Middleton Cricket Club April update


CRICKETER BRIAN TOWNER is back to talk about Middleton Cricket Club. In last month’s issue he talked about the growth of the junior cricket sides now he looks at the senior teams, disability cricket and how the local community can help.

Q: What can Middleton Cricket Club offer senior (over-18) players?
Brian says: “We have three teams that play on a Saturday, the First and Second team play in Division 2 Sussex Premier League. We also play Sunday matches and weekday games, against touring teams, this standard can vary and we pick the teams appropriately,
sometimes it’s an all-day match or it can be a T20 event, like a festival, with many sides playing.
The third team, called the Academy side, play in the West Sussex Invitation League. This side is the entry point for our younger players to experience senior cricket as well as a good place for those re-entering the game or playing for the first time no matter what your age. We also really need to find additional volunteers to help with the Academy side now.
Encouraging and supporting youngsters to make the transition from junior to senior cricket will help towards safeguarding the succession of the game at Middleton so we would really appreciate your help.
Last year a number of Colts had great success and played matches for the second team and we need more under-15 players for the junior league. We ensure that the young players are supported and are allowed to develop, with the result not always being the main

Q: Who is the senior team coach at Middleton CC?
Brian says: “We have been very fortunate to attract some very good coaches to help our own qualified support team. This year is particularly exciting with Mike Yardy, the former Sussex Captain and England cricketer leading the coaching team at Middleton. I’m sure he will bring a new energy to the club, with lots of new ideas.”

Q: I am only an average cricket player am I good enough to play for Middleton Cricket Club?
Brian says: “The club has opportunities for all people interested, so there is always a place to play and enjoy the game, whether it be league or perhaps a social match in the evening. Training is also available and takes place indoors through to Easter and outdoors at the Middleton Cricket ground.”
Q: What is Table cricket and how is Middleton Cricket club involved?
Brian says: “The Club hosts disability cricket games and in April we will be launching Table Cricket, a fantastic game played mainly by players with limited mobility, normally in wheelchairs, on an adapted table tennis table. It is played in some 600 schools and colleges around the UK but Middleton will be one of the first to offer it at a cricket club. We are looking for both players and volunteers to help run the sessions if you are interested please contact Matthew@extracover.org.uk

Q: I love cricket but I am not a player I’m more of an administrator - is there a job I could do at Middleton CC?
Brian says: “We would love to hear from people from all walks of life who love cricket. We need administrators to help us organise the teams, away fixtures and events. If you would like to try your hand at scoring, cricket ground maintenance or just come and have a drink and watch a game of cricket on a Saturday, Sunday or midweek - everyone is welcome. If you can bake a mean cake we need help with the cricket teas. Boys and girls out there who would like to have a go at cricket - get in touch. If you have played cricket and would like to start playing again - join the Academy all standards are welcome. If you would like to train as a cricket coach we can help fund and support you or if you want to be a coaching ‘helper’ there is space! Event organisers, fundraisers, party planners and potential sponsors - we need you too.
It’s great fun to be involved here and no contribution is too small. Our Cricket Force Weekend is 9-10 April when anyone can drop in to find out more about the club. It’s a day when we get the ground and our facilities ready for the upcoming season with plenty of
painting and hedge trimming with a free bacon roll and coffee for all those who can donate an hour or two. All equipment and materials are supplied and kick off is about 9.30am. Or come to our Quiz Night on Saturday 9th April. We would love to see you there.”

Who do we contact to find out more about Middleton CC?
For more about junior cricket email Brian Towner at brian.towner@btinternet.com
For senior cricket, the Quiz Night, Cricket Force Weekend and all other aspects of the club contact Cricket Club Secretary Ian Burrows burrowsmcc@hotmail.co.uk or 07917603085 and join us on Twitter @MiddletonCC
Interview by Kate Stewart
NOW Every Wednesday from 5.30pm until 6.30pm - junior cricket coaching has started at Arundel Castle Indoor Cricket School.
Every Sunday 5pm until 10th April - Senior coaching winter nets at Littlehampton School.
Sunday 24 April - 1pm at Middleton CC - Middleton Cricket Club’s 1st Round of national cup against Burridge at home
Saturday 7th May - 1pm – All three Saturday teams start their league matches with the 1st team at Middleton CC in a local 100-over derby against Pagham
The Middleton Cricket Club ground address is: Middleton Sports Club, 3 Sea Lane,
Middleton on Sea, PO22 7RH