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23th April 2004

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Alan Willcocks previews the 2004 season

With the evenings becoming lighter it is appropriate to reflect on the previous season's cricket and to look forward to the new season in 2004 at Barrow Town CC.

Last season turned out to be one of 'nearlys and almosts'. By gaining promotion to the Leicestershire ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) Premier Division, the Club recognised that its 1st. XI would have some tough and competitive matches played in the marathon 55 overs per side format but by the second half of the season they had got to grips with the standard. It ended the season a very creditable 7th (of 12), culminating in a magnificent away win against Lutterworth Town in the last match. The team was strengthened with ex-County player David Millns and County professional player Damien Brandy joining the team. Overseas player Ronnie Hasan had another good season but will not be available in 2004. David Millns will captain the side, with Gavin Noon stepping down after several successful years in the 'hot-seat'. Games will be over 100 overs in 2004.

The 2nd XI also had a successful season, looked likely candidates for promotion for much of it, and almost made an immediate return to Division 4 but their form deserted them in the last few games. This team has a mixture of age and experience and it was particularly pleasing to see County youngsters Ben Wilson and Peter Exley holding regular positions in the team. Peter was selected for the Midlands Counties U.14 team at the Oundle Festival and is now invited to join the England U.15 team for training . Next season the 2nd. XI will be captained by Steve Grew who takes over from Ian Riley.

The [Thursday Evening League] team topped the runs per over averages with over TEN runs per 8-ball over.

In the Thursday Evening League we play in the Premier Division of the Loughborough Cricket Association and were just able to hold our position. The team, captained by Ian Willcocks, struggled with player availability throughout the season, but those who played enjoyed their cricket which , in this competition, features some big hitting of the cricket ball. It was this that saved them. The team topped the runs per over averages with over TEN runs per 8-ball over. No other team reached this double figure average!

The Club reached the final of the Loughborough Charity Cup. The competition rounds, including the semi-final are played in the evenings but for the first time the 2003 final was on a Sunday afternoon in late August.. The aim was to give better playing conditions and encourage better attendance. In the event, the match conditions were dreadful with Barrow batting on through a thunderstorm.The opposition, Loughborough Town, was able to take advantage of improved conditions after a break and won the match by four wickets ; another 'nearly' situation.

Junior cricket continues to thrive at Barrow Town CC. The Club entered teams to junior leagues at U.10 Kwikcricket, U.11 Incrediball, U.13 , U.15 and U.17 levels. The U.15 team reached the District final at their respective level. The Club is particularly keen to give young players experience of senior cricket. This was achieved by successfully involving junior players in Sunday friendlies against senior sides. The Club was able to host a very successful one week Cricket school for young players during the summer which was led by County junior coach John Smith. It is hoped to repeat this in 2004.

In this area we are now very fortunate to have a world-class cricket training and coaching facility 'on the doorstep'.

In this area we are now very fortunate to have a world-class cricket training and coaching facility 'on the doorstep'. The National Cricket Academy, housed in a purpose built facility on the Loughborough University campus has state-of-the-art equipment including the Hawk-Eye tracking system for player observation in the nets. Barrow Town will use this facility for both junior and senior net practice from January until mid-April. When the season begins at the end of April it is hoped to have a newly installed non-turf pitch available in addition to the existing outdoor practice nets. A non-turf pitch is an artificial pitch which has playing characteristics very close to those of a grass surface but is weather proof.

This is part of the continuous drive to improve the playing facilities at the Club and to try, as far as possible, to ensure we are able to play at a high standard. We are continuously investing our resources, both financial and human, into the development of the Club and are looking forward to the start of the 2004 season.

There is much cricket to be played at BTCC in 2004. Come along and see for yourself. Look out for the local advertising - you can take out an advertisement with us if you wish.

To enquire about joining Barrow Town CC or how to advertise with us contact:
Alan Willcocks - Club Secretary, John Williamson - Club Chairman,
43, The Banks, Barrow Upon Soar, Leics. LE12 8NL, 01509-413996, 01509-412689
or through the Club website.


Barrow Town football ground

Being a grandmother and a pet owner I often go for walks around Barrow and the surrounding district and one walk I thoroughly enjoy is going over the Slabs to Barrow Town Football Club. It is a pleasure to the eye to see the way the football ground is maintained. Whatever the season, it's an absolute delight viewing from the footbridge. Bob Chamberlain does a wonderful job to keep the pitch in such pristine condition and I for one would like to thank him for his hard work, dedication and for all that he does for Barrow Town Football Club.

It would be lovely to see more villagers attend matches and partake of the refreshments served from the burger bar. I have been informed that the burgers are the best in the league. "Keep on frying, Dee and Sharon"! Also available are tea, coffee and soup.

Work has just started on the new changing rooms, and club house which is available to hire for functions. A marquee is also available.

I look forward to you joining us soon, if only for a cuppa.