Sidmouth Cricket Club get NatWest CricketForce Day running earlier than most.

08:33 21 March 2014

cricket

cricket

Archant

Sidmouth Cricket Club is jumping the gun to get its facilities in shape for the forthcoming season, writes John Goodwin.

Werrington and De Montfort University are scheduled to be playing at the Fortfield on April 5 and 6 respectively, which are the designated days for clubs across the country to participate in NatWest CricketForce and get their grounds fit for action.

These early matches have necessitated Sidmouth allocating Saturday, March 29, as its NatWest CricketForce day. Even that early members will have to beware of flying cricket balls because Devon County Cricket Club is hoping to use the ground for its first outdoor practice session of the season on grass.

Groundsman Colin Whitehall said: “If the weather allows, this will be the earliest I have prepared pitches for. The dry spell in the middle of the month gave us a chance of getting the square and outfield ready but before then the ground was so wet it was impossible to get machinery on.”

Players and supporters have a number of painting tasks to undertake on the premature NatWest CricketForce day.

House and ground chairman John Goodwin said: “The timber clad pavilion and machine shed can never have too much preservative applied and the paintwork on window frames has suffered under the winter deluges.

“Cracks in the scorebox masonry need filling before a coat of paint is put on and the sightscreens need their annual spruce up.

“There’s also the synthetic turf practice net area to tidy up. Hopefully, we will have a good turn-out of players and supporters to get these tasks completed.”

If the weather holds, Sidmouth will have four weekends of warm-up games before the Francis Clark Devon Premier League season opens on May 3 with a visit to Bovey Tracey.

The Fortfield cricket programme is augmented by some prestigious representative matches. The Minor Counties champions, Cheshire, are hosted by Devon for a three-day match from July 6 to 8. Later that month the Minor Counties representative side meets Somerset II on July 24 and the following day MCC visit to play the Minor Counties Cricket Association. On May 11 Devon have a one-day match against Dorset.

Sidmouth has also been chosen to stage the area Twenty/20 finals on Sunday, August 10, with the representatives of four South West ECB premier leagues taking part.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

21 minutes ago
Football generic picture

Budleigh Salterton suffered their biggest defeat to date this season in the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division when beaten 9-0 at Newton Spurs.

Read more
21 minutes ago
Brixington Blues Under-12 action

Brixington Blues Under-11s were handsome 6-0 winners when they entertained West Exe Youth.

Read more
29 minutes ago

There’s not been too much going of late up here on the common for me to report, writes John Bridgman.

Read more
16:42
Jonty Wright (second left) and Josh Findel-Hawkins (second right) with the Devon Under-14 squad that was in action at Milton Keynes.

Exmouth youngsters Jonty Wright and Josh Findel-Hawkins joined up with fellow county players this Saturday to travel to the National Badminton centre in Milton Keynes representing Devon Under-14s against Buckinghamshire.

Read more
16:40
Action from the Withycombe Under-14 defeat at Topsham

Withycombe Under-14s were beaten 43-0 by a well-drilled Topsham side who commanded most of the game.

Read more
16:39
Dave Mundy, Jane Babbage and Peter Nelson who played in the South African competition

Three croquet players from East Devon swapped the English winter for a South African summer to play in the Western Cape Open Championship held at Somerset West near Capetown, writes Colin Walls.

Read more
14:53
Football generic picture

Exmouth Town have earned themselves a lucrative Devon Bowl meeting with Exeter City.

Read more
07:57
Exmouth at home to Barnes. Ref exsp 08-17TI 7521. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth 2nd and 3rd XVs are enjoying a successful season.

Read more
07:57
Harry Webb (far left) with coach Harry Fitzpatrick

Former Lympstone ABCs Harry Webb will make his long awaited professional debut when he appears on a bill in Swindon on April 8.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:53
Exmouth at home to Barnes. Ref exsp 08-17TI 7493. Picture: Terry Ife

Cockles head coach Jon Hill spoke after the Barmnes win.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read Sport

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications