As I write this on 3rd March, snow is still on the ground – but its slowly thawing. Which can only mean one thing – the cricket season starts next month. Finally!

Coaching nets have begun for both the adult members as well as the colts.  As part of the club providing a pathway into adult cricket for the thriving youth section, the adults have welcomed the U15 squad to nets in TRCC’s impeccably friendly way.  The feedback from the U15 squad has been positive as well – each being given a “buddy” from the adult side so they have a friendly face as they are introduced to more and more adult cricket.

For the remaining colts section – we expect to hit 120 colt cricketers this year as Nic’s team continue to grow year on year as we welcome new, budding cricketers. I counted no fewer than 5 girl colts at last week’s U7 coaching session and we hope to see many more in the coming weeks, all joining new Under 7 Head Coach, Emma Henley, fresh on the back of her ECB Level 2 coaching.

Last season – simply put, was awesome.  The club played a record number of matches across all age groups, and this year will see even more cricket played.

The 1st XI Captain, Stuart Barrable stood down at the end of last season after 6 years in charge and on the back of recent promotion.  He’s now handed the reins over to superstar, and the only guy cooler than Zlatan, Shiva Nagam.  The club wish him and his team the best for the coming season in Division 1 of Berkshire Cricket League.

For the adult friendly XI we hoped to see a tussle between Tom Fort and Pete Woodman at the top of the all-time runs scored list. Sadly both failed to make much of an impact last season (aside from their fabulous company on a Sunday of course).  We, again, hope to see a more dynamic dogfight at the top of the charts.  While Nic Downes, continues to be the club’s all-time wicket taker and shows no signs of losing his competitive edge.

Last July saw Nic’s colts section have their first ever end of season cricket fest! 4 games of cricket played simultaneously, across 3 age groups, bbq, music, beer and pimms made for an incredible spectacle of what the colt section has accomplished.  Thanks to the committee for organising and some of the adult squad who manned the bbq and served the deserving players and parents.

Our club 2020 plan has had its one year anniversary and can be found on our new website so you can keep progress. More importantly – you can help, should you be so inclined!

Our new nets will be installed by mid-April coupled with the permanent mats in place.  We encourage our members to use these as often as possible. The talent pool we are creating has not gone without notice from our friends at Berkshire Cricket.  We sent several colts to the trials this year with fantastic feedback and one player reaching the full U11 squad which is excellent to hear.

A final note of thanks must go to our sponsors; Mulle Estate Agents and the Golden Cross.  We enter the third year of partnering with them, and we encourage our members to support our sponsors in the best way possible.  Having these two village sponsors on board really does support the club’s efforts in making TRCC a great place to come and enjoy your cricket.

2018 promises to be another great year.  We just need this snow to go, so we can get started!

Simon.