At the time of writing, it is several weeks to the first match for Reepham & Salle Cricket Club – a friendly on 8 April – with youth cricket training starting on the following Monday (10 April).
Our grounds manager has been active, ordering all necessary items in readiness for pitch preparation and the club work weekend, currently scheduled for 25-26 March.
Winter nets have been booked and the fixture booklet is beginning to take shape. Talks with Salle Estate over our lease have progressed well and we are optimistic that this will be signed off soon.
Then the work will start: applying for grants, loans, fundraising and constructing a successful business plan.
Dates for the diary
- Club work weekend: 25-26 March at Salle church ground from 9 am. Anyone is welcome; we bribe all willing volunteers with the offer of hot bacon rolls, but this is also a good opportunity for anyone interested in joining the club to come along, meet the players and wield a paint brush.
- Youth training: This starts on 10 April and runs until the end of July (6.15–7.45 pm, years 1-9). The club is entering two leagues this year: the U9 group has been entered into a softball league while the U13s have been entered into the Alliance U13 league. Please contact Paul Harwood for further details.
- Winter nets: Sessions have been booked at Easton College for March. If anyone is interested please contact George Wright for dates and times.
- First match: A friendly on 8 April with Eaton (1 pm start). Please look out for our fixture booklet, which will be available at the beginning of April.
As a new season approaches there are new faces, new ideas and with the lease tantalisingly close, there are thoughts that this could be the season where we push forward and move the club to the next level.
So, here’s to summer, success and scones: as it was universally acknowledged that although last season we didn’t quite reach the heights of 2015, we did produce the best cricket teas in Norfolk.
Stephanie Harris, Secretary, Reepham & Salle Cricket Club