Shropshire D40 Pre-Season Blog in Association With Cobra Cricket
Indoor nets have finished, and although two weeks were lost due to the Leisure Centre being closed after the recent bad weather, there have been some good sessions ahead of the forthcoming season.
The D40 team will again be playing in the North Group of the ECB National Championship alongside Lancashire and Cheshire, both of whom we will play twice with our fixtures shown below with venues yet to be confirmed:
29th April Cheshire (H)
20th May Lancashire (A)
17th June Cheshire (A)
1st July Lancashire (H)
22nd July Cheshire (H)
29th July Lancashire (A)
If we are successful and finish in the top two, the semi-finals will be held on 19th August at Kidderminster Cricket Club, and the final is scheduled for 9th September at Arundel Castle Cricket Club.
We also have a friendly arranged for Sunday 2nd September against Penkridge CC and will be looking for other games throughout the season – particularly on Sunday 22nd April ahead of our first group game.
Our aims this season will be to play the best cricket we can, whilst developing as individuals and a team. The first target is to qualify for the semi-finals, then win our group, before looking to go one better than last year by reaching the National Final. If we can get that far, we will be hoping to make history by winning the National Title for the first time, having been runners up and beaten semi-finalists on several occasions.
Hopefully, we will have some “player profiles” as the season progresses, giving everyone chance to get to know our team a little better.
As with any cricket team, we will be looking for sponsorship and to raise funds during the course of the season. Our aim is to cover hire of practice facilities and training equipment amongst other things as we are entirely self-funding as a squad, and we are also planning to organise our own awards evening at the end of the season for the first time.
Our first fund-raising event of the year is a sponsored cycle / run / row using the machines in the gym where we will look to cover a combined 200km between the squad – the link to our fundraising page is below, please feel free to have a look and learn a little more about what we are trying to achieve:
Plenty to look forward to as the season approaches, with the first game only a month away and a determination to make history this season!