A Message from the Chairman, Stew McEwen...
It’s that time of year when leaders provide an uplifting message of appreciation and encouragement to all those whose job it is to take the organisation to the next level. If you do see one of those messages then please let me know.
I am pleased to say that the 2019 season went well, with both teams finishing safe, providing a good springboard for 2020. All Stars was a great success and we will build on that in 2020 too.
Unfortunately, we lost some key players with Ben Rees and Dave Rocky heading off play nearer home, that’s Runcorn not Crawley and Goa. I did, however, travel nearly 5,000 miles, at my own expense, to persuade Rocky to revisit his decision, but to no avail. I wish both well with Runcorn 3rd XI. With a few weeks to go before the end of the season Mark Rayner was compelled to relinquish the 2nd XI captaincy as work commitments became a priority. A big Thank You to them for their commitment and efforts over the years – and Thanks to John for seeing the 2nd XI through to the end of the season. Finally, on the bad news of losing people to pastures new, we have to say good bye and good luck to David Buey who’s heading back Down South. Thank You to David for the work he’s put in over the last few years, not least his time as 2nd XI captain which saw us through a difficult time when it was much needed.
The annual Cricket Club celebration of achievements took place on the 27th September. There was a comprehensive and diverse selection of individual performances celebrated, both from the 2019 season and from across the OPCC careers of Chris, Nick and Mike. I was, however, somewhat disappointed by the turnout. I would like to stress the importance of this annual event in terms of celebrating as a Cricket Club our achievements. It’s a chance for us to get together without the in-season pressures hanging over our heads. Just to clear, the Club Dinner/ Presentation Evening takes place at the same time every year, ie the last Friday in September – please put that clearly in whatever you use to record such important information.
Moving to the future, the AGM will take place on the 16th January – the official notice will be issued shortly. Please make every effort to attend as there’s some important decisions to be discussed and taken, not least the nominations for the 2nd XI Captain. I would urge you to think hard about whether you are able to step up to the challenge and help the Cricket Club. Another discussion and decision will be required on the longer-term future, ie All Stars and Junior cricket.
That’s it from me other than to ask you to note the important information provided above and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
All The Best.
Chairman, Old Parkonians Cricket Club.
Up to date Cricket results, along with statistics and leage tables are available though the Play Cricket web site at http://oldparkonians.play-cricket.com
Cricket 1st Team, 2017
Information on Cricket
Welcome to the Cricket Club section of the web site.
Probe Investigations UK Ltd now sponsor the Cricket Club - look for their details on the Sponsors' Page.
Old Parkonians CC currently field two league teams.
The 1st and 2nd teams play in the Cheshire Cricket Alliance,
with home games at the Club in Holm Lane.
Match starting time this year is 1:00pm for April's matches and 1.30pm until the final 4 weeks
The Sunday and Mid-week teams play friendly games throughout the season, with home games at the club's ground in Holm Lane.
The Under 9 and Under 13 teams play in the Wirral Junior League, on Sunday mornings at the club.
Practice Sessions take place on at the Club, run by our ECB qualified coaches.
Juniors on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:00pm / Seniors on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm.
For details of the location of Old Parkonians ground at Holm Lane, click here.
Cricket Courses for Juniors
Cheshire County run junior cricket courses between mid-September and mid-November at various locations - the nearest to us being at Birkenhead School.
If anyone is interested then please visit the website http://www.cheshire-cricket-development.org.uk and click on Courses For Children on the left-hand side and at the bottom of that page click on Download Application 2 pages.
(If anyone has any problems with this then give me a call).
These courses are very good and provide great Autumn coaching before our indoor nets start at the beginning of February. I would encourage any Junior to attend.