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

Thu, 13:05

Exmouth entertain Clifton in their latest National Two (S) match this Saturday (December 3).

Read more
Thu, 13:02

Budleigh Salterton ladies went out of the ADL Chartered Accountants Devon Women’s Supplementary Cup, beaten 8-1 by Feniton in a quarter fin al tie at Greenway Lane, writes SpursTom

Read more
Thu, 13:02

Budleigh Salterton Under-16s eased their way into the quarter-finals of the Wotton Printers Devon Cup with a 6-1 success at home to Elburton Villa Juniors, writes SpursTom.

Read more
Thu, 13:00

Withycombe Under-13s were 55-5 winners when they hosted Brixham at Raleigh Park.

Read more
Thu, 11:30

As readers will no doubt be aware, the weather had played a significant part as to whether golf would be played up here on the common of late, writes John Bridgman.

Read more
Thu, 11:30

Rod Davidson, a long standing bowler with the club has been awarded his County Badge, writes David Roberts.

Read more
Thu, 11:29

Budleigh Salterton Reserves were beaten 5-0 on their visit to Axmouth United for a Macron League Division Two game, writes SpursTom.

Read more
Thu, 11:29

East Budleigh made the trip to Tiger Way Axminster last Saturday and completed a Macron League Division Three double with a same 3-2 victory as in the reverse fixture earlier this season, writes Mark Auton.

Read more
Thu, 11:29

Brixington Blues Under-10s defeated Honiton Hippos 3-1.

Read more
Thu, 10:28

East Budleigh Reserves took on Macron League Division Nine leaders and unbeaten Witheridge thirds and produced a good display to hold their opponents to a scoreless draw, writes Mark Auton.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 3°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

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


Show Job Lists

Find planning applications