Cricket Club Issue 41 - Page 52

Brooke and District FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG Brooke and District CRICKET CLUB B rooke and District CC enjoyed a terrific year in 2014 and are looking forwards to trying to replicate that success in 2015. We caught up with their Chairman Godfrey Bancroft to find out more about the good work that they have been doing in recent times. He told us, “I joined the club in 1990, having been pointed in that direction when we moved from Bury St Edmunds to Norwich. A friend at my Suffolk Club, the now defunct ‘Pimpernel’ knew a player at Brooke. I became chairman in 2000 and have enjoyed every minute since. A 52 Issue 41 fantastic club, beautiful ground and some really good people. “The most rewarding thing is seeing the club grow and evolve. This is based on a highly skilled committee that are thoughtful, far sighted and committed to contributing to the community. We have some excellent volunteers, although more are always welcome. “Our plans are to keep on building our youth section (key people Rob Panter and Jon Block) and sustain the rapid development of our ladies (key people Liz Utting and Marie Hood). “The mood at the club is very buoyant. Three of our four adult teams were promoted last season (2014). Mike Jones our overseas professional is making an excellent contribution. “Youth cricket is at the heart of the club. We have teams from under 9 to under 19. We are very much a community club and we open our club to local schools. Friday evening is community cricket. Children from 5 to 13 attend. Everyone is welcome with no barriers. The place is packed on a Friday. (key people Louise Panter and Gina Allcock). “We have some terrific facilities here having extended our Pavilion in 2010. There is an electronic scoreboard, with a second on planned and a new barbecue on the patio this year (key person Richard Hayman). “We have a thriving ladies section (coached by Jon Block and Mike Jones). (key people Liz Utting and Marie Hood, captain). We also have a community girls section on Fridays and hosted the Norfolk Cricket Board Ladies Day on 5th May 2015. England player Lydia Greenway