New chairman outlines aims for season
WELLS Cricket Club have had a busy few months since the outdoor season finished last September.
They have a new chairman, have been fundraising to improve their training facilities, and won the Somerset Indoor Cricket League in January, winning all of their fixtures in emphatic style.
The new chairman is Jack Moore, who teaches PE at Stoberry Park School and is an elite coach at Millfield School.
He undertook the role with a view to refocusing the Wells CC set up to give more back to every player and the local community.
“My goal for the 2018 season is to bring us all together both on and off the field, from our All Stars, aged 5-8, through to our ladies and men’s senior sides, while also giving greater focus to our community,” said Jack.
To enable every player to improve their game, the club – whose 1st XI won the Somerset Cricket League third division title last season – have been fundraising to revamp their training facilities.
“With funding from events, sponsorship from The Crossways Hotel and a donation from Michael Eavis, work will start to relay the surface of our nets to create a more realistic bounce and to level the bowlers’ run up to make it safe for all. All being well, these will be ready for training sessions in May for all users,” said Jack.
Following the acceptance of an ECB grant application, Wells CC will also have new portable covers to cover the wicket during more unseasonable weather.
“Last season some games were cancelled due to wet weather in the week,” said Jack.
“Our new portable covers will allow us to get the game on if the weather is fine on game day whilst improving the playing surface. Fewer abandoned fixtures provides more opportunity to score vital points in the league and improve our chances of success.
“For the juniors, who have a more limited fixture list, every game that is kept on increases their match experience and drive to play cricket.”
The club have held a number of functions including a Quiz Night and Easter Craft Fayre which have been met with good support from the community.
“Wells CC is more than a cricket club, we want to make sure it is a place where the community can meet and we will continue to run events, and welcome ideas, to keep this going,” said Jack.
“With the support of club members and Wells people I’m sure we can move our club from strength to strength; thanks to all that have supported so far.”
Outdoor training was due to begin in April at Wells’ South Horrington ground. More details are available on the club’s Facebook page or by emailing email@example.com