It maybe the start of the year, but thoughts are already turning to a new Cricket season. Lockdowns, new variants, and vaccination programmes aside, the Club remain hopeful that a more complete season will be possible this year compared to last. And there is plenty to be positive about when thinking of what is to come.
For 2021, Deddington’s adult teams will be playing in an expanded Cherwell Cricket League which has absorbed the Oxfordshire Cricket Association teams into a single structure for the County, now comprising some 180 teams across 84 Clubs. A full fixture list of 18 games per team are planned, split between two different game formats. Our successful Women’s team will also be playing in a restructured Home Counties League and have both Super 8 and limited over competitions planned for them.
The Club AGM was held on January 15th over video conference. A number of significant initiatives were agreed including the adoption of a new safeguarding policy statement, the creation of a Welfare Officer and a range of policies to bring the Club into line with ECB best practice. These are available in the Club Safeguarding and Welfare section of this website.
Following the AGM a very enjoyable quiz evening was held, made all the more fun through support from Chadlington Brewery, who delivered a selection of their fine ales with accompanying tasting notes to the homes of participants. Many thanks to Joe Roberts, David Webb and Georgia Adam’s for setting the questions. It was a close thing with both elements going to a tie-break. Congratulations to the winners.
With the country in lockdown, there is little likelihood of any indoor nets before the end of March, so our pre-season plans are focussed on getting the outdoor nets ready for use during April. Watch out for further updates on this. We would love to see anyone, man, woman, girl, or boy, interested in playing cricket this Summer, whether you are new to the game, or wanting to come back to the sport, please contact the people listed at the end of this report. Likewise if there is anyone interested in umpiring or scoring games for Deddington, please get in-touch. We can help organize appropriate training and depending on the type of game you want to officiate, you can earn a £45 a match fee.
Finally a word of thanks to our vice-presidents, members and other followers who continue to support the Club in difficult times. We lost most of our sponsors and local advertisers last year for obvious reasons and saw a big reduction in match and membership fees, as we only had half a season of games. Without the continued support from the community, plus some grants from sporting bodies, our finances would be in a much more perilous state than they actually are.
General enquires: Simon Oldfield Simon.firstname.lastname@example.org
New players/officials: Joe Roberts email@example.com
Women and girls: Laura Jenkinson firstname.lastname@example.org