Aldershot Cricket Club will begin the 2018 season in Division 2B of the Thames Valley League at home to Finchampstead in the 50-over format on Saturday 5 May 2018. Amir Hameed's side will play five 50-over games to begin the campaign before returning to the traditional format on 9 June when they travel to Beaconsfield. The 50-over format returns for the season run-up on 11 August when they host Beaconsfield in the reverse fixture before ending the season by welcoming Hurst on 1 September.
The 2nd XI will begin their season in Division 5B with a visit to Reading II on 5th May before ending the season with a trip to Bracknell on 1 September whilst the 3rd XI start off life in Division 7A by hosting Royal Ascot III. They then end the campaign with a maiden visit to Sulhamstead & Ufton II on 1 September. The 4th and 5th XI fixtures will be announced in due course when the Hampshire Cricket League fixtures are published.
Aldershot Cricket Club held their annual general meeting at Guildford Road on Friday 17th February 2017. Allen Green stepped down as the club's President as he looks to wind down into his retirement. Aldershot Cricket would like to thank Allen for his service over the years. After a year in the role, Peter Harris stepped down as chairman to pursue his new role as Youth Development Officer, where he will work alongside Janine Hughes.
Paul Munro has been appointed as Chairman of Aldershot Cricket Club. With his new role, it means that Mark Padwick has taken over as the club's secretary. There was also a change in the position of Treasurer, where Neil Mumby stepped down after 5 seasons in the role and he has been replaced by Lynne White.
The other changes to the committee saw long-serving Allen Green step down as Deputy Welfare Officer, whilst Lucy Bridger is no longer the Entertainments Manager. Both of these replacements will be announced in due course on the Aldershot Cricket Club Twitter Page (@AshotCricket) and on the club website.
All other positions on the committee have remained the same for the 2017 season.
Aldershot Cricket Club face Guildford in National Club Championship
Aldershot Cricket Club have been drawn at home to Guildford in the First Round of the 2018 Royal London National Club Championship after the club were granted approval to play in this year's competition. The tie at Guildford Road will be on Saturday 22nd April 2018, with it being a 40 over per side fixture. Umpires and match balls will be required and a reserve day has been allocated for 29th April in case rain affects the original fixture.
Aldershot Cricket Club to being 2018 season at home to Finchampstead II
On 25 November, we again held the Aldershot Cricket Awards evening. After an excellent meal, chairman Paul Munro gave a somewhat shorter speech than at a traditional dinner and dance, and after the speech he listed the following end of season finishing positions for each team:
The 2017 Chairman, Peter Harris, awarded prizes for the leading players in each team:
Finally, the general club awards were announced:
The Players' AGM was held on Thursday 7th December, and the following positions were elected for the upcoming 2018 season:
There was also a lengthy discussion about the best way to use coaching resources to help players' development and how to build the playing strength of the 1st and 2nd XI overs the coming seasons, as well as thorough discussions about the overseas/paid players for the 2018 season. The Cricket Committee are trying out different ideas for winter and summer nets and would also welcome the thoughts of the wider membership.