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CRICKET SECTION AGM
Took place on Friday 22 November. Waqas Malik has been re-elected as 1st XI skipper, Shib Das Gupta is 2nd XI skipper again, and Humza Khan is 3rd XI captain once more. The Midweek XI captain is Tom Coughlan, supported by Tom Loughran. Dave Rushforth is Child Welfare Officer.
First match of the new season is Midweek XI v NWRHA on 17th April, followed by 1st and 2nd XI matches on Easter Saturday v Uppermill CC.
Always welcome, and we pride ourselves on providing cricket for all tastes and abilities. The 1st XI and 2nd XIs play a very high quality of cricket, taken very seriously, whilst the Midweek XI and Sunday Friendly XI is for those who want to enjoy an evening or afternoon's cricket in a semi-competitive environment, followed by a drink in the bar. Please come to...
Once again, winter nets are on Friday evenings to 13 December at William Hulme GS (Springbridge Road M16 8PR). £4 per session. They start again on Friday 7 February for 10 weeks til 11 April.
Years 5 & 6: 5.30-6.30; years 7-10: 6.30-7.30, and seniors (16+)P: 7.30-8.30. There are four lanes, decent length run-ups, and good lighting. Junior equipment provided. Call Mike Hill on 07894 961530 for details.
Whalley Range CC Players Win More Awards!
We ended the best season in our history by winning more awards and cups at the Manchester Association End of Season Awards event on 9 October.
Ejaz Din was named U18s Player of the Season, and picked up the Val Scerri Cup. Ejaz opened the bowling for the 1st XI, and took 39 wickets at 16. Batting usually at 6, he scored 577 runs at 36.06, including his maiden century v Wythenshawe in the cup. He led WRCC U18s to the SC Reakes Trophy, and also captained the Association U18s team to victory v Bolton Association, scoring an unbeaten 74.
Mansha Khan was named 2nd Division Player of the Season jointly with Swinton’s Simon Halsall. A hugely experienced player, having pro’d at various clubs in the area over the years, Mansha has been at Whalley Range CC for three seasons now, and this year took 36 wickets at 11.45, plus 410 runs at 37.27. His batting included some prodigious and brutal hitting, with a memorable 14-ball 50 at Swinton, and a century v Newton Heath.
Paul Davies accepted the Aggregate Cup (most combined points from all three divisions) on behalf of the club, to take our total cups to a remarkable 8 this season.
On Saturday evening, watched by the 2nd XI who had already won their game against Newton Heath, and by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Naeem Ul Hassan, and loads of juniors and their parents at the club for the annual awards, skipper Waqas Malik bowled and Aftab Younas took the catch which won us the match and the championship.
It had taken exactly 121 years. Admittedly we didn't play for points until 1962, but that's still 51 years to land the biggest prize. And no one was more pleased than veteran Paul Davies. A player for 35 years, and a couple of days short of his half-cetury, he capped a superlative season with 101no, his first for 15 years. And later that evening was voted 1st Team Player of the Season.
Abisheikh Kulkarni, just 15, scored 64 as we rattled up 220-2, then Sajid Mahmood took six wickets, and Newton Heath succumbed for 107.
So that makes six trophies for the season - a record obviously: 2nd XI were champions too, unbeaten in the league all season; the U18s won two cups, the SC Reakes and the SMJCL U18s cup; the u14s won the SMJCL cup, and the U13s won the SMJCL league.
Roll on 2014 and the challenges of playing in the Saddleworth League, the LCB KO Cup and defending our various junior cups.
This project is proving a fascinating insight into the social history of Manchester's first suburb. Whereas the team until about 1890 was almost exclusively made up of public schoolboys and Oxbridge blues, by 1900 the team was drawn more often from the alumni of William Hulme GS. In 1883, the composer Frederick Delius played a season for the club. A number of his team-mates that year were also LCCC occasionals.
As part of the project, the current ground (since 1923) has been surveyed by metal detectorists, who have turned up an 1861 penny, horse harness items (from its farming past), ack-ack shrapnel and a .303 bullet from the 2nd WW when the home-guard used the ground, and much more.
We are appealing for people’s memories of the club since the 2nd World War. We know thousands of people have been members over the years, and thousands more have played in fixtures at the club, and we are keen for their memories to be captured. People will also have photos, postcards of the area, possibly old scorebooks, and other memorabilia. We are particularly interested in anything to with tennis.
The book is being compiled by cricket writer Peter Simpson, and will be published in March 2014. Anyone with information, memories or materials should get in touch with him (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mike Hill (email@example.com 07894961530) or by post to the club Kingsbrook Road M16 8NR
We are looking for sponsors who want to help us continue to improve our facilities and junior coaching. If interested, please contact chairman Mike Hill on 07894 961530.
Whalley Range CC is Clubmark accredited.
The club and ground is available to hire for social functions and by cricket teams. Late licenses can be applied for. For further details please contact Chris Battle on 07908 234 583
The club also has a Tennis section: if you are interested in joining the tennis section, please visit www.whalleyrangetennis.weebly.com.