Cricket Club Issue 42 - Page 28

Himley FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG Himley CRICKET CLUB H imley CC is terrific example of a community club that offers cricket to everybody and have been making fantastic progress in recent times particularly in terms of developing young players. Chairman Gordon Lewis took the time to tell us more. Involvement He told us, “I’ve been with the club for 45 years I think. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my involvement here having been brought up with the club since I was a child. I’ve been Chairman the last twenty years and the biggest challenge these days is keeping people playing cricket. The most rewarding thing for me has got to be the way in which the junior section has developed in recent times which is great to see. That and the development of our facilities which our Committee has worked hard on to achieve, we’ve always looked to progress in this regard year on year.” Positive “I would say the atmosphere at the club at the moment is fantastic with our U15 side having just won the national knock out competition. That’s a team that Chad Brandrick from Himley stunned teammates when he claimed five wickets in five balls to bowl his side to victory. Aged 15, he is part of a Himley cricketing family with both his father and grandfather serving as first XI captain at the club. And the teenager, who attends St Peter’s School in Wolverhampton, is now targeting his own place in the first team after his inspired spell of off-spin blew away Wightwick in a recent under-15s match. Chad, who captains the under-15s, finished the match with impressive figures of 6-13. Father Carl was a first team skipper and grandfather Joe, a former Albion director, is the current club president and former captain. Carl said, “This was a great achievement for a lad who works really hard at his cricket. I have been playing cricket for 40-odd years and I’ve never seen it done. “I’ve seen four wickets in four balls but never five in five, so this is fairly unique.” Chad, who is an opening batsman, also represents Worcestershire at under-15 level and scored his first century for the county earlier this season. He is now aiming to push for a spot in Himley’s first XI, who play in the Birmingham League First Division. 28 Issue 42 Himley Club Info - www.himleycc.co.uk - Twitter : @HimleyCC - Found 1883