Cricket season closes for another year

Weldon Cricket Club has been around since 1863. We play our home matches at Stamford Road and contest in a number of leagues from the under 11 age group through to our Saturday First Team, which play in the Northants League Two. This season we had 70 different players don their whites to trot out for the Stags, ages ranging from 8 through to mid-50s.

From late April through to late July our Under 11s, 13s and 15s play league and cup cricket. You can normally pick up a game on a Sunday morning (always sociable in the sun), Monday or Tuesday evenings. Our Saturday teams take up the calendar from April through to September, and we even have a Third team who play their fixtures at our neighbours in Gretton. Alternate Sundays our Rutland league team can be seen dragging their hungover bodies out onto the pitch, a less athletic group you are unlikely to have the misfortune to stumble upon. It’s not all serious.

After a couple of seasons of success in 2017 and 2018, this last season wasn’t as filled with silverware as we have become accustomed to. All of our sides finished comfortably mid-table in their respective leagues other than our Midweek Team that won the local Geddington League for the third consecutive year.

Some individual successes. Both Joey Harris and Josh McLellan represented the County at their respective age groups. Josh was part of the Northants Team that took the National Under 17 title earlier in the Summer and for the second season he finished leading run scorer for the club, and the third season he has returned with over 1000 runs.

At the Club presentation evening on Saturday 12thOctober a number of people were recognised for their achievements, some for the season, some for a lifetime of hard work. Chloe Hay picked up the Matthews Merit Award from the District for her hard work for the Club, and Paul Kerfoot picked up an award for Lifetime Achievement from Northants County Cricket, which also saw him being shortlisted for a National Award. Cinny McAllinden was awarded the Club Person of the Year for all her sterling work arranging match day teas, scoring and supporting both the Adults and Youth’s cricket. Our teas are well renowned; from Michelle’s South African inspired cuisine, Cinny’s baps and Clive’s Eton Mess.

Weldon prides itself on bringing youth cricketers through into adult cricket, it is something we’ve done for well over a decade. In the process we’ve taken a number of County titles along the way. Every year we award the Singlehurst Trophy, named after our late President who always took great pride in the development of our youth cricketers. This year Morgan Potter took the trophy after an amazing season taking 57 wickets, almost 20 clear of any other player for the club, this after only playing properly for a few seasons.

Plenty of hard work over the winter is planned to make sure we hit the ground running in April 2020. Our club is open year round and has a licensed bar. Local cocktails, including the Jeffrey named after our host Mr Bradbrook can be partaken for a reasonable remuneration. On a Wednesday we have two functioning Pool Teams competing in a local league, I say functioning but some of the players are only just. Friday and Saturday nights can be reasonably busy and the club could be described as very sociable and a “local” to many in the village, just imagine a bar in the middle of Royston Vasey.

We’ll keep you informed in the Spring as training starts up again, normally around the Easter weekend. We are always looking for players of all standards from 7 through to 70, we have a few females playing regularly so don’t be intimidated to come along, males and females welcome. We take youngsters slightly younger into our “Weenies” on a Friday night. Most people in Weldon know they are very welcome and we also extend a welcome to those from the area, including Priors Hall for whom we already have a number of members and players.

Like any club we are always looking for help and support, whether that is new volunteers, money raisers or sponsors. Weldon Cricket Club is a community which welcomes new members so feel free to pop in and see for yourself.