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Welcome to Hollinsend Methodist Cricket Club

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John DHollinsend C.C. – The Great War Years.

100 years ago, in 1914, 72 Hollinsend players set about trying to win Division 3B of the Norton & District Cricket League. In the previous year they had finished just one point behind winners, Carbrook Reform. At the end of the season, they confronted failure and, more significantly, the outbreak of World War 1.

The Great War impacted greatly on the local cricket scene, but the League managed to keep going. By 1917 the league had lost over 50% of its teams, but with a big squad of players, most of whom were coal miners and in a reserved occupation, Hollinsend played on throughout.

Tough times and lean years have not deterred the Club from moving forward. And now we can boast that, for the first time ever, we will be fielding over 150 teams this summer.

While the game remains the same – still bat, ball, 3 stumps and 22 yards, it’s difficult to imagine what it must have been like to have played during those war years. In 1916 the League announced, ‘Owing to the special circumstances existing through the War, it has been decided that no medals or Batting and Bowling average prizes will be awarded this year.’

The freedoms we enjoy now are the product of what has gone before. Enjoy the 2014 cricket season, it should provide a number of opportunities for the Club to excel! But allow your thoughts occasionally to consider the past.

A sense of Club history is a source of pride and strength.

 John Dawson.

john.d49er@outlook.com

Richard

A message from the Chairman:

Welcome to the website of Hollinsend Methodist CC.

We are a club with a long and proud history and the last remaining cricket club with roots in the Methodist Church still playing in the Sheffield area. We are however a club with the future interest of recreational cricket in mind and our recent acquisition of a 25 year lease on the Fox Lane playing fields that have been our home since the early 1980's will allow us to continue to develop our facilities.

We have always prided ourselves in being a family club and the that continues to grow as more boys and girls join our junior teams and their parents also get involved helping to run practice and junior teams or simply being part of the social framework of the club.

If you or your children have any interest in cricket then please come and have a look at what we have to offer either with a view to playing or simply watching with a drink in hand on a warm sunny day or evening this summer!

Richard Wells
rwells8972@aol.com

Fixture Books 

The new season fixture books are now available. Featuring aa similar cover to this year's calendar, they list junior and senior fixtures for the season. Huge thanks once again to John for a fantastic job. Collect your copy from the clubhouse.