Hyde prepare for new season

PUBLISHED: 14:57 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 26 October 2009

Helpers at Hatfield Hyde Cricket Club

Helpers at Hatfield Hyde Cricket Club

HATFIELD Hyde CC took part in the national NatWest Cricket Force scheme last weekend as members prepared the clubhouse for a new season. With the first friendly only a week away, Hyde members braved the cold to paint sightscreens, scrub the club from top

HATFIELD Hyde CC took part in the national NatWest Cricket Force scheme last weekend as members prepared the clubhouse for a new season.

With the first friendly only a week away, Hyde members braved the cold to paint sightscreens, scrub the club from top to bottom and clear out the clutter and winter dirt.

Over 20 people were there on the day, which started with bacon rolls and a cup of tea.

Thankfully the rain held off to allow work to be done outside as well as in at King George V.

Having put several hours of elbow grease in, the club is now ready for 2008.

Having won the Saracens Herts League Division Five title last season, Hyde's 1st XI will be looking forward to another successful season in Division Four.

Barry Griffith's men open with a home game against West Herts 2nds and they will be hoping to make a strong start to the campaign.

The WGC-based club's 2nd XI cruelly missed out on promotion from Herts Division 11 on a countback, having finished level on points with fourth place.

Captain Eddie Mills will be hoping to go one better this year and compete at the top of the table.

Hyde have also entered a 3rd XI into the league this season.

Led by Gary Oliver, the 3rd XI will be a great place for Hyde to blood many of their promising youngsters and ensure all their members are getting regular cricket.

The colts section continues to thrive, with a new Under-15s coach in Gary Oliver.

Along with the Under-13s and Under-12 teams, Hyde continue to look to the future and provide enjoyable cricket to all youngsters.

Having picked up some new players over the winter, the KGV club are looking forward with optimism after some hard years.

This is a big season for the club and Hyde welcome down new players, colts and supporters.

Anyone wanting to play cricket or would like to become involved should email the club at hatfieldhyde@yahoo.co.uk


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