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Chairman’s Message

Hugh Williams

Cowbridge Cricket Club


One of the definitions for the word ‘catalyst’ to be found in a dictionary states that a “catalyst is a person or thing that precipitates or produces change.”

It is fair to say that Cowbridge Cricket Club has seen some major changes in recent years and the catalyst for all of them has been our President - Jeff Bird.

Three years ago, Jeff was instrumental in acquiring our new machinery shed. This was followed by the renovation and commemoration of the Fred Dunn Memorial Gates at the entrance to the Athletic Ground.

More recently, work has been completed removing the screens and leylandii trees growing between the bypass and ground. These have been replaced with banking and the laying of a double row of hedging beyond the northern end boundary. This work has enhanced the aesthetic qualities of our ground and will surely be a picture postcard in the summer months.

In 2019, Jeff has focused on the installation of a new electronic score board to be housed on the “mound”. His foresight of raising our Club to be one of the best is not just a vision. He has worked extremely hard in acquiring the planning permissions, sponsorship, grants and workforce needed to complete these projects.

Jeff has indeed been the catalyst also behind our small but hard-working cricket committee and I thank all members for their support, hard work and dedication to the cause.

This year, we have welcomed Gareth John as a new member of the committee and wish him well in his new position.

Of course, one could look at the club in similar fashion to a place of worship. The fabric on the outside may be pleasing to the eye and structurally sound, but it is the people inside that really make it the honoured place.

To this end, I am hoping that we can increase both our senior and junior playing memberships. It is vital also that the First and Second teams are able to function in tandem. Numbers have fallen recently in our junior ranks but, hopefully, with the involvement of senior XI players as coaches, interest and participation will be restored.

The inclusion of limited-over cricket on terrestrial television, from 2020, shows that the England and Wales Cricket Board is concerned about the exposure of this great game.

It is hoped that the close finish for promotion to the Premiership and the T20 runner-up spots in 2018 have laid the foundation for more progress in the 2019 season.

In conclusion, I know that each and every one of you will enjoy this year’s cricket either from within or outside the boundary rope and I thank you again for your anticipated and much welcomed support.

Hugh Williams