Cricket Club Issue 41 - Page 36

Sandal FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG Sandal CRICKET CLUB S andal CC is based on Barnsley Road in Wakefield and their first team currently competes in Division 2 of the Pontefract and District Cricket League. They are led by the team of President Richard Shackleton and Chairman Ian Schofield and the club has made a considerable amount of progress under their guidance. 36 Issue 41 Their first team has been in fine form so far this season with seven outright wins and just one outright defeat from their 12 league matches. This has left them sitting in 2nd place in the table with one hundred points on the board, just three behind league leaders BrookWalton. This leaves them perfectly positioned to go on and mount a serious Championship Challenge over the reminder of the season. As long as they can keep up their recent level of performance they will be in with a good chance of claiming some silverware. Sandal is not a club to focus solely upon their senior section however an d this is reflected by the fact that they also have a number of youth sides running. These team’s look to provide youngsters from the local area with an opportunity to play the game in a safe and enjoyable environment whilst helping them to reach their full potential. It is important for any club to be able to produce their own talent if they are to be successful over a sustained period and this is an area they appear to have covered. It will certainly be exciting to see how their juniors can progress over the coming years. In order to help ensure that these players enjoy a smooth transition into the senior game Sandal also runs a 2nd team. This allows them to gain experience of adult level cricket even if they are not yet considered ready for first team action which can be an important step in the development process.