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The Notts Outlaws fixture against Durham in the Royal London One-Day Cup will be played at Grantham Cricket Club.
The match on Friday 3 May will see Nottinghamshire take first team cricket to Gorse Lane for the first time. Second XI cricket has been successfully hosted there for the past two seasons.
“We knew the World Cup was coming this year and that scheduling would require us to find an alternative venue for a 50-over game,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“We’ve played second team cricket at Grantham, during which we’ve been looking at the facilities and thinking about how it might work for a full fixture.
“We put a side out in 2017 that was pretty much a first team in preparation for the Blast. They all tried out the facilities and liked what they saw.
“We’re confident that everything is in place and we are looking forward to putting a show on there, both for locals and for our members and travelling supporters.”
Grantham Cricket Club is located slightly south of the town centre in close proximity to the A1, two miles from the town’s train station.
“It’s a different experience for the players and spectators at an out-ground, but it’s certainly still enjoyable,” added Newell.
“Our members and supporters have attended the games at Welbeck in terrific numbers and I’m sure Grantham will be no different.
“It’s also a chance for the local community to enjoy professional cricket with international players on show, which I’m sure they will, in good numbers.”
Regular trains travel between Nottingham and Grantham on weekdays – and the Club will lay on transport from Trent Bridge with details to be confirmed at a later date.
Grantham Cricket Club are partnering Notts-based Little Wickets to roll out their exciting, fun sessions to boys and girls from the age of 2.5 years up to 11 yrs old.
Little Wickets Managing Director, Chloe Williams explained ‘Little Wickets delivers cricket-based coaching sessions to our boys and girls which, we hope, ignites a lifelong passion for sport. Little Wickets does much more than teach our youngsters how to bat, bowl and field. Through our enthusiastic, qualified coaches, we educate youngsters in The Spirit of Cricket, focusing on the ‘FUNdamentals of Movement’ to develop individual skills, team work and fair play. The kids are picking up valuable life-skills while they’re having fun’.
Little Wickets offers ‘1st innings’ sessions for pre-schoolers from 2.5 years of age.
For school-age children, up to 7yrs of age, there are ‘2nd innings’ sessions, run at weekends and after school. They are year-round weekly indoor sessions run by handpicked and fully-vetted sports coaches. As well as these sessions, School Clubs and Holiday Camps will be held at Gorse Lane.
‘We see the partnership with Grantham being a springboard for Little Wickets to replicate in Lincolnshire the great success we’ve achieved so far in Nottinghamshire’ said Williams.
Grantham Cricket Club is delighted to to be working with such a fantastic organisation as Little Wickets and we hope that, by partnering with the club, we can help them attract a whole new audience to their superb coaching sessions, and support their ambitions of reaching out into Lincolnshire more widely. We believe that getting our youngsters involved in sport at any early age is vitally important, especially as opportunities for playing sport aren’t as widely-available as they used to be. Allied to this, the increasingly-high incidence of childhood obesity means that projects such as this will inevitably have great health benefits too.
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Tonight is the Grantham CC All Stars Taster session.
Taking place at the ground at Gorse Lane, we will be running a trial session open to all prospective cricketers between 5 and 8 years old. The trial session is free and, if you decide to give cricket a go, you can sign up for the full 8-week course here.
All sessions take place between 5:30-6:30pm and we encourage all parents to get involved and learn and improve the same skills so you can take the games home with you and practice.
Full information about the course can be found at https://www.ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars
We hope to see you there.
The AGM for Grantham Cricket Club has been set for Thursday 15th March 2018. The agenda for the meeting is below and all club members are encouraged to attend.
See you there.