After a long cold winter, the Washington CC are preparing for another new season, and we are all heartily embracing some recent good news, which says that outdoor training is likely to be possible just in time for our season to start. Massive high fives all round on that news.
But, on an indoor note... with our first Blog post in some time, we are here to follow up to Mark "Molly" Molloy's recent missive related to the upcoming AGM... this being our first event of the 2021 season. In years gone by (not including 2020 - was that really a proper year?) this would have been held in the pub, and I think we are looking forward to the days when that will be possible again, but for now, we are doing this through Zoom, details for which are right below.
Join Zoom Meeting at 6.30pm on 4th March 2021
There are several formalities to get through but it's also a good way for club members to catch up with the committee and make suggestions for how the club should be run. But big news this year is that we are going to be notifying all winners of the various awards for the 2020 season, including the coveted Clubman Award. As Mark said, at some point we'll have a proper knee's up and hand out the physical awards, but in the meantime, an online ceremony is all we can do.
We'll send an agenda out soon too.
We hope to see you all there but for now, stay safe and well, and start dreaming about cricket, in the great outdoors.
Washington CC Chairman
It is with great pleasure we can announce that Washington CC have won our first game of the season... coming in July. Normally, that would be an horrific occurrence, but this year, as we are only 2 games in, this is great news to report. Our first week out we were competitive but a bit rusty, and so to record a win the following week is a great achievement.
Read the report on Play-Cricket.com (click to it through 'FIXTURES & RESULTS' tab) and marvel at the bowling figures and all round contributions with bat and in the field.
Let's keep Smashing The Leather...
It is with great pleasure that we write here that The Wash are again an actual Cricket Club, playing real outdoor cricket on a pitch, in sunny weather, with all attendant familiar sounds of leather on willow and Stu Marsh swearing is head off.
The Wash recorded a narrow loss to Crouch End CC on their other ground in Finchley, and new Skipper Creed did a fabulous job marshalling the troops. Unfortunately, we dropped a few catches and let CECC amass a formidable 241, which looked beyond us but for a sparkling partnership between Nick and Max, the latter scoring his first 50 for the club... 89 in fact!!
Click on the 'Fixtures & Results' tab which takes you to the Play-Cricket page where you can see all the stats.
Well done to all involved, and please all keep staying safe and look out for more emails on upcoming fixtures.
Over recent weeks, Vice Captain Max Murrain has been organising weekend net sessions at Paddington Recreation Ground, which have been very well attended and sensibly socially distanced.
Besides being great fun, this is just the preparation we've needed, as last night the UK Government u-turned (probably after Vaughny called them all Muppets in a BBC interview the other day) and announced a return to recreational cricket in England from 11 July 2020.
We understand there will be more guidance coming out on how to play sensibly and mitigate the spread of the virus. We'll keep an eye out for that advice and will implement on game day as necessary... I'm sure it'll be fairly straightforward since the game is pretty much the most socially distanced game of all.
Anyway, for those mad on cricket like The Wash this is of course great news. Indications are that Wash CC members are up for a game next weekend and so we're checking with our 'next' oppo to see if they're keen. Look out for emails from our July Match Manager.
One last point... as keen as we are to play, we all need to remember that the virus is still out there. The last thing we want is a full return to sloppy celebratory kisses and massive manhugs when we take all those wickets you've been dreaming of... thus increasing the risk of spreading the virus after all this good isolation work we've done. So, please consider your own and your families health and well-being when saying YES to play. Consider the transport options, wear masks when in public or on public transport, maintain good hand-washing etc. etc. In short, be sensible! Just like we do when we're asked to come in at 6 and hold up an end to get us home... yeah... well never mind... you know what I mean?!
Best wishes to all and see you real soon,
Wash CC Chairperson
on behalf of the Washington CC Committee
PS.... let's get ready to smash the leather and recapture the spirit of this marvellous game, captured here below in one of my fave Wash images!
Well done to Social Sec Mark "I'd take a bet on that" Molloy who chaired our first ever online Washington CC Race Night last night Friday 03 July 2020.
Mark took us through a whole raft of different races and points were awarded for picking the winners... top fun and some good banter! Of course it was conducted over Zoom, like virtually every social or work transaction of the past several months (indeed I am struggling to comprehend the idea of life without these disconnected social encounters) and as we are tantalisingly close to an almost full opening up of the country, last nights festivities may well be the last such event!
Whilst it was great to see you all in 2D, we here at Wash CC HQ are really looking forward to seeing you all in person at some point in the very near future. Maybe even on the cricket pitch...
Thanks again to Molly for his inventive socials over recent months...