Sad to lose our own “Hawk eye”

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A MIXED bag of results this week – a draw, some losses and a proper rain on Sunday, just in the nick of time for the ground.

The golf day teed off the weekend on Friday morning and an all-star cast played 27 holes at Newton Green, Malcolm Halliday the eventual winner with 38 points.

It must have helped Chris Cook get his eye in as he top scored for the club on Saturday with 45 in the third team’s defeat at Stowmarket, while at home Nathan Poole top scored for the firsts with 36 and Ben Reece took six wickets in a 10 point draw against title chasers Horsford.

In the very same game we found that Pete Siegert has wasted the last 20 years of his cricket career batting in the wrong position, as for the second week running in the middle order he steered the team to safety, his only complaint at being not out again is that he has to wait longer until he can get to the bar.

Monday night saw the Juniors Clubmark assessment coaching session.

The need to keep up the Clubmark accreditation is paramount. It proves the club to be of a certain standing, trustworthy and safe, it shows the club’s ability to coach to a high standard and also attracts benefits such as part-funding for new equipment.

But it is not easy to gain and for about four weeks it becomes the most stressful part of the committee’s and especially the junior committee’s role.

As far as we know it all went off without a hitch and fingers crossed we are once again signed off as Clubmark accredited.

Some sort of sad news to end this week.

Our charismatic umpire Harry Welsch has had to give up umpiring due to problems with his eyes. No doubt some will jest he has always had a problem with his eyes, but Harry has been loyally umpiring the seconds, thirds, Sunday teams and ladies teams for about 15 years and is one of the cricket club’s most likeable and recognisable characters.

He won’t go far I am sure which is the good news; he will no doubt find a seat near the bar and enjoy watching the games from a bit further afield.

His commitment to the club over the last 15 or so years has been huge and I am sure everyone at the club would like to send their sincere thanks to our very own ‘Hawk-eye’ Harry and best wishes for the future.

He may have had to give up umpiring, but in terms of enjoying his cricket he is definitely not out.