In advance of the AGM, Gregson CC President Mark Reynolds, has released his annual 'State of the Union' address

“Ready? Fingers on Buzzers. Your starter for ten: how many cricket clubs are there in Lancaster?”

Pause. Answer: two. Yes two.  That’s it. There’s Lancaster Cricket Club (aka Sports Club) and ourselves. Granted there are teams on the other side of the River Lune but they, like Lancaster CC, are there for the bite of competition – whereas we are community cricket.

Our Constitution is clear: “2b) to foster friendship amongst the team, opponents, officials and supporters.”  Long may this continue and against a tide which has seen both competition-based and community-based cricket clubs fold.

One aspect of our continuance is by being part of the Lancaster local community and part of community use of the facilities of LRGS. The value of this relationship cannot be understated. Around twenty-five years ago we were able to access the ground and facilities at LRGS, and we are fortunate to be in this position today. Let’s not think of where we’d be without their support, otherwise the answer to the above question could be one.

In the past we were, at best, using Amstrad 9512 computers with daisy-wheel printers or communicating by hand written notes fixed to the Gregson Centre notice board with drawing pins. Swift is the move in communications – just look now: the Gregson Cricket Club website! Thanks to Neil not only are current events available for everyone to see but there are archive photographs, scorecards and pages from Almanacs from an age when mobile phones were the size of house bricks.

Yet more – the ‘Old Rope’ Podcast, which has to be heard to be believed. The fun thing is that it’s not just ourselves listening in but others, in places beyond our Lancaster landscape, who lend an ear – community is an expansive term.

Part of that community is recalling that a core element of GCC spirit is that we are friends who play cricket together and not the other way round. Hurrah to Seb for organising social events. The Awards event on the barge on the Lancaster Canal buzzed with positive energy. And not just those of us who garb ourselves in Sunday afternoon white, as our friends and partners joined us to feel empowered by collective community friendship.

Tour time – thanks to Jamie for all the sorting out and to Matt S for taking to the wheel. Thanks to Matty D for compiling a fixture list and to Cen keeping the finances under control. Thanks also to Joe for such an excellent season as skipper as too to Matt S and Neil as the dynamic Vice-captain duo. And well done to everyone else for doing you bit for the Gregson Cricket community.

Finally, we played some cricket matches err…

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