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    12 May 2016

    Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this weekend's Sunday XI match against Didcot as there have been insufficuent members available to make a team.

    05 May 2016

    As spring seems to have finally sprung, West Ilsley Cricket Club will be holding a BBQ this Friday.

    Invitation is open to all club members, players and friends. The BBQ will be fired up from 6:30pm

    The evening will also see the return of the Meat/Fruit Raffle, tickets to be sold and drawn on the night - a perfect opportunity to win your Sunday roasting joint!

    The bar will be open from 6.00pm and is fully stocked with everyone’s favourite tipples.

    We look forward to seeing you all there.

    29 Apr 2016

    Unfortunately, this Sunday's home match U9 v Bradield has been cancelled as the opposition have been unable to put together a team. Every effort will be made to rescedule this match.

    WORK PARTY : SATURDAY 9 APRIL : 9.30AM - 11.30AM
    05 Apr 2016

    With the weather improving, and the cricket season due to start within the next few days, we are holding a follow-up work party this Saturday 9 April from 9.30am in order, principally, to tackle the task of creosoting the pavilion. We should therefore be very grateful if any members were free this Saturday morning to help us out, even if for only a short time. If so, it would be excellent if you could please bring any paintbrushes, buckets and ladders that you might have to hand. There will also be some ongoing grounds work to assist with, if anyone preferred to help out there.

    Many thanks and best regards

    Neil Fowler
    WICC Secretary

    THE 2106 SEASON
    27 Mar 2016

    On behalf of the club committee I offer you a warm welcome to herald the 2016 season, and also to outline some of the planning we have been discussing over the winter months. The season really starts for all in mid-April, and all plans and preparations do make for what promises to be a really exciting season for all connected with West Ilsley CC.

    I hope that you will have seen the flyer which was produced regarding training nights for all age groups, and following the season starter - the presentation evening on Friday 15th April, the Juniors will be getting ready for the first of over twenty home matches during the season, starting on 1st May. I am delighted to confirm that the Minis will be in Friday evening action for 2016, thanks to a group of parents stepping forward to organise our youngest members.

    The senior 1st XI start on 30th April and have nine home fixtures in the re-organised OCA division 4, under the captaincy of John Bowness, and they would really welcome your Saturday support at home - and for that matter away - at some grounds across Oxfordshire which are nearly as attractive as ours! After last year's cup success we venture into that too, with a very tough first round draw away at Eynsham.

    The Sunday XI, captained by Andy Brown, have ten home fixtures to look forward to, including a series of friendlies with a T20 format, starting on 17th April. Please do make yourselves available to enjoy these opportunities on the field, or just come along for a drink and a cheer.

    This season we have also entered a team for the Wednesday evening Red Kite Building Solutions' Downs League - T20 fixtures starting promptly at 6.15pm, with the home team in the field. There are six of these Wednesday night fixtures, starting on 25th May, and it would be great to see the whole village in attendance - by August 3rd we hope to have sealed promotion from Division 4 of this competition. It's always good to have a clear target!

    Friday evening will, as ever, be an important social time at the club, and we have planned to bring back the Vicars Game raffle every week, plus a barbecue whenever the weather permits. There has also been some planning for some social events too, including a Quiz evening or two, and a Cheese and Wine party - or similar - which has been much enjoyed in the past. If you have ideas for social events, or could help to run these, we would love to hear your suggestions or have your involvement. Most importantly, come along and support these functions, and bring some friends to become new club social members.

    All of the proceeds from the bar, and any profits from such functions as above, will be going towards our project for 2016 - the replacement of the artificial wicket on the square and the resurfacing and refurbishment of the net. We have made applications for some grants and match funding towards this, and we are awaiting outcomes, but we aim to run some fundraising activities, and we will also be actively seeking sponsorships and donations during the year. The committee feel that this particular development project will give most the benefit for cricket from the Minis all the way up through the club.

    Joining the club, in all categories of membership, is vital to our success in every way - so please use the website or come to see Justin Pilditch as early as possible in the season and get signed in and paid up. We do need to remind everyone that playing membership of the club is imperative with regard to insurance, and that social membership of the club is also a requisite to use the licensed bar. This is something that we will be reminding you of discreetly on Friday's social evenings - the committee are reminded it is a condition of the licence as a private members' club. During the winter a number of people responded to an invitation to become Vice Presidents of the club, with a donation of £50, and this invitation is now extended to all members of the club. It is certainly not a male preserve, incidentally, and I hope that many of you would think of supporting this club in this way. Vice Presidents do not have to hold any playing or social membership of the club, although they can! Please contact Justin, Neil Fowler or myself with any questions regarding membership or sponsorship for this season.

    Work on the pavilion and ground has already started in earnest, and we hope you will have noticed some signs of activity. However, don't just do so from a distance, but please come along to find out how you can join in and help. The second of the Saturday working parties will take place on 9th April from about 9.30 am, when the focus will be on treating the wooden weatherboard cladding at the pavilion. Ladders and brushes can be supplied, but why not bring your favourite creosoting brush with you? Mower blades have been sharpened too, so there will much work going on outside and there will always be something you could help with.

    I will close by wishing you and your families a very Happy Easter, and here's looking forward to a great cricket season ahead. We do look forward to seeing you at the club very regularly this year.

    best regards,

    Richard Barnes

    08 Mar 2016

    Since the AGM we have been left with some vacancies for people to help run two age groups' cricket : the junior U13 team and the minis for the 2016 season. Now the season is nearly upon us, and we may be faced with both of these teams having planned training and fixtures cancelled.

    For the U13s we need at least one volunteer to coach the youngsters and another to manage the team. Without these, we will regrettably have to cancel training nights and fixtures. Please do consider stepping forward - maybe with another parent or member - to make sure this team is viable. Other coaches and managers will be delighted to offer advice.

    The committee need you to reply by Thursday 31st March.

    If there is no-one willing to help, the U13 players may then be asked to merge with the U15 group for 2016.

    For the minis this is simply about leading, or joining in with, organising the little ones on a Friday evening to have some fun, play based cricket drills and games. No great skills would be required, other than a lot of patience and enthusiasm.

    We would hope that several parents would form a group to make sure that our youngest members have some cricketing fun each Friday. Of course if you do have boys or girls in the minis age group, we would love to hear from you - the end of the month is our deadline for this also, so please get in touch before then.

    I am about to write to all of you to outline the many exciting things which will be happening at our cricket club for the year ahead, but the need for helpers I have described is crucial first.

    with thanks and best regards,

    Richard Barnes

    WORK PARTY : SATURDAY 5 MARCH : 9.30AM - 11.30AM
    01 Mar 2016

    With spring just around the corner and the cricket season not too far away, we have organised a work party for this Saturday 5 March to assist in various of the tasks needed to start getting the pavilion and cricket ground into working order. If you were free this Saturday morning, it would be excellent if you could please spare a couple of hours to come along and help out.

    Many thanks and best regards

    Neil Fowler
    WICC Secretary

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