Month: April 2010


Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club is thrilled to announced the appointment of Brian Thomas as coach for the 2010/2011 season.

“The recruitment of Brian is part of a complete overhaul of our cricket set up,” said President James Purcell.

“He comes to us with great credentials as a coach.”

Purcell a said cricket sub-committee had been working hard to restructure the club.

Next season, we will have Don Royce as head of our cricket department.

“Don is one of Geelong’s most decorated cricket administrators and he brings a wealth of expertise to the club,” Purcell said.

“We believe that these two quality appointments, along with a number of others, will help us recruit many more top cricketers to the club.”

The club was pleased to hear that Essex County Cricket Club will also be sending one of its talented young players to Newtown, following in the footsteps of Jaik Mickleburgh and Michael Comber.

Sam Arthurson is a leg-spinning all-rounder.

“Our club benefited from having Jaik and Michael spend time with us,” Purcell said.

“And they also benefited from their time with us.  Jaik has just scored his maiden first-class century, a massive 174, while Michael Comber has been given a full contract with Essex and was part of their training camp in the West Indies.”

In season 2010/2011, Newtown will celebrate its centenary.

“Cricket was played around Newtown well before that summer,” Purcell said.

“However, this was a formative moment in the history of our club and we intend to properly honour the great history of club.

“We are also issuing an invitation to former players to come back and be part of the celebration, and if they’re still playing, to be part of this years squads.”