Claverham looking forward to the new season with confidence

PUBLISHED: 14:39 13 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:39 13 March 2018

Lloyd Richardson.

Lloyd Richardson.

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Claverham are looking forward to the new season with confidence and will take to the field with a reformed Saturday 3rd XI.

As a new season fast approaches, Henley Lane is preparing itself for another busy season of cricket.

This will be the 113th year of cricket at The Wood Memorial Ground, famous because the great WG Grace once played at Claverham, in fact a road in Yatton was named after the great man.

This summer a new team will take to the field in the shape of a re-formed Saturday 3rd XI, who will play their home games at the picturesque Blagdon cricket ground.

This new side is fundamental if the club is to develop young cricketers and secure the future of the club said chairman Roger Copeland.

It is very easy to sit back and accept playing numbers and interest in cricket might be falling, or, says Roger, you can take a positive approach and provide additional facilities and playing opportunities for the people of Yatton and Claverham to enjoy and that is what we have done.

With the help of some experienced players and a number of talented young cricketers, Claverham will take on the likes of Clevedon and Nailsea in what promises to be an exciting new league.

It will also ensure the clubhouse is busy every Saturday as the players, parents and supporters all return to base to discuss the day’s matches. It should also help create a healthy competition for places within the club.

Lloyd Richardson will again skipper the 1st XI after their relegation from Premier 2 last season. Together with his fit again vice-captain and all-rounder Mick Edmunds, Richardson hopes to steady the ship and rebuild focussing on a healthy team spirit.

Senior indoor nets are already underway and continue on Sunday evenings from March 18 at The Downs School, Wraxall 7-8.30pm.

In a change from previous seasons, Mat Davis will co-ordinate the senior coaching effort which in the summer takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6pm and will lead the coaching team this season.

Mat who recently completed his level two coaching badge and is a highly regarded cricketer in these parts, will have at his disposal a number of other qualified coaches to work with him throughout the summer.

Copeland added: “We are fortunate to have Richard Horton as our youth cricket co-ordinator for this coming season.

“Richard has vast experience of both junior and senior cricket locally and will be pivotal in identifying and nurturing young cricketers as they make the important step up to senior cricket.

“As a club we welcome new junior and senior members and would ask anyone interested in playing cricket to contact the club through the website or via social media.

“This season we will be running Kwik Cricket again on Friday evenings and Under-11, 13 and 15 sides as well as entering the Under-19 T20 competition with coloured kit, music and barbeques to entertain.

“I must also mention the progress made by both our ladies’ side and recently-formed girls’ cricket teams. With qualified coaches led by Andy Copeland and safe facilities, our ladies and girls sections have grown quickly. Anyone interested in joining this section should contact Zoe Patterson.”

Off the pitch, the club has made a number of changes to the bar which should please both members and supporters alike and thanks to a significant investment during the winter facilities are better than ever.

The club is an important part of this community and always welcome neighbours in for a drink and a chat. They can also offer excellent facilities for hire such as separate ladies’ changing facilities, disabled access and brand new showers and toilet areas for all.

Yatton is expanding rapidly and the club expect the membership to grow as new people and families arrive in the village over coming years, so it is important there are modern safe facilities to offer them.

New bar manager Wayne Richardson has done an excellent job in modernising the facilities and choices available to players and guests alike. What better place to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon than sat at Henley Lane watching cricket, a perfect English summer setting.

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