Macmillan Poster 2014

Disappointment on pivotal weekend

Another huge, and maybe pivotal weekend saw 4 disappointing results for KCC’s senior teams on Saturday, compounded by defeat for the Under 13′s in the County Cup Final on Sunday morning……

As we enter the final weekend of the season for the 1′s, 2′s and 4′s there is one final opportunity to achieve our objectives.
A frustrating winning draw against arch rivals Market Harborough, coupled with Loughborough’s win against Lutterworth means that Matt Craven’s men head to Sileby knowing that they need a win, and a favour from Harborough at Loughborough to have a chance of winning the league for the second successive year.
Craven himself signed off his own season on Saturday with a scintillating century and will keep in touch with score updates as he surprisingly will be performing Best Man duties at a wedding this weekend. In his absence the team will be captained by our very own Foxes star Joshua Cobb.
Luke’s 2′s host Leicester Banks looking to secure the spot for top second team with a big win.
The 4′s know that a win at home against Barkby is critical if they are to have a chance of avoiding relegation in Division 5.
Both games at Fleckney Rd get underway at 12.30 on Saturday and it would be great to have your support for the lads.
Bouch’ returns to the calmness that is the 3rd team captaincy as he leads his troops into battle at Earls Barton with just an 11 point cushion between them and the Division 3 trap door, with 2 games to play.

It was another weekend in which the club did itself proud as we hosted the 50+ County Championship on Sunday…………..
The game, between last years winners (Durham) and last years runners up (Essex), turned out to be an absolute cracker.
Batting first, Durham reached 251/4 from their 45 overs, with Graham Shaw’s 104 being the highlight.
5 penalty run’s meant that 246 was Essex’ target, and they came up 6 runs short. A fantastic game and some fantastic feedback on the quality of our facilities, staff and service as you will see from the e mail that Chairman Steve Ellwood received after the game.

‘Dear Steve,

As one of the umpires at yesterday’s final, may I offer my thanks to your club for the superb way in which they looked after and treated my colleague and I.

We were made to feel welcome by everyone we met from your club from the moment we arrived at your splendid ground and the hospitality must rate as second to none. In my 20 years of umpiring at a variety of venues, I cannot recall every having such a fantastic lunch as the one I enjoyed yesterday and the entire catering staff and volunteers must be given the highest praise for their courtesy, service and efforts. The attention to detail was clear for all to see and it is little wonder that the ECB has chosen you to host a variety of finals. Those taking part in any of them cannot help but be impressed.

Your facilities must be the envy of many clubs in your area and they outstrip the vast majority of ones I visit in East Anglia, including all those at Premier League level. There must have been a tremendous amount of hard work and effort put into the new ground and I am sure you and your committee can now see the fruits of your labours and be extremely proud and satisfied.

Our thanks also go to the ground staff who presented us with a decent pitch (albeit one which had been played on only the previous day) and ensured that the lines were re-marked and the pitch swept and rolled between innings. The game itself turned into a thriller and as Aaron Campbell said in his post-match speech it was a shame there had to be a loser.

However, that’s cricket and certainly the players I spoke to from both sides were highly complimentary about the standard of the ground and facilities, although most of them had experienced them the previous year. Your bar staff were equally attentive and helpful and it was good to have a decent pint (or two!) before setting off home to Suffolk.

While it was my first visit to your club, I hope it will not be my last, but if it is, I shall retain a very fond memory of a first-rate run club with an infrastructure that works seamlessly on and off the field and one that would put many to shame.

Thank you once again for making my day so enjoyable and memorable.

Best wishes,

Martin White’

A huge thank you once again to all of the KCC team involved in making it happen and once again proving that this is the best place to learn, watch and play cricket.
If you would like to see the official ECB video of the day please click on the attached link

Sunday see’s a very special Presidents Day when we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our first National Cup victory with a special game featuring players from our 2 successful campaigns in that competition……

The game gets underway at 12 and it will be great to see some legends back at Fleckney Rd.
In the clubhouse we will be hosting lunch for over 80 members and Vice-Presidents, who along with the players will enjoy a fantastic Sunday lunch courtesy of our friend, sponsor and fantastic chef Sam Scott and her team.
We are at full capacity for lunch now, but if anyone would like to add their name to the waiting list please contact Steve asap.
For those not enjoying lunch the bar is of course open as usual and so we hope to see a large crowd to enjoy what promises to be a great match.

ECB Ladies and a plea for ground help

Our final cricket of the season at KCC is the Ladies National Knockout with a round robin tournament taking place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September. The next day Abbo and the ground team will begin repairs to both wickets. We urgently seek the assistance of a strong young man (or woman) to help with the heavy lifting for 3 or 4 days. We can pay for this help from our ground budget if necessary. Would anyone interested or knows someone who may be interested please speak with Abbo.

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