At last we see the return of cricket to the Spa Grounds as a new season gets underway in April. The home of Shotley Bridge Cricket Club will be the place to be if you want to see some great old local rivalries being renewed.
As usual the playing surface will have been expertly prepared by Alan Milburn, David Collingwood and Charlie Stephenson and the pre-season net practice will have got the players focussed on the first games of the season.
The sun will hopefully be shining and the Spa will be enjoying some good weather as the scene is set for our first encounter of the season and what a match that should be.
The fixture list has thrown up a local derby for the first home game of the season on Saturday 26th April when Shotley Bridge’s first XI take on our local rivals Consett. This game should give a good insight into how both teams will fare in the league this season.
Our first team finished third last season and we are looking for a good start against Consett before our trip to Ponteland on Saturday 3rd May.
Our Second XI will make their first home appearance on Saturday 3rd May against Ponteland. We will be fielding a young team this season who will be guided by our experienced team Captain and Club stalwart David Golightly.
Both teams are looking to improve on last year and the opening few matches will prove a stern test.
We welcome visitors to the club so why not come along and have a relaxing afternoon watching your local clubs do battle on the field while you have a drink or two off it?
FIXTURE LIST FOR APRIL AND MAY 2014
Sat 26th April First XI V Consett HOME
Sat 3rd May Second XI V Ponteland HOME
Sat 10th May Second XI V Swallwell HOME
Sat 17th May First XI V Lanchester HOME
Sat 24th May Second XI V Whickham HOME
Sat 31st May First XI V Leadgate HOME