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.
The Old and the New
BAMBURGH CASTLE CRICKET CLUB
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
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.
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.
CASTLE CRICKET CLUB
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
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
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.
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.
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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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