IT’S hard to believe, given the snowy scenes around the Matlock area this week, but the start of the cricket season is a mere two months away.
With this in mind, the new committee at Matlock Cricket Club has been busy laying plans for the summer.
On the playing front, the first team will be looking forward to the 2012 season under the captaincy of Steve Pell.
Eranga Gangoda, a batsman and off-spinner with 30 first class games to his credit from Sri Lanka has been signed as the overseas player, following in the footsteps of Burton De Wett last season.
Gangoda’s record in Derbyshire at Killamarsh and Clay Cross is excellent and the club is looking to him with the other players, experienced and not so, to help push the team on to promotion in Division One of the Derbyshire County League and a return to the Derbyshire Premier League.
Matlock’s youngsters Harvey Hossein and Drew Mullaney will be looking to become permanent members of the team and gain further experience as they develop as county and club cricketers.
Harvey will also be travelling with the England Development Squad to India and the club wishes him well on that trip.
The second team will be led by the experienced Paul Chadbourne and Matt Haywood and will have a mix of players who have come through the junior section, as well as some who are more experienced. A similar arrangement is planned for the third team under the wise leadership of Guy Roberts.
Indoor training has started at Lea Green on Thursday evenings and sessions are going well so far. If anybody wishes to join these, they are more than welcome to do so, and just turning up would be fine.
The club now has Alan Morris, the ex-Derbyshire player, acting as coach, someone whose work is highly rated.
On the junior front, the club is looking forward to a busy season with teams taking part in local quick cricket and hardball leagues.
The committee is expecting a very strong season with Matlock CC’s five district cricketers leading the way and setting the standards.
Junior training has also started and, as the club is always looking for more players, interested parties are asked to contact Ray Mullaney or Bill Simpson about details on 01629 55589.
Matlock Cricket Club is currently organising a Quick Cricket Course at Highfields School over half-term, on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.
This will be run by a Derbyshire Cricket Board coach and details have been sent to all Matlock schools. Further details can also be obtained from Ray Mullaney.
A pre–season social event in the clubhouse is planned for Friday, March 16. All club members are welcome to attend for a pie and pea supper with details to be circulated soon.