Cricketers from Fernhurst return to school

Summer junior cricket coaching ended with presentations and awards. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
Summer junior cricket coaching ended with presentations and awards. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

MORE than 60 young children have said goodbye to their summer of enjoying cricket coaching on Fernhurst Recreation Ground.

Spectators said many displayed an enthusiasm it would be hard to match at any age.

Three coaches gave up their time to coach the children, keeping them occupied throughout the school holidays.

The new state of the art cricket nets were evidently worth every penny, being used for regular practice.

Meanwhile, two groups were bowling, batting and fielding under the careful eye of Ryan Lewis, Bob Unwin and Bill Gourlay.

The end of the season brought great sadness for the children, but they were cheered up with a presentation to mark the end of their coaching.

Small trophy cricket bats signed by Ryan and accompanied with personalised comments were presented to every child.

Fernhurst cricket club shirts and hats were given to the most improved players, Leo Homewood and Wills Kellett, and the best players, Alfie Edwards and Joe Unwin, in both the under 11 and under 16 age groups.

Bill Gourlay was impressed by the standard, noting the sporting talent in Fernhurst and keeping an eye out for those who are sure to join the club in the future.

The children will hopefully now move onto football for the winter and back to cricket in the spring.

On Saturdays the ground also hosts keep fit sessions for all levels and tennis roll-ups with monthly social tournaments, all of which are accompanied by bacon butties.

Those who put their hands in their pockets to buy the ground for the village back in 1941 must be delighted by the youngsters and sporting teams putting it to such great use.