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Civil Service withdraw
Apr 22, 2011, 8:30 am

The Civil Service and Ashington Rugby CC were to play a friendly fixture on 23th April, however the Civil Service are unable to field a team.

We are planning a net practice for all club members on Thursday 28th which will give the captains a chance to select the teams for the clubs first Saturday fixture of the 2011 season, all members are urged to attend.

Cramlington step in
Apr 22, 2011, 8:26 am

Following the pull out of Rock Cricket Club from the friendly fixture, Cramlington CC stepped in at late notice and the game on the 16th went ahead, both teams attacking the bowling which resulted in a high scoring game.

Ashington Rugby CC set a total of 198 off their 35 overs, both Chris Harwood and Paul Milburn hitting 50's, Cramlington set off at a brisk pace with some poor bowling by the home side but take nothing away from Cramlington they played well and just fell short of the target in their 35 overs, Billy Pullman top scoring for Cramlington.

Big thank you to Ken Ward and Alan Howe who umpired the match.

This game also gave us the chance to have a dry run before the season starts to see how using the Rugby Club facilities for our tea's would work, following the break in which caused untold damage to our tea room and kitchen. 

Rock Off Cramlington On
Apr 12, 2011, 6:41 am

Our friendly with Rock on Saturday is off as they have 5 players unavailable.

We have however managed to get another friendly with Cramlington for Saturday 16th, it is a 1pm start the game lasting for 35 overs, we will provide tea as usual. We have also secured 2 umpires for the game they are Ken Ward and Alan Howe. 

Players to be at the ground for no later then 12.00.

New score box to be proud of
Apr 10, 2011, 7:51 am

9th April saw the finishing touches to our new score box, number boxes fitted, lettering fixed, carpet tiles fitted ready for our scorer Jim "The Hoover" Peacock.

It is fitting that long standing member of our club Jim will be the first scorer to use our score box as we entertain Rock a club from Alnwick in a freindly fixture on Saturday 16th April in a 35 over match.

Jim has thrown his hat in the ring after hanging up his whites a few years ago. He has put himself through the ECB scorers course to be ready for a new chapter supporting the club.

All cricket clubs need retired members like Jim to continue after their playing days are over, supporting our club in what ever way they can as there is nothing better than experience and knowledge. The members are looking forward to Jim taking up the scorers seat and they really appreaciate his comittment to the club " Thanks Jim"  

On the 16th April we also will see two more former players who used to open batting they are  Bobby Dodds former Treasurer now plays for Rock and Ken Ward who took up umpiring when he hung up his whites. Bobby brings his team down for a warm up match and Ken will don the umpires coat. 


Poor turn out by members
Apr 3, 2011, 6:14 pm

Saturday 2nd April only 4 members turned out to help and 2 of those had to leave around 12.00. They assembled the sight screens, practice cage and set up our square using 3,4,5 method it would have been a lot easier but our square markers put in at the end of last season had dissapered, which made it a longer job our groundsman did not finish until 5.00 which was an 8 hour day.

Cricket Force Day
Apr 1, 2011, 10:35 pm

We are planning our day of action for Saturday 2nd and 9th of April, on the 2nd we hope to build our sight screens, practice cage and hopefully clear away our 2 flix practice strips. We are then looking to assist the grounds man with setting out our cricket square with the 3, 4 5 method and if time allows mark out our boundry lines.

9th will see us aiming to complete our new score box, finsihing off the painting inside and out and lay our carpet tiles ready for our first friendly with "Rock" a Alnwick based club on the 16th April. We hope we have ourselves ship shape with our playing facilities and score box by then, our tea room we can only keep our fingers crossed. We would normally have a squad in our tea room and kitchen washing everything down but there is not much point as it looks like a war zone with all the damage. 

Club on back foot with damage to changing rooms
Apr 1, 2011, 10:16 pm

Following the breakin and the terrible damage which resulted from the water, the club is drying out the building with industrial heaters and dehumidfiers. The insurance loss adjusted has been and given the go ahead for temporary repairs to the electrics and replacing the stolen copper pipe in plastic the big problem is that the pipework was 42mm which is hard to get a hold of.

The next job is the quotes from builders for the repairs, majority of the ceilings will need to come down, along with the majority of the electric lights will need replacing as the fluorescent light fittings were burnt out. The amazing thing seen on the morning was the water rushing through the fuse box when still live as you can gather this will need repacing, along with our microwave, hoover, carpet etc which were full of water along with many other items.

We are hoping we can save our kitchen units, our club photos, all our framed awards and the histotry of our club, we cannot save our carpet and a number of the walls will need hacking off and replastering in the kitchen and tea room as the walls are drying out the plaster is bursting off the walls.

What have we done to deserve this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Club Devasted by Mindless Thieves
Mar 18, 2011, 9:09 pm

On Friday morning at 8:30am on 18th March members turned up to work on new score box only to find water pouring out of changing room block under the metal shutters.

The club is devastated by thieves breaking into the changing room and stealing pipework which has resulted in a huge flood, bringing down all the ceilings in the tea room and kitchen. This could have grave consequences for the start of our season only 6 weeks away.

The water must have been running for hours and hours as the water had caused a flood out side the building right up to the metal containers about 80 yards away. The tea room and kitchen was under 2" of water and this was only 2" beacuse of the small step which is 2" high otherwise if would have been 3, 4 5ft deep who knows, "What a sight"

All the electric fittings are damaged, our new kitchen units tea room carpet are in a state, ceilings down plaster coming away from the walls, to be blunt the whole lot is a right mess everything we have in our tea room and kitchen may have to be thrown away.

Our members who were first to find the damage opened the tea room door to be met with a waterfall of water running from the ceilings, they spent most of the day brushing out the water and trying to save what they could.

We had a tea room and kitchen to be proud of, now it to looks like a bomb site, I am totally devasted, reported the Chairman, we need all the members to rally around and try to save what we can and try to get back to normal as quickly as we can. We have great team spirt in our club and we cannot let this destroy what we have worked so hard for over the years.

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