The season is well under way now. I’ve been to see Middlesex play a couple of times and my next plan is to get on the road and visit some of the cricket clubs that I’ve featured on Taking the Field
First of all I’m heading all the way to Wimbledon! (http://www.takingthefield.com/clubs/wimbledon-cricket-club). OK, so I’m not heading too far from my central London base, but it should still be a nice trip. I’m told Wimbledon still has something of a village feel to it, so it will be a bit of a break from the big smoke. It’s a really old club, dating back to 1854, they should have some interesting stories (though I probably won’t get to meet any of the founding members!)
After that my next trip takes me a bit further afield, all the way up to Ovington CC in York. (http://www.takingthefield.com/clubs/ovington-cricket-club). Not as old as Wimbledon, they’ve been around since the 1920s. They have two important matches on the weekend I go up and I hope to get some good photos – but I’m even more keen to find out how true their club motto is:
“Lucror vel perdo, nos vadum imbibo” (win lose, we shall drink).
Then I’m off to Wirksworth & Middleton CC which I’m particularly excited about as it’s in my old homeland – Derbyshire. (http://www.takingthefield.com/clubs/wirksworth-middleton-cricket-club). I’m not all that familiar with the Wirksworth area, but from what I’ve seen in the photographs it’s absolutley beautiful – I just hope I get some good weather. Wirksworth CC has a really long history, going all the way back to 1757. Roy Pearce has written some of the history of the club, extracts of this history can be found on the TTF website.
And that’s all I have planned firmly for now – although it’s plenty to be going along with as, when you add in the test match, I’ve now got all my May weekends booked up.
If your club is on Taking the Field and you’d like me to come and visit to get some interviews and take some pictures please get in touch. And if you’re not on the site yet, but have an interesting club with some good stories to tell, get in touch too and I’ll get you on the TTF site.