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Clubs in Covid - SOUTHPORT TRINITY

Date: 5th January 2021

Clubs in Covid - SOUTHPORT TRINITY

Still rebuilding, literally, and looking forward to 2021

Firstly, we would like to thank all the umpires and officials for everything they did to make 2020 any kind of season for cricket. That all teams were able to play eight games of organised cricket is a tribute to their work and the time they spent getting all the protocols in place to ensure a safe environment for us all.

The structure of the mini-leagues worked well for Trinity, allowing our 1s and 2s to pitch themselves against teams from higher divisions and giving us a chance to rekindle rivalries and relationships with the other Southport clubs. All three teams acquitted themselves well, with the 1st XI’s final victory over Ainsdale at Liverpool Road an undeniable highlight for the club. Arguably more pleasing though was the turnout of what seemed to be the whole membership of STCC in support of the 3rd team the following day at their cup final at Fleetwood Hesketh, where several juniors acquitted themselves well in a game which showcased a bright future for both clubs.

Our junior teams continue to excel, with our under 9s and under 13s especially enjoying superb seasons, and with the introduction next year of an under 9s girls squad, plus the return of All Stars, children in our junior section continue to develop their cricket in a positive environment.

Off the field, the skeleton in the room continues to be the clubhouse problem we have had since early 2018. It has been a frustrating time for us on this front, as we are obviously desperate to get things moving back to something approaching normality. We are making strides towards a rebuild or possible refurbishment but Covid has had an impact on funding sources available to us. We are very grateful to the opposing teams who come to us and have had to endure less than ideal changing rooms. We hope that the hospitality we show to all visitors at the Rookery Bar and Grill after the game goes some way to atoning for this.

There has been significant capital investment in the club facilities across the past 12 months, which ensures that the Rookery remains a fantastic place to play cricket, including a newly purchased marquee and outdoor furniture, plus we now have some up cycled boundary fence (thanks again FHCC), meaning the aesthetics of the ground have been improved further. Indeed, it was remarked several times in 2020 that the ground hasn’t looked so well for many years.

In 2021 we hope to continue strengthening across all teams, and both Saturday sides will have aspirations of promotion. First team captain Craig Prince has identified the players he wants to bring in in order to best improve the side, and Phil Jones continues to lead a second team capable of beating anyone on their day, having gone close to promotion in 2020. Tony Campbell’s third team will continue to blend veterans and the youngsters, and is the perfect breeding ground for transition into Saturday cricket.

We would like to wish all clubs and officials a Merry Christmas and peaceful New Year, and we hope to enjoy a full season in 2021 back doing what we all love.

 

 

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