A happy New Year to everyone involved at Oakley Cricket Club. 2019 was a big year for the club as we finished in our highest ever position. As a bonus, the Second XI maintained their status and the first ever Third XI also held their own.
The disappointment was that the First XI just missed out on promotion after a fantastic season. However, in a late twist, we received a Christmas promotion present from the HCL. This was after Ropley CC asked to be dropped down, due to a loss of key players.
This means that in 2020, we will, for the first time in our history, be playing cricket all over the county in the Hampshire League division Two. Whilst this is very exciting, Hampshire is the 7th biggest county in England and includes the Isle of Wight, so travel will become a key part of the season.
County Two welcomes you: There will be plenty of travelling around this summer
The aim is to be competitive in County 2 and look to survive and build. This is a big step for a club that was floundering in the second tier of regional cricket a few years back, but one we should be excited by, not daunted. We have plenty of young players who, with additional practice and focus, can improve and play at that level.
Whilst it is not the be all and end all, a new experienced player or two, would certainly be a boost. However, we need players who are going to fit in and be part of the club as a whole. If anyone reading this post is looking for a new challenge, you will be made welcome.
This could be someone new to the Basingstoke area, or perhaps a player who has competed at a higher level and wishes to step down and be part of a sociable village club. It may also suit younger players from a lower level who are looking to step up a couple of leagues.
If you are interested, or know a player who may be interested in joining, please contact Bob Lethaby on 07956 537076 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our winter net sessions have been booked at Dummer Cricket Centre. We have three nets booked on Wednesdays from the 20th February until the 1st April. Outside training starts from the 8th April at 6:00 PM. Training is for all three teams plus selected Colts who will be a part of our 2nd and 3rd Teams this season.
All the end of season groundwork was completed but after a couple of years looking shiny and new, the club looked a little tired last season. The clubhouse needs decorating and the garden areas need an upgrade and a good few sessions of TLC.
We will start working on the club when a bit of spring warmth arrives, hopefully at the beginning of March. We will keep you posted on dates but please do come and join in with tidying it all up. The clubhouse looks fantastic when it is clean, inside and out.
For all those of you involved in the indoor league, it resumes next week, with places always available, especially on the Wednesday night teams. We have been fielding four teams which is a great achievement for a club our size.
So, once again, I hope all members have a happy and prosperous New Year as we look forward to the most exciting and challenging season in our long history.
‘Afore we travel…