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NEWSLETTER – August 2015 Issue 2

Chairman’s Welcome


It is the first week of September and this season has nearly finished – the juniors finished a few weeks ago and the seniors have two more weekends to play. It has been a fantastic season – many great games and both team and personal achievements across all our teams right through from the U’9’s to the 1st X1.


I have had the pleasure of watching many games across all age groups and I have been so impressed with the enthusiasm and passion showed by the players from the very youngest to the oldest (sadly that would be me), the parents for their outstanding support and to the Coaches and Team managers for their undying commitment and for always going the extra mile. We are without doubt extremely lucky as a club to have such a fantastic set of people Involved. Our junior set up must be the best in North Wales and I know that we have an abundance of talent coming through all age groups which bodes well for the future of the club. So on behalf of all the committee – our thanks to you all – it is you that makes our club the success it is.


As this season closes we start to look forwards to the 2016 season which will be the 150th anniversary of the club – we want to make 2016 a memorable season – both on and off the pitch. As a club we are far from being a rich club and as with all “social enterprises” we tick over financially each year and the amount of time people give up to support the club never ceases to amaze me – and for that we are always eternally grateful.


September comes around and normally everyone disappears through the winter and re-appears after the snows in Spring ready for indoor nets and the preparation of the ground for the new season – and I appreciate that everyone needs a break from cricket (and many parents move into a football season) – but I would like this year for us to keep working together throughout the winter both in terms of support for preparation for next season’s 150th anniversary

·         FRESH IDEAS



·         FUND RAISING



Indeed if you feel you can help in anyway – please do let us know we are always looking for new ideas – innovation and help – if it is a few hours occasionally over the winter months.

As Henry Ford said “coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success”.  To add Helen Keller - Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.


My sincerest thanks to everyone at the club for a fantastic 2015 season

Tony Hawkins (Acting Chairman)



1st Team News

 In their first season in Division 1 the club’s 1st X1 have performed well.  With two games to go the team is currently 5th – 20 points outside the promotion places. Whilst the hopes of an immediate promotion back to the Premier league looks a long shot, the team under Jon Crane’s leadership and Captaincy has performed admirably the whole season. Losing 5 games to weather has been the biggest number of games lost by any team in the division and has severely impacted on the team’s the ability to secure points through winning – indeed if the weather had been kinder in key games (notably Dolgellau away – rained off and the key clash against Llanrwst on Bank Holiday Saturday, also lost to rain) We are sure the lads would still be pushing for promotion! We are confident the 1st X1 will be even stronger next season and with hard work and a little more luck – they will be right up there pushing for promotion in 2016.


2nd Team News

The 2nd X1 have been top of Division 4 from the first match of the season and with 2 key games to go –  are still top 6 points ahead of Carmel and District. The bank holiday weekend saw the 2nd X1 win comfortably against Anglesey (9pts to 1pt) on the Saturday but sadly lose a thrilling top of the table match against Carmel on the Bank Holiday Monday by only 4 runs! This allowed Carmel to close the gap from 8pts to 6pts – So all to play for in the final two weeks of the season!! Under the leadership of Captain Jamie Hawkins the team has been outstanding for most of the season and under the current league structure the 2nd X1 would have secured automatic promotion to Division 3 on Bank Holiday Monday – however with changes likely to the league structures next season – it looks like the 2ndX1 may well have to do it all again in 2016 to earn promotion. One of the most pleasing aspects of the season has been the blend of youth and experience with a number of younger players really establishing their places in the team (notably Lewis Pringle; Richie Deniz; Sam Thomas; Aaron Davies and also Isaac Allen emerging)


Midweek League Team

Mold joined the Chester and District league in 2011 in Division 8 and after 4 successive years of promotion – this season with ease and 3 games to go secured promotion again to Division 3 next season. Congratulations to Jon Crane as Captain and all the players who played this year – We are sure we will be pushing for Division 2 next season!



In what seems like a flash the junior season has been and gone already! The league fixtures for all 4 teams have been completed, although training continues on Friday nights into September. The season has once again been a resounding success with more junior cricket played than you might imagine. Despite another ‘indifferent summer’, only 6 of the 52 junior games were lost to the weather.


The 9s league is ‘non-competitive’ which means that although games are keenly contested (the kids first question is always, “Did we Win?!!!”) there are no points awarded for victories. The format is very much geared towards players learning the game and taking part.


Once the kids reach under 11s then it’s full swing into competition and teams compete in the leagues. Once again, all our junior sides have been competitive and every team ended up top 4 or higher. There have been notable performances; both team and individual, across all the age groups.


To hear about all that went on during the junior season why not come along to Junior Presentation Night held at the club September 11th. Always an enjoyable evening, this year’s presentation will feature:

-          Our first player to score a fifty in an under 11s game

-          The junior team that managed to win a game despite having 7 run outs in an innings

-          A final over victory in a local derby

-          The under 9 who took a wicket with his first ball in the under 11s

so please do come along! More details later on in this newsletter!!




In July, Glamorgan made their annual visit north to play a county championship fixture at Colwyn Bay with opponents Lancashire. MCC’s  young cricketers were given the chance, not only to support the fixture by providing guards of honour for the players as they took to the field, but also to give a kwik-cricket demonstration on the outfield during the lunch break.


MCC was keen to give our Juniors such valuable experience and we were fortunate enough to be selected to provide assistance on the first 2 days of the 4 day game. Players from our under 11s attended on the Sunday.  Monday a mini bus was hired to take a mix of our 13s and 15s. Thanks go to John Williams and Heinrich Botes who went along on the bus as the 2 “responsible adults” (Insert your own joke!).


Cricket Wales Organiser Ben Garnett who co-ordinated the days said, “On both days the children represented the club with pride, wearing their Mold whites and Hoodies the kids looked fantastic and were very well behaved. We really hope the children had an enjoyable day. A fantastic effort to support Glamorgan by Mold Cricket Club.”



Lancashires Ashwell Prince Hi-5’s the lads after his innings of 261




One Hand – One Bounce at Lunch




The Under 15s who attended


Under 13s Eagerly awaiting the players to take to the field






A welcome step forward in club cricket!

Those of you who visit the club on junior training night may well have noticed a new face amongst the coaches. Julie Cresswell took her coaching badge earlier in the year and is now a regular coach with the under 9s. Julie has supported the club for the past few seasons, getting involved wherever possible and helping co-ordinate the under 9s.


Julie has already expressed an interest in getting a new under 7s team together which MCC thinks is a great idea! The earlier we can get children to the club and hooked on cricket the better!! Any budding under 7s, please contact Julie directly on or John Williams on 07904 168534.


MCC wishes Julie all the best with this and thanks her for her continued commitment to the cause!



Let Us Entertain You!

FRIDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 6.30pm !!!!

Junior Presentation Night will be held at the club on FRIDAY 11th SEPTEMBER at 6.30pm. The night will follow its usual format of games on the outfield for the children with presentations to follow from 7pm.


The under 9s will get us under way & we will work our way up to the under 15s. The players are, as we speak, voting for Players Player of the Year in their own age groups. There will also be other categories of award. If you haven’t voted yet, be sure to let your team manager know as soon as possible!


Children should please attend in whites for the Team Photos. Food will be provided for the Children and the bar will be open for the Adults!  These have been great occasions in previous seasons and it would be nice to see as many from the senior section there as possible.








One of the great traditions of cricket – The Cricket Tea – has sadly been causing the club a bit of a headache over the past couple of seasons.


A knock on effect of having a youthful playing squad seems to be a lack of partners, who traditionally would have prepared the tea, while the players played. Whilst this is obviously an outdated model, the great tradition of the cricket tea remains and in recent seasons the club has been forced to turn to outside caterers to provide the food. This has proved to be an expensive exercise for MCC, with playing subs only just covering the cost.


In an attempt to help the situation 4 volunteers collectively took on the responsibility of putting together the teas for the final 6 weeks of the season. Step forward Caroline Deniz, Jackie Pringle, Sue from behind the bar and Karen Crane, whose kind work is saving the club £60 a week. Not only were they giving up their precious spare time and saving MCC money, but notably the food was of much better quality for all to enjoy!! Here’s hoping the new improved food renders even better performances on the field!!! A big thanks go to our willing helpers!


We hope to cover the teas in a similar way next season so any offers of help will be gratefully received! Even if you can only commit to doing the one week, it all helps to share the work load.

If any of you do wish to start an MCC-GBBO style cricket tea competition, let us know! We are sure to have plenty of takers to be the judges!


Saturday 15th August saw the first big club fundraising event of the season. Following the huge success of Australia day a few seasons ago, this year South Africa was chosen by the club in honour of our overseas player Heinrich Botes; there was music, face painting, games, a fund raising raffle, bouncy castle and of course that infamous South African speciality – the Braai #BBQ!


On the day, the second team had no fixture so the focus was on the first team game against Menai Bridge seconds. Winning the toss the visitors from Anglesey opted to bat first and posted 126 all out. Kyran Van Der Kooij took 4 wickets, Usman Butt scored a quick fire 60 which fittingly left South African Hein to hit the winning runs in a comfortable victory. That set the stage for the party to begin!


Players had kindly donated drinks and chocolates for the raffle prizes with tickets sold for the evening draw. There was also a ‘Name the Teddy’ competition, won by 1st team opener Richard Crane who christened the Teddy bear - Spencer!


The bouncy castle, after much use from the kids, was commandeered by the adults and transformed into a mini goal for a penalty shoot-out competition. The services of Connah’s Quay Nomads goalkeeper George Deniz were secured and £1 got you a place in the shoot-out. Everybody entered into the spirit of the occasion and with a running commentary provided by John Motson battle commenced! Numerous penalties later, some of which looked more like rugby conversions, only 2 remained with John Williams’ right foot eventually prevailing over Jamie Ryles left foot. Having saved nearly a 100 penalties Goalie George was unable to shake hands with anyone!


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Star of the Penalty Shoot Out!!


Tiny Jayden prepares to blast his penalty past keeper George to progress into round 2!



No reports of food poisoning were received so many thanks to our budding young chefs Kyran Van Der Kooij and Tyler Pringle for manning the BBQ. A sterling effort by them both, faced with many hungry spectators, burgers were flipped and sausages rolled – who says South Africans are the best at BBQ’s?!


The raffle was drawn later in the evening inside the decorated clubhouse with many club members winning prizes. The main prize of the evening, 12 crates of lager was won by Spencer – the Teddy Bear! With Spencer too young to drink his Guardian Richard Crane happily walked away with the top prize!


With the official duties over, the volume was cranked up and DJ Gareth Davies took to the mic to

co-ordinate Karaoke. It must be said some members are much better cricketers than singers; thankfully no local residents were offended by the din!


Many people contributed to make the day a success, big thanks go particularly to Jon & Richard Crane, Nathan Sandall and Anna Jolley. A special mention is owed to Anna who had prepared so many fantastic activities for the children. Anna tells us the raffle raised £480 and with bar takings hitting a season high we’re looking forward to the next one already!




Organisers Anna, Jon, Nathan and Sarah

 getting into the South African Spirit!


10 YEARS ON!!!!


Younger and newer members of the club may not be aware that ten years ago the first team won the North Wales Premier league. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this achievement MCC is planning an end of season game on Saturday 19th September comprising the current first team against the members of the league winning side. James Griffiths is co-ordinating and at the moment it is full steam ahead with the game scheduled for a 12.30 start. The proposal is 2 x 20/20 games with an hour break inbetween for some BBQ and liquid refreshments! No doubt this will continue during the second game! Afterwards there will be nothing formal and just a few beers and food down the club wives , girlfriends and children are most welcome to make it a family day. James can be contacted on



As everyone is aware Heinrich will be leaving us at the end of the season to return to South Africa – It has been an absolute pleasure having Heinrich at the club this season – his talent and commitment both on and off the pitch has been fantastic and his work with the juniors invaluable – we will miss him greatly and he will leave with our sincerest thanks for his contribution and we wish him well in the future. We will miss his Green and Gold Cap!

Senior and Junior Cricket - Club Structures for 2016

A meeting will be organised for September / October 2015 with the Senior Captains and Junior Managers / Coaches to discuss and agree a cricketing strategy for the club at all levels and across all age groups for the 2016 season and beyond – more details to follow shortly.



And Finally, RUMOUR MILL……


Apparently a social committee were spotted planning end of season events! Watch this space….!!






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NEWSLETTER – May 2015 Issue 1

Chairman’s Welcome

A very warm welcome to all our members – old and new – and welcome to the 1st Newsletter for Mold CC – we will aim to publish 3 newsletters each season – the next one at the end of July and the final one in Mid- September.

On behalf of all the committee we wish everyone involved in the club a wonderful summer, with fantastic cricket and for many happy hours in and around the club. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank in advance all the parents, players and members for their ongoing support to the club and hope the 2015 season is a success for the club on and off the pitch

Committee News

After many years of outstanding service to Mold Cricket Club, Roger Griffiths has decided to stand down as Chairman. Roger took over the club when it was in severe decline both in terms of facilities and finances and throughout his role as Chairman along with the club’s committee notably Dave Wiseman (Secretary) worked tirelessly to build a community club, significantly improving the facilities and finances, transforming the club into a premier league standard club with an excellent Junior set up. Whilst standing down as Chairman, Roger will still be actively involved in the club and continue to pass on his wisdom to the new committee

2015 Season Committee

Tony Hawkins                Acting Chairman

Dave Wiseman              Secretary

Andy Evans                  Treasurer

John Williams                Junior Teams Manager

Jon Crane                     1st X1 Captain

Jamie Hawkins              2nd X1 Captain

John Millington              Child Welfare Officer

Caroline Deniz               Fundraising Secretary

Richard Wynn               Membership Secretary

Adrian Forster

Richard Crane

Steve Burkhill

Jamie Griffiths

Our Mission and Vision

To foster and grow participation and support for the game throughout our region. developing successful cricketers and teams capable of competing at the highest level.

Be a fully inclusive club – for all the players, parents and members– Inspiring the next generation of cricketers


2014 saw a number of the “Golden Generation” of players to play for MCC retire having brought success to the club and provided magnificent service to the club over many years. Jamie Griffiths. Cliff Wiseman, Russ Wiseman, Gareth Evans and Dave Soothill – they will all be sadly missed this season out in the middle!  This year we welcome Heinrich Botes from South Africa as our overseas player. We hope Heinrich enjoys his stay with us and has a successful season

The 2014 season ended with the 1st Team relegated from the Premier League on the last day of the season and the 2nds finishing mid table in Division 4. The Midweek Team was promoted to Division 4 – the 3rd promotion in a row!

The 2015 Season started with a convincing win for the 1st X1 against Gresford and subsequently the games against Conwy 1st X1; Llay 1st X1 and Bersham 1st X1 cancelled due to rain, The 2nds in Division 4 started their season on the 25th April with 9 points from St Asaph conceding and followed up with convincing wins against Buckley 2nd X1 and Pwllheli 2nd X1

At present the 1st X1 are 3rd in Division 1 and the 2nd X1 are Top of Division 4– obviously a very long way to go!

Our thanks go out to Andy Evans for his outstanding work in preparing the ground through the winter and his tireless work every week throughout the season

YOUNG GUNS……. The 2015 season has seen the club turn to youth with Jon Crane (23) Captaining the 1st Team and Jamie Hawkins (21) Captaining the 2nd Team, Both John and Jamie has come through the club with Jon Captaining the U15’s and the Midweek team and Jamie Captaining the U13’s and U15’s and the 2nd Team towards the end of last season. We all wish both Jon and Jamie and their respective teams every success this season and I am sure we will give them both all our support!

The 1st X1 and 2nd X1 teams are now dominated by youth with over 75% of the squads under 25 – so the future looks bright – and we still have lots of talented players who are over 25 playing!

1st X1 and 2nd X1 - Team Training – Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm (Free Practice Friday evenings)

For all those who wish to come along on a Saturday and support the teams – all games start at 1pm


The junior season will soon be upon us again. Although the outdoor season is short the youngsters have kept up their skills with a winter program of indoor coaching sessions having been held at both Mold Sports centre and the Argoed Sports hall in Mynydd Isa. Now the weather and light are with us, training sessions will begin once again outdoor at the club on Friday nights and also on the artificial pitch at the Rugby Club, 6.30-8.00pm.

Registration night for the juniors was FRIDAY 1st MAY. 6.30-7.30pm. There were cricket activities for the youngsters on the night. It was decided by the junior committee that membership for the season will be £45. This covers all club memberships, insurances, match fees, playing shirt and training fees for the outdoor season. Only the first child pays full amount, any siblings get a reduced rate of £25. Paying everything in one go will allow training nights to run smoother and reduce the admin burden on team managers.

NEW CHAIRPERSON! – Following John Millington stepping down from his role as chair of the junior section Jackie Pringle has volunteered to take over the role for the season. Jackie has supported the section for many years and to quote outgoing chairman Millington “is a stalwart of Mold Cricket Club!” She is currently junior treasurer and Under 15s manager so hopefully chairing the section will not put too greater burden on her. Her nomination was unanimously approved by the junior committee. Good Luck Jackie, here’s to a successful 2015! Other topics discussed at the meeting were how we can continue to improve and develop the juniors. A commitment was made to purchase a junior bowling machine and new match and practice stumps should be on show for the coming season. The ‘MOLD CRICKET’ training tops have been a resounding success and can continue to be purchased either from team managers or direct from Forrester Sports. We hope this season to introduce cricket caps which will see our teams take to the field in style, look the part, and play the part! Again, these will be available from the team managers as soon as possible.

The junior fixtures for 2015 are now out and the first month can be seen below along with the details of the people running the team. A full fixture list will be posted in the club.

UNDER 9s – Match day SUNDAY mornings 10.15 start

Lead Coach

John Davies

07787 372854

Team Manager



AWAY v Halkyn




AWAY v C.Quay


HOME v N.Hall

UNDER 11s – Match day MONDAY evenings 18.15 start

Lead Coach

Chris Lloyd

07803 124401

Team Manager

Nic McCann

07528 437994


AWAY v Halkyn


HOME v Carmel


AWAY v C.Quay


HOME v N.Hall

UNDER 13s – Match day THURSDAY 18.15 start

Lead Coach

John Williams

07904 168534

Team Manager

Anne Jones

07970 418599


AWAY v Carmel


HOME v St Asaph


AWAY v Prestatyn


HOME v N.Hall

UNDER 15s – Match day WEDNESDAY 18.15 start

Lead Coach

John Millington

07713 919201

Team Manager

Jackie Pringle

07853 288719


AWAY v Prestatyn


AWAY v C.Quay


HOME v Northop


HOME v N.Hall

Match results can be seen by logging onto the club website

and using the drop down boxes on the navigation bar.

We are also hoping to improve press coverage of our junior cricketers this season by issuing a press release to the local papers, if this is something you can help with please contact one of the team managers. Along with a press secretary it can be seen we are in need of an under 9s team manager which is someone willing to co-ordinate the players with regards match information and training etc. Having a team manager is a huge benefit to the team and coach. It has worked very well in recent years with the other teams and so if it is something you can help with, please don’t be shy, many hands make light work!

Whilst looking forward to the coming season it would be remiss of us not to mention the end of season awards night held at the club last year. The event was well attended by players, parents and also Mayor of Mold Carol Heycocks. The children enjoyed cricket activities on the outfield and a barbeque before trophies were presented by the clubs South African overseas player JP Van Aswegen. Awards were made for Players Player, Coaches Player, Most improved and Clubman of the year for each age group. Award winners on the night were Under 9s Orla Davies, Ben Edwards, Harrison Heycocks and Noa Grant, Under 11s Jack Jones, Fiontan McCann and Dafydd Thomas Burnett, Under 13s Rhys Hughes, Liam Davies and Callum Hughes, Under 15s Tyler Pringle, Adam Kenny, Aaron Davies and Richard Deniz. Well done to all!

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Finally, the juniors are the future of the club and just as more youngsters get involved sadly some grow up and move on to the senior side of the club. This year the juniors say goodbye to Richard Deniz, Sam Thomas, and Tyler Pringle. The three of them have represented the junior section for many years and while it is a shame they can no longer play junior cricket we wish them well as they move on to the seniors.


Andrew Evans has submitted a bid to the ECB on behalf of the club for new covers at a cost of £4000 and this week we have had confirmed that our bid was successful!! – The new covers should be delivered before the end of May

Latest on Sainsbury’s – At present no formal planning permission has been submitted by Sainsbury’s for the development of the site – however the club are in dialogue with them and we will keep all members up to date

Sponsorship – This year the club has secured sponsorship support from:  

Town and Country Estate Agents

Owens Caravan Park

Smith Family Opticians Mold

We are extremely grateful for our entire sponsor’s support …. And always keen to expand our sponsor’s


Across the whole club we have at present a growing number of members. As part of the clubs development in 2015 we are building a new membership database which we hope will allow us to improve communication to all our members through e mail, social media and the website.

In recent years we have operated our club on an informal basis, but as we move forwards and to comply with our constitutional, statutory and legal obligations we need to formalize our procedures.

Our junior members already pay an annual membership fee of £45 and accordingly we have decided that all senior members over 18 should pay a membership fee

We propose to introduce an annual “flat fee” of £20 for all members playing and non-playing. This is considerably less than what most other clubs charge for membership. Couples will be asked to pay a combined fee of £20 (£10 each). Under 18’s who no longer qualify as a junior (i.e. not eligible to play U15 but under the age of 18 the fee will be £10. Match fees for the senior teams will remain unchanged


Club funds will form a crucial component for the development, maintenance and improvement of our facilities both on and off the field of play and hence membership fees will be of great assistance

We hope that all our members will support this initiative. Further details on payment arrangements will be issued shortly.

If there are any questions please direct to Dave Wiseman (Secretary).



We are starting to plan and organize a number of social events for all the club members across all age groups – and we will publicize more details in the coming month and the next newsletter – and please – if anyone has an idea or “the energy” to be involved – please feel free to contact Caroline Deniz on 07843 392856 or e mail

Caroline has kindly volunteered to head up our Fundraising and Social events – and is looking for support and volunteers to assist in 2015 and plan for 2016

At present (and more will follow in the coming weeks) we are able to announce two events

Saturday 11th July                      South African – Family Fun Day (More to follow shortly)

Sunday 13th September              Anniversary Cricket Match and Dinner – Mold X1 (2005) vs. Mold X1 (2015) – Celebrate winning the Premier League 10 Years ago


As with all clubs – money is tight and therefore access to grants to support the club maintaining and replacing equipment and facilities is extremely important – so we can ensure we maintain our ground at a Premier League Level – Andy Evans and John Williams are currently in the process of submitting grant applications to Flintshire County Council (Community Chest) and Mold Town Council which if successful will add between £1500 - £2000 to the clubs finances.

There are quite a few grants and bids we can try and tap into – and as such we are looking for a couple of volunteers who would be willing to help us look at submitting grants in the coming months to improve the facilities – both playing and clubhouse – So any volunteers – please do not hesitate to contact us. Nic McCann has already kindly agreed be involved.

2016 – LET’S CELEBRATE………. 150 Years of Cricket at Mold

The 2016 season will see Mold CC celebrate 150 years of cricket  which is quite an amazing feat – Obviously we would like to make the most of 2016 and celebrate this achievement both on and off the pitch and in the process really raise the profile of the club

So there is no time like the present - let’s start planning now for next year – 2015 has seen a new committee established – BUT we would like everyone to be involved in the preparations and celebrations!!

At present the plans for 2016 are a “Blank Canvas” – we know (at least hope) that there are probably many of our members who would like to get involved for a couple of hours a month – whether it is in fundraising, social events, marketing, IT or just throwing ideas into the pot – We would love to hear from you – so please do get in touch …..WE REALLY DO NEED YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT and are keen to put together a group of people by the middle of the summer to start planning for next year


If you would like to volunteer in any way or have any ideas or indeed questions please do not hesitate to contact us below

Tony Hawkins                07944 237198      

John Williams                07904 168534      

Dave Wiseman       

And Finally….. Breaking News…..

Congratulations to Gaz Davies – for his OUTSTANDING bowing performance against Buckley 2n X1 for Mold 2nd X1

12 Overs – 7 Maidens – 11 Runs – 10 Wickets

Simply amazing and I’m sure no one will be able to better that performance for a very long time!