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.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Squirrel News - Issue 3 - July 2012

Squirrel News - Issue 3, July 2012 
Updates, news, and views from in and around Attenborough Cricket Club

A View From The Drey
The Chairman’s Thoughts...
Another wet month, when will we get some proper cricket weather????
Some good news though, to cheer us all up...........
We have been successful in our funding bid to Sport England!

This means that our Pavilion Development plans, linked to our ‘Inclusion Project’ – aimed at the Cricket Club becoming more inclusive for females and those with disabilities – can start to happen over the next few weeks!
However, despite this excellent outcome, we still need lots of help, support and involvement from members, non-members and contacts from in and around the club, as we still need a further significant amount of funding, or offers of materials to help keep overall costs to a minimum. Now is the time for you to come forward to let us know how you can help, so that the club and the local sports community can all benefit.
We plan to start the extension work in August, with the aim of having the developments completed by Christmas. We have set up a Project Development team consisting of myself, Paul Shoemaker, Mick Aplin, Liam Doherty (Architect) and John Birkin. John will be responsible for the day to day activities on site when the work starts with professional input from Liam, Bernard (retired QS), and Dave Bucknall (Builder). John will also be co coordinating the work force of ‘our members labour/volunteers’ and tradesmen. Please offer whatever help you can to help keep project costs to a minimum.
Another significant achievement occurring during June was the completion of the ECB Clubmark reaccreditation. Thanks to Dave Taylor for his work on this, ably supported by our coaches in ensuring we remain compliant. Having ‘Clubmark’ and illustrating our good practices across the club now for many years, should not be underestimated. An example of this is when submitting funding applications – always needed – and something from which we all benefit if successful.
Dave is to stand down from his role of Youth Secretary/coordinator at the end of the season, but is still very keen to remain active in and around the club, assisting wherever possible. Thanks to Dave for his work with the youth section over recent years.   
I welcome Graham Shaw onto our Committee as our new Secretary. Graham will be formally ‘sworn in’ at the AGM in November.
I hope you enjoyed the recent ‘socials’ linked to the European football nights. A special thanks to Paul Shoemaker for organising the catering!
The flood defence work is now nearing completion. Reinstatement of the turf is now to take place, and the contractors will be ‘off – site’ over the next month.

Old Squirrels
Senior Cricket News and Views
Like most cricketers this season, the Attenborough 4th XI has already spent more than its fair share of dodging in and out of the rain and bemoaning the bad news posted on the BBC weather forecasts as the weekend approaches. In between the many disappointments of the inevitable texts which have informed the players that the match is off we have managed to play quite a bit of cricket and what good cricket it has been. As I write the normal leaden skies that cover Attenborough each Saturday would appear to be giving way to some sunnier spells and the fourth XI currently finds itself second in the SNCL Division P.
As a development side, the fours have always sought to  give our talented junior cricketers the 0oportunity to play adult competitive cricket and to take their first steps up the ladder to participation at the higher levels of the club and, most importantly , to help encourage a life-long interest in the game. With junior cricket effectively ending at U15 it is good that Attenborough is now able to provide opportunities for our senior colts to continue in the game.
With no early season games scheduled, a cancellation after a typical early May deluge and then another week with nothing scheduled, our season finally got under way halfway through May with a match against some familiar faces in West Bridgford Legion 2nd XI. On what must have been the coldest day I have ever spent on a cricket field,  father and son openers Carl and Josh Knight got us off to the best possible start and kept the opposition fielders warm in racking up an opening partnership of 115. Josh scored a career best 66 – a performance which justly earned him the player of the month award. The total of 193 easily secured our first win.
Our next two matches were both against development sides similar to ours. Firstly at Oxton, where unseasonably hot weather saw us take on Gedling Colliery’s 4th XI and a week later back on Long Lane against the third XI of Notts Unity Casuals. Both games were a credit to the sides taking part, played in a good competitive spirit with fantastic performances from the younger cricketers from all the teams involved.  Against Gedling it was the economic bowling of our openers Ciaran Doherty and Calum Turney with great back up from Andrew Smith and Shachi Pai which restricted the opposition to a score which we were able to chase down. Against Casuals Sam Conners, playing in his first adult match, blew away their middle order with some class in-swing bowling before Shachi removed their captain with the ball of the season.
Three games , three wins. It couldn’t last could it? Well last week saw us brought down to earth a bit with defeat at the hands of an all-adult Stanton-by-Dale side that had obvious experience. Nonetheless the team acquitted themselves well and we will move on having learned from that.
In between the showers we have been training hard with members of the third XI and I am indebted to Richard Henson for all the hard work he has put in in organising those and for all his help and encouragement this season.
So a good start for the younger cricketers of the fours and the club can be justly proud of them.
Paul Hallam
Attenborough 4th XI Captain

Young Squirrels
News From The Youth Section...
Under 11s News
June has been a bit of a washout with 4 matches either rained off or cancelled at the last minute by opposition teams. However, we have managed to dodge some of the showers and have played two 8-a-side pairs matches and one 11-a-side cup match, with 12 of the group getting at least one game. Also, 6 of them have stepped up and played for the U12 team, including 9 yr old Tom Black.
All 3 U11 matches have been close;  the lads’ enthusiasm has been great, they have bowled well and some of the fielding has been exceptional, including a 20 yd under arm run out from the side on by Oscar Barnett – Connolly. Unfortunately our batting has let us down and we have lost out on each occasion as a result.
Best performances have been:
Finlay Meakin vs Carrington : 2 overs, 1-10 and 10 not out (top score)
Finlay Meakin vs Ellerslie: 2 overs 2-4 and 10 runs (top score) and
Will Humphriss vs Notts Unity Casuals: 3 overs, 1-10 and 9 not out (top score).
We’re now all looking forward to the 4 rearranged matches.
Under 12s News
In June the u12's played against Thurgarton in the league and Ellerslie in the cup, although both ended in defeats there were some good individual performances. Against Thurgarton Billy Jones took 3 for 14 with Hugh Shaw scoring 19 not out. In the game against Ellerslie we had 5 youngsters playing from younger age groups, the highlights being 32 not out by captain Ben Black and 9 year old younger brother Tom taking 1 for 12 in 3 overs.

Kwik Cricket News
I was privileged to help run the first Kwiks game on Sunday morning at Bramcote CC, we were the host team  we won 3 out of the 4 matches but it was not about the result. It was how well the juniors conducted themselves on and off the field. This was commented on by several people who were not connected to the club. On the field they were stars in their own rights, they batted, bowled and fielded outstandingly. Thanks must go to Jamie Hart and his team of coaches for all the hard work they have put in during the winter training and so far this year.
We have been invited to put two teams in a family day at Bramcote Cricket Club on Sunday 14th July starting at midday. If you are interested please let me know, it is open to years 2-3-4-5
Dave Taylor

Presentation Night
Due to our  successful grant application  we now are in a position to start building work at the ground. This means we have had to bring our Presentation Night forward to 27th July instead of September. I will be sending out more details in the next couple of weeks but it will be a night to remember. Watch out for the email

It is our intention over the coming weeks to put together a 'group' of girls who are keen to develop their cricket skills throughout the Autumn and Winter. Ashwini Pai (Shachi's Mum) has agreed to co ordinate this assisted by Vikas, and can be contacted through the Club's website for those interested.

Grey Squirrels on the Boundary
The Thoughts of Graham Shaw....
I have been associated with the club through my son playing junior, and now senior, cricket for only a relatively short time and it has therefore come as something of a surprise to find myself recently co-opted as secretary. 
Whilst the current year has been one of dreadful weather, disruption resulting from the flood defence work and change aplenty, the club's ambitious plans for the future are coming together beautifully.  
Of the many positive and exciting things happening at the moment I would like to focus on the life-blood of the club for the future.  Junior cricket has long been a strength under the guidance of various members and I'm sure it will develop further still.  The club can boast that over the last two and a bit seasons, 28 junior cricketers from the Under 13 to 15 age groups have represented adult teams from the Saturday 1st team downwards.  This is in stark contrast to so many teams around the leagues where junior players are an exception, and many of the players are even older than me!  The coaches, administrators, helpers and all those volunteers that are currently, or have previously been, involved deserve a huge vote of thanks. 
The advantages for the future are significant.  I see top quality cricket on the village green with the sun shining and the birds singing as an elegant cover drive glides across the manicured turf to hop over the boundary rope.  On the extended pavilion veranda and around the ground, the mature grey squirrels are passing on their wisdom to the next generation of the youngest squirrels.  Although 'sun shining' may be too much to ask for if this summer's anything to go by!  As 3rd team scorer, with an eye for a stat or seven, I can report that in 2011 no Saturday game was lost to the weather until mid July.  So far in 2012 55% of scheduled games have been washed out.  Irrespective  of the weather I can see a very bright future indeed.

A History of Attenborough CC
Part 1...
The first mention of Attenborough cricket comes from the Nottingham Journal on October 5th 1827. A cricket match “ Attenborough between eleven of Mo Morris’s Factory, Nottingham and eleven of the Parish of Attenborough for 11 sovereigns a side, which was won by the latter. Attenborough 91, Nottingham 33 and 55”.
The next notice comes after a fifteen year interval, on October 21st 1842: Chilwell 34 and 21 lost by one notch to Attenborough 26 and 30.
Then comes yet another break of six years when on September 18th 1848 Attenborough beat Wilford by “superior bowling and fielding”.
Through the 1850s notices of Attenborough cricket appear more frequently and show that, by and large, Attenborough had a better team than its opponents, beating Long Eaton, Sandiacre and Stapleford. Judging from the challenge that appeared in the press on September 11th 1857, Attenborough thought they were pretty good: “The Attenborough players are ready to play Keyworth for any sum of money at Trent Bridge – Apply Secretary, Blue Bell, Attenborough”.
This startling challenge tells us two important facts. First, Attenborough must have had an organised cricket Club, since they clearly had a secretary. Second, it is implicit that the Club must have played near the Blue Bell which, until 1938 – when the old building was de-licensed and the new pub built on Nottingham Road – was situated on The Strand opposite the present cricket ground.
From the mid-1860s, and for the next twenty or so summers, Attenborough CC disappears from the local press and in its place comes Attenborough and Chilwell CC with its ground next to the Charlton Arms. Attenborough United appears in 1888 when it hit the headlines by dismissing Long Eaton Baptists for just five runs. However, as the 20th century moves into sight, the side featured in the press seems to have been “Chilwell and Attenborough”. In 1902 they played such teams as Christ Church (a major Forest Club), Shipley Gate and Ruddington. The best player of this combined side was Walter Speak – related to Ian Murray – who appears to have been a very talented all-rounder, playing for Notts in a handful of games, before emigrating from Britain to Canada in 1911.
Whether Walter Speak was the catalyst for the reformation of the Attenborough Clun we may never know. But in 1904 – 05 this new Club was formed and in 1906 joined the Notts Cricket Association, with C. Sydney Hill of the Elms, Attenborough, listed as Secretary. The following summer Percy Clarke took over the Secretaryship. Percy was the side’s wicketkeeper and his reputation of keeping to Walter Speak’s leg breaks was renowned in local cricket – in 1910 Speak took all ten wickets for 22 against Dixon & Parker, Percy Clarke stumping five of those victims. Percy remained the Club’s Secretary until 1914 when cricket then more or less ceased for the First World War.
The only pre-War minute book which still survives is in fact that covering the 914 season. The Club had some 40 playing members and ran two sides each Saturday. The leading bowlers for the 1st XI were spinner H.Comery and W.Attewell – who may be the old Notts cricketer of the same name. The most consistent batsman was Percy Clarke – the only player to reach 20 on four occasions. Among the Club’s opponents that summer were Breaston, Chilwell, Beeston Town, Sneinton, Alvaston, West Bridgford St. Giles and several Nottingham firm sides. The last match recorded in the Minute Book took place on July 25th, when only nine players could be mustered. It was the end of an era.
Part 2 next month.

An Audience With...
This month’s Q&A is with ACC’s Groundsman Extraordinaire Mickey Aplin.
What is your first memory of Attenborough CC?
Batting at Number 11 for the 1st team aged 11 and going in after Nick Penna had his teeth knocked out by a bouncer! I lasted 2 balls.
What is your most memorable moment at ACC?
I think it has to be taking the field in the first ever Premier League match at The Strand with 8 others who came through the colts system - it would have been 9 but we only had ten men! (and I took the first catch at slip off Dobbie Rayner ).
What is your greatest achievement on or off the field?
Staying alive long enough to take 5 for 10 and hit the last ball of the game for six to relegate Wollaton.
Who is the best local cricketer you have seen playing for Attenborough?
Toss up between Alec McKinlay and Clive Rice (Alec probably wins as he is a bigger tosser).
What is your funniest memory?
When everyone swapped clothes on a Norfolk tour - which produced the unforgettable image of Geoff Gooch wearing Matt Brick’s jeans and Mango's shirt with a copper saucepan on his head and no front teeth.
Player of the Month Awards
Player of the Month Awards for June...
1st XI: Ben Bhabra
6 for 45 v Wollaton II , plus responsible batting and attacking bowling in other games in the month.
2nd XI: None
No matches played during June!
3rd XI: Andy Waddle
Bowled for 3rds for the first time last week, bowling 6 overs at the death under great pressure and bagged 3 for 21 keeping the opposition’s  total within reach. Andy is new to Attenborough CC this season and is a real team player and a great bloke to have in the club.
4th XI: Shachi Pai
For her total commitment to the side, her enthusiasm and the encouragement she gives to others, her consistent batting and bowling and, of course, THAT ball against Notts Unity Casuals!
Youth Section: William Airey
For Kwik Cricket Attenborough ‘Grey’ Squirrels, William has impressed in fielding, batting and bowling for the three Sunday fixtures that have taken place to date.
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.
Recent 200 Club winners:
1st (£50)  -12 Carol Kitching
2nd (£30) – 84 Colin Maber
3rd (£20) – 111 Kal Shadam
1st (£50) – 67 Stuart Carlisle
2nd (£30) – 50 Russell McKinlay
3rd (£20) – 139 Keith Sperry
1st (£50)  -154 Denise Weir
2nd (£30) – 39 Nick Clarke
3rd (£20) – 70 Luke Brierly

Tufty Says...
"Great news in getting the Sport England funding application approved - Over 1400 applications were submitted from all over the UK, with less than a third being approved/receiving a grant - ours being one of them - fantastic!!!!
Your Cricket Club now needs you to help out! "

If you have anything that you would like to include in future newsletters, which is read by players, non-players, VPs and the local community, please contact Nick Allcoat or Neil Francis. We could do with some pictures of 3rd & 4th team and Sunday team action for the next issue - those connected to those teams feel free to send some in!

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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