CATTISTOCK & SYMENE CRICKET CLUB
The cricket club held their annual dinner and presentation night at the Winyards Gap Inn attended by 56 players and guests to celebrate probably the greatest achievement in the club’s history. By winning Division One this season, we should be promoted to the Premier Division subject to meeting certain criteria laid down by the Dorset Cricket Association. This year of the 18 scheduled matches 16 were won, 1 lost (by 6 runs) and the other rained off, gaining 323 points to win the league by 55 points from Swanage.
In May, we were awarded the league sponsors Team of the Month for the 5th time in the last seven years. Award winners were presented with their trophies by our new president, Andy Nicholas. Winners this year were Jon Legg, Martin Langford, Steve Tucker, Bradley Mullins, Liam Toohill, Eric Woolard and Renier Fourie. Renier is a 20 year old South African from Kimberly who came over to play for us this season, living with Ian Langford in Yeovil and working for our president at Chalmington Manor. Presentations were also made to Tina and Hayley Damen and Maggie Hayden for their services to the club especially on match days.
One of the promotion criteria requires the club to have at least three youth teams playing in leagues. We have agreed a merger with Symene C.C. (Symondsbury) who have the required youth teams . Next season we will be known as Cattistock & Symondsbury C.C. with teams in 3 divisions of the Saturday league. The 1st eleven will play at Cattistock and the 2nd & 3rd teams in divisions 4 and 6 will play at Symondsbury. With a bigger pool of players this should safeguard the clubs for years.
It will not be easy playing against big clubs like Poole, Wimborne, Dorchester, Sherborne and Broadstone so next year will be a big challenge but we are looking forward to giving it a go!
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 and only last year they again reached the final of the KO Cup.
The Club currently has three teams: The Saturday team that plays in Division 1 of the Dorset League and two Evening teams who play in the Dorchester and District Evening League.
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