Leigh on Sea, Alleyn Court and Tim Wades’ International XI all afternoon starts and the usual lunches. Additionally, we will be running another Summer Camp for youth players with qualified coaches so all we need is the weather.
As we expand so we need more help, and the following are two very important requests – your Chairman needs you!
Firstly Chalkwell Park – we (including Leigh) offered to support the groundsman by undertaking some basic non-mechanical works (e.g., marking the boundary, marking out the pitch, filling used ends, repairing the outfield etc.) so they can concentrate on the wicket). It would be 11 to 1 potentially on Monday/Wednesday/Friday at £10 per hour (the last day is critical as we need a marked wicket for Saturday) or as required and given the state of the outfield we do need to do some work.  Again, anyone interested ?  I was thinking that it might suit a pupil or shared between people in the summer holidays, but we have a few weeks before that time.  Leigh have done quite bit on their outfield, by the way.
Secondly Women’s and Girls’ Cricket – we have been asked to be a hub for this area which has delighted James Currell and me.  Delight though quickly reduced when we realised this is more work but there are many reasons why this would be great for us – access to the other half of the population, many grants demand it, growing our reach and potentially having even better players in a  few years to pick from.  My guess is that it will start with some social events and coaching and develop, but it needs to start, and James is far too busy to take this on, so we need a focal point. Who wants to take on this project and develop the female playing portion of the Club ?
Lastly, please let me have your views on any issue relating to the Club – I am trying to be inclusive to everyone.
The Chairometer is now enjoying the sunshine and the cricket.

YOUNGERS

WANTED – PLAYERS FOR MIDWEEK MATCH AWAY VS. HADLEIGH & THUNDERSLEY THIS WEDNESDAY 1ST JUNE, 6 P.M. START.  PLEASE CONTACT DAVE HEWITT URGENTLY  (07711-096579)