Cleeve Cricket Club celebrate its 70th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 10:28 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:28 30 May 2018

Cleeve beer and cider festival.

Cleeve beer and cider festival.

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Cleeve Cricket Club is to celebrate its 70th anniversary in September with a dinner and a number of events during the summer.

As Cleeve Cricket Club celebrates its 70th anniversary, the club continues to thrive with two senior Saturday sides in the Bristol & District League, a Sunday team and three youth sides at under-11, 13 and 15 age groups.

Kwik cricket for younger children (5-8 years), for boys and girls is popular and a great introduction to youth and senior cricket. The club is inclusive welcoming boys and girls of all abilities.

Cleeve Cricket Club has for many years placed great emphasis on youth development, which continues to prove a success with the current senior teams comprising, in the main, players who have progressed through the youth system.

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club Captain, Chris Dent, played through Cleeve’s youth sides which is a testament to the club’s structures

Chris said: “I very much enjoyed my youth cricket up to under-17 level at Cleeve that offers excellent facilities and provides great grounding for young cricketers. I would like to wish the club every success in this, their 70th anniversary year.”

This year, all teams have been fortunate to secure shirt sponsors with the Kwik cricketers securing a t-shirt and ball to practice their skills. Fridays from 6.30pm is practice night for all juniors allowing parents/ guardians to enjoy a drink on the pavilion terrace in the sunshine! Seniors net on Tuesdays.

The club’s committee continues to invest in the club and its development. In addition to kit sponsors, Matt Carpenter, WEPL Premier League opening bowler from Clevedon becomes the first team’s first appointed external coach.

A level 2 qualified coach, Matt has plenty of top quality cricketing experience to back up his coaching qualifications with honours to include playing Somerset age group cricket, Dorset Minor County as well as second team experience with both the Gloucester and Hampshire county sides in recent years.

To celebrate the anniversary, a number of events are planned both on and off the field. From a cricket playing viewpoint, Cleeve will play the Bristol & District League Representative XI on July 15.

Further matches include: Somerset Under-15s v Berkshire – June 3; Somerset Under-14s v Berkshire – June 10; Somerset Under-17s Girls v Wales – July 25; Cleeve Chairman’s XI v Presidents XI – July 1; Bristol & District Cup finals – August 5; beer, cider and gin festival – June 15-17.

Off the field, the Cleeve mini beer, cider and gin festival will be taking place for the sixth year starting on June 15 from 6.30pm. Pints from just £2 will be available, complemented by the usual bar.

A barbecue will be available for food with popular local band Junction 19, back by popular demand, providing the entertainment. On June 16, the festival continues running in tandem with the Cleeve Summer Fayre, while the first team entertain St Mary Redcliffe.

June 30 welcomes back former club players from over the years to enjoy lunch and reminisce about days gone by while being entertained by the first team who will be hosting Blagdon.

The season finale will be a anniversary dinner on September 29 at the Masonic Lodge in Yatton.

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