Cricket Club Issue 41 - Page 48

Plymouth FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG Plymouth CRICKET CLUB P lymouth Cricket Club have been in existence for over 150 years and is currently running 4 teams in the Devon Cricket League, a ladies team in the Devon Women’ s League plus junior teams in the U11, U13 and U15 West Devon Youth League. Secretary Steve Cummings told Cricket Club Magazine, “I became involved with the Club after the 2005 Ashes series when my 8 year old decided he wanted to play the game and I soon started to get involved, helping with training progressing to Umpiring junior matches and finally being sweet-talked by two formidable ladies, Jeannine Caley and Jo Butson, that I was the perfect person to take on the recently vacated post of Secretary!” lost control of our ground and we were obliged to move. Mount Wise was being developed and there was a ground in search of a Club. We inherited a good ground with a dilapidated pavilion which was scheduled for demolition. A heroic fund raising effort saw us able to build a modern pavilion which is the envy of the D e v o n It was around this time that Plymouth faced a threat to its very existence. Jerry Caley who was Chairman at the time explained, “Until the end of the 2009 season the Club was located at Peverell Park - its home since the early 1920s. Although much loved by its members, in reality the facilities left much to be desired. “Then fate took a hand and due to reasons totally beyond our control we 48 Issue 41 League. “Plymouth Cricket Club has always prided itself on being a welcoming and friendly club and this reputation (we like to think) has successfully made the transition from Pernell Park to Mount Wise.” Current Chairman Martin Hancock supported Jerry’s comments and stated that the mood at the Club was now very positive with the development of Mount Wise nearly complete - with new covers and sightscreens on the way. The Committee’s next aim was to expand the facilities at our second ground Tor Bridge High School; the ECB had funded a new square which the Club was now responsible f o r maintaining. T h e members had worked hard to put in place units containing changing rooms, showers, toilets and a kitchen area. He added with the facilities in place the biggest challenge facing the Cub over the next few years was to reverse the decline in the participation in Cricket at all levels saying, “It was vital that we secure funding to be able to get into schools to coach and to encourage Plymouth Club Info - www.plymouthcricketclub.com - Twitter : @CCPlymouth