Mixed fortunes befell our three teams on the opening weekend of the league season.
New Third XI captain Jonnie Almond got off to a dream start with a convincing nine wicket win away to Fleet 2. The opposition batted first and were restricted to 161 for 9, with the skipper Almond impressing with 4-17. With the welcome return of Boparai's and Sahdra's to FRCC, Royal's batting always looked strong. Indeed, they made easy work of the run chase, thanks to 101* from Jatinder Boparai and 28* from Jagbir Sahdra. The Third XI are "Home" to Maidenhead and Bray 3 next weekend, who themselves were well beaten by Theale and Tilehurst 2 this week. Note that the game is being played at Maidenhead and Bray due to Farnham Park not being available.
The First XI were comprehensively beaten at home by Aston Rowant in the first of the new 50 over format games. Batting first, Royal only managed 152 all out from 48 overs. Aston Rowant easily knocked off the target for the loss of just one wicket in 43 overs. The First XI are away to Oxford next weekend, who themselves won strongly at Cove this week.
The Second XI, away to Wycombe Dragons 1, also struggled. After a tricky start, Wycombe Dragons regrouped to post a commanding 233 for 5 from 50 overs. Kamran Nawaz and Ben Pulsford were the pick of the bowlers on an otherwise poor day for Royal in the field. Royal had struggled to 89 for 5 from 22 overs, when fortunately the weather intervened and caused the game to be abandoned. The Second XI are home to Burnham 3 next week, who themselves had a convincing win over Maidenhead and Bray 2 this week.
Richard and Katie Sanford on the birth of Jack William Sanford.
Born Friday at 8.47am - 8lbs 13oz
Mother and baby doing well. Richie has already decided he's a footballer!!
We urgently require volunteers and helpers for the colts teams this year.
We need additional support from parents / anybody wishing to help with the various age groups to manage the teams and to help get players to and from games. If we do not receive additional help, there is a high probability that we will not be able to fulfil the fixture requirements.
If you can assist in any way, please contact our Head of Cricket, Andy Burgess on 07770 372230 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ladies winter darts season has come to a conclusion now:
FRCC Rebels 3rd 114 points
FRCC Ladies 5th 96 points
FRCC Rebels 3rd 38 points
FRCC Ladies 4th 29 points
1st Place Sharon Biddle - FRCC Rebels
Most Over 80's
1st Place Sharon Biddle - FRCC Rebels
Joint 1st place Maureen Barry - FRCC Ladies
Good Luck to the following Royal Arrows Mens players and FRCC Rebels players, selected for the Superleague tournament on Sunday 2nd June at The Britwell Ex-Servicemens Club:
Royal Arrows: Luke Woodland, Paul Sheehan, Bradley Quelch
FRCC Rebels: Mel Ive, Jayne Quelch, Sharon Biddle, Sian Styles
Darts will continue through the summer with the mens team Royal Arrows playing on Thursdays, and the FRCC Rebels ladies team playing on Tuesdays.
Why not come down for a beer and support the teams?
The season has started and so commences our youth development. This year there has been a few changes!!
• Main training will now be on FRIDAY nights starting 26th April.
- U11's/U13's 5pm to 6pm (please arrive at 4.45pm for a prompt start)
- U15's/U17's 6.15pm to 7.15pm (please arrive at 6pm for a prompt start)
• Training on Fridays will be run by members of our 1st XI who are qualified ECB coaches, MCC
players and Bedfordshire County players. This will enable more professional coaching, better
development for the youngsters and open opportunities for progression.
• Andy Burgess continues as Head of Cricket, and Waqas and Ian Bucknell are still involved with the
• Sunday mornings will be for matches, but we will also have extra smaller training sessions for the
squads starting in a weeks time.
• Subs are £40 per youth member which includes parents social membership
Just remember this cannot be done without the help and support of ALL youth members parents/guardians!!
We look forward to seeing you all Friday for the first session and registration evening!
Next weekend, the new season begins on Saturday with the First XI away to Gerrards Cross and the Second XI home to the same opposition. The Sunday XI entertain Taplow.
Please can players let Head of Cricket, Andy Burgess, know their availability straight away on 07770 372230 or by email to email@example.com.
There are some final preparations to be made to the ground. If you intend to play next weekend, we would appreciate your assistance tomorrow, Sunday 14th April from 10am.
Farnham Royal Cricket Club will be holding a beer festival between Friday 5th April and Sunday 7th April.
We will have at least 32 beers and 5 ciders with lots of entertainment.
Friday Night we have John James Newman playing Guitar and Singing (he was on the last series of "The Voice") with his father, Sandy Newman, playing Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals (Sandy performed with Marmalade) and Domonic Bostock (Thousand Yard Stare, early 90's brit pop band) on Drums.
During the afternoon on Saturday we have some more live music and performances from Datchet Border Morris. To round off Saturday we have "The Average Joes" performing Rock & Pop Covers from the 60's to present day.
A weekend not to be missed, if you are a real ale or cider drinker come along and have some fun. Entry is only £5.00 for members (£7-50 for non-members) and this entitles you to a free comemerative glass and free pint.
Camping is available, but only pre bookings. Please contact Gerry for more details. Clubhouse will be open Sat & Sun mornings for breakfast.
See you at The First Annual Beer Festival at FRCC 5th, 6th & 7th of April an event not to be missed!
This Saturday, 6th April from 10:30am, there will be a working party at the cricket club to prepare the ground and facilities for the start of the new season.
We need as many cricketers as possible to attend as there is a long list of jobs that needs to be completed. Please don't just rely on others to do this work; it is your club and we do need your help.
We look forward to seeing you there. If you can't make it, please consider pledging your help in the near future to finish off any outstanding jobs. Just drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know your availability.
Mark Perkins on behalf of the Cricket Committee
Congratulations to Mark & Ruth Perkins on the arrival of Amelia, a sister for Evie. Amelia was born on Wednesday evening. All are back home and doing well (Except Perky, 'cos he has two little girls to carry now so his back will never recover).
Dig deep ladies and gentlemen, and support our 1st XI player Chris Esh, as he takes on the challenge of a lifetime........The London Marathon!!
Chris is raising money for the charity VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action). VICTA provides support and information to parents/carers/young people/organisations and receive no government funding!!
For more info and to donate, please go to Chris's fundraising page
Good Luck Eshy - we'll be cheering you on in 7 weeks time!!
Indoor nets will be held on Tuesday evenings, commencing on Tuesday 5th March. Sessions are from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm for juniors and seniors. Juniors £2, Seniors £3.
They will be held at Beechwood School, Long Readings Lane, Slough, SL2 1QE.
New players are very welcome, so please spread the word to friends and colleagues who may be interested in joining the club.
The Annual General Meeting of members will take place at the club on Friday 1st March 2013 at 7.45pm.
This is your opportunity to let the committee know what you want from your club and to help shape Farnham Royal Cricket Club's future. Please make every effort to attend.