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The new season started well on 1st May with a home win against Braintree in the 2 Counties Division 6. Yoxford were put in to bat and started well but then began to lose wickets. William Driver, batting at no. 3, steadied the situation and was the mainstay of our innings with 53 runs, including eight 4s and a 6, and he was the last man out. The innings closed on 138 for 9. Our bowlers then took control and Braintree were soon in trouble. The first 3 wickets only added 6 runs and after a brief rally they were 27 for 5. Keith Merrell and Andrew Gowers then put on 50 runs for the 6th wicket but when the latter was out it was the beginning of the end and the innings closed on 121 for 9, leaving us the winners by 17 runs. William Driver was our top performer in the Braintree innings, taking 4 wickets while only conceding 11 runs off his 8 overs. He was well supported by some economical bowling and excellent fielding by his teammates.

 

The match against Sudbourne on 8th May was cancelled owing to rain and, with Caribbeans being unable to raise a full team for the scheduled match on 9th May, it was a frustrating weekend for our players after their

excellent start.

 

We are looking forward to the further easing of Covid-related restrictions so that we can again welcome spectators to our beautiful Grove Park ground. For details of future fixtures, please check our website: www.yoxfordcc.co.uk.

 

As reported previously, our youth cricket is going from strength to strength with new players and volunteers joining regularly. At the time of writing, the club has already brought up its half century of youth members and across all our club and ECB schemes there is a very good chance we will reach a century mark by the end of the summer which would be a fantastic milestone!  Matches are now underway and on 27th April, the U11s got off to a winning start against Melton Youth , scoring 165 runs against 102 in an enjoyable first Super 8s game. The Girls U11 also played Melton Achilles on 2nd May and narrowly lost by just 1 run in their first softball fixture of the summer. Our U9s were also in softball action on May 9th with both wins and losses in a mini festival as we hosted against Walsham & Mellis. Our first U13 fixture was sadly lost to the weather, but there are lots more fixtures to come for all our teams in the coming weeks. For more details on our youth cricket please contact: youthcricket@yoxfordcc.co.uk

 

At the time of writing, we are looking forward to launching this year’s ECB All Stars Cricket scheme for 5 – 8 year olds on 16th May. This has again proved very popular with over 20 young boys and girls eager to get started on Sunday mornings . The new ECB Dynamos initiative for older 8 – 11 year olds which will follow is also attracting new members and will start in July at the same time as The Hundred. This brand new competition will see cricket return to free to air on the BBC this summer holidays and hopefully inspire the next generation to pick up a bat and ball and join in the fun.

Our Womens softball cricket also returns this weekend with weekly coaching sessions every Sunday morning 11-12 for any ladies or young girls who would like to get involved. Monthly softball festivals will follow later in the summer for those also looking for social evening activity with friends. If you are interested, please contact: info@yoxfordcc.co.uk

Groundsman: We continue to look for someone to help look after the ground during the week. This would ideally suit a local retired person. Full training from our existing grounds volunteers would be provided. Further information can be obtained from Jamie Thurston jthurston274@gmail.com.