Posted: 13.04.21 at 09:30 by Hannah Corfield
Honiton Cricket Club are delighted to be continuing their partnership with main sponsor MKM Building Supplies Honiton for the coming year.
MKM’s sponsorship over recent seasons has enabled the club to complete a number of projects crucial to the continuation, development and expansion of cricket in Honiton.
In addition to smart new club playing, training and leisurewear, equipment to support up and coming youth cricketers and refurbishment of the club’s kitchen, MKM’s support has assisted the club in constructing and maintaining an enviable state-of-the-art dual lane outdoor net practice facility.
Sponsorship also facilitates much of the crucial but less headline-grabbing year-round activities like grounds maintenance and routine repair and improvement work to the playing area.
Despite the 2020 season being heavily limited by Covid-19 restrictions, the club still managed to play 14 senior games under special social distancing and hand sanitisation regulations, punching above their weight to reach the knock out stages of the reorganised league season.
While the team ultimately went down in the semi-final away to Alphington, (with a somewhat desperate five ducks on the day not exactly helping the cause) the club still managed to attract new players, with fast bowler Lewis Blackwell bolstering the club’s already impressive arsenal of extreme pace bowlers!
Honiton’s youth teams also had an enjoyable season with many players and families making the most of their time at the club in a year where opportunities for other organised sport and indeed family activities of any kind were limited to say the least.
2021 sees the continued progression of Honiton’s future stars, with under-12 and under-14 teams being overseen and managed by club stalwarts Pete Matravers, Corey Lapping and Harry Court, and vital contributions from parents, especially at the post-training and post-match barbecues!
The coming season sees Kieran Conway taking over as captain of the senior 1st XI league team, with some mouth watering fixtures on the cards including the season opener at home to local rivals Ottery St Mary.
Jon Hext continues as 2nd XI skipper with the team facing a challenging looking season featuring both North Devon CC and Braunton CC in the same division.
Club chairman Andrew Lapping continues in his additional role as non-league manager, with a potentially packed program of Sunday and mid-week fixtures including a hoped-for game featuring players selected, (willing or otherwise!), from MKM.
The club hope, subject to any restrictions which may be in place, to see plenty of spectators at Mountbatten Park, plenty of cricket, plenty of sunshine and lots of fun for anyone who wants to join in or just spend a pleasant few hours watching and supporting the “flannelled fools” on the pitch!
Honiton Cricket Club welcome new junior or senior players and would love to hear from anyone interested in scoring or umpiring.
Details of training dates and events will appear on the club Facebook page and the website and you can contact us on Facebook, via the contact link on the web page or by coming along to Mountbatten Park, Ottery Moor Lane training session or match day.