Welcome to you all for the 2021 season and let us hope and pray that it runs to its Autumn conclusion without interruption!
We all have our more important personal recollections of this past year, but the Club itself weathered the Covid storm well. A lot of cricket was played from mid July onwards, but sadly though there could be so little of the accompanying social fun that goes with it – no teas, no impromptu bbqs, no 6 a side and Open Day, no Ladies cricket festival or even the Annual Dinner and Awards. But it was nevertheless remarkable how much fun was had – a tribute to all the players.
We start this season playing under the same Covid regulations as last, but with the hope that things may relax later in the summer.
Who knows? But I do assure you that if and when we are allowed to organise social events, we will!
We do, however, have a wealth of cricket to look forward to. The Men have full Sunday and T20 cards – Hein, Cort and Charlie have worked so hard to generate enthusiasm and the results are there to see, both in terms of the cricket played and new membership. The LBWs, under the leadership of Nic and her team, have inspired a terrific growth in Ladies softball cricket such that we have two teams entered for the inaugural ND Women’s League. The Buckeroos will again play in the u13 league and this season will mark Simon’s last as Coach after I can’t remember how many years. A Long Service Medal is due!
Finally there are thanks to be given. To the Committee and others, who have worked so hard to keep the show going over this difficult year. To our VPs and sponsors who have yet again been so generous. To our playing members who supported the Club so well when we reopened last July. And to Ian and Wendy who made sure that last season could happen and that this one will, due to all their work on the ground.
The best of luck to all, Robin
Our first Sunday match of 2020 began with the presentation by Pam Maynard of a commemorative bell in memory of her husband, Tony Maynard, an enthusiastic umpire and club supporter.
Pam, supported their family, rang the bell to signify the start of the match against Marnhull. Thanks to Rodney Wayman for these memories of the day.
BWCC Fixture list for all groups including Ground Hire – subject to change..
Here is the ECB Guidance that must be adhered to by all players, club officials, parents, spectators etc whilst playing recreational cricket either at Buckhorn Weston or at Away games. Please read and follow the guidance. A PDF document version is available via the ECB Website here
What a strange and difficult period this has been, and will no doubt continue to be so for some time yet.
However, it is wonderful that recreational cricket can resume and we will be trying to pack as much cricket as possible into the remainder of the season. Men’s cricket will resume shortly and pick up on the fixtures that had already been arranged. The ladies should have been playing in their inaugural North Dorset evening league (promoted and organised by BW) but that has fallen to lockdown. Instead they will be arranging friendlies which will be played over the coming weeks. The Buckeroos too have lost their league season but local clubs are already in contact to arrange friendlies for them.
Fixtures will be posted on the website soon and will be added to as the season progresses. There is still uncertainty about – one club has cancelled its remaining games and others may follow, which will lead to odd gaps and late additions/changes. So keep an eye!
It does have to be stressed though that we are absolutely not returning to cricket as normal, for this season at least. The rules for ‘adapted cricket’ have still yet to be published, and social distancing and the need for constant cleaning/sanitisation procedures will have to be in place. But with good humour and common sense we can make it work.
We look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks, and thank you for your continued support,
To all BWCC members and players.
Very sadly the ECB has just bowed to the obvious and issued new guidance that all recreational cricket is suspended for the foreseeable future.
Here is a brief summary about how that effects BWCC, but I’m very aware that you will all be far more concerned with the health of family and friends, and worrying too about businesses and jobs.
There will be no AGM as these are exceptional circumstances and I can’t believe that others aren’t in the same boat. The existing Committee will continue and we will have an EGM at the first sensible opportunity.
Cricket – all I have spoken to are in broad agreement that the very earliest that we might see cricket being able to be played again is not until July. Given the further information given out last week concerning the extension of ‘social distancing’ to possibly 6 months (or longer), I’m afraid that we do have to accept the real possibility that we may see no cricket at Buckhorn this season.
The ground – In the hope that cricket might start up again in late summer we will keep the square mown lightly (and probably lightly rolled just to get in reasonably flat) and the outfield kept tidy.
On behalf of the Committee please take the greatest of care and our thoughts with you all.
And let us hope and pray that before the end of the summer the noises of bat on ball, the muffled expletives and laughter as yet another catch goes down, and the happy clink of glasses will be heard again on our lovely ground.
All best, Robin