18 November 2019 News 1322

Hello all, and I hope life between cricket seasons is treating you well. Whilst cricket is no longer happening at the club, preparations for next season are under way. The club's Annual General Meeting will be held at the club on Friday 29th November, and I hereby issue a plea to ALL members (including players) to attend. The meeting will run through the annual financial accounts and appoint/re-appoint members to the key roles within our club. There is always room for new people to get involved, and I would especially be grateful for HELP! in the following areas :

1. Social media -our Facebook/Twitter prescence is currently poor, in my opinion. Advertising our events/matches to a wider audience, generally raising the profile of the club AND ITS LOCATION! I'm amazed how many people attending functions 'didn't know this was here'.

2. Catering. I am delighted to announce that TCCC were awarded top marks for teas in the Palace Shield. A rota of volunteers on matchdays will present me with the opportunity to watch cricket again. The first-team are well aware that I watch home and away -but having taken on the role of chairman, I saw very little cricket this season. Indeed, with bar duties post-match nearly every Saturday, my Saturday started at 9 am collecting food and bar sundries -then to the club to make sandwiches for 'off-sales', man the kitchen then the bar and typically get home after midnight.

3. Bar. Brian has done a fantastic job for the club this year, and between us we have manned the bar every Saturday throughout the season at absolutely no cost to the club. We both have two lads who have come through the junior ranks -and wives who help run the kitchen. I know there are other people amongst our membership who can make a contribution to this effort. I had never pulled a pint before March this year. I'm 53 and willing to learn.

Aside from the need to recruit new faces to the volunteer ranks, we need to give thought to our cricket personnel and decide what sort of cricket club we want to be. Do we want our first team to survive in the Palace Shield Premier division, push for promotion to the Northern League -or are we not bothered? Personally, I would like us to achieve the best possible placing. We are exploring the possibility of recruiting an Overseas Amateur for the 2020 season. We would potentially be seeking assistance in offering this player a) accommodation and b) employment for the duration of the season. If you, or someone you know, are able to offer some kind of assistance in this regard we would be delighted to hear from you.

The second, third and Sunday teams remain critical to the future playing prosperity of the club. Moreover, the junior section is where it begins and I know it was a source of great pride to my predecessor Gerald Brown when the 1st XI team sheet was 11 players who started in the juniors. We are always looking for players to provide competition for places -at any age.

After the new committee has been formed, it is intended to have a brief forum to explore potential capital projects and their funding(!!) moving forward. These will be items like a minibus (for away travel -senior and junior teams), a 2-lane practice facility and the possibility of a players/members lounge for those occasions when the club is hired for a function. We have achieved much this year (player showers/cellar cooling) and have managed to obtain significant funding to cover these projects. Whatever we decide to proceed with next, we would ideally raise the money from outwith our membership -be it via the club lottery, advertising banners/boards or gift.

I hope to see as many of you as possible at the AGM. It's not my club -it's ours. The committee welcome your opinions, ideas, criticisms and commitment to making TCCC the best it can be.  

TC bounce straight back & Sunday’s crowned Champions

16 September 2019 News 3098
TC bounce straight back & Sunday’s crowned Champions
Thornton Cleveleys celebrated a fantastic end to the 2019 season, which has seen the club make real strides in terms of club and player development, with us competing right across a range of competitions.
Losing finalists in both the Division 2 T20 and the Meyler cup, the 1st team skippered by Dan Howard, went one better and capped off a fantastic League campaign to finish top of Division 1a winning promotion straight back to the Premier Division. TC were pushed all the way by a strong Tarleton team who posted a competitive total of 219/7 off their 45. TC’s top order anchored by 50s from both Ric Jenkinson and Tony Poxon laid the foundation for Ric Blampied 32* and skipper Dan, who blasted a quick fire 37* with a huge 6 to see TC home off 41 overs and cue fantastic celebrations at the Walla.
This was the second successive weekend for TC with our u21s Development side, skippered by Sam Curwen, crowned champions of Sunday Div 2 West following a good away win at Torrisholme last weekend. This re-enforced our decision to use our Sunday side to continue the development of a great crop of youngsters who are playing across our 3 Saturday teams. The team are looking forward to testing themselves in Division 1 next year.

Accentuate the positive

20 June 2019 News 1376

It's the 19th June 2019. The learning curve is steep. I knew it wouldn't be easy. Thornton Cleveleys Cricket Club is alive and well. We are hosting the AllStars programme on Friday evenings where 20+ young boys and girls have great fun learning the basic skills of cricket, aided ably by parents and grandparents. We decided to give priority to AllStars this year, holding the sessions close to the pavilion in order that the adults could make full use of the facilities our club has to offer. I hope they are enjoying their Friday evenings with us.

But we're nearly at midsummer -so cricket matches can start a little later. Consequently, we have a T20 fixture on Thursday 20th June starting at 7pm against Kirkham, needing a win to progress to finals day.

On Friday after AllStars, we have an Under 15 game against Chorley, starting at 6.45. Please try to support our teams of all ages.

Our first team continue to win matches -unbeaten so far and only thwarted on two occasions by the weather. Our second and third teams continue to remain competitive, in spite of the difficulty encountered on a weekly basis fielding our strongest teams. The best ability is availability. And then our Sunday team have set great standards under the captaincy of Sam Curwen. We made a concious decision at the start of the season to make this team an Under 21 team, and the lads have really come together as a group -training together on Friday nights and becoming a good bunch of lads who enjoy each others company. Again, please make the effort to watch this team when you can -they're a credit to the club.

We play a quarter-final of the prestigious Meyler Cup on Sunday 23rd at home to Torrisholme, start time 1.30. Hopefully the sun will shine on us and we can make further progress.

The onset of summer brings hedge growth and we continually seek the help of our members to keep our ground looking the best it can be, with bench seating for spectators free of brambles etc. Please feel free to adopt a bench and look after it!

We have worked hard to provide our players with a great facility and atmosphere in which to play sport. New practice netting has been erected to alleviate ongoing issues with our neighbours -it seems to be working, and I'm pleased about that. The bar has been revitalised with new products and new pricing. We aren't standing still and have now introduced Maltsmith's IPA, a refreshingly different product. The cask ales seem to have been well received -look out for more guests through the summer. Brian's gin bowls have been well received -impressing the Whitley Neill rep!

The club is still reliant on function bookings to enhance our commercial viability whilst raising the profile of the club in the local community. You'd be surprised how many people don't know where we are! In an ideal world, these function bookings would have little impact on the use of our club by our members -and generally that is the case. Where (typically) christenings are hosted on a Sunday during cricket matches, there can be issues created by rain. It doesn't happen often but all I ask is that our members are respectful to the requirements of a visiting party. On most occasions, the visiting party want to be able to cast their eyes over a game of cricket. To ALL playing members, I ask that you allow these functions to take place without disruption -that does not mean you are not welcome to come into the club. This has been the case since the new clubhouse was built -and it still requires this income stream to sustain it.

So let's keep things moving onwards and upwards. Put aside the things we aren't quite getting right yet -but please keep raising matters that need our attention. There was an excellent article in the Guardian a few weeks ago featuring case studies from 3 cricket clubs. Lowerhouse in the Lancashire League -where young ladies watch cricket! Leicestershire CC who claim they only survive financially on cake sales. A self-aware cricketer who decided the best contribution he could make to his club was to  be the media man. All three cases resonated with me -these are all factors that can affect clubs at all levels. But in essence the common theme is quite stark -cricket clubs need people to give freely of their time, be it playing, weeding, running the bar, administration, catering, coaching. 

I've found the last couple of weeks quite challenging. Sometimes in life you go the extra yard and get duly rewarded or well thought of. Sometimes, it gets thrown back in your face. I am honoured to be following in the footsteps of Gerald Brown as Chairman of this cricket club. And for all the negative energy I have encountered recently, I more highly prize the words of one of our senior members last Saturday -'You're doing a great job'. I choose to accentuate the positive.

Dave Rolinson

TCCC Chairman

Chairman's Update March 2019

25 March 2019 News 1283

Dear friends, colleagues and members,

Phew! We made it -a successful opening night of the bar, combined with signing on night and a quiz. What was achieved behind the scenes in a short space of time is little short of a miracle -or madness- but I knew we had some brilliant people at our club and they have come up trumps. Thanks go to all who helped, including our suppliers Lancaster Brewery and Primo Drinks who have been extremely helpful in enabling the night to be a success. All that was done is for the good of our members -and I hope you will all enjoy the result throughout the year.

I am pleased to announce the support of new sponsors for both advertising and match-balls -there's always room for more!

Our next step -getting the cricket ground side of our club ready! Plenty of little jobs and some larger annual tasks -please offer whatever time you can spare to assist Oli Vincent with Ground Force activities.

Finally, we look forward to welcoming opposition for a pre-season friendly on Saturday 13th April -hope to see many of you there.

Dave Rolinson