Cricket Club Issue 42 - Page 17

Ampthill Town Saracens Hertfordshire League Division One. Whilst results in the other adult sides are not going our way at this time we continue to put plenty of sides out on a Saturday and Sunday and give plenty of people good quality cricket in lovely surroundings at both our grounds. We aim to get our Saturday first XI promoted and targeting all other sides to maintain their current league status. We are also looking at improvements to our pavilion at our main ground and currently drawing up plans for various options. This is something we hope we can do within the next 3 years.” Community “We are a community club based in Ampthill Great Park and we get a lot of support on match days. Our ground is used for the annual Festival day in July and many school tournaments use our facilities during term time for competitions. We are also lucky enough to have hosted Bedfordshire in minor county games over the last few years and expand that to Over 50’s and Over 60’s County games.” Commercial “We have many sponsors (but always looking for more) who support the club but we also organise many functions for both members and the local community. For the last 20 years we have held a Celebrity Sportsman Dinner in May of each year where a guest speaker and comedian will entertain anywhere up to 200 people. This year we had the pleasure of Scott Quinell and Johnny Stiles. We have also played Lashings All-Stars XI twice, only being defeated by 4 runs in August last year. Our major fund raising event this year is our end of season ball which will be held in a marquee on the outfield in October, so far we have had bookings for 240 people of the 250 places available. For the first time this season we have arranged T20 games on a Friday night against local businesses. This is aimed at exposing our club to more local businesses/people and generating income via the bar and a BBQ. As this is a fun night it allows some members who don’t normally get to play on the main ground a chance to enjoy the facilities and surroundings.” Challenges “We currently run four sides on both Saturday and Sunday but along with other clubs locally games are now being conceded a lot more than recently. A lot of our members play either Saturday or Sunday where as in years gone past people would play both days. As the numbers that do this dwindle it may be a challenge to maintain the number of sides we currently run. The length of games can also be a factor when you add in traveling time. Saturday league games for our 1st and 2nd XI teams are 100 over matches and we can travel up to an hour to each away game. Add this altogether it can mean the whole day is gone, I think this may need looking at as members may decide not to play certain games.” Ambitions “As a club we aim to keep progressing both on and off the field. We hope our teams will gain promotions to ensure we play a high standard of cricket ensuring that each side plays as close together as possible. We aim to ensure that our youth section continues to thrive as much as it does today. We hope to improve our pavilion at our main ground in Ampthill Park whilst also improving the facilities at our second ground in Marston.” 17