Cricket club makes enormous strides
AN unusual season for Carsons and Mangotsfield Cricket Club ended in an unusual way, with an annual general meeting held over Zoom.
Club president Colin Angell felt that the club had pulled together socially, thanks to efforts of James Cathro and Clubman of the Year, James Davis.
It had also been successful on the pitch, with the 2nd XI winning their pod and the starting of a Saturday 4th XI plus an occasional 2nd team on a Sunday.
Following on from his re-election as chairman, Andy King said the club had made some enormous strides over the last 12 months.
Plans are well under way to celebrate 100 years of Carsons Cricket Club, with additional fixtures being planned as well as a centenary dinner, albeit covid-dependent.
On the playing front, Andy was able to confirm that for the first time the club will have a specific girls' section, run by Mike Dowse and aimed at girls in school years 3 to 6.
This will be done in conjunction with trying to strengthen ties with local schools, to encourage both boys and girls in playing cricket.
The club is also looking to create a ladies' softball team and hopes to be able to announce more details in the New Year, once full plans are finalised.
The aim of playing more cricket over the coming seasons will put a greater pressure on the square and time spent preparing wickets. Therefore the club is looking into improving the water supply to both squares, which it is hoped will include a rainwater harvesting system.
Due to the larger number of adult members the club is also moving the senior nets to Hanham Woods on a Monday evening, from 8pm-9pm. The academy section of the club will remain at Mangotsfield School. In addition to the normal academy sessions, the club is also looking into running some additional sessions for school years 3 to 6 at Mangotsfield, hopefully in March.
Overall Andy felt the club was in a very strong position and could look to the coming season from a positive base.
Carsons and Mangotsfield 1st XI are again going to be led by Sam Brayley, supported by Craig Woodland.
The club is looking for new adult members and also players for the academy teams, particularly in the Under-15 (school years 9 and 10) team.
Any potential players who are interested in joining should call Andy King on 07988 745985 or vice-chairman Ian Coles on 07746 112998.