The web site has been updated and went live at the start of the season.
130 juniors have signed up for the season and there is a waiting list of 60.
Welcome to another season “down at the Grange”. The Pre-season (January to March) was dry and sunny and the ground staff, Lee and Richard, took full advantage of the conditions and prepared the ground to an unbelievable high standard.
Unfortunately the weather in April has turned cold and wet and a number of fixtures have had to be cancelled. Nevertheless we are looking forward to a successful season and here is some up to date information for you to digest.
Barclays continue to sponsor the Club and we are most grateful for their support. In return we expect all players to purchase Barclays branded kit and to wear it on all possible occasions.
The web site has been updated and went live at the start of the season. We are indebted to the webmaster, Iain Morrison, and Rawdon Hesketh who have masterminded the changes. We now have a very comprehensive programme giving a great deal of information to all members and it is our intention to endeavour to keep it up to date at all times. Please make full use of this excellent facility.
We continue to use Stuart Surridge Sport for all our clothing requirements. They presented their range of products at the Pavilion in April for all to see and also distributed training tops to all junior paid up members. This year all purchases are processed via our web site where products and prices are on display. Please take full advantage of this facility as their goods are of good quality and competitively priced.
This year the Committee have decided not to engage an overseas player/coach. This has proved to be an extremely costly exercise. Instead the money is being spent on engaging coaching staff covering all sections of the Club.
The coaching staff are:
Director of Cricket – Michael Powell, supported by Neil McCallum, Gordon Allan, Jamie Burton. All are qualified coaches and we hope that their experience will help to improve the abilities of members and thereby strengthen and improve the overall performance of the teams. It is appreciated that this may take some time to achieve but we believe it is the best way to proceed.
The section under the excellent guidance of James Hancock and his team, hope to emulate the successes of 2011. A very hard act to follow! The good news is that already 130 juniors have signed up for the season and there is a waiting list of 60.
We wish all the teams continued success – watch out for their results via the web site.
League Reorganisation Scottish National Cricket League (SNCL)
The revised League structure for 2011 was not a success and the clubs registered their dissatisfaction.
After much consultation, Cricket Scotland revised yet again the structure for 2012. The result is that the Premier League is now regionalised into two divisions – East and West. Each division consists of eight teams. Grange are in the East Division and play the other seven teams home and away. The championship will be decided by the respective divisional winners playing each other at the end of the season.
Furthermore all Scottish cup games will take place on Saturdays. The competition consists of 32 teams divided into eight sections i.e. four teams per section. They will play each other home and away and the eight section winners will proceed to the quarter final. A much improved format and it should bring about good competitive cricket.
I wish all playing members, supporters, employees a successful and enjoyable season and trust that the weather is kinder than that experienced last year.
John N Little