Cricket 2021

09 March 2021 News 197

Hello to all,

As we tiptoe toward a return to life as we knew it, I just wanted to bring everyone up-to-date with developments on and off the field. We are excited to have a new shirt sponsor on board for at least the next 2 years and have been working extensively to attract more sponsorship revenue. I am delighted to reveal that we have today placed an order for a new outfield mower -and Paul is extremely keen to put stripes into the grass! And we have refreshed the batting cages for the safety of all.

The cricket season is scheduled to start 17th April and, as further easement to the lockdown permits outdoor drinks from 12th April we will, of course, endeavour to provide matchday refreshments as last season. We all hope that the roadmap works -and that you will be able to enjoy the club in full from 21st June.

We are ever reliant on our members subscriptions to sustain the club and grounds. Cricket is not cheap to host! You will remember that we asked for a notional fee for player subscriptions last year (£20) which contributed towards costs. Membership fees for 2021 are as follows :

Senior Player £80. Under 11-Under 17 £87 (£55 subs, £20 sunday coaching, £12 patron fee(Parent/guardian)). Up to age 11 £57 (£25 subs, £20 sunday coaching,£12 patron/parent).

Patrons fee £12, Vice-President £20.

As we are unable to host the traditional 'signing-on night', we ask where possible for fees to be paid by direct transfer. Our bank details :Thornton Cleveleys CC account number 50192264, sort code 01-07-05. Players will receive their new shirts prior to the commencement of the season and we would greatly appreciate payment of all player subs prior to the start of the season.

I very much look forward to seeing you all at the Illawalla this season and appreciate your continued co-operation in helping our club survive this period of uncertainty.

Dave Rolinson



18 November 2019 News 1719

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 4024
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.