2019 is the 125th Anniversary of Underwood Miners Welfare Cricket Club.
For over a hundred years cricket has figured heavily in the village with past players including Charlie Harris who became a first class batsman for Notts in 1930s and 40s, his brother Ken who went on to Warwickshire. In the 60s Alan Gill from Underwood featured in the Nottinghamshire side, Cyril Poole played for Notts and in three Tests for England. Jeff Astle from the same era went on to play football for Notts County, West Brom and the national side. In a 1974 charity match our current Chairman, Stewart Chalkley, played against the England ladies including Rachael Heyoe and Enid Bakewell who has just been awarded the MBE in the Queens New year’s honours. Suzanne Redfern opened the bowling for our 2nd X1 in the early 1990s, she then went on to play for England Ladies. She competed in six Tests and fifteen ODIs between 1995 and 1999. Last year Sue became the first female cricketer to have played and officiated at a Cricket World Cup. She is now an international umpire and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 92nd birthday honours.
Some of our current players remember competing against the Root brothers when playing against Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club in the Sunday league. When entering the village of Underwood the sign even features an image of the wickets.
However, recent years have seen a decline in village cricket generally due to an ever-changing social climate and more people working shifts and weekends.
Here at Underwood we are dedicated to being a fun and friendly environment in which everyone has the opportunity to participate in or watch a game of cricket regardless of their skill level. We are striving to maintain the fantastic game of English village cricket.
Sadly, last season we lost our 2nd X1 due to a lack of players. However, we have negotiated a ground share with Heanor Town Cricket Club who will play their home matches at Underwood. Thus, ensuring that cricket is still played every weekend within the village.
Underwood currently has one Saturday X1 playing in the South Notts Cricket league and one Sunday X1 in the Mansfield and District Cricket League. Heanor has one Saturday X1 playing in the Derbyshire league. Fixtures for both clubs will be posted on the gate and here on our fixtures tabs.
We will be running the ALL STARS scheme again for 5 – 8 year olds!
For further details follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or have a look at www.ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars
You will always receive a warm welcome at Underwood, whether playing or spectating. Enjoy a cuppa, a cool beer, or bring a family picnic and enjoy an afternoon watching England’s national game.
Come along and see for yourself!
WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW PLAYERS AND SUPPORTERS!
Could YOU be part of our next 125 years?!
Indoor training runs from Friday 15th February through to Friday 31st March, 7.15-8.15pm at Selston Leisure Centre. ONLY £3 PER SESSION!
We are planning a family celebration day on SUNDAY 4th AUGUST.
Watch this space for more details!
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 07999942417 / 07542595727
Chairman - Stewart Chalkley
Vice Chairman – Jonathan Fawcett
Treasurer – Sue Jackson
Secretary – Jane Carlton
Child Welfare officer – Rob Flowerdew
Saturday X1 – Mark Lee
Saturday Vice – VACANT
Sunday X1 – Mark Lee
Sunday Vice – Scott Naylor
Match Fees for 2019:
Saturday: £10 adults/£5 U18 & students (including tea)
Sunday: £7 across the board, unless played the Saturday then £5
**NO ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION**
*** SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE – PLEASE CONTACT US FOR DETAILS!
*** NEW PLAYERS & SUPPORTERS ALWAYS WELCOME!