After a long, wet winter the cricket season at last approaches.
Now that indoor netting is over, practice sessions will move outside and the first regular evening session will take place on Tuesday 22nd April from 6pm. New players are particularly welcome. Outdoor nets will then take place on Tuesdays through the season. The session on the 22nd will provide a valuable chance to sharpen up before the first Saturday fixtures, involving 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th XIs, which take place on 26 April and two Sunday fixtures the following day. Details of all the early season matches can be found below.
Despite the exceptionally wet winter weather the drier and warmer conditions in the last few weeks mean that we are optimistic that our grounds will be ready to host cricket from the first scheduled weekend. However, the main ground will not be ready to be played on over the Easter weekend, and all our efforts over that weekend will be needed to make the clubhouse and ground ready for the start of the season the following weekend. There is always much to be done in the run-up to the season and this year the list of jobs is greater than usual. The building work which has been going on is giving us a much improved “headquarters” but there is a lot to be done to restore it to working order when the builders move out at the end of the week
The “Club Day” on Saturday 19th April will therefore be mostly a working day rather than a cricketing day. However, one of the jobs will be to get the nets ready for use and if that can be achieved it should be possible for some practice to be carried out later in the day. Bring your training kit with you in case you can make use of it. Activity will start on both Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th at 10am and any time you can give on either day will be appreciated by Peter Smith and the Committee.
As previewed on the Club website an exciting development is the relaunch of the 5th XI as “Horsell Red Lions”. This team, led by Dave Lane, will still be fully part of the Club just as the 5th XI has been for a number of seasons. The new “branding” is because the team has gained a place for 2014 in the Surrey Championship 4th XI League (Western Division) and the League requires 5th XIs in the 4th XI competition to have team names other than the main club name. We now become one of just 4 Clubs to have 5 sides playing in the Championship. So any of you who think you might be in line for a place in the team, make sure your availability is known; you could make history by being a member of the first ever “Horsell Red Lions”!
And talking of availability, whichever side you expect to play in, Saturdays or Sundays, make sure that your captain (or one of the captains) knows when you can play in these early-season games. We do have an away game at Long Ditton on Easter Sunday (20 April) so if you are available to play then please let Dave Lane know. The captains are desperately keen that all the sides should hit the ground running which means getting into League cricket with games (and hopefully runs and wickets) under your belts. Some players will be aware of, and may have used, the “Clubhouse App” facility to record availability. It isn’t quite ready yet but we intend to make use of it and a separate communication will go out about that soon.
Have a great 2014 season.
It's not long now until the season starts and all of our early season fixtures have been finalised. Saturday 19 April is a Club Day with more details to be announced soon, with the first fixture of the season, the Sunday 2ndXI's trip to Long Ditton, being played on Sunday 20 April. The folllowing Saturday will see four W&H teams take to the field with both Sunday sides playing the following day. The first weekend of May sees the long awaited debut of the Horsell Red Lions with the league season starting on Saturday 10 May.
|Sat 19 Apr||All||Club Day||Home|
|Sun 20 Apr||Sunday 2nd XI||Long Ditton||Away||14.00|
|Sat 26 Apr||Saturday 1st XI||Egham||Away||13.00|
|Saturday 2nd XI||Egham||Home||13.00|
|Saturday 3rd XI||Egham||Westfield||13.00|
|Saturday 4th XI||Littlewick Green||Away||13.30|
|Sun 27 Apr||Sunday 1st XI||Crondall||Away||14.00|
|Sunday 2nd XI||Brookwood||Home||14.00|
|Sat 3 May||Saturday 1st XI||Ashford||Home||13.00|
|Saturday 2nd XI||Ashford||Away||13.00|
|Saturday 3rd XI||Ashford||Away||13.00|
|Saturday 4th XI||Ashford||Westfield||13.00|
|Horsell Red Lions||Leigh||Away||13.00|
|Sun 4 May||Sunday 1st XI||Worcester Park||Away||13.30|
|Sunday 2nd XI||Sanford||Home||14.00|
You might not be able to believe it but there are only a few weeks to go before the start of the season, so why not get ahead of the game and pay your subs now so once the season starts you can just focus on enjoying your cricket! Following approval at the Club’s AGM, membership fees have increased this year to £110 for seniors, payable by the end of May (£125 from 1 June) and to £60 for parents of a colt. Membership fees for students and non-workers remain unchanged at £25.
The increase in membership fees, which have been frozen for the last five years, is necessary to ensure the club is able to cover its ever increasing costs and to help finance the refurbished clubhouse. However, despite increased costs, match fees will not be increasing this year. Given that most members took advantage of paying and completing their application online last year, this option will again be available this season.
To complete your membership online all you need to do is:
We are still happy to receive the paper membership form (available from Tom) and a cheque via post, if you would prefer this option. You can also hand these personally to Tom or your captain. Please do make every effort to pay your subs on time as this does assist the running of the club and we do expect to show selection preference to paid up members from June onwards.
Hopefully that all makes sense but please contact Tom Harlow if you have any questions.
Thank you very much to those that turned out to the Work Weekend. We really appreciate the work that you all put in,. We mananged to get several jobs done and the club has been packed up ready for the building work to begin. There are plenty of jobs that need doing in order for the season to begin. The outdoor nets need some work if they are going to be ready for the season to start and the ground needs to be tidied. There is a bit of gardening work to be done and the hedges need a cut. If we want the facilities to be available for our use and looking at their best these are all jobs that we will have to carry out ourselves. We will soon explaining how you can help. Keep looking at the website as the season is just four weeks away.
We are delighted to share the news that W&HCC has secured an increase to the Olympic Legacy funded grant to refurbish the clubhouse that was first announced last year. In boosting the original award by almost £17,500 to £50,000, Sport England, through their Inspired Facilities scheme, has recognised the value of investing in the future of the club.
The main elements of the scheme will be a complete rewire of the electrical system, including the provision of new lighting throughout the building, a new central heating and hot water system including radiators and showers, replacement of the roof, new windows, new flooring and insulation and re-boarding of all walls and ceilings in the main part of the building.
We have appointed a firm of builders who will start their four week programme on 24th March. The clubhouse will be out of action during this period but will open up in time for the start of the season.