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Welcome to the 4th Club Cricket Conference Newsletter

Welcome Dear Reader to our latest Newsletter.  

A number of issues raised this month - all of them of relevance to clubs around the country!  Clubs need to be sustainable not only in financial terms, but also in playing numbers.  Charles Randall has highlighted the problems.  The Barbados & Smile Group Travel Cup moves into the semi-final stages, and another tragic death in the cricket field.

Codicote stumble into crisis where 'the others' might follow

Club cricket has been under assault for a number of years in a changing society from more directions, possibly, than ever before. One could mention land developers, social media, red tape, drink-driving laws, youth attitudes, council indifference, league regimes, funding, committee workloads and even the fortunes of the England team. But a trend to inequality and polarisation might be emerging as the unexpected and most serious problem faced by the amateur game.

Small clubs, especially, tread a tightrope life well illustrated by the current plight of Codicote CC. The village club in north Hertfordshire is simply running out of players as they seek to stabilise in Division Six of the Hertfordshire League. The competition is a very successful vertical structure that jumbles all teams together, with a premier table at the top. ECB status is due to be confirmed for 2015 after the split from the Home Counties League last year.

Codicote have issued a general invitation for a merger with any interested party, including wandering clubs looking for a home. Their ground is a pleasant recreation field with a basic multi-purpose council pavilion with good upgrade potential.

Read the full story here.

Dave Allen: Preston seam-bowler dies in the field at 49

Dave Allen has died on the field while representing Hertfordshire Over-50 II in a game against Surrey II at Maori CC at Oxshott.

Allen, 49, a seam bowler with Preston CC in the Hertfordshire League, had just completed his second over when he collapsed. The efforts of several qualified first-aiders among his colleagues and the ambulance crew were unable to save him.  Read more here.

Ferraby inspiration guides Aston Rowant to semi-finals

Nick Ferraby has enjoyed a memorable season, including the highlight of a century for Oxford against Cambridge in the drawn University Match, and his inspired batting has guided Aston Rowant through to the semi-finals of the Conference Cup, now sponsored by Barbados & Smile Group Travel Cup.

The full story can be found here.
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