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In line with the Government’s roadmap to releasing lockdown, we would confirm that it is our plan to start training for the new season week commencing 29th March 2021. The Lancashire League season for the first and second XI’s start on Sunday 18th April and for the third XI on Sunday 11th April.
If the lockdown plan remains as currently planned, the club will reopen during the week commencing Monday 12th April.
Unless Covid 19 restrictions prevent travel, our professional for the season will be Grant Roelofsen from South Africa. More details about Grant are on the Senior News page.
It has been a long autumn and winter so far with plenty of uncertainty, however Haslingden Cricket Club is delighted to announce the signing of Grant Roelofsen as the new club professional for the 2021 season. Grant plays franchise cricket for the Dolphins in South Africa. Grant who comes off the back of an award winning season in 2019/2020 as he was named one-day player of the year at Cricket South Africa’s annual awards ceremony in July.
Club captain Jordan Shannon stated “It is fantastic to have a player of Grant’s calibre to be with us for the 2021 season, he’ll strengthen the batting and add a high level of quality and experience to the top of the order, there’s no question about that. Hopefully he can be the catalyst to drive us into the top division. I wish him all the best for the forthcoming season”
Everyone at the club would like to send their best wishes to Grant and also thank Rob Humphries at World Sports Xchange for his work in securing a top quality professional for the 2021 season.
The club would also like to thank Jordan Shannon for all his efforts over the last few weeks and months.
Steve Hunsley, 6th January 2021
As you will be aware from today’s announcements, Lancashire (including Rossendale) will be moving into Tier 4 lockdown regulations as from midnight tonight. This means that there is no realistic prospect of the club reopening for some time to come. We are unable to re-open the club until we move into Tier 1 as we do not satisfy the Tier 2 regulations on providing food and the likelihood of that move seems somewhat remote at the present time, so sadly we have to remain closed. Whilst we would prefer to be open, we are in a reasonable financial position and will be able to reopen as soon as that is feasible. Our hopes are firmly pinned upon the successful and fast roll out of the vaccines.
You will also be aware, that the Annual General Meeting is usually held in January. At this moment in time, there is no prospect of social distancing rules being relaxed before the Spring of 2021. On that basis, we have had to accept that holding the AGM in January will not be possible. We have considered a virtual meeting but have decided that that would not be appropriate and therefore the Committee feel that the only viable option is to postpone the meeting until the Spring, hopefully in March 2021. Whilst this is not ideal, not being able to accommodate an appropriate number of members is unacceptable and does not meet the precise terms of our constitution. We will send out the normal documentation and information as to the date of the re-arranged meeting when it can be confirmed.
On a positive note, the Lancashire League fixtures for season 2021 have been released and at the moment it seems that the season will proceed as normal although that remains to be seen.
The December monthly draw will take place tomorrow at 11am and will be live on Twitter as usual. It will revert to the last Saturday of the month in January. We send a very large thank you for your continued support with the monthly draw.
In the meantime we wish you a Happy New Year and hope that 2021 proves to be a much better year than 2020.
With best wishes
The Committee, Haslingden Cricket Club
HCC in the snow December 2020
Following the end of the most recent lockdown, Lancashire has been placed in Tier 3 and as a result of that the club remains closed. Unfortunately we will not be able to reopen until we move into Tier 1, whenever that maybe. However, Slimming World have now resumed their regular Tuesday meetings and we are pleased to be able to publish a message below from The Hut by the Wickets at Haslingden Cricket Club.
We are running a delivery & collection service for our delicious Roast every Sunday now from 1pm to 9pm.
You can order via our Haslingden phone 07493356263, on our app (during opening hours on the day) or on our website: www.thehutrossendale.co.uk
We wanted to confirm something that you may have already seen on social media that The Hut will no longer be opening on a Sunday at HCC until we are able to reopen the clubhouse fully. Their Rawtenstall site remains open as usual for collection and deliveries.
There have also been press articles circulating reporting that social clubs in Tier 3 areas are able to open to members only and visitors are able to drink alcohol without having to purchase a substantial meal. We had established that this was only for clubs with a Club Premises Licence, but in any event this morning the Government confirmed that this is not the case and have closed that loophole. So we will remain closed at least until the four week Tier 3 Covid 19 review that is due to take place in mid-November.
You will probably be aware that Lancashire moved into Tier 3 in the Coronavirus level shortly after midnight on Friday 16th October 2020. The result of this is that the club has had to close once again. We understand that this status will be reviewed by the government after four weeks. As soon as there is any change to our status, we will notify you via our website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.
The Hut will open on a Sunday for provision of their delicious Sunday Roast Meals. If you would like to book a table please contact the Hut directly on 07493 356263 via Facebook, Twitter or on their app. Their Rawtenstall site is open as usual for collection and delivery.
We will be continuing to monitor the situation with regard to reopening and will run the monthly draw as usual. This will be live on Twitter on the last Saturday of the month. If you would like to join the draw please click here.
To enter your team please click on this link: https://fantasyfootball.telegraph.co.uk/ and select the option to Pick your team & Register
The pin for the HCC league can be obtained by contacting Oliver Nicholls.
More information on the operation of the Telegraph Fantasy Football League can be found here https://fantasyfootball.telegraph.co.uk/help
Everyone at Haslingden Cricket Club is delighted to wish Raymond a very happy 90th birthday for 24th August 2020. He celebrated his birthday with his wife, 3 daughters and grandchildren at his home in Sidmouth, Devon.
Raymond was the 323rd player to play for Haslingden Cricket Club and on the 12th June 1950 aged just 19 years, he made his debut at Bentgate against Colne Cricket Club scoring 19 not out in a drawn match where the Colne professional was Bill Alley (Australia). This innings bizarrely turned out to be the highest score Raymond made for Haslingden at his home ground.
Raymond played a further six games in 1950 and eight games in 1951 as he established himself in the 1st XI.
1952 was Raymond’s best season in the 1st XI finishing fourth in the amateur batting averages with 177 runs at 13.6.
The highlights of his season included 34 against Accrington, which featured a partnership of 54 with J Burton. At Acre Bottom on the 28th June, Ramsbottom scored a total of 96 with Alan Pilkington taking 6 for 22. Raymond came to the wicket with Haslingden struggling at around 38 for 5. There followed a quickfire partnership of 60 with Pilkington to win the game by five wickets which must have thrilled the home crowd 😊😊 (always nice to see HCC win at Rammy). The game at Burnley featured Raymond’s career highest score of 36, sadly in a losing cause. He seemed to enjoy batting with Alan Pilkington as they put on 64 for the third wicket. He took 10 catches in the 1952 season as Haslingden finished fifth in the League. Most of the catches were taken at short leg off the bowling of Vinoo Mankad!
The 1953 season saw Raymond playing 15 games scoring 94 runs, with a best of 28 at Burnley (he obviously liked playing at Turf Moor). He was dismissed stumped by Hindle off the bowling of Australian legend Cec Pepper. The Lancashire League records show him playing for HCC at home against Lowerhouse in the penultimate game of the 1953 season and we suspect that he also played in the final league game at Enfield where the league was won. Unfortunately, that scorecard shows some unknown players but we are sure that there were many ‘unknowns’ in the celebrations that evening!
Raymond played his final game at Lowerhouse on the 7th June 1954, where he bowled his one and only over (eight ball) conceding 10 runs. It would appear that bowling was not his stronger suit!
Overall, Raymond had a good Lancashire League career playing with professional Vinoo Mankad at Haslingden and against the likes of Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes, Bill Alley, Cec Pepper, Ray Lindwall and Polly Umrigar to name but a few. To play in that era was to play in front of large crowds with and against top quality players.
We thank Raymond for his contribution and would like to remind him that he will always be a former
Haslingden C.C. player (number 323) and of course a Lancashire League Winner!
We have just updated our Parents and Players Guide for 2020. To download or view the guide please click on this link: Junior Guide for Parents and Players