Welcome to the 2018 cricket season. As we enter our third year of league cricket you find us in good heart. After winning all our completed games in 2016 in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League in Regional Division C West we found life in Division 10A more challenging, ending in fourth place after winning 9 out of 18 games but crucially having 3 “no results” in rain affected games, when fielding a full strength team. We also retained the Kreeda International Hertfordshire Village Trophy, having won it for the first time in 2016. We are looking forward to continuing to play our league cricket in the main league this year, and have resolved to ensure we field a strong team for each fixture.
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.
It’s all change on the captaincy front, with Chris Munroe taking over from Nic Hale as Saturday skipper and Basil Letts taking over from Charlie Munroe as Sunday skipper. A special mention to Nic for taking us safely through the first two years of league cricket in the manner he promised when he took on the role. We wish him and Sophie a happy retirement in the West Country and it was great to see so many club members at Aldenham Social Club in February to wish Nic well and to thank him for all he has done for the club. I am sure the new 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, Tanios Watfa, also stood down at the AGM. Many thanks to Tan for all he has done in both this role and also in managing the club’s website. Tim Hale has kindly agreed to step in to the role, continuing the long line of service from the Hale family.
Mike Ward continues as team selector and I’m pleased to say the selection policy largely survived it’s first season with only minor refinements being agreed at the AGM. Mike has also taken a keen interest in the website and has devoted many hours to recording the club’s historical averages, for which, given the running commentary on WhatsApp, I know many members of the club are very grateful.
The club welfare officer, Jerry Knight, continues in post and it was particularly pleasing that his contribution to the club was recognised at the 2017 awards dinner when we was given the clubman of the year award in recognition of all he does for the club.
Also many thanks to all those others who provide support to the club. In particular to David Whitehead, Charlie Munroe, Nic Hale, 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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