Welcome to the 2019 cricket season. As we enter our fourth year of league cricket you find us in good heart and in division 9A, having narrowly won division 10A by one point last year. We are looking forward to continuing to play league cricket this year, and recognise the importance of fielding a strong team for each fixture as we hope to continue our progress through the league structure.
On Sunday’s we continue to play friendly fixtures, which are mainly 40 over games although we still enjoy the occasional timed game, 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.
On the captaincy front we are privileged to have two such able cricketers in Chris Munroe and Basil Letts to lead us on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Their playing statistics from last year speak for themselves and the 2018 award for the player of the season was one of the most finely balanced decisions the awards committee has had to make. I am sure the 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 fixture secretary, Tim Hale, team selector, Mike Ward, welfare officer, Jerry Knight, treasurer, David Whitehead, Aldenham Social Club liaison officer, Peter Munroe, and secretary, Matt Bazeley, all continue in post. Whilst it is fantastic (for me at least) to have this level of continuity in the leadership group it is equally important that other members of the club make their contribution, so I encourage you all to seek opportunities to do this.
Also many thanks to all those others who provide support to the club. In particular to David Whitehead, Charlie Munroe, Tim Hale, Chris Munroe 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.