A very warm welcome to what we hope will be a summer of runs, wickets, catches and big smiles from our young cricketers. This 2016 season is exciting at the club as we continue to build on Burridge Cricket Clubs rich history in junior cricket. We have had a change of Committee during the winter with Rodney Doyle taking over as Chairman and Rodney is looking to continue the excellent work of Clive Slaughter who has supported colts cricket for many years.

Our catchment area for young cricketers is in the main from local schools around the Locks Heath, Park Gate, Warsash, Whiteley, Titchfield, Botley, Curdridge and Hedge End areas. This winter has seen more schools supporting our desire of making cricket a sport for all young people.

We are pleased that the new playing shirts will be available for all players, Jamie Perfect is running the distribution of these on a hire basis.  We encourage all our players to train as you play, with this in mind the playing shirt is a great example of self belonging, the shirt is the same that all club members wear with pride.

This season sees us enter the South East Hants Cricket League with sides at U9, 11, 13 and 15 age groups. Our U9’s will also compete in the Zooters festival at the Ageas Bowl and are being managed by Rodney Burt (see colts tab). We are pleased to announce that Rodders will guided by two Hampshire Community Coaches in Chris Wheeler and Club Coach Paul Barsby to run a unique 12 week training programme for our younger players every Friday evening at the club.

Our U11’s will be guided by the management skills of Gary Steward and supported by myself. We have an evening out at the T20 Skills Challenge at the Ageas Bowl to look forward to. We have some very talented individuals within this age group and a bond between new and more established members that should see excellent friendships develop on and off the field for many years.

Our U13’s are led by our longest serving manager in Neil Munz-Jones who has seen many of his former players make the leap into all four men’s teams. Neil will be supported by legendary local cricketer Richard Kenway who’s experience in playing and coaching is clearly rubbing off on all of the squad as they have made excellent progress with Richard over the past four seasons.

The older boys and girls at U15 level are being marshalled by the experienced head of Mark Randell. Mark has many years coaching, leading and managing in many sports and has an ethos of sport for all and encourages fairness and drive within his team. The U15’s this year will train with the adults on Wednesday night at 6pm at the club.

Our training nights for U9 to U13 will be Friday nights between 6pm-7:30pm at BCC. I am not one to wish the summer away but I will not contain mine and the clubs excitement that we at Burridge Cricket Club are going to be hosting some very famous cricketers on Friday 2nd September 2016 when we entertain Lashings All-stars. Not only will we sit and chat with some of the greatest players to have played the game then our young cricketers will have the opportunity for coaching sessions with some of the games legends before they play a T20 games against a Burridge Select XI.  Lashings moto is simple, they will never turn down an autograph, well I for one cannot wait.

Here’s to a wonderful summer,

Best Wishes

Neil Cunningham