Cricket Club

Cattistock Cricket Club, Division 1 Champions 2019

CATTISTOCK & SYMENE CRICKET CLUB

The Cattistock and Symene cricket club face a challenging season in the first year of the amalgamation. In all there will be 9 teams including 3 junior sides, in playing in various leagues, plus 3 Saturday sides with the first team playing at Cattistock in the Premier League, the second eleven playing in division 4 at Symondsbury and the third team playing in division 6, the games being played at Symundsbury and 4 games at Cattistock. There will be a Sunday league side playing at Symondsbury and an evening league side playing in division 3 of the Dorchester league. The evening games will be played at Cattistock.

Hopefully, weather permitting, ground preparation will soon be underway and it would be appreciated if dog owners do not use the field as an exercise/toilet facility. As we are now a Premier League club, more care than ever will have to be taken to ensure that facilities meet the required standards. It is probably not generally known that the club pays £650 per year to use the ground and we hope people respect the wishes of the club, to help us maintain our standards. There is no right of way across the field.

The first home game of the season, on Saturday May 2nd, is a Premier League match against Sherborne. This is followed on May 9th with Dorchester away, then May 16th Martinstown away, May 23rd Christchurch Home and May 30th Poole away. Spectators are most welcome and if anyone wishes to become a member or match day sponsor please let me know.

In the last two seasons we have had an overseas player to help raise the standard on the field. One was from New Zealand and the other was from South Africa. Teams are allowed one overseas player and at the present time we are talking to a player from India, but nothing is definite yet. We are not allowed to pay them or give any financial incentives, just a roof over their head plus a job of some description.

Here’s hoping for an enjoyable season, but we are under no illusions that it will be a challenging one.

Richard Langford 01300 320768

 

Billy plays a defensive shot against the Broadstone attack
John playing an off drive for another run

There has been a Cricket Club in Cattistock since before the wars. All that time the playing field has always been kept in superb condition, with all the work being done then at it is now, by the club’s willing supporters from across the village. And, through local funding, in the 1980’s the original pavilion was replaced with the existing building.

As well as always being a very friendly club to join, the Cattistock Cricket teams have been very successful over the years. They have won the Regional village trophy a few times, as well as the Dorset League and KO Cup.

Throughout the winter months the players maintain their good form with net practice, which this year is being held at Perrott Hill School, Crewkerne.

So, if you feel like watching some good cricket, in a beautiful setting, or maybe trying hand with bat or ball, why not contact the club and get some details, they would delighted to hear from you.

Please contact Richard Langford on 01300 320768

Behind the scenes, Buddy mowing the outfield
Behind the scenes, John prepares the wicket for the next match
Richard, Cattistock's Scorer
Ian leads the drinks break against Broadstone
 Steve getting a couple of quick runs
Ben sends one to the boundary
Buddy bowling for Cattistock
The Cattistock pavilion
A close call