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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.
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.
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!
Everyone connected with Haslingden CC is extremely excited about the grand re-opening of the bar on Saturday 4th July.
Our aim is to provide a safe environment for our customers and our staff with full compliance to the latest rules and recommendations provided by the Government.
If you have any symptoms or feel unwell, please stay at home.
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs from 7pm (closing time no earlier than 9:30pm), Friday from 3pm – 11pm, Saturday 12 – 11pm, Sunday 12 – 10pm.
Children are always welcome at Haslingden CC however all must be supervised by a responsible adult and you must ensure they practice social distancing rules at all times.
We have had to reconfigure the club seating and lower the capacity to allow for social distancing. A maximum of 43 people are allowed in the main bar at any one time. Tables will be allocated on a first come -first served basis. Please wait to be seated by a member of staff as tables will need to be cleaned before every use. (maximum of two households per table indoors)
We also have 12 outdoor tables (and an outdoor TV) for you to use (tables outside can accommodate up to 6 persons from different households). In inclement weather, seating in the function room is available.
Please do not move any tables and chairs as these have been positioned to ensure social distancing guidelines are met. If you need additional seating please speak to a member of staff.
Hand sanitiser stations are in place around the building and we encourage visitors to use these frequently.
Customers will be required to provide identification (indoors only) for Track and Trace purposes, and will be advised of how and where to order from the bar and where to collect their order. All glasses will be cleaned thoroughly before every use.
All alcohol consumed (inside or outside) MUST be bought from the club. Contactless payments are preferred however cash payments will be accepted.
Toilets will operate on a 1 in 1 out basis in both Ladies and Gents except where small children can be accompanied by an adult.
Please bear in mind that we are all getting used to the new procedures and during busy periods you may have to queue or wait for your drinks order, please be patient and our staff will ensure you are served as soon as possible. Please also see our FAQs and our Risk Assessment document for more information.
We have formed a partnership with The Hut for a collection and eat-in food service at HCC and ‘The Hut by the Wickets’ will be up and running on the 4th July 2020 for our reopening. The Hut will then be open from Friday to Sunday each week.
Please visit their website at www.thehutrossendale.co.uk or see them on Facebook and download their App.
We hope that the ECB & The Government will provide us with promising news about the return of cricket sooner rather than later.
See you Saturday!
The HCC Committee
Dear Members and Players
We are sure that you are aware of recent events surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic and at this time of uncertainty, we thought it appropriate to update you on how this is impacting on our cricket club and how our members could help to ease the strain over the months ahead.
The ECB has taken the decision to suspend all junior and senior recreational cricket for the foreseeable future. There has been a meeting of the Lancashire League Cricket Executive where it was decided that there will be no Cup competitions apart from a T20 competition and once sanctions are lifted, teams will play each other once with no promotion or relegation. Clubs will not be penalised if they do not engage a professional. It is envisaged that cricket will not commence until the beginning of July at the earliest but obviously that will be kept under review.
As you will be aware the club closed its doors on Friday 20th March in line with Government guidelines and all events and functions have had to be cancelled. This will have a significant financial impact on our club. Our Management Committee have taken steps to reduce our outgoings during this period of closure and we hope that there will be some financial support by way of grants from the Government. We are currently waiting for confirmation with regards to eligibility and accessing this funding.
Memberships – In the meantime, we are asking our members to continue to support the club by renewing their membership as soon as possible, where they are able to do so. We do know that some people have already renewed their membership and we are very grateful for that support. For those members who are players, we are asking you to pay a non-player membership at this time. Payments can be made by following this link.
Monthly Draw – In addition, we would ask if you could support the club by joining the Monthly Draw if you have not done so already. Entry is £5 per month per number and Prize money will be paid as follows: 1st prize 25% of the monthly pot, 2nd prize 15% of the monthly pot and 3rd prize 10% of the monthly pot. The first draw is tomorrow Saturday 28th March which will be publicised as best we can during the afternoon. To enter follow this link.
We thank you for your support through these difficult and unprecedented times. Stay safe and look after yourselves.
The Haslingden Cricket Club Committee
With the growing concern around coronavirus (COVID-19) we would like to assure everyone that Haslingden CC are taking extra precautions to keep the clubhouse clean.
The health and well-being of our members and visitors is a priority and we encourage all to follow the precautions set by Public Health England to reduce the chances of passing and receiving the virus.