Although the official league season is now over, many of you have been away on holiday and training has been scaled back, there’s been so many things going on at Ashfield and still more to come before the season ends with our Awards Evening on Friday 13th September
On Tuesday 6th August we welcomed our guests from Hanover Park CC in Cape Town and though the weather intervened with two downpours of biblical proportions to prevent the match being played, a memorable day was had by all, as has been reported many times already on the social media pages.
Fortunately, owing to a cancellation by another club, the fixture was able to be rearranged for Thursday 8th August. A closely fought match resulted in a win for Ashfield by 21 runs, but the match was noted for outstanding sportsmanship from both teams. The Hanover Park club gave their tour the hashtag #BreakingBoundaries and the two days certainly demonstrated that the spirit of cricket knows no boundaries.
In between these events, Wednesday 7th August saw our Under 10’s – though in reality Under 9’s – play against Harborne in a post-season friendly. We all know what a strong club Harborne are at every level, so a comprehensive victory by our boys and girls was particularly pleasing to report.
Before all this happened, on Sunday 4th August, our Ladies took part in their first competitive softball festival and finished as runners-up to Kings Heath, a much longer established and experienced outfit. Next year, we’re looking to secure coaching and new equipment for our ladies to make their experience all the more rewarding. Well done to Pippa Beard for getting all of this off the ground.
At the end of what seemed to be a ridiculously short and intense league season, great progress was seen by all of our representative teams. The Under 10’s finished 2nd and the two Under 11’s teams finished 3rd (Lions) and 4th (Tigers) in their respective leagues. The Under 13’s and 15’s fared less well in terms of results, but the standard in their leagues was far higher than in 2018 and this led to a much higher standard of play and consistency by the time of the final fixtures. Playing at this high level has also made the transition to senior cricket much easier for those boys that have played for the 2nds, 3rds and 4ths.
On a slightly less positive note, we need to inform you that there have been a couple of instances of poor behaviour at Friday night training (YWR) where what might be seen as horseplay has sadly resulted in one of the children being too distressed and intimidated to return to the club. Naturally we are rather concerned about this and we would value your assistance in impressing upon your children the need for good and courteous behaviour towards other children and their coaches/managers/helpers at all times, so that we maintain our reputation as a friendly and welcoming club.
As to the upcoming events, we have already mentioned the Awards Evening on Friday 13th September, which will run from 6.00 pm, but before then
Friday 23rd August
Birmingham Bears vs Worcestershire Rapids 20/20 Fixture at Edgbaston.
We are using this as a Youth Section evening out. Under 16’s go free and adults can use a discount code that has been circulated by our managers to gain entrance for £10. It would be great if we can all sit together for this derby fixture.
Sunday 1st September (we know it’s a clash with Moseley Jazz Festival)
4th Annual Moseley Ashfield Under 9’s Softball Festival (Supported by Warwickshire Cricket Board). This will start at 10.00 am and be run on the same lines as in previous years. Please let Rob Green know of your child’s availability. We are looking to put out two teams, maybe 3 if enough are available. Any help in managing the teams, scoring, umpiring and assisting with catering will be much appreciated.
This will be followed by Moseley Ashfield Youth Section Fun Day from 2pm to 6pm-ish. The idea is that there will be age-group Single Wicket Competitions and (time-dependent) a Lads vs Dads match and a BBQ. Again, please contact Rob to confirm your attendance so that he can get on with organising the fixtures.
And looking ahead to 2020…
There is little doubt that the winter nets at Forward Drive had a positive effect on the progress of many of our youngsters and we will operate something similar in the New Year. More details to follow in due course.
We are also going to start registration for 2020 on 1st January, now that we have our online registration process working well. This will help our managers to plan more effectively for the 2020 season, so that we enter teams into the most appropriate competitions, coordinate ground usage and not have the potential wasted “registration evenings” so that we can get the training started more promptly and effectively.
Finally, in addition to our own winter nets, Complete Cricket have just announced their winter programme, which we have appended for your further information.
Here’s to a successful close to the 2019 season and an even better 2020 season.