Sunday, May 11, 2014

Website Closure

This website is no longer in use.

The new Calverton Cricket Club website can be viewed here

Monday, May 05, 2014

New Look Website is Coming

Please bear with us for the next few days as the website is undergoing a revamp to a new more modern, professional look.

Webmeister Fraser Ball is burning the midnight oil in order for the transition to go smoothly. All being well the new site will be up & running by the middle of this week. Watch this space.

Two out of Two for Sunday XI

Fiskerton were the visitors to GLA for the second Newark Alliance game of the season.

Having won the toss, Darren Wright had little hesitation in batting first. The score limped along to 13 from 10 overs and then wickets fell in a hurry. At 42-6 all seemed lost, but Captain Daz lead the rearguard action with a hard hit 69. He received fantastic support from Jake Lowe who played probably his finest innings for the Club, belying his tender years, putting on over a hundred with Daz for the seventh wicket. As the final over of the innings was bowled, Jake reached a well deserved half century as Calverton posted a satisfactory 189-7.

                             Darren Wright leads Calverton's fightback

Fiskerton's reply was strange to say the least. Ten of the batsman didn't get into double figures, the remaining one (the opener), scored a century! Calverton used nine bowlers and the wickets were shared around as Fiskerton were dismissed 38 runs short of the target.

MOM Jake Lowe - Great knock.

1sts Win..................Away!

What they couldn't achieve throughout the whole of last season, was achieved in the first game of this season!

The first XI travelled to Dunkirk to take on Notts Unity Casuals in the season opener with a below strength team but had enough in the bank to upset the hosts. Batting first on a slow wicket with little bounce, scoring was hard work. A few of the batters got into double figures but couldn't go on. However, a useful partnership between the two Billy's (Armstrong & Bennett) saw the total ease past 150. Not a big score, but something to bowl at.

The bowling was inspired and Unity never threatened the target. Kyle Welch lead the way with four wickets, Billy Armstrong took 2 and Nathan Johnston on his league debut took 3 as Unity were bowled out for just 104.

A great start to the season, long may it continue!

Depleted 2nds Hammered

Matt Lowe's tenure as Second XI Skipper got off to a difficult start.

On Friday evening he had anywhere between 8 & 10 players available as the evening went on. But by 1.30pm on Saturday 11 men had been mustered to take to GLA to play East Bridgford.

On winning the toss, Matt asked the visitors to bat on a fabulous wicket. The openers put on a 100 and a score approaching 300 looked on the cards. Somehow the scoring rate was checked and after 45 overs East Bridgford had reached 249-4.

Following a sumptuous tea, Calverton's reply never really got going. The Chairman hobbled around the crease, top scoring with 34 and apart from Captain Lowe (24*), none of the batsman reached 20 as Calverton got half way to the target required.

Things will improve when more players are available.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Winning Start For Sunday XI

The short trip to Goosedale saw the Sunday XI get the Newark Alliance campaign off to a winning start.

On a blustery, sunny day, Notts & Arnold won the toss and batted first and never really got going thanks to a disciplined effort by all the bowlers. At one point N & A were 84-3, until chief destroyer Brinsley Kirkham got in on the act. Brins ripped out the middle order, narrowly failing to take a hat trick in the process as the hosts tumbled to 115 all out.

Despite the wicket being on the slow side and an enormous boundary on one side of the field, 115 shouldn't have proved to difficult to overcome. What followed was one angry man scoring most of the runs on his own! Some of you may remember Devon Malcolm being hit whilst batting & then ripping through the South Africans? Well, en route to the game, some yob decided to drive like something that rhymes with yob too close to Scotty's car which resulted in a collision showering our opening bat with glass from the wing mirror. Despite facial lacerations and having to stand in the field for hours (thanks to Calvo's derisory over rate), the fire was obviously still raging within as he strapped 'em on.Some 27 overs later it was all over! Scotty finished on 83 not out as the target was passed, the next highest score was Extras with 11!

So 4 points and a winning start to the Division 3 campaign on an eventful day at, & on the way too, Goosedale. As the game ended there was further controversy in the bar as the Man of the Match presentations were taking place. It was a close run thing as Scotty was announced MOM, but Brins felt aggrieved and stole the award from Scott. Pictured below is a grinning Brins with the 'stolen award' !!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Catering Partnership

The Cricket Club are delighted to announce a new, exciting catering arrangement. The teas for the season will be provided by Charlene's Kitchen, 58 Main Street, Calverton.

Proprietor, Charlene Jennings, said, "Having just opened my own business in the village, it's exciting to be involved with one of the top cricket clubs in the County"

Chairman, Derek Pickering, added, "Teas can be a tad problematic at times having to rely on the same few faces. This arrangement relieves the burden whilst giving Charlene the opportunity to expand her fabulous business"

If you're in or around the village, pop in and see Charlene, you're sure of a warm welcome & (more importantly) great food!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Game Off!

Hopefully this is a sight we won't see too much of this season:
Unfortunately the weather has put paid to the friendly at home against Thurgarton tomorrow. Keep fingers crossed for Sunday's Newark Alliance fixture at Goosedale against Notts & Arnold.

Monday, April 21, 2014

We're Off & Running

The season is under way!

Thoresby Colliery visited GLA on a fine but typically cool April afternoon. Both sides were keen for some match practice in their first respective outings of the season and a good workout it was for both teams.

Batting first, Calverton got the new electronic scoreboard moving along without to many alarms, Daz Wright & Captain of the day Scott Andrews both posted 20's before they fell. Innings of the day belonged to Ryan Evans hitting an impressive 82, backed up by James Toogood with 35 as Calverton posted a useful 200-6 from 40 overs.

Thoresby replied in similar vein and wickets were hard to come by on the usual batters paradise. It seemed as though Thoresby would ease home comfortably, but a couple of wickets for debutant Nathan Johnston made things interesting. As the 40th over was bowled, it really was getting close, but the first 6 of the game brought the contest to a close with 3 balls remaining.

Two games next weekend see a friendly at home to Thurgarton on Saturday and the first Newark Alliance game on the Sunday away at Notts & Arnold.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Bar Installed

The final work at the ground has today seen a new all singing, all dancing cooling system installed. We are assured that the beer will taste fantastic this year - no frothing & ice cold! On offer will be Fosters lager, John Smiths Smooth bitter and Guinness..................................enjoy!!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Finishing Touches!

With the new season just under a week away the pavilion has had the finishing touches applied. The garage is now stocked, the tea room/bar extension is decorated and furnished and the 'soil pile' has been flattened!

                                         Garage 'stocked up'
                                         John Nester 'playing' on the digger!
                                         Fully furnished extension

                         Wagg showing John how it should be done!

All that remains now is to pray for a further week of dry weather so the top of the ground can dry out sufficiently for next Saturday's friendly against Thoresby Colliery.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Scoreboard up - Weekend Work!

The new electronic scoreboard is up & the interior work on the extension is just about complete.

All that remains now is a good clean up! This weekend (Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th) is the Natwest Cricketforce weekend). Please come up to the ground from 10am onwards, do a bit of work, pay your annual Subs and have a pint (or two)!

See you there!