Butterley United Cricket Club has issued a call for players who would like to join their ranks as the club looks forward to the 2013 season.
The club will be fielding two teams in the Derbyshire County Cricket League on Saturdays and is hoping to add more players between now and the start of the season, which is just five weeks away.
Nets have now started, running each Sunday morning from 11am-12noon in the new sports hall at Aldercar School and they are open to anyone aged 13 and over who wants to come along and play.
They will be running until April 14 and are for those aged 13 and over.
Club secretary Glyn Hubbard said: “This season, the firsts will be playing in Division 7N, captained by Andy Bonsall, and the seconds are in Division 10N, captained by Ian Pash.
Seconds are in Div 10N, captained by Ian Pash
“The firsts had a pretty good season in 2012 and finished fifth out of 12. The seconds struggled at times for players but despite that they finished in a relatively comfortable position, so they did well too.
“We want to avoid a repeat of the struggles for players so that’s why we’d love to hear from anyone who would be interesting in playing here. It’s a friendly club, a nice group of people, and we have a committee that is working hard to build the club back up again, in what are quite hard times for cricket clubs.
“Quite a few have folded so we are keen to keep going, and attracting new players would play a big part in that.”
Butterley is a club with an illustrious history. One of the founder members of the league, it was a real cricketing force locally in the 50s and 60s particularly. Going further back, Ripley-born James Joseph Disney, as well as representing Butterley and Derbyshire, also played for an England select XI. In a match at the Kennington Oval, in 1883, he managed to catch the world famous W.G. Grace, for just one run.
Glyn Hubbard added: “There is some uncertainty over the future of our ground at Greenwich Playing Fields on Nottingham Road due to the proposed Gateway project with the new Morrisons store. If it goes ahead, we hope to move to the Poilice HQ down the road and if it doesn’t we stay here. Whatever happens, we are fine for this season as we have a lease to play at the ground for now.
“So anyone who is interested in coming along and playing for Butterley can give me a ring on 07814 540039.
“Similiarly, we are currently looking for sponsorship, big or small, so interested parties can call me on the same number.”