Welcome to the 2017 cricket season. As we enter our second year of league cricket you find us in good heart. We enjoyed success on the field in 2016, having won all our completed games in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League in Regional Division C West and also having won the 2016 Kreeda International Hertfordshire Village Trophy. We are now looking forward to playing our league cricket in the main league this year, having been promoted to Division 10A. Only another 19 divisions to go before we are in the Premiership!
On Sunday’s we continue to play friendly fixtures, which are mainly timed games, in the grand tradition of English village cricket.
We look forward therefore to welcoming back not only our regular opposition, but also a host of new teams, although it is always a particular pleasure to see familiar faces. We value your friendly competition and commit to ensuring that the great sporting traditions of our game are maintained.
Welcome back to our playing members and occasional team mates. We are fortunate to have a thriving club but we are not complacent and we continue to seek out new talent to maintain the lifeblood of the club and to play our part in supporting Aldenham Social Club.
Nic Hale and Charlie Munroe continue as Saturday and Sunday skippers respectively. I am sure both captains will continue to receive the full support of the club members and that this is reflected in the collective commitment to timely attendance and assistance with pitch preparation.
The honorary president, Richard Kirby, of the Digital Office decided to stand down from this role at the end of 2016. We thank Richard and the Digital Office for all they have done for the club and we will continue to benefit from the new sight screens which were donated in 2015. I am delighted to report that at the AGM in November 2016 Colin Hewett accepted appointment as our new honorary president. Colin has been a member of the club for over thirty years and I am sure this role will allow Colin to continue to make a huge contribution to the club.
The team selector, Danny Morgan, also decided to stand down at the AGM. Many thanks to Dan for all he has done in this role which brings its own particular challenge of fielding two competitive team every weekend, whilst still ensuring we provide all the members the opportunity for a game. I’m please to say that Mike Ward has agreed to step in to the role, although he did so with the proviso that we actually committed our selection policy to writing. This proved to be a good opportunity to fill a four hour car journey from Jaipur to Delhi with Mrs Letts debating the finer points of the decision making process! I’m pleased to say that after the scrutiny of the committee and all the members at the AGM we now have a documented policy. We will wait to see if it survives the 2017 season intact or whether further refinement will be needed.
Also many thanks to all those others who provide support to the club. In particular to David Whitehead, Charlie Munroe, Nic and Tim Hale, Chris Munroe, Tanios Watfa and Pete Munroe for their hard work on our square, which is a great credit to Aldenham Cricket Club; to our vice presidents, who continue to make an important financial contribution to the club; to the other members of the committee and to Aldenham Social Club itself, for providing an idyllic setting for village cricket.
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