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HISTORY OF THE CLUB
The 1st XI hosted Livingston at the Arns on Saturday and picked up their first win of the season. Batting first, Clacks struggled to 132 all out (D. Smith 27*) before a good opening spell of bowling from Keith Hefer and Rizwan Ashraf helped get Clacks off to an excellent start and helped secure the victory, despite some late resistance from the Livingston lower order, as the visitors were bowled out for 119 (Scorecard | Report). The 2nd XI travelled to Kirkcaldy to play Dunnikier 2nd XI. The twos bowled first and bowled Dunnikier out for 167 before being bowled out for 162 in reply. A controversial game by all accounts! More details as soon as they are up on ESCA website! Sunday's game between the Alloa XI and Rossie Priory was called off in the second innings due to heavy rainfall. The unfortunate person in this call-off was Kash Ali, who scored 54* as Clacks posted 145.
Hooray for play!
Unlike last weekend, the rain gods were kind (well kind-ish as it was still raining from time to time) and both Saturday teams played. The 1st XI made the short trip to The Cairns to play Broomhall. Noor won the toss and batted first but his side was left 277 to chase as Broomhall made the best use of their small ground (K. Hefer 3 for 27). Unfortunately, Clacks were unable to chase the score down and were all out for 208, Keith Hefer top-scoring with 57 (Scorecard | Report). The 2nd XI faired a little better. With constant drizzle/light rain at the Arns, Scott decided to bowl first as they faced Carlton 4th XI. Some poor fielding/bowling resulted in 44 extras being gifted to the Carlton total of 138 (K. Dodds 3 for 13). Clacks got off to a decent start with the bat as Kieron Dodds and Blair put on 70ish of the runs required before Kieron had to leave at half 5 and retired on 42. Despite a mini-collapse, Nick Bryant-Nichols (22*) brought up the winning runs in the 34th over to give Clacks a 2 wicket victory (Scorecard | Report).
The seasons' first washout
It only took two league weekends for us to have our first full washout. All three games scheduled to be played were called off due to the rain during the week and throughout the weekend. Here's hoping for some sunshine soon!
May May bring sunshine sometime soon!
May is now upon us but unfortunately, it has not come with much sunshine. The 1st XI game away to Fauldhouse fell foul of the weather and was called off on Friday night. The 2nd XI played SMRH 3rd XI at the Arns. Scott won the toss and batted first and Clacks posted 161-8 from their 40 overs, greatly helped by a 100 run opening stand from Ken Hutchison (45) and Gordon Oliver (69). Unfortunately, the total wasn't enough and SMRH chased it down with an over or two to spare for the loss of 5 wickets (R. Dow 2 for 35) (Scorecard | Report). Sunday saw the Alloa XI welcome new boys Callander to the Arns. Clacks bowled first and had Callander 11-3 before the rain came down and held up play for about an hour. When play resumed, Clacks dismissed Callander for 53 before chasing the total down. Juniors Isaac Lowry and Gethin Freathy contributed with the ball, both picking up wickets (Scorecard | Report).
Little April showers
The ESCA league season got underway this weekend. The 1st XI played Dunnikier at the Arns on a cold, overcast day. Batting first, Clacks scored 185 in 43.3 overs, Toby Culham top-scoring with 46. Dunnikier chased the total down in the penultimate over to claim a 3 wicket victory, Toby Culham left the field with the best figures, claiming 3 for 33 from his 10 overs (Scorecard | Report). The 2nd XI was due to travel to the Gyle to play RHC, but heavy rainfall on Friday evening/early Saturday morning left the pitch covered in puddles and the match was called off. Saturday also saw the club host a race night. Various punters took various punts on virtual horses, with D.K. Mudie calculating the odds based on the betting patterns. Of the 30/40 people who attended, David Wilson was probably the most consistent gambler, as he won five or six of the eight races. Graham Fraser won the largest payout when his horse crossed the line to bag him £22.50! Goodnight and special thanks to Ando for organising the night and D.K. Mudie for doing all the odds! Friday also saw the juniors outdoor training get underway. On a horrible, wet night 32 kids were down and training. Many thanks to all the senior players/club members who attended and helped out!
The first victory of the season!
It didn't take long for Clacks to record their first win of the season, doing so at the second attempt. The 2nd XI played host to Morton XI in a pre-season friendly at the Arns. Fielding first, Clacks bowled Morton out for 115 (Sannah 38; G.B. McDougall 2 for 6, R.W. Dow 2 for 10). Clack's managed to make what should have been a simple chase into a close match, as Morton kept picking up wickets. Fortunately, Blair Campbell and skipper Scott Bisio saw the side through to a 3 wicket victory, Tippu Sultan top-scoring with 48. (Scorecard | Report). The Alloa XI's first league game against Callander has been called off as Callander are unable to raise a side, resulting in a default win for Clacks. An unbeaten weekend, of sorts!
After the prestigious Grand National and the Cheltenham Festival, many looks at the Arns Festival as the next biggest event in the horse racing calendar. The night is taking place on Saturday 26th April, also the date of the first ESCA league fixtures, at the Arns from 7.30pm. All players are encouraged to come along and invite friends and family. Former wear is no a requirement but would be an extra avenue of entertainment for those who come down, so dress up to your heart's content!
Big Lottery Communities and Families Fund
The club is very grateful to have received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The money from the grant has been used to buy training aids and equipment for the juniors as well as sending a few people to coaching courses to help improve the quality of coaching at the club. Also, the Junior relaunch night is Friday 25th April at 6.30pm. All players and club members are encouraged to come down and invite any friends/family members, particularly those with kids, to come along with them.
Club kit store!
Blair has set up an album on Facebook showing you what items of clothing we can buy. We currently have a 30% discount on all Surridge products that runs out in June so buy now! To find the album, click here. If you wish to order anything, e-mail email@example.com with details on what product you want, what size you want and how many you want. Blair requires the money to be paid upfront, before ordering to avoid any confusion about who has paid for what. Also, anyone free on Sunday is invited to come help get the ground ready for the upcoming season, this will involve putting out the chairs, moving sightscreens etc. The work is getting underway about 1.30pm.
Countdown to Cricket!
Around this time of year, the weather begins to get slightly less cold and slightly less wet and all across Scotland, keen cricketers dig out their kit bags and start preparing for the season ahead. Our season officially gets underway on Sunday 13th as the club take on Falkland in a pre-season friendly at the Arns, before the league games begin a couple of weeks later. Before this, we've been given a great opportunity by Tesco. On Saturday 12th April, we will be in Tesco packing bags at the tills from 10 am - 4 pm. This is not only a great way to make money, but it will also help the club gain some publicity and let people know that cricket is played in Clackmannanshire. Our social convenor, Pamela Lowry, is organising the day, so if you wish to volunteer an hour or two to help the club, contact her by clicking here!
Senior Winter Training
Senior winter training has been confirmed! The training will take place at Stirling University Tennis Centre from 5.30pm to 7 pm from Sunday 16th for three weeks. Hopefully, by the end of that period, it might be warm/dry enough to practice outside! It costs nothing, as we are being given use of the hall in return for letting Stirling Uni play at the Arns last summer. Post on Facebook/e-mail me via the website if you need a lift, there will most likely be someone willing to pick you up!
Clackmannanshire Council's Services to Sport Award Winner
Congratulations to our president and head groundsman, David Henderson, who has been awarded Clackmannanshire Council's Services to Sport Award. Unfortunately, David did not win the Citizen of the Year award, but it is nice to see the council acknowledging the hard work he's put in over the years! From all players and club members, congratulations! All the hard work you put into preparing the pitches is much appreciated by all who play at the Arns. I know they sometimes say you should go out on a high, but I think there's still at least another decade of the pitch making in you!
"Sponsor a 'tache 2014"
Blair had the genius idea of holding a sponsored 'tache growing to help raise funds for the juniors playing shirts. As the juniors are unable to grow their taches, we've had a few senior players volunteer to sport a cricket celebrity-inspired tache from March 1st through to May 1st. Waiting on Blair to e-mail me the sponsor form and for a final couple of tache, growers to unveil their top lips. I can tell you now that Blair has gone for a Mitchell Johnson, a glorious handlebar tache. Blair hopes that by replicating Johnson's face fuzz, he'll be able to replicate the hostile, fast bowling Johnson is currently producing. I've gone for a more local approach and donned a David Henderson. I just hope David's off-spinning capabilities were down to his facial hair and not hard work, practice and a cricketing brain. After all, I'm only 299 club wickets behind him according to the record books! The annual pre-season Players Night is taking place on Tuesday 1st April at the Arns, beginning at 7.30pm.
Forth Valley College on the lookout for cricketers
"Forth Valley College is on the look-out for student all-rounders who think they could represent the college at cricket.
In April 2014 a cricket match between a Scottish Colleges XI and a Scottish Universities XI is to be played to help showcase talent in the FE sector. It is hoped that some players will break through to the Scottish Students’ side, which has not yet seen a college player selected, although a couple has come close."
For the full article, click here. Cricketers at college who wish to be considered for selection should contact Chris Horne firstname.lastname@example.org, Curriculum Manager in Care, Health & Sport. Please note any indications of interest in being selected should be in NO LATER than 5 pm on Thursday 27th March 2014.
Most of the clubs fixtures have been confirmed and I'll be getting them up this week sometime. I've made a junior fixtures page, which is linked on the Juniors page (or here if you're too lazy to navigate yourself) as Ando has quite a few fixtures confirmed for them this season. Our president, David Henderson, has been nominated for the Clackmannanshire Citizen of the Year 2014 award and has made it to the last 8. The work David has done for the club, as well as his years spent teaching in Alloa Academy, were the main reasons behind his nomination. Please help share the word via facebook if you have it to try and ensure David wins the award! We've set up a new sponsorship deal with Curry Central and I'll be updating the website to reflect that shortly as well. We may also have some winter training, but that hasn't been confirmed yet. We were meant to be given use of the Stirling University nets as we gave them the use of our ground, but nothing has been confirmed yet, keep an eye out though!
Burns' Supper Update
"Yet again CCCC Burns Supper was a huge success, with all guests enjoying a wonderful evening. After a delicious 4 course meal, which many could not finish, we were entertained by three highly acclaimed speakers. Russell McGillvary, former Head of History at Larbert High School, delivered an immortal memory to savour, discussing what would have happened if Robert Burns had never been born. Then, our very own Walter Crowe recited Holy Wuilles Prayer with extreme precision and drama. To round off the evening, former player Murray Stewart, gave an iconic address to the lassies which had the entire audience in stitches - including the lassies!!
Our thanks go to Walter and Judy Crowe for organising this event. We look forward to the 2015 edition already...."
A thank you message from club secretary Greig Taylor.
Introduction to Umpiring Courses
Ian Shaw and Cricket Scotland will be running some introduction to umpiring courses over the winter on the following dates:
- Monday 17th Feb 6 pm – 9 pm
- Tuesday 18th Feb 6 pm – 9 pm
- Monday 24th Feb 6 pm – 9 pm
- Tuesday 25th Feb 6 pm – 9 pm
Venue TBC depending on the numbers from each club. Those interested should e-mail Buna by the 24th (e-mail address is email@example.com) and he'll get you sorted!
Junior Movie Night
The club will be hosting a movie night for the juniors on February 1st. More details on time and film choice as soon as possible! Might I recommend the spectacular Henderson & Kay Production's "How to Prepare a Pitch" - although the sound may need to be remastered a little! My recommendation was ignored and instead, the film of choice is Iron Man 3. The screening will begin at 6.30pm. All juniors are welcome to bring along friends to the club!
Junior Training Update
5 days into 2014 and two updates, surely this form can't continue! This update is concerning the junior training, which had been running for a spell before Christmas at Tullibody Civic Centre. U13's training will be starting up again on Friday, January 10, still at the Civic Centre from 8pm-9pm. Also, congratulations to our very own Jack Inkster, Isaac Lowry, Ali Naveed and Euan Smith on being selected for the Forth Valley Development Squad!
Camera Club Competition results!
Hopefully, the festive period hangover has passed and all players are working on their fitness for the upcoming season! In what has been dubbed the Clackmannan County Cricket Club Clackmannanshire Camera Club Competition, a title sure to excite even the most sedate of alliteration enthusiasts, members of the camera club had been taking pictures around the cricket club over the year and the pictures were judged by members of the camera club as well as some cricket club members. Check the photo gallery to see the winners! Also, hooray for a fresh 2014 news page!