Fixtures this weekend: Sat 1st XI @ Radcliffe-on-Trent, 2nd XI home to Hucknall, 3rd XI home @ Gedling Colliery, 4th XI home to Newark Ransome & Marles, Sun Charity Match.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Squirrel News - Issue 2 - June 2012

Squirrel News - Issue 2, June 2012 
Updates, news, and views from in and around Attenborough Cricket Club

A View From The Drey
The Chairman’s Thoughts...
Welcome to the 2nd issue of ‘Squirrel News’. The committee hope that you enjoyed reading the 1st issue and that you find the content within this edition interesting and informative.

Having experienced the busiest ‘close season’ off the field in recent memory, with the many developments planned, we then witnessed the slowest start to a new cricket season for several years thanks to the wettest April on record! Hopefully, the poor weather is now all behind us and we can get on with enjoying a summer of cricket.
The latest on the pavilion developments is that Broxtowe Borough Council has given its formal approval to our plans - excellent news, following 6 months in the planning. We now await the results of the various funding bids we have submitted to see how much of the project we can afford! The more ‘in kind’ contributions we can gain the better, as this will make the building project more affordable. We have already received significant pledges from some of our local business friends.
An example of how this ‘Cricket Force’ type of approach can really work is in looking at how our neighbours at Sawley Cricket Club achieved their aims in building a new pavilion – they had around 45 businesses ‘contribute’ to their project from contacts within their own club membership, by offering materials and labour, as well as gaining some financial support to underpin the success of the project. I’m sure we could do something similar. If you, or any contacts you may have are able to offer support, and would like to get involved in helping the club achieve its aims in improving the facilities, please contact me or any member of the committee. We will gladly help with any conversations with your contacts with regard to our plans.  
You may have already seen an in-depth article about Attenborough Cricket Club in ‘Cricket Club’ magazine – if not the issue can be viewed at All good for our profile – and illustrates the standing the club has in the local community.
The cricket to date........
A very good start to the season with most of our teams achieving early season successes – the T20 match at Calverton being particularly exciting! Let’s hope it continues as the season progresses. It is very pleasing to see several of our younger members now beginning to make their mark in the 3rd and 4th teams. I’ll be watching their progression into our 2nd and hopefully 1st teams with interest.
Look out for the first ‘Player of the Month awards’ later in this issue. Our thanks to ‘Owzat Cricket’ retailers in providing sponsorship.
Hopefully, you are enjoying hearing about life in and around Attenborough Cricket Club through these regular ‘Squirrel News’ updates. Throughout the Summer months we shall produce these newsletters on a monthly basis. If you’d like to make a contribution by submitting an article I’d be glad to hear from you, as the Committee are very keen for everyone to contribute to the clubs success on and off the field.

The Coach’s Thoughts...
Let me start by saying that I am absolutely delighted with the start that we have made to the season, from our youth teams all the way through to the First XL.
I am certain that this is a reward for all the hard work put in by every single person connected to the club during those bleak winter months- and I include a miserable May in that!
Whether that work was in the nets, behind the scenes or burning the midnight oil to make sure the admin gets done to keep pushing our fantastic club forward, the fact that we have all pulled together in this challenging period gives me a huge sense of pride and satisfaction.
On a cautionary note and whilst we have made a very encouraging start, this season is going to be hard work and will be full of lots of twists and turns. I am convinced though that if we continue to do the basics well and support each other throughout the club both on and off the field we will get our rewards.
Lets replace last season's troubles with promotion pushes throughout the club.
Jamie Hart.

Old Squirrels
Senior Cricket News and Views
As Attenborough III IX Captain I can say with pride that upon writing this article we sit on top of the League albeit only having played two games in the wettest start to a season I can recall!
It has been an easy transition for me personally, having moved over from heading our youth section for a thoroughly enjoyable four years. This has allowed me to build a third team around our senior Colts, many of them I have coached since they were using plastic bats and whacking a Kwik-Cricket ball over the clubhouse. Building on the great work done by Paul Hallam in the fourths I see my role to fine tune our young cricketers and help prepare them for the next step up to the second team and beyond. Along with support from other experienced cricketers we work on team and personal performance, technique and strategy whilst thoroughly enjoying ourselves in the process.  Both I and Attenborough expect high levels of cricketing etiquette and our juniors are always a great source of pride both on and off the field. There will certainly be some colts’ names to look out for and there have already been some fine performances in the first two games
Keep your eye out on our website for our wonderful match reports compiled by resident scorer Graham Shaw. They are often as entertaining as the game.
It has been a pleasure to work with Jamie Hart whose enthusiasm is infectious. His hard work at both adult and junior training sessions has galvanised every section of the club and we all feed from his positive mind set. I might even persuade him to turn out for me before long!!
I feel I must also comment on what I believe to be an Attenborough first. When Shachi Pai (our hugely talented U13 Nottinghamshire Girls captain) turned out last week for the fourth team, she was the first female to represent the Club at League Level. It was worth turning out just to see her beaming smile when she took her first wicket. Well done Shachi.
I am feeling so many positive vibes around the Club at the moment in what was always going to be a huge year. At fourth team level with our hugely talented juniors through to the first team who I have great confidence in bouncing back up to Division A, I sense the Club gathering a new found momentum. Exciting times ahead I am sure.
Richard Henson
Captain, Attenborough CC III IX

Young Squirrels
News From The Youth Section
This year’s training finally got underway on May 18th and for all those who attended that night it must have seemed like a winters day, but the following week we had summer back on track - fingers crossed it carries on for the rest of the season.
Due to all the work being carried out at The Strand this year the committee took the decision to split the age groups up to allow all ages the opportunity to train on the same night. We have Years 2-3-4-5-6-7 training at The Strand and years 8-9-10 at Long Lane. None of us were sure how this would work with so much of the ground out of use, but I think you will agree it’s working well and this is down to the commitment of the coaches who plan the sessions so they run safely and are enjoyable.
Kwik Cricket
We have two teams this year (Attenborough Red Squirrels and Grey Squirrels). Both teams start their matches on June 10th for 5 consecutive Sunday mornings, but we need your help to make these games possible please. The help can be from just making coffees to helping run a team on the day, there will be qualified coaches on the day to oversee the games, but it would be great to get the parents or even grandparents involved as well. If you are able to help out on Sunday mornings please let me know.
Junior Membership
Junior registration night (below) was held on a very wet Friday April 27th. This year’s intake has carried where last yer left off, with 102 signed on so far compared to 113 last year.
We are looking at having a Facebook page for Attenborough Cricket Club and would welcome any suggestions for this, including  what you would and wouldn’t like to see on the site.

Next Month
In next month’s newsletter we will add junior match reports and let you know how the teams are doing in the leagues.

It was great to see several girls sign on at the youth registration evening. As you know from the previous edition of ‘Squirrel News’, the club are looking to develop a Girls Section over the coming months under the oversight of Vikas Pai.
Vikas is the father of one of our ‘star’ young girl players – Shachi, who currently plays in both our youth and senior teams, and is in the ‘Excellence Player Pathway squad’ at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.
If anyone is interested in getting involved please contact Vikas through the clubs website.

Developments in the Den
Following meetings with Broxtowe Borough Council Planning department representatives, the Committee are pleased to announce that the clubs development plans have been now been formally approved. You'll note a slight change to the roof design (now hipped as opposed to cable ended) and dormer, as requested by the Council. We now await responses to our funding applications, together with any other help from our membership contacts and local community/businesses, to see if our plans can turn into a reality.

We have recently taken delivery of 4 standalone practice nets, together with portable sightscreens to be used at West Hallam & Long Lane Grounds. The nets have already been used at the youth training evenings and the seniors are also planning to use them to practice a variety of skills. These nets & screens were purchased from Tildnet Ltd. Based in Bristol. The Chairman, Joe Downey does a lot of work with Cricketing Charities, one being 'Cricket without Boundaries' - an organisation enabling volunteers to coach cricket in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda & Botswana using cricket metaphors to work in deprived areas and helping to develop these areas in medicine health etc.

Needless to say that when we spoke to Joe when he came to visit us at The Strand, about our Inclusion Project - helping those with disabilities and promoting girls cricket, he was very keen to help us. Joe has kindly donated 2 boundary ropes (retail around £1,000) in support of our project. We are very grateful. If we can get the Pavilion extended/improved, along with a better car park (Environment Agency to fund), the ground will take on a whole new look - and the rope will be the finishing touch!

Grey Squirrels on the Boundary
The Thoughts of Paul Shoemaker....

Well it is nice to see the weather changing and that we have started to play some cricket at last. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the lady’s that have come forward to do teas-  it is a very difficult time when we are playing the majority of our games away from Attenborough, and many thanks to Elaine for pulling together all of the administration side of the process.
Over the years there have been many things that have set Attenborough CC aside from many others in the league, and one of these have been the standard of our teas that we provide at the club and I know all the players do appreciate the  way they are looked after, so thank you lady’s very much.
 Following on from this, we will be laying on food after the matches on Saturdays back at the clubhouse. So for the players on that day there will be either a BBQ or hot pork cobs, and I am sure there will be something left for those who have not played to purchase.
I was in the clubhouse on Saturday after our first full set of games and I must say the place was buzzing.
Coming events down at the ground are going to be a little limited at the moment as we do not know when we may have to start the pavilion refit, but on Friday June 1st we will be having a Jubilee Party which Rachel has put a lot of time into so please come along and support the club. There will be food and refreshment and we look forward to seeing you all there.
I am sorry to have to end on a bad note. The bar is part of my responsibility as vice chairman, and there has not been a price increase at the Club for nearly 12 months now , and since that time there has been a VAT  increase. I am meeting with our brewery and others to make sure that we are getting the best prices, but I am sorry to say some drinks will have to go up, but it will be the clubs policy that we will not be any more expensive than any other club in our league.
The only other thing I would like to ask is that those of you that have still not paid your 200 Club money can we have it in as soon as possible please.  Thank you.

An Audience With...
The first of our player/non-player profiles is a Q&A with Club President Geoff Gooch, celebrating 50 years as a member of Attenborough in 2012.
What is your first memory of Attenborough CC?
A warm welcome to the Club from Bill Evans (Mike’s Dad) followed by a blasphemous greeting from Clarkie (Gay) - when I went down to help on my first ground duty and dropped the pavilion keys in the gang mowers on returning them to him!
What is your most memorable moment at ACC?
To me, when the Club’s 1st XI won the Notts Combination League Title. The team contained 10 out of 11 players who had developed with “the Colts” who  I had coached for some 20 years after I took over this important section of the Club.
What is your greatest achievement on or off the field?
Seeing the Club develop over the years from a very much “village cricket” set-up to its current position as one of the leading clubs in the county, with a superb ground.
Who is the best local cricketer you have seen playing for Attenborough?
Very difficult, but sticking with the amateur ranks I would say our own Alec McKinlay. I would say that wouldn’t I!
What is your funniest memory?
A nearly flooded ground had curtailed the annual Club 6-A-Side and the stumps were left out in the middle. Who would fetch them in? Geoff Vickers and Bob Solloway were in the showers so they volunteered to race each other. Geoff was losing and slipped to reach the end on his backside for about ten yards. A certain lady local resident on The Strand wasted no time in protesting to the Club. She had happened to be looking through the window and seen “nude men on the village green!”
I could have answered differently to all of the questions as there have been so many happy memories as I reach my 50th year with the Club. I wish I had time to write a book!

Player of the Month Awards
Player of the Month Awards for May...
1st XI: Martin Rayner8 wickets in two games & 34 with the bat last week (top scored!).
2nd XI: Spike Turner
3 for 31 and very good fielding.
3rd XI: Matt ShawKept wicket superbly on early season, difficult wickets, few byes, 3 stumpings & 1 catch. Opened the batting and involved in 2 good partnerships, scoring 23 & 27 on each occasion.
4th XI: Josh Knight
Vice Captain, scored 66 in one match, batting as well as he's ever done.
Youth Section: Billy Jones
Billy has been the standout performer for the Under 12s so far this season, who has scored 10 and 9 runs respectively by opening the batting and taken 4 for 10 - including a hat-trick -  in a match against Keyworth Under 12s.
All of the above receive a £10 voucher to spend with our sponsors 'Owzat Cricket', cricket kit suppliers, together with £10 to spend on a round of drinks at our pavilion bar to celebrate. Well done to those detailed above - lets have more of the same as the season progresses!

200 Club
Subscriptions for the membership into the 2012 200 Club are now overdue. If you would like to renew your membership, or would like to join for the 200 Club for the first time, please see a committee member for more details. Membership for 2012 remains at £20.
Winners thus far in 2012 are:
1st (£50)  -137 Pol Johnson
2nd (£30) – 144 Toby Sheppard
3rd (£20) – 34
1st  (£50) – 40 Tim Clarke
2nd  (£30) – 83 John Mangham
3rd (£20) – 126 Nick Allcoat
1st  (£50) – 81 Mike Reeder
2nd  (£30) – 12 Carol Kitching
3rd (£20) – 117 Joe Rees-Jones

Tufty Says...
“Is it safe to come out now, has the rain stopped?”.
If you have anything that you would like to include in our revised format newsletter, which is read by players, non-players, VPs and the local community, please contact Nick Allcoat or Neil Francis.
If you have any ideas relating to progressing life at Attenborough Cricket Club, or would like to get involved/help in some capacity, such as playing, coaching, administration, planning, catering, website or simply wanting to be a part of developing the Cricket Club, please contact one of the Club's Committee members. The club aims to promote inclusivity. More information about Attenborough Cricket Club can be found at

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