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Fantastic Weekend for Windsor CC

By August 25, 2009January 13th, 2012No Comments

Windsor Cricket Club celebrated a fantastic season with their 2009 Cricket Weekend, which commenced on Friday 21st August. The weekend saw the beginning of a new regular fixture on the local sporting calendar, the realisation of a club’s promise and culmination of 4 years of hard work.

Windsor 6’s
The weekend started with the club’s first annual Windsor 6’s Tournament on Friday 21st August. The 6-a-side tournament saw 14 teams from far and wide compete to be the first winners of the Windsor 6’s Trophy. Teams came from far and wide and after a fiercely competitive day say a final contested by Aldershot Cricket Club and Windsor Cricket Club’s own Under 15 side. In close fought game, Aldershot managed to beat the cream of Windsor’s youth, but have laid down a marker for next year as I am sure the rivalry will be continued.

Positive news that the event raised a considerable amount for the coaching development fund and further raised the club’s and event profile. Further details of the event, with photos, results and details of how to enter in 2010 will be available from windsorcc.com shorlty.

1st Team win promotion to Division 1
Saturday will see the club’s first team defeat Bagshot in a Thames Valley Cricket League Division 2A encounter and gain promotion to the top Division of the league. With Windsor runaway leaders at the top of the league, this game was the crowning achievement for Wes Nichols and his team as they increased their lead to an unassailable 75 points (on bitter rivals Datchet) at the top of the league with two games to go.

Presidents Day and Net Opening
The weekend concluded with the official opening of the new outdoor net facilities at the club’s annual President’s Day on Sunday 23rd August. This event marked the completion of an ambitious project by the club that has taken in 4 years of planning and fund raising. The £40,000 facility was opened by Club President Tony Monk, along with Mark Roche (ECB Cricket Development Officer for Berkshire) and Cecil Fright (Chairman of the Berkshire Cricket Board).

The final key link in the chain of this development has been the support of the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), who donated over £30,000 towards the net’s creation. This was as a result of the club reaching and meeting the criteria to obtain the ECB Club Mark award, which recognises clubs that are looking to encourage cricket’s development in the local community. As an ECB focus club, Windsor CC is striving to raise the profile of the sport in the local area by offering the best facilities and coaching for development of young cricketers. The target is to make the already popular colts section the best in the area.

To also mark the event, a game was played between a current Windsor CC side (made up mostly of Under-25 players) and a team of former Windsor CC players. In the closely fought match, the game was won by the current Windsor CC side with notable performances by Ben Harris, Chris Kellard, George Gould and Kristian Baumgartner.

Finally to help commemorate the event and as a sign of sporting solidarity, Barclays allowed the Football Premier League Trophy to be on display at the club during the game. This allowed spectators of the President’s Day match and newcomers to the club, to have their photo taken with the trophy whilst the game is in play and a chance to look around the impressive new facilities.

With England also regaining the Ashes during the day on Sunday, the weekend was crowned off with a fantastic result (for nearly all Windsor CC Members).

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