TYNEMOUTH Cricket Club are making their final preparations for the season ahead following another busy winter.
Despite appalling weather, the efforts of groundsman Paul Jackson and Andrew McLaren have ensured the ground is nearly ready for action.
Indoor practices have helped develop the skills of junior members while senior players have enjoyed six weeks of work at the King’s School.
Coaches Charlotte Langston, Stephen Davison, Euan Stenhouse and Mike McIntyre have all been making progress away from the training pitches with their coaching education while club development manager Rebecca Ayton has continued her work in the community.
At the club’s AGM, Russell Perry was re-elected as chairman along with a number of other officials, although there remains two vacancies.
An award from the North Tyneside Play and Youth Capital Fund has been received towards developing a second pitch on the adjacent King’s Square Field and for extending the pavilion. Further grant aid is being sought.
For the forthcoming season, Tynemouth will have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI each Saturday as well as a Sunday 3rd XI and Ladies XI. There will also be Under 15, two U13 and an U11 teams.
Ben Debnam will continue as captain for the first XI, which reached three cup finals last season. South African all-rounder Ruhan Pretorius will be the club’s overseas player, who will also spend time coaching the youngsters at Tynemouth.
The Firsts also welcome back Greg Hollins and Matthew Brown, who have completed their studies and will be regularly available. However, lack of funds means that the club are unable to recruit a Durham Contract player this season.
The experienced Graeme Hallam has taken over captaincy of the Second Team, and Richard Hay will again captain the Saturday Thirds.
Junior practices for Under 15s will again start on Tuesday nights, with additional sessions on a Friday. The Under 11s will run on Fridays at 5.15pm and under 13s at 6.45pm the same day. Girls under 13s will be at 5pm on Mondays, with the women’s team practicing Mondays at 6pm.