Hope you're all keeping well?
Since I last wrote an update, we've had the great success of the Club Day on 25 July, during which 40 adults and kids displayed their cricketing prowess (to varying degrees) in the morning's Father & Son tournament, followed by our Colts Awards and a BBQ for player and spectators, and then an inter-club Hundred match for the adults in the afternoon.
As I said on the day, massive thanks in particular to the Corins (both Helen and Russ!) for running the catering, El Presidente Terry Hyman the financial side, and Anthony Wise and David Marks the playing part. It was a great representation of what the Club stands for.
Following the Club Day, the 2nds had a narrow 1 wicket loss to top of the table Watford Town in the Chess Valley League (highlights Jack Davis' 60 and Josh Solomons 5 wickets) and then we had a weekend of cancelled games before the big Jewish Cricket showdown last Sunday with our 2nds playing Belmont & Edgware 1sts in the Chess Valley League at Knebworth Park, and our Development Team playing Belmont 2nds at Old Camdenians.
I'm pleased to report that Vale CC came out victorious in both games. The 2nds batted first and score a huge 319-5 (Matthew Feinstein our new SAF import 140*, Alex Haffner 51*, Jack Davis 39) and then restricted Belmont to 259-9 with Sam Feigenbaum taking 4-66 and debutant Jacob Bor a hugely impressive 2-36 off of 10 overs of leg spin.
Our Development Team were equally dominant with the bat, racking up 243-2 off of 35 overs (Ben Musikant 89, Harry Davis 62 and Joseph Greenwall Cohen on return from shoulder surgery, 52 not out) and then bowling out Belmont for 136 with Eli Talisman taking 3-22, Avi Schwarz 2-20 and most dramatically of all, the evergreen David Marks weaving a magical spell on the Belmont batsman to snaffle 4-9!!!
Added to all of the above, Anthony Wise continues to work tirelessly on the Colts with great support from Russ Corin and others, with friendlies still being played by each of our U11/U13 and U15 teams right up to tomorrow (Wednesday). All in all 51 Colts matches will have been played this season - an incredible effort.
In summary, we have had 6 teams playing across all age groups this season and a large number of Colts playing in our adult teams. As I have said on many occasions, we need to make LMVCC "one club" where everyone feels part of the whole, whichever team they play for.
I think we can say that we are on the way to achieving that, albeit there is still more to do!...
Please keep supporting the overall effort in any way you can.