Welcome to the beginning of a new and exciting season in the history of the club! During the close season there has been a lot of work done already to prepare for the summer, least of all those who have turned out for pre-season fitness on Sundays and who will be toned and ready for the first game on Sunday 29th April (the Nick Clough Tri-series).
As you will recall, 2017 proved to be a difficult season for Sunday cricket in general, and Mount CC and other clubs in the district struggled to fulfil their fixtures due to reduced player availability. This is a trend that echoes the wider decline in participation that has been seen across cricket.
During the off season, Mount CC has been working together with Westcliff-on-sea CC (WOSCC) to address this issue with the joint aims of preserving Sunday cricket and offering players of both clubs a wider range of playing options. For the 2018 season, the clubs have entered into a reciprocal arrangement which will see Mount CC players being able to turn out for WOSCC on Saturdays and WOSCC players looking to play Sunday cricket appearing for Mount. The clubs have agreed that any player from either club will pay a match fee only and have waived the need for subscription/membership fees for any “guest” players.
Given that both clubs enjoy a long and close history it's the best partner for Mount to have, with many players over the years having played for both sides. I believe that this initiative will benefit both clubs, enhance this relationship and support cricket in the area. I think it's an exciting opportunity both for us and WOSCC.
To make this work it will take effort by both clubs to embrace it and make the most of the facilities of both clubs.
Fixture lists will be circulated shortly, and player availabilities will be sought well in advance of fixtures. For Mount CC players wishing to find out more, please contact Bill or me. Let's hope this initiative is the start of more cricket and more players for both clubs.
Let's start the season with a positive show of intent by giving Bill your availabilities for the first 3 games, having a great tournament against Old Westcliffians and WOSCC and showing them what a great place the ACG is to play at!!