Cricket Club Issue 42 - Page 34

Fen Ditton FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG Fen Ditton CRICKET CLUB DITTON GOING PLACES ACROSS ALL AGES By Michael McCann @MLMC_123 L ocated just outside Cambridge on the banks of the River Cam, Fen Ditton Cricket Club has a flourishing youth and senior set-up that actively welcomes new players of all ages and abilities. The 1st XI are chasing a promotion from the first division of the Cambridgeshire Cricket Association Junior League that would cap a remarkable recent rise. This would be a fourth elevation in five seasons, including being crowned champions of Division 3 in 2011 and Division 2 in 2014. The latter triumph was sealed through nine consecutive League wins, and five more in succession at the start of 2015 made it 14 in a row, a club record. Though defeats have been suffered since, Ditton still have a fighting chance of promotion, superb given that both previous stays in Junior 1 ended in instant relegation. Skipper Adam Wilson has been an inspirational leader with bat and ball throughout, whilst last season Adam Brown set the club record for highest individual score (150*) and most runs in a season (685). Recent years have seen Ditton establish a talented and ambitious group of players, but success has not come simply through this. There has been an important emphasis on the social side of the game, with events throughout the year well-attended by villagers and players alike. This includes the off-season, with shirt sponsorship from local pubs The Kings Head & The Ancient Shephards, in addition to automotive traders AutoKare, reflecting a truly village feel. This allows the club to charge very reasonable membership and match fees compared to surrounding teams. Moreover, many are prepared to serve the club in ways more than playing various current players serve on the committee in a wide array of roles. Most notably Andy Hayward has been a secretary and player since 1982, when the club first formed, including managing all aspects of an impressive club website. 1st XI players Brown, David Laflin and Mark Vaughan-Shaw have designed and implemented the junior coaching programme, which began Images courtesy of Michael McCann 34 Issue 42 Fen Ditton Club Info - - Twitter : @fendittoncc