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SPRING VIEW PREPARE FOR THEIR BIG WEEKEND

Date: 6th September 2017

SPRING VIEW PREPARE FOR THEIR BIG WEEKEND

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All to play for.....

A whole season’s effort can depend on the results of games played in September and yet it is also the month when teams of cricketers pit themselves against each other with nothing more at stake than slight degrees of mid-table respectability.

Spring View are very much in the former category this weekend. On Saturday the first team visit Wavertree with the sides separated by two points at the top of the Liverpool Gin Liverpool Competition’s Second Division.

Liverpool have already secured one of the promotion spots, so the game at Sandown Lane is something of a shoot-out, although Maghull may still have something to say about that.

And on Sunday Spring View host Orrell Red Triangle in the final of the Ray Tyler Cup. It is no wonder, therefore,that Spring View’s chairman, Allan Green, regards this weekend as his club’s biggest since they entered the Competition five years ago.

Green, though, has known many such weekends. Now 74, he first had his photograph taken at Dower House Farm when he was five years old and his commitment to the place has only increased over the decades. His ambitions are undimmed, too.  

“We’d love to get promoted to the First Division and we’ve got this big game at Wavertree on Saturday,” he said. “Then we play Orrell on Sunday and I hope there’ll be a few people down for the game because we’ll be catering for them and we’ll certainly be doing our best to get the game on.”

Although skipper Jonny Broad would probably not agree, Spring View will still have had a successful season even if it does not end in promotion and a cup win. Their professional, Amar Ullah, has scored 594 runs and taken 45 wickets and has been backed up by opening batsman Declan Mulvey, Marc Birch (33 wickets), Saif ur Rehman (37) and Broad himself (33).

Such personal successes have been accompanied by important developments off the field, a process assisted by Green’s leadership and his willingness to delegate.

“Since we entered the Competition we’ve improved our ground 100% and we’re better organised club now than we’ve ever been  We’ve moved the square and now we’re looking to be tested in an higher division.

“Even though I’m chairman, groundsman and a trustee and I’ve been here since I was five years’ old, I just let people get on with their jobs because they are professional people working in an amateur capacity.

We run a good junior section and all our money is ploughed back into cricket.“    

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