Market Overton Cricket Club will be playing in the National Village Cup for the first time in the 50th anniversary of the competition which culminates in a final at Lord’s
Market Overton Cricket Club are looking ahead to a season of firsts.
The Thistleton Road club have entered the National Village Cup for the first time in what will be the 50th anniversary of the national showpiece.
Their regionalised first round match of the competition – which culminates in a final at Lord’s – is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 25.
The Rutland club will also be fielding a girls team this season for the first time in their 70-year history.
That will be in addition to the club’s two women’s teams in the Super 8s League along with a new Under 19 team.
Chairman Mark Hudson enthused: “Our fantastic committee have continued to work hard behind the scenes to ensure that the club stays on a stable financial footing.
“We can’t hold any indoor training at the moment due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we are planning to start the season on time towards the end of April (subject to Government guidelines).
“2021 promises to be busy yet exciting as we will have cricket at the club nearly every day, whether it is matches or training.”
Marko will again be fielding two teams on a Saturday in the Leicestershire League which is due to start on April 24.
The first team open their Division Five East campaign with a home clash against Thorpe Arnold 2nds while the second string start on Saturday, May 8, with a derby duel at Wakerley and Barrowden in Division Nine East.
Oakham have a home start to their Premier Division season with Newtown Linford visiting the Lime Kilns on Saturday, April 24.
Uppingham begin with a Division One trip to Loughborough Carillon on the same day while Ketton Sports host Medbourne in their Division Three East opener.
Oakham 2nds travel to Birstall Village to begin their Division Four East season while Uppingham 2nds host Birstall Village 2nds in Division Seven East.
Ketton Sports 2nds get their Division Eight East campaign underway with a home match against Bitteswell 2nds on Saturday, May 8, which is when Uppingham 3rds begin their season by entertaining Houghton and Thurnby 3rds in Division Nine East.
Cricket clubs across Rutland are also being encouraged to take part in a survey being conducted by Leicestershire as part of the county’s new Partner Club Programme.
The free-to-join initiative aims to maximise the benefits available to clubs, players, umpires and supporting volunteers.
Chris Tinbergen, commercial manager of consumer sales at Leicestershire County Cricket Club, said: “After the challenges of the past 12 months, it is really important that the cricket family comes together more than ever before.
“As the professional club in the county, it is our responsibility to lead this and we hope this new ‘Club Partner Programme’ will help cricket at all levels within Leicestershire and Rutland on the road to recovery.
“It only takes a couple of minutes to complete and, once we have received feedback from players, volunteers and general cricket lovers alike, we will be better placed to launch this new scheme.”
The survey can be accessed by visiting www.leicestershireccc.co.uk