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hurley external professional coach for the older colts and adults. “With the season going well so far there is a good vibe about the club and a real enthusiasm to do well. We see our youth section as the key to the future of the club. We took the decision in 2009 to re-launch our colts under the leadership of Dave Forrest. We were awarded ECB Clubmark Accreditation in 2010 and identified as a Focus Club by Berkshire Cricket. We have around 70 80 youngsters training every week with six ECB qualified coaches. We have a number of them involved in the county structure, which is good for a club of our size. “We have taken a decision this season to reserve places in our 2nd XI for up to four colts, enabling them to experience league cricket under the guidance of senior players, taking an active part as batsmen and/or bowlers, not just making up the numbers. “This is proving to be very successful with the youngsters making significant contributions to our success on the field. We are also organising development matches against other local clubs, where six to seven colts play with a handful of senior players as a way to help the youngsters bridge the gap between 20/20 cricket and 100 over league cricket. “The cricket club is a focal point for the village and surrounding areas, providing a vital sporting facility for boys and girls of all abilities. We consider our ground to be one of the best in the area, with an excellent groundsman and have recently invested in covers, which are already making a difference. We regularly host Berks Over 60s and colts representative matches. We are particularly proud of our teas which go down well with visiting teams. “The biggest challenge all clubs face is the dwindling number of senior players. Over the coming years we aim to increase our membership, for both league sides to gain promotion and bring more of our young players into adult cricket.” Mike Walton Plumbing & Heating Specialists in Energy Efficient Heating and Controls Mike Walton MCIPHE RP Central Heating | Boiler Servicing & Repairs Controls Upgrades | Plumbing & Hot Water Kitchens | Bathrooms Tel. 01344 300248 Mob. 07771703027 Email. mwtheplumber@gmail.com www.mwtheplumber.co.uk 65 Bucklebury Bracknell RG12 7YJ www.sportip.biz 43