Cramlington bowled over with open night excitement

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CRAMLINGTON Cricket Club welcomed the community to their first ever open night, inviting both juniors and seniors to play.

The majority of juniors in attendance came from Cramlington Learning Village as the club looks to create stronger links with its local school.

Seniors followed and netted for an hour as they stepped up their preparation for the new season, which is just over a month away.

Club chairman Steve Parker said: “I was absolutely delighted with the turnout and it was great to see the newcomers show interest in our club.”

The increased emphasis on acquiring new players has come following the Northumberland Cricket League’s decision to alter the structure of the senior league format.

The changes have seen Cramlington first team moved to the second tier of four divisions.

The promotion means a stern challenge awaits a young side, and new captain Bryan Walker is keen to add some much needed experience.

He said: “We are very much on the look for some new senior players that can strengthen our squad for the tough campaign ahead of us.

“We all hope that the open night can attract some quality and aspiring cricketers to aid the lads here in the exciting season ahead.”

The two midweek teams have also seen a change in captaincy with Jamie Parker taking control of the Thursday night games, with his replacement Matthew Dennis stepping up to captain the primary midweek side.

The talented 19-year-old travelled back from Leeds University to attend the open night.

He said: “It was great to see so many juniors at training.

“This club has always been fantastic for giving the young ones an opportunity to play senior cricket and a lot of them are integral players now.

“Personally, I am honoured to become captain of a successful midweek side having come through the ranks at Cramlington and I can’t wait for the new season to start.”

The new season starts on April 20 and Cramlington hope that with the help of the open night they will be not out in division two come the end of September.