Outdoor training resumes again on Tuesday evening at Freuchie Cricket Ground. All players please be there for 6:30pm when the blood, sweat and tears starts by way of preparation for another season of top flight cricket.
I like to think that my personal outlook is ‘generally optimistic.’ However, when it comes to matches – of any kind – where I have any sort of interest in the outcome, my hopes for success for a given side or player seem often to be the kiss of death.
But this weekend? Wow! On Saturday, Galzo and his men beat SMRH by three wickets. Kenny and his crew beat Corstorphine and Galzo and his lads beat Breadalbane on Sunday. It would be hard to say which of these results gives most satisfaction, but I’ll have a go at that in a minute.
A ‘five for’ for Steve Rowley – 5 for 20, no less, plus 3 for 16 for Scottie Birrell led to SMRH all out for 114. Stevo was also top scorer with 33 not out, Galzo close behind him with 32. It would have been good to have lost fewer than 7 wickets, but there was a lot of criticism of the pitch. Max points for the lads, though, and Stevo has to be man of he match.
Meantime, at home, Corstorphine had compiled 233 for 6 off 50 overs, a pretty daunting target. However, Jock Wallace got 52, Lee Duncan a magnificent 108 not out (his first century) while Robbie Wright weighed in with 26. We finished with 234 for 6 of 40.2 overs. The only downside was that Alan Duncan – Lee’s dad – retired hurt. Speedy recovery, Duffer.
On Sunday a mixed team visited Breadalbane. We would have had more young lads in the side had there not been a U15 match scheduled for the day (which in the end did not take place). Our aim in seeking entry to the Strathmore Union is to get more competitive cricket for our younger players, and on this showing, it’s going to work out really well. Everyone had a good time (well, almost everyone) while the like of Liam Kelly and Chris Hunt got a chance to show what they are made of. “I didn’t realise how good these guys are!” said Galzo. May be too soon to say that this is a plan that will deliver what we are after, but so far, so good.
Tough to pick what has pleased me most, but my pick is the Third XI outcome – not just the result, but the involvement for our promising juniors.
Summer is here, well almost, and it is time for you to break out your bat and pads and head back to Friday night training sessions. They start this Friday at the park at Freuchie Cricket Club, Muirs Road, Freuchie at the usual time of 6:30pm until 8:00pm. The first night will be mostly taken up with registration and other administrative issues but if there is time we will try and do some training, This year the Club has decided that junior membership will be £6 for primary school age children and £12 for secondary school children and is due on registration. Please bring along your plastic membership card issued last year as this will be validated for 2009 .
Children interested in playing cricket are very welcome to come along to join in the fun. More information and details from Neil Millar.
To help parents and children to get to know each other the club is running a disco in the function suite using recently purchased equipment for all until 10:00pm. So I hope you will manage to stay for a short time and enjoy some time at the club. (The function suite is also available for function for club members so ask if you feel you would like to use the facility – donation welcome for its use).
The Club has also decided to get additional help with coaching and playing cricket from an overseas professional and an overseas amateur cricketer. This is a big financial commitment for the club but for the future of Freuchie Cricket Club players it is felt the best way forward. While no additional charges have been put in place to cover this cost it is hoped Junior well help with fund raising over the playing year. One way is to take part in the lucky number sheet every Friday. This will cost 50p per line where you pick 2 numbers from 20. If you get the correct numbers in the correct order you win at least a share of the money. If no one wins it rolls over to the next week. The current prize money is standing at £60 for this week. The draw is due to be done on Friday night. You got to be in it to win it so please take the opportunity by buying a line and also help the club fund the additional coaching staff.
The junior members were not able to take part in the sponsored cycle race between Christmas and New Year for club funds, Some members have asked to get involved in some way and so it has been decided to organise a sponsored cycle race of our own in June. This will involve all ages doing their own cycle race round the pitch or the cricket square depending on age. The plan for this is to take place in June more information will be posted on the blog and notice board.
Neil Millar 07860864850
DON’T BE STUMPED FOR SOMETHING TO DO ON A FRIDAY NIGHT
FUN FOR BOYS AND GIRLS
NEW PLAYERS WELCOME TO COME ALONG. CONTACT NEIL FOR MORE DETAILS.
STARTS FRIDAY 24THAPRIL, 6:30PM-8:00PM AT FREUCHIE CRICKET CLUB
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WEDNESDAY NIGHTS – DON’T BE STUMPED FOR SOMETHING TO DO.
WINTER CRICKET TRAINING
FUN FOR BOYS AND GIRLS (P7 and above)
STARTS WEDNESDAY 4TH FEBRUARY
Freuchie CHURCH HALL.
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Clarence Parfitt, a former Bermuda and Scotland International player, will be running coaching camps for the U13s and U18s at the end of July. All children are invited, at a small charge, to come along and receive instruction from one of the top coaches in Scotland.
In recent years many of the children, who have attended these Cricket Scotland camps, have shown fantastic improvements in their skills by the end of the coaching sessions. For many it was a turning point in their journey to mastery of the game.
Spaces will be limited and as in previous years they will inevitable go extremely fast. Best to avoid disappointment by forwarding names to Chris Brett on 01337 857024 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Camp 1: Forfarshire Cricket Club, 11-13 July
- Cost: £30
- Under 13′s, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Under 18′s, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Camp 2: Freuchie Cricket Club, 23-25 July
- Cost: £30
- Under 13′s: 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Under 18′s: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
The SNCL scoring system has been changed to try to reward the efforts of a losing side that comes close to the winner’s scores. In the past, it has been quite common for a side to lose by the narrowest of margins, only to see a substantial gulf between the points they’ve earned and the points earned by the winner.
Freuchie Cricket Club realises that to have continued success a thriving junior section is key to the future of the club. Our junior section will flourish and thrive through player and coaching development. With this in mind, we have a strong committment to The TopClub Development Programme, which is Cricket Scotland’s national development and accreditation programme for all cricket club junior sections.
Its adoption will help us structure and develop our junior section, creating a safe and healthy environment where children and young people can have FUN and ENJOY the game of Cricket. It also sets our existing and potential coaches on a clear development path.
More information can be found in the TopClub Guide.
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