Lapworth Cricket Club
We were delighted to hear from the latest government announcement that with the easing of restrictions it would mean that recreational sport could commence in England from March 29 which means that the 2021 Cricket Season can start as planned on Saturday 10 April.
The England & Wales Cricket Board have listed several restrictions that will be in place at the start of the season – no changing facilities or access to showers being available for players, no access to the pavilion and no cricket teas being supplied. We of course remain hopeful that these restrictions are eased as the season progresses.
Members of the club will not have had the benefit of any indoor practice during the winter months and we are therefore hoping that the weather in early April will be good enough to allow some outdoor practice to take place at the Melson Memorial Ground.
Fortunately, there are three friendly fixtures arranged for both 1st and 2nd teams which should enable our players to get some much-needed practice “out in the middle” before the league season starts on the first Saturday in May.
Those three friendly fixtures are all double fixtures on April 10 we play Knowle Village 1st team at Knowle 2s at Lapworth. On the 17 April we are playing for the very first time Redmarley CC which is situated on the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border. The 1st team will welcome our visitors to The Melson with our 2nd team travelling down the M5. Finally, on the Saturday preceding the start of the Cotswold Hills League season Long Itchington are the opponents with the 2s hosting at Lapworth and the 1s travelling.
There is always a great deal to do to get the Melson Memorial Ground ready for a new season both on the field and in the various buildings so the annual working party will be held in early April which will be attended by many “willing” members delighted to attend to the many tasks! One major improvement in 2021 is that we will be the provision of changing facility for umpires which hopefully they will get to use at some stage!
And finally: We are always pleased to welcome new players to our club so if you are interested in joining a successful cricket club that plays on a superb ground and has excellent facilities then Lapworth Cricket Club is the place for you. The contact details of all the captains and officials are on the LCC website lapworthcc.co.uk contact any of them they will be delighted to hear from you.