The Lashings World XI are coming to Cherry Tree

Contracts have been signed and WORLD LASHINGS XI will be playing at Cherry Tree on Friday 26th June 2020. HENRY BLOFELD has also been signed up to commentate live on the day! The Lashings are known as the Harlem Globetrotters of cricket and players such as Ryan Sidebottom, Chris Lewis, Neil Fairbrother and a team of ex International Test Cricketers will play a T20 against Cherry Tree CC.

On the morning of the match they will hold a Junior Training Session for our youngsters at the Club followed by a hospitality lunch with all the players and officials in attendance.

We will be erecting a marquee on the top car park to hold 300 people for the lunch, you can reserve a place or table by contacting  demand will be high so bookings taking strictly on a first come first served basis. There will be 30 tables of 10 to be reserved from next week. The T20 match will start at 5pm.
In the press release Chairman Dan Logan said ‘this will be the biggest day in Cherry Tree CC’s history. To have some of the finest crickets ever to play the game at Cherry Tree seems unreal and it’s a great event for the whole community. And having the one and only Henry Blofeld to MC the day is the icing on the cake.’ First team captain, Mark Hadfield, said ‘I can’t quite believe that a who’s who of my cricketing heroes will be playing at my Club! This will be inspirational for our Junior and Senior players to rub shoulders with the Lashings Stars’.

If you want to find more about them and the players have a look at the WORLD LASHINGS XI web site

This is part of a full weekend of activities welcoming visitors from all over Lancashire and beyond to see what Cherry Tree has to offer. Anyone interested in sponsorship from a board to a range of other packages get in touch with sponsor@cherrytreecc.co.uk

 

The Hundred is coming

The Hundred tournament features eight teams, representing seven cities from around the UK, these will be played from 17 July-16 August 2019.

Matches feature 100 balls bowled in blocks of five or 10, cities will field both male and female teams. Many feel it’s a threat to the game following on from T20 a move towards American style sports designed to suit a TV audience especially after the recent “draft”. This has been denied by ECB Chairman Colin Graves who said “We are changing cricket, you get resistance because nobody likes change. I played cricket for 40 years in Yorkshire and I understand where they are coming from, but the game has got to move on.

“Everything we have done has been in consultation with our members and counties. We have 80,000 members who have been talked to. Nothing has been imposed. They could have voted it down – they didn’t.”

One big positive coming out of this is that 10 men’s games and 8 women’s games will be shown on free to air TV. This should be really helpful in attracting young players to cricket. If this is a success will we start to see variants of the Hundred introduced into Amateur cricket at least at younger age groups and to attract more female participants to cricket. It will also be shown over the school holiday period to give plenty of options to watch.

Many will be cynical toward change but its clear from the fall in numbers of local cricket teams some changes are needed to inspire future generations into the sport.

 

The teams that make up the new league are as follows:

Birmingham Phoenix

London Spirit

Manchester Originals

Northern Superchargers

Oval Invincibles

Southern Brave

Trent Rockets

Welsh Fire (Tân Cymreig)

The tournament will run over a 38-day period between mid-July 2020 and early-September 2020.

There will be 32 games played in the regular season, with each team playing four games at home and four games away, before play-off rounds to determine the champions.

Cherry Tree end of season clean up – Help needed

Daniel Farnworth is coordinating the end of season ground clean up on Saturday the 16th of November. This is essential work to “put the ground to bed” for winter but also tidy up and ensure items wont be damaged and unusable for the new season. Its a 9.00 AM start and the more volunteers that come along the faster it can be done. As a club this is essential work that not only ensures the best possible facilities for all players and members it also potentially saves cost through prevention and protection of equipment. Contact Danny on his mobile, through WhatsApp, or FB messenger but please come along and bring a friend, no particular skills are needed just your old clothes and a bit of elbow grease. Different types of work can be allocated to suit all ages and abilities.  Please support Danny and the rest of the volunteers #TeamCherry