CRICKET: Town won’t rest on their laurels

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AMBITIOUS Spalding Cricket Club are bidding to build on a strong 2010 after holding their annual meeting.

Last season was a landmark year for Town, as they fielded three teams in the South Lincs and Border League for the first time.

They also started a Junior Academy, which was attended by a total of 70 children during the first season.

Determined not to rest on their laurels, Town made a few changes at their AGM – with the most significant seeing Jimmy Clarke step down as chairman.

He has stepped into a development role for the 2011 season and is replaced by Heath Ripley.

The outgoing Clarke said: “The club is in a fantastic position with 99 players featuring in 2010 and has a fantastic link up with all the schools in the area.

“Also we now have a fantastic committee with Heath taking on the role of chairman in 2011 it’s going to be a very exciting season.

“I would like to thank Mike and Helen Kearns for their magnificent work in starting up the Academy and also the Grammar School for their magnificent work in preparing excellent wickets.”

New chairman Ripley added: “Spalding has grown massively under the leadership of Jim Clarke over the last two years. He has managed to put the club back on the map in south Lincolnshire.

“The club is now positioning itself to make the eventual jump to Premier League cricket in the not too distant future.“

Other changes see Jamie Juckes elected vice captain of the first team, while Tom Dale will skipper the seconds.

•Spalding began their winter nets last Sunday and will continue up until the start of the new season.

The Grammar School sports hall sessions are open to all, regardless of age or ability, with 11-16 open nets available from 2-4pm each week.

Anybody interested can contact the club by emailing spaldingtowncricketclub@yahoo.co.uk, joining their Facebook group or calling player development officer Jim Clarke on 07917818799.

Spalding boast three Saturday teams in the South Lincs and Border League, a Sunday Social side and can offer players Twenty20 cricket on a regular basis too.

Visit their website www.pitchero.com/clubs/spaldingtowncricketclub for further details.