Cricket Newsletter - December 2011

Message from the new Chairman

For those of you who do not know me, I am Matt Millward more famously known as Tower (something to do with my height I believe). I have been a member at the club since I was 10 years old and Sale Cricket Club is my second home. You may think that is a little sad but I can assure you my love for the club will hopefully make me a Chairman who can think about the long term health of the cricket section and provide a fun welcoming environment for all members and parents to enjoy. I have seen the cricket section thrive over the last few years and I am proud to say I have helped to get us where we are today, by taking on the roles of 1st XI captain, 2nd XI captain and Secretary. Now as Chairman I have the task of taking us to a higher level than we are currently at. We obviously will try and reach the Premier league both 1st XI and 2nd XI after narrowly missing out last season, but we also need the whole club to aim to be playing the highest standard possible throughout, especially on the Sunday and Saturday 3rd team. Having come from playing in the Under 11s here at Sale I know how important the juniors are to us and how important we can be to the juniors. I have formed lifelong friendships through cricket at Sale and I cannot stress strongly enough how hard people work behind the scenes to make Junior cricket prosper at Sale. Having re-formed the Junior section only 9 years ago I cannot believe how well we have done, but I know there is still a lot of room for improvement especially in communicating with parents, I hope you can remember that we are all volunteers who give up our time through the love of cricket and are always here to listen to new ideas and any gripes you may have, at the end of the day my aim is to provide a facility and culture that people can enjoy.

The AGM was held on Friday 7th October and the following appointments were made:

New Cricket Chairman—Matt Millward
Vice Chairman – Mike Wilkes
Secretary – John O’Donnell
Club Captain – Jamal Benzafar
Fixtures Secretary – Rick Hampton
Social Secretary / Events co-ordinator – Rob Merga
Junior Chairman – Paul Battersby
Ground Rep – Jim Younger
Treasurer – Roger Lee
Membership Secretary - Unoccupied
Communications Officer—Matt Savka
1st XI Captain – Ian Dixon
    2nd XI Captain – Keith Wellings
    Sun 3rd XI Captain – Lionel Thompson
    Sat 3rd XI Captain – Carl Hardicker
Over 40’s Captain – Iain Harrop

New Sightscreens on their way

We have been looking at several different models and manufacturers of sightscreens to re-place our wind damaged old sight screens with a view to placing an order in January ahead of the 2012 season. We have been fortunate to receive a very kind and unexpected donation from one of our ex-members Neil Fitton. Neil’s donation will significantly help our purchase of new screens. Thank you Neil!

Junior Winter Nets

Venue: Sale High School Start Sunday 26th Feb and are every Sunday until April 1st
1. Under 9's (Years 2, 3 and 4) - 1.30pm to 2.30pm
2. Under 11's and 12's (Years 5,6,7 & 8) - 2.30pm to 3.30pm
These training sessions are on Sundays at Sale High School in the Sports Hall.
The cost is £2 per session or ideally £12 payable on first session!


New Coaches

Paul Battersby and Nick Brookes are working towards their level 2 ECB Coaching Qualifications and Richard Foreman towards his Level 1 ECB Coaching Qualification. All are due to be completed ahead of next season.

Outdoor Junior Training

Outdoor Training for Boys will start on Monday 16th April 2012 at 6pm till 8pm at the club. Outdoor Training for Girls will start on Monday 16th April 2012 at 5pm till 6pm at the club. Academy Sessions: Formalised and will be invite only.

One to One Coaching can be sort through the Sports Development Officer and will cost £15 for a 1 hour session.

Chev recognised at Trafford Sports Awards

Sale Sports Club’s Sports Development Officer Rick Halkon was awarded Trafford Coach of the Year at the awards ceremony held at The Point at Lancashire county Cricket Club. Well Done Chev!

Senior Winter Nets

Starts Thursday 16th February, 8pm, Belle Vue for 1 hour (so be arrive early to be sure to get a bat!), cost £4 for Senior Members, £3 for Juniors / Students / Un-employed.

Who’s up for a challenge?

The Millward brothers Tower and Millers are planning to do the 3 peak challenge next year to help raise money for a well deserving charity and Sale Sports Club. Going to climb Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, all in two days!!!! Or at least that’s the plan.

Would anyone like to join them? Basic itinerary will be something like the following:

• Saturday morning drive to Ben Nevis set off at 5am and arrive at 11am.
• Climb Ben Nevis 11am - 4pm
• Drive to Scafell Pike 4pm - 9pm
• Sleep
• Wake up 5am
• Climb up Scafell pike 6am-10am
• Drive to Snowdon 10am -3pm
• Climb Snowdon 3pm - 7pm
• Drive Home

The initial thought was to do this in April, call it pre-season training if you like! If you are up for the challenge and to help raise some money please speak to Tower.


Joining Day will be Saturday 24th March from 12pm to 5pm. Process will be very quick for existing members.

Cricket Force Weekend: Also Saturday 24th March.

All junior members will be eligible to play for each of the Club's junior sections (Tennis, Cricket & Hockey).

Please NOTE there will be a limited to the number of cricket members we take on so be quick!

Boys £90 and Girls £50

Any families with more than one child shall pay £50 for a second child, and £30 for a third child. The cricket section membership will include:

1. All coaching fees
2. All match fees
3. A piece of Sale CC branded clothing.
4. Club kit for Under-11's (Sale CC playing shirts are provided for Under 9's and Under 11's)
5. Entry to the end-of-season party
6. Eligibility for Cricket Academy sessions

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