Cricket club's end of season report
After a somewhat most bizarre - and certainly short - season, Redlynch & Hale Cricket Club is just completing its final fixtures for the year. The green light to resume activities (under strict rules and guidelines) was given at the end of July, allowing for just 6 weeks of cricket to take place.
However, a quick revision of the timetable by the Village Knock Out organisers saw the club involved in a comfortable win over Aldbourne at Woodfalls Cross, where youngster Jon Castleton excelled with an unbeaten 63 and a "six" to win the game. Unfortunately, the club did not perform as well at the following fixtures and was knocked out of the competition.
Elsewhere, friendly fixtures have been played throughout August and many juniors have been getting the chance to take part in the adult game. Moreover, Katie Sell, Emily Otton and Poppy Sladon have all featured regularly in Saturday matches where the club has embraced inclusive team selections.
The juniors and ladies softball groups have also been turning out for practice, thanks to the hard working coaching team - although no matches have been possible due to restrictions. Parents say that they are delighted that their children have at last had some organised outdoor activity and attendance has been good. Quite a number of new players have registered, particularly at Under 9 level, under the stewardship of Ian Dixon.
Going forward to next season, the club hopes to be back to a "normal" season and juniors/ladies pre-season will hopefully be starting again in March/April, so keep an eye open for notices. The adult sides will also be looking forward to indoor "nets" around that time too.
As always, they are very keen to recruit not just players, but volunteers to help with the coaching and organising of the juniors. Ideally, parents with young children in the groups can get involved and if keen can take coaching qualifications - the club is willing to assist with fees. Also, any budding Umpires or scorers are very welcome to join the fold.
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Harvey Boardman from Downton making a catch
Photo: Linda Dunham
Jon Castleton hits the winning runs in the VKO
Photo: Linda Dunham