Chairman’s Message

Chairman’s Message

Once again, whether you are a senior or junior player, patron, parent, or casual visitor, a very warm welcome to the 2019 North Devon Cricket Club season

We are very lucky to have one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in England and, thanks to the tireless work of our groundsman Andrew, what is widely regarded as one of the best playing surfaces in the South West.

As a club, we are incredibly lucky to have some wonderful members who are willing to give up their time and energy for the benefit of us all. Over this winter, this has been epitomised by the tireless work of Matt Dart and a wonderful team of volunteers who have given the inside of the pavilion a much-needed makeover and the kitchen a complete overhaul. I hope you will all join me in thanking them (in particular Jeremy Thompson – JT – for removing 30+ years of cobwebs from the inside of the thatch). Then last summer the parents of the junior section under the wonderful leadership of Clare Arthur raised lots of money through running the barbecue at training on a Monday night and used it to purchase new benches and tables for outside. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for these great contributions.

Our key aims as a club continue to be;

• To be a serious contender for the Devon Premier League Championship (having been champions in 2007 and 2011).

• To maintain three teams in the Devon League.

• To have a thriving junior section where we introduce boys and girls to the joys of playing cricket and hopefully instil a lifelong love of the game.

• To nurture and develop girls’ and women’s cricket through being the home of North Devon Tarka Ladies (Devon League Champions 2015, 2016 and 2017, runners up 2018).

• To be a club that is friendly and welcoming to all, and that genuinely contributes to the social well-being of the local area

On this last point, I am delighted about the closer ties that we are developing with Fremington Trailblazers, the excellent local running club chaired by Frank Biederman. They held an inaugural and highly successful Run Fest last summer at the club where they kindly raised money for our junior section. This event will be repeated again this year on Friday 12th July (more details on page ??). This is way we can enthuse more cricketers to run, and more runners to have a crack at cricket, so do join them for one of their training sessions.

I am delighted to report that we have 2 new Committee members this year in Steve Carrick, who has taken on the Treasurer’s role, and Jeremy Thompson, who has taken on the role of raising our Devon League 3rd XI and therefore joined selection committee.

The tireless Jan Witheridge has taken on the role of chair of the Junior Subcommittee as Claire Arthur sadly does not have the time to carry on her great work from last year. Jan is being ably assisted by her new vice, Hannah Carrick. Given the success of Monday night training last year, we have decided to move the u13 and u15 training to Tuesday evenings to allow more space and coaching capacity for everyone. Under 11’s and below and All Stars will continue on Monday evenings starting on Monday 29th April.

The pavilion with its new interior really is a great place for any of you and your friends to hold social events. Please do get in touch with Matt Dart if you would like to book it.

The club’s success is based on the incredible hard work of a fairly small group of volunteers who give up an enormous amount of their time. The more people there are in this group, the more enjoyable it is for those involved and the better it is for the health of the club. So, if you would like to help by taking on a role, however simple (such as umpiring, scoring, coaching or volunteering behind the bar), then please do get in touch with myself, Tony, or another Committee member.

Finally, I wish you all a great season of either playing or watching competitive and enjoyable cricket.

Mark Ansell, Chairman March 2019