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The Sound of Leather on Willow

...it's that time of year again

ALAN WILLCOCKS PREVIEWS THE SEASON FOR BARROW CC

Barrow Town Cricket Club is preparing for the 2005 season with indoor nets for seniors and juniors ongoing from the start of the New Year at the ECB Academy on Loughborough University campus.The senior 1st XI will play Saturday League cricket in the Premier division of the Everards Leicestershire Cricket Club League with David Millns as captain.The 2nd XI will play in division five of the same league with Steve Grew captaining. In the 2004 season both teams consolidated their position in their respective division, finishing in similar positions to 2003 although this statistic does not show significant team changes. David Millns put his faith in a number of local young players and, after a tough start against some of the strongest sides in the County, they began to put some results together and finished in a very creditable position.The second XI continued with its mixture of youth and experience and had a successful and enjoyable season.The club now has sufficient good young players that it was able to enter into a partnership arrangement with Burton on the Wolds CC to enable juniors to play in senior matches.

CLUBMARK

The junior side of the Club goes from strength to strength. Junior cricket nationally has been a major area of development and the ECB (cricket's governing body) has been requiring clubs not only to provide facilities and managers for playing junior matches, but additionally provide appropriate welfare to achieve a set standard known as 'Clubmark'. Barrow Town CC should achieve Clubmark accreditation before the start of the 2005 season. Part of the accreditation requires clubs to appoint a Club Welfare Officer and we welcome Annette Love to this important role.There are now around sixty young players at the club in ages ranging between six and eighteen years old and many will play in leagues at their respective age groups in the 2005 season.

Barrow Town CC is an ECB Focus club and has an approved plan for its development both for players and facilities.We are currently engaged in raising the funding for the installation of new, high quality practice nets at the Nottingham Road ground. The senior season starts on Saturday, 23rd April and continues until 17th September, 2005.

RON WILLIAMSON

Ron Williamson, Club President and Trustee passed away on 12th January, 2005 at the age of 80 years. Ron was born in the village and was closely associated with the cricket club for more than 55 years.

He played for the village teams after he returned from active service in the Navy during the war and became a driving force inthe development of the club towards the position it holds today in Leicestershire cricket. He was Club Captain during the 1960's and helped develop many promising youngsters into what was, probably, the club's finest and strongest playing squad. He was Treasurer for many years and in 1969, following the fire which destroyed the pavilion on the Quorn fields site, was instrumental in helping the club secure its present ground at Nottingham Road.

He was a tireless, committed champion for the club and was its President for the last twenty years. He rarely missed a match and whilst he will be missed by everyone, he leaves a legacy of his sons and grandsons playing for Barrow Town CC.

CLUB ACCOUNTS - TO 31ST DECEMBER, 1955.

The statement of club accounts shown is nearly 50 years old . At that time the ground was not at Nottingham Road which was acquired in the early 1970's. It had a ground adjacent to that which is today used by Barrow Town Football Club, paid 12.0s.0d for its use and ran the whole season on less than 100 pounds in 1955.A couple of points I noted are; in the Expenditure,'teams travelling expenses' - it was usual to hire a taxi to transport players to away matches and in the Receipts 'Special Efforts' - which individually is the largest source of income. I am unsure on the exact meaning of this but assume it to be fund raising activity - raffles, collection and selling of old newspaper etc. There's nothing new in recycling!

CONTACTS AT BARROW TOWN CRICKET CLUB:

Alan Willcocks - Club Secretary
Tel: 01509-413996

John Williamson - Chairman
Tel: 01509-412689

Or visit the Club website at: This website is linked to Barrow village website