An impressive win on the final game of the 2021 cricket season saw the 1st XI of Whitminster Cricket Club (CC) secure their third consecutive league promotion propelling them into Division 5 for the 2022 season.
Dismissing Chedworth for just 53 with Lee Medcroft taking 4 wickets for just 8 runs in a spell which included 4 maidens and Lee Mansell taking 4-21, the home team chased down the total in just 10 overs in front of a home crowd.
The hat-trick of promotions comes after being relegated from the Gloucestershire County Cricket League in 2017. The 1st XI team won the Stroud District Cricket Association (SDCA) Premier Division in 2018, finishing unbeaten and were crowned champions again a year later in 2019, this time of Division 7 in the County League. The Covid-hit 2020 season saw non-competitive cricket played and the team registered another unbeaten run.
First XI captain, Lewis Cook reflects,
“This has been an incredible season for the 1st XI of Whitminster CC. To go from the Stroud District League to Division 5 of the County league in just three competitive seasons is testament to the players, culture and depth of squad at the club. We are relishing the challenge Division 5 will bring and would like to thank our players, groundsman, sponsors, families and wider community who have helped us to get there.”
As Whitminster CC goes from strength to strength on the field, it is also flourishing behind the scenes. Local company Jay Bee Plant Sales came on board as club sponsor in 2019 and this year has gifted the club brand new covers and a new roller which will enable more games to be played despite the unpredictable English weather. Two new state-of-the-art sight screens have also recently arrived at the club bought in memory of late team mate Graham Toms who passed away in 2018.
The growth of the club continues with the introduction of All Stars and Dynamos youth cricket, a national England Cricket Board initiative for 5 – 8 year old and 8 – 11 year old children respectively. In just their second year of All Stars and inaugural year of Dynamos, the club welcomed almost 50 families to Whitminster Playing Field for weekly youth cricket sessions this summer.
A parent from this summer’s sessions fed back,
“A wonderfully managed All Stars and Dynamos; our boys had a wonderful time and enjoyed every minute. You and your team were fantastic – very welcoming.”
Heading into 2022, Whitminster CC has plenty to look forward to. The 1st XI will play in Division 5 for the first time in the club’s history, the 2nd XI will continue in the SDCA Division 1 after finishing 6th this season and youth cricket will return to the club for a third year.