As we start to think about how cricket will look in 2021, Clifton always welcomes new players. We have 3 senior teams and one of the strongest junior set up's in the area with teams from under 9s through to Under 17, supplying local district and county sides with a number of players. With a number of qualified coaches our juniors normally train on a Friday night from late April to early August, and despite Covid in 2019 fielded junior teams in competitions at 5 different age groups.
All teams were founder members of Greater Manchester Cricket League, and the 1st XI has been the only club to finish in top half of its Premier League since its inception. Former Lancashire cricketer Gareth Cross is professional & he captains the side, which won its respective league last year and has won T20 finals day representing the region in the 2017 National Competition. The 2nd XI won its league in 2019, and the 3rd XI has a mixture of more experienced players & developing its junior players, and were runners up in their league in 2019.
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As 2020 draws to a close we are all hopeful 2021 will be a much better year as we all pray this awful pandemic will come to an end. We have all seen lives lost and we send our condolences out to the families who are suffering at this terrible time in all our lives. We are seeing people lose their jobs and businesses going under and we feel for all those who are struggling at what is supposed to be a joyful time of year.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members who have supported us through this pandemic and helped us keep the club as safe as possible by following our guidelines in the times we were open. This is a really difficult time for the club with no revenue and bills still coming in, but I can assure you all we are working hard to make sure YOUR club is ready for business as soon as we get the go-ahead to re-open. We are not standing still; we have taken this opportunity to have the club all redecorated ready for the re-opening and the committee would like to say a big thankyou to Bill Dorsey who has taken this job on during the lockdown.
I would also like to thank Allen and his team for serving us through the difficult times and continuing to make sure YOUR club was a safe place to attend. There has been a lot of work done behind the scenes to make sure we have the correct things in place to continue trading and I thank all those involved for their continued support of this club. Like all sports clubs if we did not have the volunteers who work extremely hard for no pay then we would not survive, especially in these difficult times.
Congratulations must go to our 1st team as although we only played half a season, they topped the premier division for the first time since we joined the GMCL. We are delighted to have announced the re-signing of our professional Gareth Cross for the 2021 season and again hope we return to some normality to be able to have a full season.
The club this year for the first time in its history has not held the AGM due to the current situation, we have not ruled out having one, but we will make that decision once we are back open. Up until that decision is made all the current officers will continue with their duties.
Are you all fed up with drinking out of bottles and cans? As the club is presently closed, we have an amount of stock that has been kept in its usual high standards in the cellar. We feel this will get to the end of its shelf life before we re-open as we think this is going to go on for some time after Christmas. We are contemplating opening for a takeout service for a few short shifts over the festive period to sell off some stock. This will be priced just to cover our costs. We would be interested to hear from our members to see if it is something you would be interested in and when. I would ask if anyone has any interest in this please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
So that just leaves me to wish you all are Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all back in the club soon.
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