Play resumes amid spirit of togetherness

July 30 2020
Play resumes amid spirit of togetherness

THERE have certainly been times when it has seemed as if it would not be possible to play cricket this season, but Saturday, July 18, saw the return of cricket for Wells.

During the lockdown period the community have pulled together and supported the club. Together, a true community spirit has been built, and the club is incredibly thankful for all the support.

The generosity of South Horrington residents and local business Benji Enterprises resulted in the donation via Crowdfunding of £1,400 to replace and install four new benches. The benches, made from recycled plastic milk bottle tops, provide a comfortable viewpoint to enjoy the views of the local area. It is really nice to see them all in use and being enjoyed by everyone in South Horrington.

A dead and dangerous tree on the boundary needed removing and the cricket club just did not have the funds. Joe Taylor and team at MTL Group stepped in and made sure the ash was removed safely and professionally. The club will plant a replacement tree in the autumn.

Following the renovations to the outside of the club, the inside has been updated to create a clean and bright space for hire post-Covid. This would not have been possible without the elbow grease and encouragement of Jackie, Sue and Ray.

A crowd reminiscent of Lords (albeit socially distanced) gathered on the boundary hill to enjoy the return of cricket. To get used to Covid playing measures, Wells started with an inter-club senior fixture. Ollie Smart’s Team Gold was the eventual winner over Jack Moore’s Team Haze, but it’s safe to say cricket was the real winner. Wells have entered the Somerset Bubble League for the remainder of the summer and will be playing mid-week fixtures too. Details will be shared via the club’s Facebook page.

Junior training is now able to return and will be on Friday evenings (split by age group) with some friendly inter-club matches on Sunday mornings. Whether a child has played before or is completely new to the game, the club would love to see them. Email wellscricketclub@hotmail.com for more details.

New for 2020, Jack Moore Coaching will be running summer club on Monday daytimes. Y4/Y5/Y6 9am-noon and Y7/Y8/Y9 1pm-4pm. These sessions have limited numbers and need to be booked in advance directly. Email jackmoorecoaching@live.co.uk to find out more details and book a child’s place.