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  • Latest news from the Executive Committee June 2015 (6/21/2015) - The Village Six-A-Side will go ahead as planned on Sunday 28th June, with the innovation that all teams can use one signed on player. Volunteers are still being sought for the barbecue. Trophies have been ‘procured’ from the multitude of junior trophies from yesteryear. Although these clearly state ‘Juniors’ it
  • Weathering The Storm (6/17/2015) - Last week we had a barbecue. Last week was the hottest night in living memory at New Horwich Park (Thursday), but by Saturday there was a major doubt whether we would be able to play cricket at all. Today there is even more doubt that the Under 13s will play
  • Buxton Advertisergate (6/6/2015) - I got an email this week from the Buxton Advertiser stating that they would no longer print the cricket teams. Another nail in the coffin of village cricket? Or another attempt to kick village cricket into the 21st century by forcing them to publish teams on Facebook, websites etc.  Joe
  • Weighty Matters (5/31/2015) - posted 31 May 2015, 21:00 by Mike Madden  Ah the power of Facebook! I have been asked a number of times about rants on the WBCC FB page, and what I think about moving with the times, and copying Tinitwistle’s example with sponsorship etc.  Well, we are not selling valuable online advertising space, we
  • Encouraging Signs… (5/25/2015) - On the face of it, there didn’t seem to be any encouraging signs from this weekend’s senior games. The firsts were all out for 84, and failed to take a single wicket as Broadbottom cruised to victory. They matched the Germans and Austrians at Eurovision with nil points. The seconds fared slightly
  • Latest news from the Executive Committee May 2015 (5/21/2015) - The scorebox is nearing completion. The Village Six A Side literature will be circulated soon, and intriguingly, Mr Gibson and Mr Hambleton have the matter of bouncy castles in hand. Unused land, Golf Day, WBCC Festival have one thing in common – there is no progress to report. The junior
  • Man Flu (5/19/2015) - Never believe everything that you read in the press, but never let the truth get in the way of a good story. The weekend contained two noteworthy incidents, both related to non attendance. Firstly, Peter Crowley cried off with a cold. It was a somewhat melodramatic statement of his condition that
  • The Answer Is Blowing In The Wind (5/6/2015) - Well, we have had our first unfulfilled fixture of the season, as the league website reports that Offerton 2nd XI conceded their Hawke Trophy match against Hayfield. To be honest, I am surprised it has taken 3 weeks, but then again, the juniors have not really started yet.  So what is the answer?
  • Boss Hog saves the day (5/4/2015) - Saturday was not a good day for cricket. The weather ranged from drizzle to downpour, but it never seemed cold and wet enough to call the game off as Whaley 2nds hosted Tintwistle. We appeared to run out of sawdust as Tintwistle were in the field, but when it was our turn to
  • Mystery Man Part Two… (4/28/2015) - Of course, the answer to Mystery Man Part One was Callum McIlveen, and he can thank his younger brother Will for grassing him up.  And so on to Mystery Man Part Two. The First XI took to the field against Old Glossop with just ten men. Who was missing?  Speaking
  • It’s Mystery Man Time… (4/24/2015) - Those who remember the Cricket Club Newsletter (links to some of which can be found on the left hand side of this website), there was a regular item called ‘Mystery Man’. I gave a series of clues and the readers had to guess which member of WBCC they related to, or they
  • Bring Me Sunshine… (4/19/2015) - It was an amazing start to the season! The sun was cracking the flags at Whaley Bridge, and those of us who did not have to bat topped up our tans nicely in front of the pavilion. The second XI youth policy is starting to pay off with an emphatic
  • You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover (4/17/2015) - Well, the furore about the real Nadeem seems to have died down, and as I stated previously he seemed a reasonable kind of chap, just in the midst of an identity crisis. I am all for giving second chances (apart from in one or two notable and well documented cases), as you can’t
  • Would The Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up? (3/28/2015) - Ah the splash of freezing rain on budding daffodils, blown horizontal by fierce gales bringing icy temperatures to the High Peak. That can only mean one thing – the cricket season is almost upon us. But are we ready? Well, the scorebox isn’t, but that’s another story.  Club kit? Well there’s a
  • On Teas (3/27/2015) - This article aims to set the issue of teas into some sort of contextual and analytical framework. Specifically, at issue is the WBCC’s proposal that compulsory club provided teas mandated by the DCCL be abolished. To a lesser extent, it aims to give due consideration to the article of 12
  • To begin at the beginning: (3/27/2015) - On a mild late-July day in 2013, a completely unanticipated lightening bolt struck the Whaley Bridge Cricket Club website. Its implications were wrought through a note of apparent discord. That ‘bolt’ was in reality the article, ‘Any Thoughts?’, which soon became the prime mover in a debate that was almost
  • Some Other Thoughts… (3/27/2015) - No – I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar‎ > ‎Far be it from me to decry Mr Shaw’s recent article ‘Any Thought’s’ as mere polemic, and although there is unquestionably a case for a re-evaluation of the prevailing methodology evinced within the superstructure, as well as for the operational format
  • Take Me Away In a White Coat (3/23/2015) - In 1981 Compstall overcame a valiant Dove Holes in a closely contested U17s Final. Dove redressed the balance the following season, as both teams benefited from a conveyor belt of local youngsters, all keen to learn and develop their variable seams of potential. Fast forward to 2015, and around 5
  • A Lesson in Demographics (3/23/2015) - Things that make you go hmmm. Study any team photo from the last twenty years and ask yourself whatever happened to Ian Collier, Milky Morton or Alex Tweddle? When did you last see David Booth, John Arnfield, Jason Tatton or Kieron Morton? Born and bred Whaley cricketers who emerged from
  • The Trip (3/23/2015) - The Trip (Day One) Sholesy thought it was Heyesy, but Heysey guessed at Gilly. Eamonn Holmes knew it was Badly Drawn Boy, but incorrectly assumed the venue to be Amsterdam. Pat Crerand was yearning for a Berlin rematch and Anneka Rice walked around with a knowing smirk. Confused? Breakfast was
  • Darren Crompton Ruined My Life (3/23/2015) - Act One: Lucky Star Bar Hamburg A chance encounter with a German student, deep in the heart of the saucy Reeperbahn. I tried to ignore him, but his piercing cries were relentless:“Shawy…Shawy…Shawy”Eventually I buckled. A glazy eyed Crompton was engaged in a heated confrontation with a feisty Steffi Graf lookalike
  • The Parable of the Emperor’s Clothes (3/23/2015) - At the end of the day it’s all a question of angles. Some people might see an admission of defeat. I merely look at the results and wonder how a crushing defeat at Compstall can be turned into an orgy of promising talent Sorry Elliot, but the delights of your
  • An apology (3/23/2015) - Perhaps I was a tad harsh on the happy clappy brigade Each and every one of them works tirelessly for scant reward. Together they make the club grow stronger Emerging from the rubble the DCCL will embellish the truth Calm heads are required Rough days lie ahead Only fools rush
  • Yes I’ve got a few thoughts (3/23/2015) - Whaley Bridge is a microcosm of the imbecilic, happy clappy, Emperor’s Clothes mentality currently infesting village cricket. Meanwhile the bigwigs grin themselves to death, totally oblivious to the surgical innovation so desperately required. Firstly, instead of debating the role of senior cricket towards juniors the DCCL should be questioning the
  • The Truth about THAT game at Hayfield (3/23/2015) - Along with the mysterious impartial spectator who always seems to be present whenever controversy appears at Whaley Bridge,( but never offers to help with the teas, or buy 200 club tickets), I would also question the continual reference to the game at Hayfield in the mid-80s, which has reached almost
  • Right To Reply (3/23/2015) - First of all, I didn’t break any rules. If I suffered a similar dismissal I wouldn’t be very happy, but I certainly would not expect my teammates to join me in hurling vile abuse at the opposition, but as they had been doing this all day we should not have
  • Our Special Relationship With Birch Vale (3/23/2015) - Rules, rules, rules. Good rules, bad rules interpretation of rules. Dale didn’t break any rules, but then again, neither did Trevor Chappell or Harold Larwood. When the Non-Striker, Andrew Hilditch picked up the ball and gave it to the bowler .there was nothing in the rules to prevent Safraz Nawaz
  • Are You Shaw? (3/23/2015) - This page is dedicated to the musings and observations of Neil Shaw. Hopefully he will keep us fully up to date with his unique view of the “Goings on” of Whaley Bridge Cricket Club.To walk or not to walk. That is the question “There are two teams out there, but
  • Latest news from the Executive Committee March 2015 (3/21/2015) - Reuben Cutts has been co-opted onto the Executive Committee. There is little or no progress on the scorebox due to the pressure of work on Fid. Caddy has produced a mailing list for potential entrants into The Village Six A Side from local businesses. Steve Woolley is close to wrapping
  • Latest news from the Executive Committee February 2015 (2/21/2015) - The league have decided that only the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of clubs are allowed to attend League meetings. However, we had a cunning plan, and now everyone on the Committee who is not the Chairman is now Vice Chairman! There has been minor but substantial damage to the scorebox
  • Latest news from the Executive Committee January 2015 (1/21/2015) - The scorebox progresses – the committee are now considering the size and type of aperture, shutters and door. The matter of the contested fine is now closed – curiously, I have no details on the outcome. The sponsored walk was very successful – with the total amount of sponsor money
  • Its easier to climb a hill than a mountain (1/18/2015) - Ah, the depths of winter – as far from the cricket season as you can imagine, with football matches falling foul of the snowy winter weather and rosy cheeked youngsters hurling themselves down icy meadows that are soon to disappear forever (allegedly). Of course, cricket never sleeps, it simply rests
  • Latest news from the Executive Committee December 2014 (12/21/2014) - The Score Box is progressing – the tiles are on.The drains have yet to be worked on – nothing conclusive here. No progress on snapper – Rigger leaving it until 2015.No news re sponsored walk – should be good to go on 28/12.Neil Woolley is making progress on Golf Day.WBCC
  • Latest news from the Executive Committee October 2014 (10/21/2014) - Score Box: progress is being made, albeit slowly. Contested Fine: no progress has been made, but the Chairman is still pursuing the matter. The fine has been paid in the meantime to avoid the imposition of further penalties. Groundsman’s Report: repairs to the Waterhog are complete. Thanks for the hard
  • Untitled Post (9/15/2014) - As another season draws to a close it could be argued that it was successful in all aspects of senior cricket. The firsts managed to stay in the top division, whilst the seconds gave several juniors their debuts, as well as regularly fielding as many as eight youngsters in the
  • (9/12/2014) - No More Teas In Motion  posted 12 Sept 2014, 12:04 by Mike Madden  I’m sure that Johnny Tillotson would chuckle at that headline – but the rest of you may well be wondering what I’m on about. Well, To Tea Or Not To Tea? That is the question. It started with an innocent question about who
  • That Autumnal Feeling (9/10/2014) - Is it just me, or did we really never have to think about cricket before lunchtime. Now, the last two games of the season start at 12.30pm, and as we like to get to home games 45 minutes before start time that meant 11.45am. Its even worse for away matches, with the firsts meeting
  • Latest news from the Executive Committee August 2014 (8/21/2014) - 200 Club Membership: 200 Club membership has increased ever so slightly. The overall conclusion remains that more could yet be done. (What is the “More” and who will do it? Ed)Score Box: No report was forthcoming from the Score Box Committee. (Update: Tom Heyes was freezing in the old score
  • This Is The Story Of The Hurricane…. (8/13/2014) - Well, hurricanes, and at the very least quite stiff breezes, have been forecast around the country for some time, but no one quite expected the after effects of Hurricane Hutch to have such an influence in Whaley Bridge.  I, of course, refer to last weekend in the home match against Birch Vale,
  • The Law Is An Ass! (8/12/2014) - Its been a wonderful weekend for observers of controversy, less so for those of us who are still interested in upholding the Spirit Of The Game.  Now, there are 42 laws of cricket, each one complete with numerous subsections, and any but the most studious of cricketers can possibly be forgiven for skipping over
  • He’s Not The Messiah – He’s A Very Naughty Boy! (8/6/2014) - Ah, The Life Of Brian. One of my favourite films. And it reminds me of another Monty Python sketch…that of the Norwegian Blue parrot. So, having got a text message from our Chairman that the much travelled Eileen Fletcher is soon to return and would be delighted to make teas one Saturday afternoon, I
  • Onwards And Upwards (7/30/2014) - On Sunday I was not only a proud father, but also a proud team manager / assistant / co-ordinator, whatever you want to call it. I saw 11 boys turn up at Dinting, and throughout the course of two games they were like warriors, playing battled hardened cricket to snub
  • A Straightforward Selection (7/29/2014) - Its been a “Ranty” kind of a week but all the Facebook Furore now appears to have died down. I could start another rant about the Selection Committee, but I won’t – not for now anyway.  So yesterday was Under 15s finals day at Dinting CC, where our boys demolished Mottram
  • Luke Dog’s Blog – 1 (7/23/2014) - (may contain profanity and bad grammar)23rd July 2014 Sappnin’ Vegas what are YOU sayin? Still don’t know really why im actually blogging, I’m reading my own writing this time, the last thing I read was the collection of billy blue hat in primary school and I still don’t understand the
  • Latest news from the Executive Committee July 2014 (7/21/2014) - Score Box: Work is progression but news of completion is, sadly, premature. 200 Club Membership: The overall trend is downwards, and it is up to the individual membership to come up with ways of sustaining interest in this vital fundraiser. Ground: Mr Latham reported that the main drainage channel was
  • Out With The New – In With The Old (7/20/2014) - Toe, Clayton, Caddy, TR Wild, Crompy, Neil Shaw, Josh Ratcliffe Jonty Prior, NE Morten (arguably), Nick Latham (arguably) versus MMM, Gibbo, Colin, Reuben, Elliot, Eddie Ford, Peter. Ok, Dale was there in the morning and Slacky & Slacky turned up briefly, but it is a very sad state of affairs when ex playing members outnumber current
  • Return to the Shire…. (7/18/2014) - A welcome return indeed, and this one is for Neil Shaw who has penned “A Lesson In Demographics” which even surpasses Luke’s literary luncheon (sounds like an old newsletter headline).  I would like to add that although we are now fielding upwards of 7 juniors across the teams most weeks, this is
  • If I Were A Rich Man… (7/17/2014) - No, that title has nothing to do with John Fidler on the roof of the new scorebox, as far as I know it doesn’t yet have one. No, it refers to wealth, and do we have too much of it? The obvious answer to that is “No, of course not.
  • Luke Dog’s Blog – 2 (7/15/2014) - 15th July 2014 Lukes blog of stuff 1 Good evening Whaley Bridge, for one who doesn’t read I’m going on I give writing a go, I’m quiet good at spelling so righting should be a blast.People probably aren’t going to read this because “Luke-Dog doesn’t have a brain cell to
  • Cricketing Shorts (7/8/2014) - Well, it wasn’t a great weekend. The senior sides amassed 4 points between them. That, though is a little harsh on the firsts as they collected all 4 whilst the seconds failed to trouble the scorers, as they say. Once again, late cry offs robbed us, but the seniors need
  • I Have A Dream…. (7/1/2014) - Well, maybe not me, actually its the Selection Committee. They have a dream that in four or five years time we will have a steady crop of juniors filling the first team, and these juniors should be in the seconds now to ensure that they are ready when their time comes. Maybe I’m just
  • Hero To Zero! (6/27/2014) - As the firsts travel to Tintwistle tomorrow, conveniently avoiding the Tour De France that takes place next weekend, the weather forecast should mean that there will be ample time to discuss the curious case of Luke Schofield’s wicketkeeping. We approach the half way point in the season, and last season’s runaway winner
  • Red Red Whine…. (6/23/2014) - Some top moaning throughout the league and within our own club have reached me recently. So lets start with the league dinner. Most people agree that it was a bit of a let down last year, so the recent announcement that this year’s event will be at the same venue was met with surprise in
  • Whoa, I’m going to Barbados… (6/21/2014) - Well, not quite, but Portugal is far enough away to not be able to play cricket. Now, there are plenty of reasons to miss cricket. Work, family holidays, stag dos, etc. And of course, everyone is entitled to a golf weekend once in a while. But when the rabble rousing
  • Latest news from the Executive Committee June 2014 (6/21/2014) - Unofficial communiqués had been received by Committee Members regarding the incidents which took place during the Cup Game between Whaley Bridge and New Mills First XIs. Once all opinions had been expressed, it was concluded that unsavoury conduct was forthcoming from many parties and thus it would be unfair to
  • A series of unfortunate events (6/10/2014) - To all of you Lemony Snicket fans out there – this has nothing whatsoever to do with Lemony Snicket.  So, it started last week when Dave Waterhouse from Birch Vale called to say that Phil Leadbetter wanted to play for them at the weekend. What???!!! The Panther? How could he?
  • Going To The Dogs… (6/4/2014) - Now, this could refer to many things! It could refer to the fact that not a single Selector turned up for the Selection Meeting last week, but it doesnt. It could refer to the fact that the holiday season seems to have been taken a bit too literally by many of
  • Latest news from the Executive Committee May 2014 (5/21/2014) - A synopsis of the salient points from the last meeting… Fid has started work on the new scorebox – but it may require a lot of manual labour to get the raw materials to the place where Fid needs them Meanwhile, the new mower is in place looking like a
  • Things can only get better…. (5/20/2014) -   The firsts suffered a heavy defeat against Hawk Green on Saturday, despite bowling out their opposition for a reasonable 202. 55 all out makes a mockery of the winter nets starting in November (or was it earlier), and with the weather in our favour a plea for a net
  • A new season…and it didnt take long (5/9/2014) - Confidently expecting rain I booked a week’s break in Fuerteventura that coincided with the first match of the season, but the weather played tricks and it was a pleasant day as the seconds headed to Buxton under the guidance of Andrew Gibson. We have a junior in our ranks this summer who
  • Problems, problems, problems! (5/9/2014) - We appear to have a moss problem, a duck problem and a ramp problem. This could mean that the ducks cant get up the ramp because of the moss on it, but it probably means we have three separate problems that the Executive Committee are dealing with at this very moment! One
  • Dont you just hate it when… (5/9/2014) - …you have 8 players on Friday afternoon, it is pouring down and no one believes you will play. One less problem just surfaced, as Dove Holes are in a similar position to ourselves in that they cant raise a junior team on Monday due to exams etc. Common sense says that we
  • Latest news from the Executive Committee April 2014 (4/21/2014) - A synopsis of the salient points from the last meeting… We have a duck problem and a moss problem. The duck problem appears to have spread to the senior teams! Mr Gibson has taken up the role of junior co-ordinator – though as yet I have seen no evidence that
  • Didn’t We Have A Lovely Time (the day we went to Denby)? (4/6/2014) - Ah, Mothers Day. That traditional occasion when motherhood is celebrated by all concerned in a way somehow far removed from the rituals of Fathers Day. Mothers Day is for pampering, for breakfast in bed, for home cooked dinners, for tidying the home and for generally making mums feel quite rightly valued. Cards and gifts
  • How to go to a brewery and not get drunk (3/7/2014) - Well its almost that time of the year when we dust off our whites, open our cricket bags for the first time since last September and wonder whether the half empty bottle of lucozade amongst the handbooks, batting gloves and protective box will still be fizzy. Only one way to find out…  Of
  • Latest news from the Executive Committee January 2014 (1/21/2014) - Secretary’s Report 2013/14 During the 2012 season, the weather proved a major hindrance to cricket and all the Club’s activities. Perhaps as many as a third of that season’s matches, if not more, were abandoned and it is a testament to the hard work of groundsmen everywhere that more games
  • Thats All Folks! (9/15/2013) - Well the season ended with a rather easy victory over Buxworth that elevated the seconds into the top half of the table. Once again the juniors were to the fore, with Ole Madden taking a crucial catch, Ben Stones and Reuben taking two wickets apiece, and Harry Bold hitting a very nature 35. The future
  • Its Raining Runs (9/10/2013) - Two weeks ago it seemed that the seconds were destined to go through an entire season without attaining maximum batting points (200 runs). Now we have done it in consecutive weeks, recording magnificent victories after a thrilling run chase on both occasions. Now, this might be considered understandable against bottom of the
  • Out Of Season (8/29/2013) - Well it was all going so well. But this weekend the damned football season has taken its toll. We’ve already lost Gibbo and Dave to the dubious delights of Manchester City, and then Reuben decided to join them. To make matters worse our scorer is also going to the Etihad, and so Zac
  • And Now The End Is Near… (8/24/2013) - It seems that as the season winds down it gets busier than ever. Selection this week has been nightmarish for the first time in a while, but we will still field 2 competitive sides. Just when we seem to be running out of options, up pops….Gareth Hill (no relation to the
  • All Is Well (8/7/2013) - I have to report that all is well with Whaley Bridge Cricket Club. The first team are second in the league and looking set for promotion, whilst the seconds have won back to back matches, conceding a total of just 101 runs in the process.  The website is receiving regular contributions, including
  • Squeaky Bum Time (7/30/2013) - The firsts lost a bad one against Woodley last weekend, which drops them down to second. They should still have enough points in the bag to gain promotion, and they may yet still win the league, but as the holiday season kicks in will they manage to keep it together?
  • Here Comes The Summer (7/21/2013) - The past few weeks of sweltering weather has seen the first team rise to the top of their division, whilst the seconds have struggled and often wilted in the heat. We continue to put out young sides, giving us plenty of optimism for the future, but we really need some
  • Its That Time Of Year Again (7/6/2013) - Half way through the season and the firsts are pushing for promotion after a handsome victory over Buxworth. The seconds handed the same opponents their first win of the season in a rather neighbourly fashion, and are now just two places above their local rivals. Forunately the Kings School season has now finished,
  • The Times They Are A Changing (6/22/2013) - Its been an interesting week, with one saga continuing, another in the offing, and some wide ranging changes brought in by the league.   One man went to mow  Went to mow a meadow  One man (Rigger) and his dog (KD)  Went to mow a meadow.  Two men went to mow  Went to mow
  • The World According To Elliot -A Couple Of Other Thoughts (6/21/2013) - I have neither the patience nor the will to reply to Mr Shaw and The Secretary in the terms their points deserve, but I do have an angle on this, even if somewhat acute in terms of size and, potentially, obtuse in terms of input. I totally agree with Mr
  • Crompton’s At It Again (6/12/2013) - The Self Centred One (SCO) has once again abandoned his mates and cried off this weekend, preferring, instead, the inevitably warmer climes of Portugal. He has also gone and bought himself a bicycle, on which he intends to accompany Jonty and myself around the leafy lanes and towpaths of the
  • The Definition Of Optimism (6/9/2013) - I try to diligently update the matchball sponsors on the website, and whilst doing so this week I came across the unfortunate circumstances of H. Jodrell and Emma Hall. They had been allocated sponsorship of the matchball for the second round of the senior cup competitions, fixtures that will not be taking place for
  • It Could Be One Of Those Days (6/8/2013) - How important is your mobile phone? My SIM became defective on Monday night and its still not been replaced (thanks EE – but thats another story). Anyway, trying to arrange an under 11s game and a second team game with no mobile is a bit of a nightmare. And this is a week when
  • Fun In The Sun (6/2/2013) - The sun has been shining this weekend, but not soon enough to save the under 13s and under 17s games, and then the under 11s got cancelled as several of Buxton’s team were on holiday. So not much action for our youngsters, but they did get a good training session
  • The World According To Elliot (6/2/2013) - Sunday 2nd June 2013 – six a side day I’m a Spotify user and, somewhat appropriately, as I turned it on this morning it flicked to 7 Days in the Sun, by Feeder. It’s the morning of the six-a-side and it looks to be a good one, particularly coming off
  • The Future And The Past (5/27/2013) - It has been a marvellous few days in the colourful history of the cricket club, with juniors taking wickets in the first and second teams, a “backs against the wall” partnership in the seconds, and a tradition introduced by the venerable Ernie and Les Dyer revived for the under 11s.  I will
  • The Sun Is Out…. (5/24/2013) - Finally, we had an army of volunteers, we had keys to everywhere and access to all of the kit, we had a reasonable start time, the coach was fully prepared for the later start, and then, inevitably, it rained. And it rained. By the time I got stuck in a traffic
  • The Catch (5/19/2013) - There are some moments in sport that transcend the game itself. Moments of breathtaking athleticism or skill that render the rest of the game unimportant. The Banks save, the Cruyff turn, and the Scorpion kick are all moments that will live long in the memory, and for those at High Lane yesterday
  • Same Old, Same Old (5/18/2013) - Two subjects for this week’s diatribe, and lets start with the good old English weather. Its wet, its cold, so it must be Saturday morning! The teas left over from last week look like being left over until next week, but at least there will be some more freshly baked cakes. Last
  • Junior Woes (5/10/2013) - There’s an old Whaley Bridge Cricket Club saying that goes “Never start a sentence with ‘Gibbo reckons…'” and we had a similar problem to this with the under 11s last week. When asking around for which juniors could bowl, one of our smarter boys suggested the keeper. No problem, I thought, so
  • Cup Fever Cured! (5/6/2013) - Twiddley diddley dee, twiddley diddley dee sang Michael Jackson back in the seventies, and whilst that lyric featured the reprise “Tweet Tweet”, it is fair to say that Whaley Bridge Cricket Club’s contribution to the DCCL knocokout trophies this season did NOT warrant a Tweet, and lets face it, very few things do. Gibbo’s ill fated three was a possible candidate,
  • Do You know The Mower Man? (5/2/2013) - Do you know the mower man? The mower man? The mower man. Do you know the mower man? He lives on Walters Wood. No, I know the man who knows the mower man. The man who knows the mower man? Yes, the man who knows the mower man. He lives on Walters Wood.
  • That’s The Spirit (4/28/2013) - Hahahahahahah. Those that know me will know what I’m laughing at. Those that don’t will have to guess!  Anyway, its been one of those weeks. Out of adversity can come many a grand triumph, and this week saw yet another in the colourful history of Whaley Bridge Cricket Club. The first team
  • The World Keeps Turning (4/23/2013) - The start of the cricket season is always an emotional occasion, and this season it was also unexpected, happening on the scheduled date for once. Our game at Buxworth was marked by a minutes silence in memory of David Beeley, Crompy’s first ever first team opening partner. The silence was immaculately observed and our thanks to
  • Cricket? In April? Really? (4/20/2013) - Its Saturday 20th April and the sun is shining. The league have not done a “Russ Wild” and called the fixtures off prematurely, so it looks like we will actually start on time. Our optimism around team selection was short lived as hockey, Eeyore syndrome, football, golf and Kings School rob us of some much
  • A Course, A Course, My Kingdom For A Course (4/11/2013) - You may or may not know that I have volunteered for the post of Club Welfare Officer, and as such I have to fulfil certain obligations in terms of qualifications. I attended the Safeguarding & Protecting Children workshop at Oaklands Manor last night, a venue famous for a snowbound Annual
  • The Demise Of Our Beloved Game (3/27/2013) - Oh dear, oh dear. I fear the worst. It seems that umpires and scorers (of adult status) now require CRB checks. So, let’s think about a regular Saturday afternoon. The league have only appointed one umpire, and so I, as second team captain, have to provide one. My vice captain is away on holiday,
  • Latest news from the Executive Committee February 2013 (2/21/2013) - Mrs Milner will continue as Club Welfare Officer until such time as Mrs Shaw can be confirmed.Alistair Bailey is now the first team vice captain, and as such will need a CRB check, as will any scorers over the age of 16 who are likely to be scoring with children
  • 72 Days And Counting! (2/7/2013) - There is snow on the ground, with more to come, so naturally we are all looking froward to the start of the new season. Winter nets start in just over a week, whilst the juniors have already been hard at it for a fortnight.  Missed the AGM on Tuesday but
  • The Relay 2012 (3/21/2012) - Well – we did it. There were a few hiccups along the way – but we did it. The time was in excess of 13 hours 10 minutes, and as this is a completely new route its a NEW WORLD RECORD!So here’s how it went!L1 Buxton to Dove Holes (3.8
  • Latest news from the Executive Committee February 2012 (2/21/2012) - Following the break in we are looking to replace various tools and a generator.The Club has received a grant of 550 from Sports Action thanks to Mr Cadwallader.The Club is to pursue the matter of securing a grant for the electrification of club buildings.The Cricket Club will not be pursuing
  • Latest news from the Executive Committee November 2011 (11/21/2011) - Tackle shed & scorehutIt has been proposed that the new tackle shed and score hut has electrical sockets and lights fitted that could be powered by a portable generator.Left over storesThese have either been sold or consumed.The next coffee morning is on 10th December.BonfireThe bonfire was a splendid success once
  • Cricket – By Jack Bond (3/30/2011) - In these hectic days of high-pressure sport with the tremendous exposure to the media of television and press there is a tendency to overlook the real meaning and values of sport in the world today. Yet cricket remains more than a game. It is still a way of life and