2020 summer term
Regarding spaces available for the summer of 2020, our policy last year was that we had a limit of 25 players per squad and we had a period of about 1 month, in Dec/Jan, in which returners from the previous year, along with players booked into our indoor training courses, were able to book their children in ahead of the general public. We expect to follow a similar or the same process this year.
We are likely to finalise details of the 2020 summer term during the spring term of 2020. We expect things to be broadly similar to 2019, so for now you can read our 2019 information below to get an idea of what to expect.
Our club policy is to aim to play a "competitive" team in every league match, meaning that the team has a fair chance of winning if they play well, while we also aim to ensure that there is plenty of rotation of players. In 2018 and 2019 we have run many additional internal games, so that we can provide match-play opportunities to all players regardless of their current ability level.
In 2019 we ran 59% more matches - averaging 6 matches per player
As a junior section that started with a single league team 11 years ago, we are perhaps still catching up with some better established clubs, but our results are steadily improving and in 2019 we ran 59% more matches than in any previous year while our membership grew by 26%, providing more match-play opportunities per player than we've ever had before - an average of 6 matches each.
Our players did this during a year in which 21% of our players were new to the club and we entered them into more age-groups that ever before, including two girls' squads entered into divisions where they were playing against teams mainly of boys who had probably been playing the game for longer.
Our girls' teams struggled to win matches in their first year. Teams often included a high number of players who were quite new to the game - both the girls and often a few boys filling in. In 2020 we expect to have bigger and more experienced squads and have decided to enter them into different leagues in which they will be playing against other teams of girls, so we're hopeful of getting more results going their way.
All but one of our boys and mixed teams finished in the top half of their divisions.
We want to say a huge 'well done' to all of our players, old and new.
Positives from the last couple of years, which we intend to build on in 2020:
- Far more players attended indoor training over winter and spring than in previous years
- Quality of our coaching and training has improved yet again this year (thank you 360 Cricket)
- We far played more training games than in previous years
- Lots of hard work by parents volunteering as team managers, many of whom gave our kids extra practice on the sidelines of matches, by organising friendlies and by running their own additional net sessions
- And of course the kids have also looked and felt like a team, wearing club shirts and caps sponsored by Brown Building
How can I check results?
Each age-group has a WhatsApp group for parents, and results (and sometimes live over by over commentary, if the match is an exciting one) are normally posted there first.
We also encourage a parent from each team to post the result and a few words on how the match went to the club's facebook group, which we encourage all parents to join.
For league matches, you can also check team results (but not individual performances) by going to http://stmcc.play-cricket.com/, and selecting Matches > Results, then using the options to filter the list (see fixtures above) for the timeframe and team that you are interested in.