OLD Beach cricket club is getting ready for it 103rd season and in that time it has seen its fair share of cricket associations come and go.
Club secretary Davin Wooldridge said the Old Beach cricket club started off in the Monmouthshire cricket association in 1896 and then joined the Central Cricket Association and then the Brighton Cricket Association.
“They were still hard at it when teams started to fold and the associations merged to become Brighton Central Cricket Association,” Davin said.
“When this association folded in 1991, after more teams in the municipality couldn’t field enough players, the remaining teams joined the Derwent Valley Cricket Association.
“In 2001 Old Beach joined the Southern Cricket Association (SCA) and this season for the first time we hope to field four teams.”
“Pre-season training has started at Cloak Oval, Jetty Road and will continue to the third week of September.
“From Tuesday, September 22, training will revert to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30pm onwards,” Davin said.
The club currently fields three teams in the SCA , and has chosen to try and field four teams this season to encourage more people from the community to become involved in the club.
“Pre-season numbers will decide if the club enters four teams or not, so anyone thinking about having a game is encouraged to come down and have a go and check us out. The more the merrier,” he said.
“We have appointed our coaches for the coming season and they are led by head coach Brian Davison with Neil Faulks and Phil Hyatt coming on board as assistant coaches.”
The season starts on October 10 and you can contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org or can contact club secretary Davin Wooldridge on 0417 110 937.