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New Roller.

 

         In early 2021 we said goodbye to our old faithful (but unreliable) roller and on 30th March took possession of a brand new Poweroll 15 ride on roller. This was mainly funded by the Pavilion Association to be used for both cricket and croquet club. The new machine is very simple to operate and should serve the purpose for many years to come.  

 

          Poweroll 15

The Old                  and the                     New

 

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BAMBURGH CASTLE CRICKET CLUB
Chairman’s report 2020/21


        Bamburgh Castle Cricket Club players may sometimes take for granted the setting of their club, but the visiting teams certainly do not. This is proved, when preparing the fixture list, Ian has great trouble fitting in all the clubs who wish to play on the Green in Bamburgh. In the year ahead we have more home games than ever, 20 at the last count! On a Sunday morning, 3, 4 or sometimes even 5 ground staff turn up to transform the Green from a play  area for the vast number of tourists, to a setting of one of the best cricket grounds in the world. Surely there can be no more idyllic place to watch  a game of  cricket.
      Andrew again captained the team but frustratingly from the side lines as he broke 

his ankle before a ball was bowled. When finally underway, Bamburgh had a fine season winning 10 out of our 11 games with the other game abandoned after tea. Sadly, the Pavilion remained closed, so all players  turned up ready to play and teas were taken sitting in the sun, on the grass in front of the score board. The club’s continuing policy of encouraging younger players was again successful, with most games starting with 5 or 6 juniors, in fact so many wanted to play this year, team selection became a little
difficult. But all the players were delighted to see our scorer, Dave Parmley
back in his regular spot under the Pavilion canopy.
      Most cricket clubs have stalwarts and Bamburgh is fortunate to have Ian and
Tony who proudly look after the outfield and square as if it was their own garden. Whatever the weather, Ian mows the Green in such wonderful concentric circles. I know that Bamburgh Castle Estate greatly appreciates this work, as do the croquet club and the many users of the Pavilion. The other half of this duo, Tony, ensures the wicket is always at its best after his work on a Sunday morning. So, my thanks go to Ian and Tony and our other helpers, Billy, Philip and David. We are always looking for more help on a
Sunday morning so if you fancy joining our friendly team or know someone who might like to volunteer, please let me know.
       The club’s finances remain in good order after the purchase of a new wicket
mower as our old one had become unreliable. Being treasurer is a bit of a thankless task, so my thanks to Billy and Jayne who efficiently bank the cash, pay our bills and produce the accounts at the end of the season. Billy also manages the team and supports Andrew with team selection. Despite hitting 60 and becoming a grandad, Billy is still keen to turn over his arm whenever  Andrew allows him to!
        Cricket teas were greatly missed last year as the Pavilion remained closed as
previously mentioned. Hopefully, the Pavilion will re-open this Summer and we will again have teas inside from 26th June. Two years ago, teas were
arranged by any organisation that wished to fund raise by selling teas, coffees and cakes for their own rewards during Sunday afternoons. We hope to offer this again and if you know anyone who might be interested, please ask them to contact any committee member.
        Sponsorship and vice presidents are hugely important to the club and we
hope to see you once again at our special VP evening on Thursday 15th July
when we play our annual match against the Percy Farmers. This is an excellent social event and a chance for all elements of the club to come together.
        2021 will see a new addition to our cricket club! Our amazing ground “roller”
which was almost 100 years old finally became rather obstinate in starting. Not only that, but it tried hard to unseat Tony during a tantrum. Thankfully, Tony escaped unharmed if a little startled! The roller has now been retired to a new owner in Prudhoe. The good news is that we will shortly be taking delivery from Cornwall of a brand new machine, which will support both the cricket and croquet clubs.
       Due to the pandemic, we have not had any committee meetings in 2020 but
rest assured the club remains on a sound footing and we are all looking forward to the new season.


Bill Brook
April 2021

 

 

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Due to the Covid 19 Virus, the ECB advises that no matches are to be played until Government restrictions are lifted. Therefore we have cancelled all our games for May 2020.

 

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Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 30th January 2020 in the Castle Inn (The Middle) Bamburgh at 7.30 pm.

 

Below is the Chairman's report.

 

          BAMBURGH CASTLE CRICKET CLUB

Chairman’s report 2019

                                                            

Bamburgh Castle Cricket Club players may occasionally take for granted the setting of their club, but the visiting teams certainly don’t as shown by when preparing the fixture list, Ian has great trouble fitting in all the teams who wish to play on the Green. On a Sunday morning, when 3, 4 or sometimes even 5 ground staff turn up to transform the Green from a play area for the vast number of tourists, into an arena fit to be one of the best cricket grounds in the world and then later in the day as spectators, there can be no more idyllic place to watch a game of cricket.

Under the excellent captaincy of Andrew, the team performed very well winning 11 out of 13 games. Sadly, for varying reasons, 7 matches were cancelled including all our away fixtures and this for the second year running.  The club’s continuing policy of encouraging younger players was again highly successful with most games starting with 5 or 6 juniors and it was a particularly remarkable year for one of our youngsters, Cameron Nichols, who not only scored his maiden half century but also scored his maiden century this during the final match of the year.

Most cricket clubs have stalwarts, and Bamburgh is no different! The combined age of our particular two is 150 years, only 10 years less than the age of our club which started in 1860. Yet Tony and Ian proudly look after the outfield and square as if they were in their own gardens. With yet another year of strong grass growth, Ian was on the John Deere at least twice a week making those amazing concentric circles that looked so wonderful when shown on Channel 4 during the Tour of Britain cycle race. I know that Bamburgh Castle Estate greatly appreciates this work, as do the croquet club and the many users of the Pavilion. The other half of this duo, Tony, ensures the wicket is always at its best on a Sunday morning and this was bourn out by Sky TV wishing to film our players batting and bowling on a freezing Friday night earlier in the season. So my thanks go to Ian and Tony and our other helpers, Philip and David.

The club’s finances as we shall hear are in good order and at our last committee meeting we sanctioned the purchase of a new wicket mower as our old one had become unreliable. Being treasurer is a bit of a thankless task, so my thanks to Billy and Jayne who efficiently bank the cash and pay our bills. Billy also carries the burden of managing the team;  rounding up 11 players in the early months of the season as well as the difficult task of who to leave out during July and August when everyone wants to play. So thank you Billy for carrying out this role so thoroughly.

The club greatly missed the services of the Parmleys who were unable to help this year. We do hope they will soon be back. Mary and Barbara once again took up the reigns of organising cricket teas and this proved a great success for several organisations who held their own fund raising by providing cream teas for our many visitors watching the game on a Sunday afternoon, whilst ensuring our players enjoyed their well deserved interval break. Our very loyal band of cricket tea helpers filled the gaps when required and my warm thanks go to them. 

Sponsorship and vice presidents are hugely important to the club and we were delighted to see so many support our annual Percy Farmers evening so generously provided by Ronnie Watson and the “Middle”.  This is a very social event and a chance for all elements of the club to come together.

Finally, we could not function without a strong committee and I am particularly pleased to welcome three new members, David Gill, Chris Magney and Tony Cawthorn. I would like to thank Mary for her secretarial skills and bringing some female humour to our meetings. We will all miss Geoff as I mentioned at the beginning of the meeting he was a great supporter of our club.

Thank you all for coming this evening and let us look forward to another successful year in 2020, one in which I shall take a little more care when scarifying the wicket at the end of the season!    

January 2020

 

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     The long tradition of cricket was interrupted for several years prior to 2004 when several friendly matches were successfully staged in the latter half of the season.

Work was carried out on the square during the autumn of 2004 and then spring of 2005 before we staged a series of friendlies throughout the summers of 2005, 2006 and 2007.

    In 2006 a 1926 Barford and Perkins roller was donated to the Club by Benwell Hill Cricket Club.

    Early in 2008, a new committee was formed, the members of which are working to obtain awards and grants in order to purchase new equipment including grass cutting machinery, new storage facilities and pest control measures to reduce damage done to the playing field and to the Castle Green in general.

    A brand new wicket was constructed at the end of the 2008 season which came into use during the 2010 season and then at the end of that season with the help of more grants a further Surrey Loam wicket was laid at one side of the square and a practice wicket at the other.

 

    Announcing a 'first' for our club - at the end of the 2102 season were given an award! Several committee members recently attended Benwell Hill Cricket Club to receive the 'Turfcare Specialists' Northumberland Cricket Board Groundstaff Association  Non-League Ground of the Year Award.  This is a great achievement for the club groundstaff considering the weather over the last season, making cutting Castle Green difficult to say the least.

 

 

 

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    Early in the 2018 season, Susan Parmley presented our club with a new 'state of the art' line marker, which replaces our very ancient and wobbly machine. Susan has been providing teas and cakes in the pavilion in aid of the club and raised enough funds to purchase the new one. Many many thanks.

 

 

 

                         A brilliant picture of the Green was taken by Paul Kiddell.

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    Another feature of weekends at Bamburgh Castle is the Croquet Club which plays on an area adjacent to the cricket field that is prepared for them by our volunteer ground staff.

 

New John Deere cutter.

After many months of fund raising, the committee were able to purchase a brand new ride on cutter to replace the existing aging machine. Supplied by Greenlay Ltd of Cramlington, the machine was handed over in November 2015.

 

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© Bamburgh Castle Cricket Club 2018