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A new dawn 30 Mar 2015 (Eynsham Cricket Club) Patrick Arnold reports on the season ahead

It’s been a tough few years for members down at the Eynsham Cricket Club. If the fire that razed the clubhouse to the ground in January 2012 was not devastating enough, the floods of last winter left the outfield down at Cassington Road so bereft of grass that no cricket was played there at all in 2014. But out of the ashes (and the quagmire) the club now faces a really exciting future. Through generous donations, assistance from sporting bodies and a lot of hard work by a number of people, the pitch is covered in lush green grass and on the boundary now sits a fantastic new clubhouse worthy of a great village cricket club. Why not come and see the opening ceremony and match against Wimbledon CC on Sunday June 14 - or better still watch league games starting on Saturdays from May.

There are also big plans for the junior section, continuing on the work started with the primary school during our exile last year. In addition to the Thursday night training sessions at the school, junior members (and parents) will be encouraged to attend sessions at the clubhouse on Friday nights. Furthermore, Eynsham intends to run sides at U15, U13, U11 and U9 age groups. Please contact us if your son or daughter is interested in joining in.

But it’s not just about the kids. Fundraising remains important and so from BBQs, visiting Aussie teams, parties to race nights, there is lots to come and see - not forgetting the new clubhouse and bar! We need more senior players too, of all abilities. To encourage Dads back to cricket we are having some Sunday morning Dads' games to seek out the talent we know is lurking in the village.

Your cricket club needs you this year, see you all down there soon! Dates to note:

  • Sunday 14 June Official Opening Day of the new clubhouse and match v Wimbledon CC
  • Sunday 5 July Eynsham v Troopers CC of NSW, Australia
  • Sunday 31 August President’s Day and Beer Festival
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