Cricket Club Issue 42 - Page 35

Fen Ditton Ancient Shepherds "We pride ourselves on the quality food and drink that we serve." You can eat in our restaurant, the Fold Bar or in the garden. Business Lunches or Buffet Lunches can be arranged - please ask staff for details or give us a call. Tel: 01223 293280 Email: mary.cullen@ancientshepherds.com Web: www.ancientshepherds.co.uk High Street, Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8ST in 2013. Most of our boys and girls had no prior experience of cricket but have swiftly improved, with 16 juniors aged 9-12 currently involved and playing competitive matches. Two of our youngsters have already been selected as County prospects for the U11s and U13s girls development squad, with several more set to be nominated for the upcoming MCC Hub programme at Comberton. This programs success is just reward for all involved, and there are rightly now plans for further expansion. Further recruitment will look towards local primary schools to gain U12 players, whilst acquiring adult players wherever possible. Next season there will be an U15s and an U12s, with an adult 2nd XI forming in 2017, with this remaining as the permanent structure thereafter. This will help accommodate youngsters from age 9 onwards at an appropriate cricketing level, whilst seeing their potential future progression. The grandfather of one such youngster, Tony Marson, was the clubs first groundsman when matches began in 1982. That came about through work throughout the community, with local farmer Charles Wright levelling and seeding the land to make Campo our home. The name emerged as the field was used by WW1 soldiers for trench-digging training, later being given to Fen Ditton Parish Council by Lord Fairhaven of Anglessey Abbey for use as a recreation ground. David Yandell was the pavilion architect, with local voluntary labour and fundraising efforts from Lynn Strover also essential. This history reflects the spirit of a true village club that remains today, making Fen Ditton CC a highly attractive p &