Cricket Club Issue 42 - Page 52

Sonning FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG Sonning CRICKET CLUB S onning CC has been enjoying a fine campaign in 2015, achieving good results on the field and continuing to play an important role in their local community. We caught up with their Chairman James Travers to find out more about the good work that they’ve been doing lately. Involvement He told us, “With a short break in the late 90’s I have been a member since 1979. I had recently moved to the Reading area from Somerset and was introduced to the club by a friend of a friend. At the time the club ran 4 Saturday teams (currently 3). My first game I opened for the 2nd XI and made a very patient 2! I was immediately impressed at how sociable the club was with typically all four teams joining each other at the clubhouse bar after their games. In July I went on the first of many club cricket tours to the South West where typically a squad of no more than 14 players played five fixtures having played both days the weekend before the tour and both days the weekend after. Many of the friendships I made that week endure today.” 52 Issue 42 The Role “The biggest challenge with me is that it can be a bit of a juggling act making keeping all the balls in the air difficult! Sonning CC is a busy village club run by volunteers with three Saturday teams in the Thames Valley League and two Sunday teams plus a Colts section with 130 youngsters split into five age groups from Under 9 to Under 15. The greatest challenge is attracting enough players, parents of colts to get involved and share the burden. A particularly rewarding experience occurred last August when more than 500 (mainly village people) came to watch the match between the President’s XI, which included Phil Tufnell and the club. This was a club effort which included a beer marquee, champagne bar, ox roast and bench seating around almost half the boundary. The weather held fare and the club won the match with a six off the last ball! A great day had by all and valuable funds raised for the club.” Community “We are a community club, the club’s ground is situated in the centre of the village and we have an active list of vice presidents who often come up to the ground to support the club. Within a three mile radius of the club there are roughly 25 adult members and over 100 junior members. The mood in the club has been better in years gone by to be honest but it is certainly an improvement from this time last year. Our 1s and 2s were relegated but are now playing in divisions where the standard more accurately reflects our current playing strength.” 2015 “On the playing side the club has started very well. We are already a third of the way through the season and the 1s and 3s are both second in their respective divisions, the 2s are starting to find their feet and currently third from bottom having lost two games by the narrowest of margins. The quality of the club’s wickets are excellent, ‘playing like roads’, and we have very recently built a bespoke structure to permanently house our electronic scoreboard. The social side of the club needs to improve. We have two clubhouse events in the next 6 weeks so hopefully this will help. The club’s key next objective is to construct two/three full lane nets. Sonning Club Info - www.sonningcc.co.uk