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Penkridge Cricket Club are toasting a perfect start to their 70th anniversary year after winning £1,000 worth of building materials to help renovate their clubhouse.
A couple of weekends without cricket for me personally, after stocktake at work and then a free weekend due to our opponents having dropped out of the league.
A mixed weekend of results, a mixed weekend of personal fortunes, but a very important and successful weekend for the club on and off the pitch.
After a week of near constant rain, during which it looked that travelling to the ground by boat rather than car might be a good option, the prospect of any play on Saturday at all seemed unlikely.
I’d missed playing on the weekend of the 25th & 26th May – the Saturday saw me playing football in a customer event from work at Molineux, which was something not to be missed for a lifelong Wolves fan.
On a weekend where no fewer than 108 different players represented the club across junior, senior and ladies’ teams there were some very notable performances and no little success.
Finally, back to something resembling cricketing weather and plenty of fixtures over the weekend!
Weekend number three of the season for the first and second teams, whereas the third and fourth teams were ready for their second scheduled weekend of cricket.
After the wonderful weather of last weekend, it was perhaps predictable that the second weekend of the season would have conditions that were slightly less suited than the week before – especially given that it was my first game of the season!
After a long winter, and last week’s pre-season friendlies, the first and second teams got their respective league seasons underway in brilliant sunshine on Saturday.
We finally had a chance to sit down with Kev Baker, as he Tells his Club Cricket Story, getting use to a stoma/colostomy bag, disability cricket and more...
The last weekend of the season has come around all too quickly, and after the previous weekend’s near washout the weather had a definite autumnal feel as the final games of the season were played on Saturday.
Our third and fourth teams play in Division One and Division Five of the Staffs Clubs Championship, and our (mainly!) youthful Sunday team compete in the Lichfield and District League.
In addition to our senior sides, we also have a thriving junior section with teams playing at under 9, under 11, under 13, under 15 and for the first time in 2016 an under 19 team which will be playing in the NatWest under 19 club twenty20 competition. We regularly have around 60 children taking part in our coaching sessions on a Friday night. The 2015 season also saw us have 13 children representing the club in the Staffordshire district and county teams across all age groups which was a record number for the club.
Recent years have seen an unprecedented level of success for the club, with the first team winning the Staffs Clubs Championship twenty20 competition in 2010 and 2011, adding the League title to “do the double” in 2011 and gain promotion to the Birmingham and District Premier League set up. This was then followed with the Birmingham League division three title in 2013.
The second team won a league and cup double of their own in 2010, retained the league title in 2011 and added the Birmingham League Division Two North title in 2013. Not to be left behind the third team added their own league title success in 2010, a league twenty20 cup win in 2013 and became the first third team to play in the Staffs Clubs Championship Premier division.
We are very proud that over half of the players regularly turning out in our Saturday senior teams are “home grown” which will hopefully only increase over the next few seasons with the numbers making their way through the junior ranks.
The club hold a number of social and fund raising events during the course of the year, which are very well supported by players, family and friends leading to an entertaining and profitable occasion.
During the course of the 2016 season we are going to look to post regular blogs to this site with news of our progress, results and news from within the club which will hopefully be a good read and provide some amusement!
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