Programme Notes – by James Butterfield
Good afternoon and welcome to Jenny Lane. As you read this our annual Beer Festival should be in full swing! I’ll either be flipping burgers on the BBQ, serving pints or slumped in the corner after trying to much 9% cider! If you are reading this before the festival starts (Friday/Saturday/Sunday this weekend), please come along, bring your friends and have a great time. The event is one of our main fund raising efforts and makes a big contribution towards our running costs.
After wins for the first and second team last weekend, the mood around the club is good. However, both teams need to keep on winning. The ones need to climb up their table to reach mid table safety and the seconds are in a race for promotion. Our third and fourth teams continue to produce victories on the weekend’s they are able to turn out their stronger teams. The fact that our juniors are often the catalysts for these victories is a positive sign that proves we are producing the types of characters that can perform in senior cricket. This relationship also works both ways, our juniors that are now batting for more overs and bowling longer spells on Saturdays are able to take these lessons back into their junior cricket and serve as examples to their colleagues.
I am one of the coaches for the Under 9’s team in our junior section. This involves looking after upwards of 40 boys and girls on a Friday night and then supervising their games on a Wednesday evening. Working alongside me are Daniel (Mini) Metcalfe, our second team captain and Richard Illingworth, ex-second team stalwart and son of Baildon legend, Mick Illingworth. Our matches are 8 a side, 16 overs each and played with a soft ball. We try and teach the basics of cricket and most importantly make sure everyone has fun and wants to keep coming back. We had a our first victory in a year and a half last Wednesday and it felt like we had just won the Priestley Cup! The junior section are always looking for more players, coaches, match-day helpers and sponsors. If you would like to help with any of these roles please let me know.
I’ll be crossing my fingers for a victory for the first team on Saturday. If we can beat Bankfoot and make it two wins in a row we can start to build some momentum. Johnny, Simon and Jack have done well in recent weeks and if they can continue their form with contributions from the rest of the order we can put 200 plus on the board. Similarly, if all our bowlers can build pressure together we should be able to restrict most teams.
Finally, a date for your diary. On Sunday 16th of July, we will be hosting our Junior Fun Day at the club. This consists of a 6 a side cricket tournament, stalls, food and of course drink (for the adults!). The six a side tournament is open to anyone, kids, adults, grandparents, cricketers and non-cricketers alike. The under 9’s will be running the tombola stall, so please if every club member could give me one donation each to be used as a prize on the stand it would be much appreciated. A bottle of wine, a big bar of chocolate, a shampoo and shower gel set – you know the score! Please give generously!!!
Enjoy the beer (and the cricket – hopefully!)