On Sunday 8th April we will be holding our Cricketforce and registration day.We will be getting the ground ready for the start of the season, there will be plenty of tasks to be done on the day for young and old alike. We need your help.More information will be added on the website nearer the day.
If you know of any 5 to 8 year old girls or boys who fancy having a go at cricket, Bury CC are again taking part in the ECB All Stars programme. Click here for more information:
Save the day, on the Bank Holiday of Monday 28th May our Family Fundraising Walk will take place in the late morning followed by an afternoon of 6/8 side womens softball cricket. This is for mums, sisters, cousins and friends, in fact anyone who wants to have fun. Turn up and play, experience not necessary, t-shirts and prosecco supplied.
In collaboration with Crusader Sports and Leisure Tours, Bury Cricket Club, numbers permitting will be heading to Sri Lanks watching the first test in Galle.
WOMENS CRICKETWe would appreciate if you would forward this on to anyone in your family and friends who may be interested Hi Ladies, A fantastic opportunity has come about with Bury CC. We have a New Female coach who is eager to start the first Women's Cricket team within Bury CC. We have already begun putting plans into place; starting with a Women's softball festival at our own club on the 28th May and a second one on the 1st July. If you or any other women you know may be interested in learning new skills, alongside becoming part of a team in a fun welcoming environment. please contact us and we will organise a venue and some taster sessions for you to get involved in. Hope this sounds of interest and brings something new and refreshing to your 2018.Maddy Whitemaddy@burycc.co.uk07769581350
Full 1sr round Cup Draws are now online
On Sunday 28th January the GMCL Annual General Meeting was held at Flixton Cricket Club.The notable points were as follows:Code of Conduct Meetings for Senior Captains are mandatoryGMCL League Handbooks will be issuedTHE GMCL is working with the home office and the ECB on the eligibilty of overseas playersGMCL Junior season will run from 23 April to 29 July with optional cup competitions taking place after the end of July.GMCL T20 starting week commencing May 14th finishing with the finals day on Sunday July 15. A minimum of 5 group games.Junior AGM at Elton Vale Cricket Club at 12.00 on Sunday 25th FebruarySenior Presentation Night will be at the Point, Old Trafford on 19th October.Cup Draws1st XI Derek Kay Cup 1st round Bury v. Woodbank Sunday 6th May2nd XI Cup 1st round Bury v. Worsley Sunday 29th April3rd XI Sunday Cup 1st round Bury v. Denton ST. Lawrence 13th May
On Friday 11th May at Pike Fold Golf Club in Bury we will be hosting our 6th Annual Golf Day.It will be our normal format, late morning arrival, Bacon Butties awaiting you, teams of four for an early afternoon shotgun start followed by our legendary prize giving and buffet afterwards.We are also looking for a main event sponsor, please contact me if you may be interested.I hope you will consider entering a team for what we know will be a great day. For more information please click here.All money raised will be used to support both junior and senior cricket at Bury Cricket Club.
At tonights AGM the following positions were filled:President: MK BrawnVice-President: David LeachChairman: Mark SmithTreasurer/Secretary: Alan Breckin1st Team Captain: Jon Wiggans2nd Team Captain: Chris PottsGeneral Committee: Paul Belston, Wayne Belston, Dave Bowen, Matthew Metcalfe, Andrew Parr, Jordan Smith, Jules SpencerChairmans Address:Inevitably when we come to think of the 2017 season we will remember the relegation of the 1st XI, but, as I have stressed on numerous occasions, Bury Cricket Club is more than just the 1st XI. Even so, as a club, we can treat the relegation of the 1st XI as a disaster or we can see it as an opportunity. We can decide we weren’t good enough and maybe never will be good enough or we can look at what we could have done better and where we can improve and put processes in place to achieve that improvement. Whilst you can be in no doubt that we will be aiming to return to the premier division at the first attempt failure to achieve this will not be a disaster providing we as a club can see progress.In fact despite the relegation it could be argued that the 1st progressed this year. They won the same number of games as last year, reached the cup final and were generally much more competitive throughout the year. Once again Karl did an admirable job in difficult circumstances. It is a mark of how competitive the GMCL Premier Division is that a side with 7 wins can go down in next to bottom place. We were unfortunate to lose at Woodbank, the coin toss at Walshaw was probably decisive and we were well on top against Bamford when rain ended the game. Had any two of those results come out differently then we would have survived. In the cup final Egerton ran out worthy winners having posted a challenging first innings total which we were unable to match. Disappointingly we used 22 players in the 1st XI this year and we found it difficult to select a settled side. I will return to this point later.Jamal once again led the way with the bat racking up over 818 runs. Our professional Kasun chipped in with 543 runs which was a disappointing return and he never really imposed himself on the opposition or around the club. That being said he was a delightful individual and we wish him well. Alex and Jon both also contributed nearly 500 runs. Bowling wise Alex and Mukthar both performed with the ball picking up 39 and 37 wickets respectively. We perhaps missed a third seamer to help them with Kasun and Casmond contributing 50 wickets between them.There will be some changes to the first team next year as already alluded to Kasun and Casmond will not be returning. Unfortunately Jamal will also be playing elsewhere this coming season. All three players leave with our best wishes and we hope to see them back soon. Karl has indicated that he would like to take some time out to recharge his batteries and spend time with his family. Once again thank you to Karl for his sterling efforts. Finally, Jordan has come to grief on the football pitch and will be unable to play this year. We welcome Matt Donnelly from Greenmount to fill the wicket-keeping vacancy and Asif Iqbal makes a return to the club after a number of years. Ben Gorton from Read joins us and will also be involved with coaching. Our overseas amateur this year will be Gustav a 19 year old opening bowler from Pretoria, South Africa, Our professional will be Innocent Kaia a Zimbabwean batting leg spinner with UK experience. The 2nd XI once again had a solid season under Chris’s leadership. ELPM and Roe Green looked to be the strongest teams in the division at the start of the season and despite our best efforts this proved to be the case as we finished a creditable though a little distant third. Usama Akram was our most effective run getter with 450, thought the undoubted highlight was Mumtaz’s 160 against Egerton. The ever dependable Arshad Raza picked up 38 wickets and was well supported by Usman and Majid with 32 and 27 wickets. The 2nds picked 30 players during the season and not one player was available for every fixture. On the positive side this did allow a number of juniors to get exposure to 2nd XI cricket and there were many pleasing performances which can only bode well for the future. I congratulate Chris on his ability to juggle player availability so adeptly. On another note the 2nd XI do need a regular umpire for next season. If anyone knows of one, or would like to do it, or just umpire a few games, please see me after the meeting.The 3rd XI had a mixed season with some very good performances both collectively and individually. On the whole the club fielded a very young 3rd XI and this showed in the inconsistent performances. Despite this going into September the 3rds had an outside chance of winning the title but a combination of poor weather and a couple of defeats put paid to that. It was noticeable that the standard of opposition was somewhat erratic ranging from some poor sides to some stronger sides containing players who were emphatically not of a 3rd XI standard. Nevertheless, what other clubs do is up to them. We will continue to use the 3rd XI as a showcase for our junior talent, rotating them in and out to give opportunities to as many players as possible, and including senior players to provide experience. Inevitably, given the rotation policy a large number of players featured. Jon Stackhouse scored the most runs with 185 and Suliman Sarosh led the wicket taking with 10. Highlights that spring to mind include Ali Hassan’s 100 in the first game of the season and Joe Mitchell’s 5 for and 49 not out at Newton, and of course who could forget Jon Stackhouse coming to grief outside the Co-op. Where appropriate for next season we will try to run a friendly XI alongside some 3rd XI games to provide more opportunities for our juniors. However, we do require senior players to support this so as to avoid mismatches and provide the necessary guidance (and in some cases transport).A theme of this evening has been player availability and to some degree commitment. At the end of the season we had a player’s meeting where this was discussed. There was a full and frank exchange of views and if I am honest more heat than light was generated. Some things were poorly expressed and I would once again like to apologise for anyone who was upset. On the positive side it was clear how much passion there is for the club. In a perfect world we would have a squad of 40 players across our 3 teams who were available across twenty of the twenty two weeks. For whatever reasons we are miles away from achieving this and I doubt we ever will. I also doubt that there are many clubs in the country who can boast this. Nevertheless we should try to make every effort to improve our availability. I would also like a greater (off field) commitment from the players. Last year I talked about the level of subs being unsustainable at their present level if you, the players, did not bring in more money through ball sponsorship and fundraising. Regrettably the response was underwhelming and the new committee will undoubtedly have to revisit this. Even more regrettably we had to cancel the annual dinner due to low numbers. A number of regular (non-playing) attendees were not available but the number of players who would have been in attendance was frankly pathetic. I believe that the annual dinner is a great tradition and one of the things that makes this...
These are the 3rd XI Fixtures GMCL League Fixtures for the 2018 season. To download click here
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Junior Winter Sessions restart on Wednesday 24th January.6.15 – 7pm, All Stars 7-8 yr olds6.15 – 7.30pm, U9 & U117.30 – 8.45pm, U13 & U15All at Bury College. Players new and old are very welcome
We start our pre-season with two friendlies away to Heywood Cricket Club on Saturday 14th April and away to Chorley Cricket Club on Sunday 15th April. These will be a combined teams with players from both our first and second teams playing on both days.
Please see the link to the 2018 revised fixturesClick Here Saturday CricketPLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE CHANGES TO DIVISION 4 WEST AND 5 WESTIn 4 WEST - Fixtures for Blackley and Friends United have swapped.In 5 WEST the fixtures against Friends Sporting have changed.Sunday CricketWe now have an incredible 66 teams in our Sunday Competition with 20 new teams for 2018 as we welcome 3 new clubs into GMCL - Little Hulton CC and Little Lever CC from the Bolton competition alongside a team from Cheshire, Kerridge CC.There are also extra teams from current GMCL members Whalley Range CC, Friends United CC, Edgworth CC and East Lancs Paper Mill CC as their membership has increased. Glodwick CC add a 4th team to their 3rd XI entry in 2017 and Prestwich CC and Greenfield CC 3rd XIs move to Sunday for 2018. Further to this we welcome 10 teams from the former Pennine League to give us a very strong Sunday competition for #GMCL2018.To accommodate many factors, we have moved to 8 Divisions, retaining a Premier League, Divisions 1A, 1B, 1C & 1D and Divisions 2A, 2B, 2C. We have allocated promotions to those who achieved success in 2017 and we have also looked at the numbers of games not played for a host of reasons in 2017 so now the maximum teams per division is 9. Also impacting is that many clubs have requests not to play on different Sundays across the season where they have community events, long standing local matches, charity events or celebrations and we have tried to accommodate as many requests as possible. If you have a fixture clash from the fixtures published below or you spot a flaw in the fixtures please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .At the Sunday third tier, where there were many games not played last year and where there are teams requesting fewer games we have 1 division of 8 and 2 divisions of 7. For those who want more games there will be a list of teams from across the competition who don’t have a game each week and teams can make arrangements for additional matches on available days. Of course, there are cup matches to play as well.The huge change arising from the increased participation is the much improved regionalisation so more local games for most. There are games against clubs on the outer perimeter of our region but these are few in number, but bear in mind that the clubs on the outer edge have to travel further to every away game and are willing to do that for the competition we provide.
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The 2018 Bury Cricket Club AGM will be held in the pavilion on Thursday 25th January 2018 at 8pm. All fully paid up Senior members, and Junior members who have played Senior Cricket are entitled to vote.Proposers/seconders for any post can be sent via email to email@example.com
Enclosed is the updated GMCL Code of Conduct for 2018 including revised procedures and penalties across the 4 Levels which all now attract a ban.
The full Saturday GMCL Fixtures can be read here