Evan runs amok in clash of our youngsters
Greenmount first teamers Evan Williams and Dan Stevens, started playing together for the club in the Under 9’s when they were seven years old.
They hold the distinction of being two of only a handful of players, who have played for every Greenmount team from the under 9’s through to the first team.
In their time playing together, they have also turned out for the various Bury District age groups and also the Lancashire junior age group teams.
Last September, Dan joined Evan at Sedbergh School, where they have opened the batting for the school first team and recently played at the national schools finals day at Arundel, where – on that occasion – they unfortunately fell short at the semi-final stage.
On Wednesday (July 23), for a change, they found themselves on opposing teams at Netherfield Cricket Club, when Evan was playing for Cumbria County Development team and Dan was representing Scotland Under 19’s.
However, on this occasion, Evan took the bragging rights, scoring a superb 152 and leading Cumbria to a 91-run victory.
Interestingly, it was virtually six years to the day since the first time Evan scored 150 playing for Bury district in the county quarter final, on that occasion he put on 343 with another Greenmount first team youngster who has come up through the age group teams and county junior teams, Callum Hunter.
Coincidentally, Evan and Callum will be representing Lancashire League Under-21s against an MCC XI at Middleton CC’s Towncroft ground tomorrow (Friday, July 23). WP at 11.30am.
Leigh’s lens focuses on Junior Practice
Junior cricket chairman Leigh Dickinson turned photographer for the night at last Friday’s Junior Practice and captured some of the club’s stars of the future being put through their paces…
Great start as Under-18s cruise to victory
Greenmount’s Under-18s got off to a flying start when they defeated Haslingden by ten wickets at the Log Cabin on Wednesday evening.
The Bentgate side contributed to a great game, and were a cracking bunch of lads whose attitude was far better than the weather.
Greenmount – marshalled by skipper Matthew Senior – restricted the visitors to just 99 from their 20 overs with tight bowling.
Wickets for Thomas Nuttall, Charlie Exton and Jacob Bergin combined with two run fantastic run-outs from our youngest players, Max Birtwistle and Edward Dickinson.
Chasing down a target of 100 to win Greenmount did it with relative ease.
When Matthew Senior retired 50 not out the injured Sam Woolley hobbled out to join Henry Dickinson at the crease, supported by runner Jacob Bergin.
Henry finished on 41 not out and wrapped up the victory scoring the winning runs with five overs to spare.
Update from the club’s junior section
It looks like summer is finally here, with some actual cricket being played writes Greenmount CC junior chairman Leigh Dickinson.
It did feel like it was going to become an absolute nightmare, with driving rain, bowl-outs, and some further self-isolations!
We had two cracking wins last night (Tuesday, June 7). The under 13s proved too strong for Read, and the U-15s won on the last ball of the match!
What is pleasing is that in both games there were contributions from everyone who took part. Moving forward, I hope that games come through thick and fast.
Greenmount Gladiators v Ramsbottom Rooks
This Friday we have a huge event as we host the Rammy Rooks in a T20 match, however, this means that there is no junior training and it is likely to be be very busy. It would be great to see lots of people down supporting the Gladiators we do ask if anyone is able to volunteer to help out? If so please get in touch.
On to general cricket matters, we have had fantastic numbers turning up to junior training, and hope that all who attend learn and have fun. I do have to remind parents about the importance of signing in and out. We have the following teams scheduled to play games this summer…
For our older juniors, but also to provide a challenge for our stronger U15s/U13s players.
Lots of players in this age group, ranging from those that are now playing senior cricket through to those who are relatively new to the game. Due to numbers, it may/will mean that the squad needs to be rotated.
We only have six players for this specific age group – this allows us to provide a challenge for the stronger U11s players.
Again lots of players, we have two teams playing slightly different formats of the game, again there will need to be squad rotation during this summer, and we ask for your understanding and patience.
We have been fortunate to have so many children wishing to play cricket. Even with Rory doing such an amazing job, along with great help from Ian and others – at present we can only manage one team.
It is with this age group that I ask for volunteers, we do need parents to help with this age group – without extra help we can only run the one team, this means that while we will do everything we can to teach and coach cricket on Fridays – actual matches will be quite difficult to fulfil.
Please do come forward, at this age group it is about being able to organise and encourage our young players.
This reached capacity in no time at all and again we hope that it leads to children wanting to continue to play cricket.
June’s Fixtures (subject to being confirmed)
Mon 14th U9s @ Edgworth
[email protected] East Lancs
U15s @ Bolton Indians
Wed 16th U11s GM home v Edenfield
Mon 21st U11s Lancs home v Haslingden
U13s home to Lowerhouse
Wed 23rd U11s GM away at Egerton
Mon 28th U11s Lancs home to Thornham
Finally, on behalf of the coaches and club thank you for the kind words I have received already, please do get in touch if you have any concerns, and definitely do get in touch if you feel that you can help out in any way, we are all volunteers and try our best – extra help would be great.
Junior numbers reach limit – No new members
Our junior practice continues to attract many players and parents enjoying a nice end to the week.
We have reached a point however, where we will no longer be able to accept any more new junior members while we reassess coaching/helper ratios for the children and look to recruit new coaches/helpers to increase our capacity.
We will hopefully be able to open up to new members in the near future, but for the time being we will only be able to accept children who are already members.
Junior Practice starts tonight (Friday, April 16)
Junior Practice starts again tonight (Friday April 16th).
For the first couple of weeks – while the light is still slightly against us – we’ll be tweaking our practice times slightly so that we can start to gauge numbers likely to attend the various age groups and ensure that this can be done in a Covid-safe way.
To that end we will run the following sessions:
Under 9s – 6pm to 6.45pm
Under 11s – 6pm to 6.45pm
Under 13s – 6.45pm to 7.30pm
Under 15s – 6.45pm to 7.30pm
The staggered start times gives us plenty of space around the outfield which helps with social distancing issues.
Thanks go to Leigh Dickinson and his Junior Cricket Committee for getting the club in the position we are in today and hope they and all our junior members enjoy the season ahead of us.
There will be a membership desk somewhere around the veranda area taking membership applications for those who haven’t already renewed or are becoming members for the first time.
Please queue in a socially distanced manner while you wait to be attended to at the desk.
Full membership details can be found at the following link HERE
Lancashire League junior divisions announced
Greenmount’s junior teams that are due to play in the Lancashire League this summer now know their opponents.
The Under 18s are in the East Division with Crompton, Haslingden, Littleborough and Rochdale.
The Under 13s are in the West 3 Division with Clitheroe, East Lancs, Lowerhouse, Ramsbottom, Read and Todmorden.
The Under 11s are in East 2 Division with Crompton, Haslingden, Rawtenstall, Thornham and Walsden.
Fixtures will be announced in due course.
Full programme ahead for the Juniors
With Leigh Dickinson at the helm supported by an array of coaches and team managers, the Junior Section are looking forward to another season of cricket.
The start of the season might be fairly busy with many players, and some of our team managers / coaches, combining both football and cricket obligations as a result of the extension of the football season. We just ask for patience as we look to combine both seasons.
The club will be looking to offer the following this season :-
· All Stars Cricket – for children aged from 5-8 years
· U9s – 2 teams playing in the GMCL
· U11s – 2 teams one playing pairs in the GMCL and one playing pairs in the Lancs Junior League
· U13s – one team playing in the Lancs Junior League – playing pairs in the league and 11 a-side in the Cup
· U15s – one team playing in the GMCL
· U18 – one team playing in the Lancs Junior League
Training should be starting from Friday 16th April from 6-8pm, weather and Covid regulations permitting. Exact times for each age group will be confirmed nearer the time but is likely to align very much with last year with the U9s training from 6-7pm whilst the other age groups will mostly be from 6-8pm. The All Stars programme will be a 8 week programme starting in mid May. Specific details for this will be confirmed in due course.
U9s and U15s will normally play matches on Mondays with U11s, U13s & U18s playing their matches on Wednesdays & Thursdays. For any further details, please contact Leigh on [email protected]