Sunday the 11th July 2010 will go down as a historic day in the history of Brightwell- cum- Sotwell Cricket Club. At just after 4pm at Abingdon Vale CC, the Village Under 13 team won the Gauntlett Goblett Oxfordshire 8 a-side Cup, after a nerve wracking last over victory over Oxford Downs Cricket Club. Junior cricket at Brightwell is only in it's third season so to secure it's first trophy against clubs with well established and long standing Junior sections is a monumental achievement, and has certainly put Brightwell on the Oxfordshire cricket map.
In other age groups, due to the large numbers (over 20) the Under 11's have been the only Oxfordshire club to run two teamsin the 8 a-side Friendly League. Both teams have had considerable success with the Yellow Team (U11)winning it's firstfour games and the Green Team (U10) winning half of it's matches. The club has once again run coaching sessions for the Under 9 age group and there has been a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and promise shown by the14 boys and girls registered in this age group. Next season the Junior Section intends to expand even further, as we seek to field an Under 15 side in addition to the other three age groups.
The other exciting development at the club will see the installation in early August of two permanent artificial nets at the Recreation Field at a cost of almost £20,000.00. The funding for the project has been achieved by way of grants from Sport England, The Lords Taverners and tireless fundraising efforts over the last two years such as Waitrose bag packs, Quiz Nights etc. This new facility will be a major benefit for the club in recruiting and retaining players. The official opening of the new nets will take place on 3 September at the End of Season Presentation Evening.
Once again the Family Day held at the beginning of July, in conjunction with our partner charity Save The Children, was a major success. Blessed with good weather the day saw 12 teams take part in the softball competition which eventually saw the strong Webbers' team run out winners. It was again great to see children batting with their grandfather, or sons taking great delight in hammering their mother's bowling !!!
All in all 2010 has been an incredible season for Junior Cricket in the village, and the club despite still being in its infancy provides over 50 youngsters of all abilities an opportunity to take their first steps on the cricketing ladder. If you wish to support the club, you can become a Patron of the Junior Section for just £10.00 a year. The club now has over 30 Patrons providing funds to purchase new equipment for the youngsters. For more information about how to become a Patron please contact Club Secretary Chris Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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