By Tom Levick, NCCC President.

It is my pleasure to announce that at our meeting on September 16th, the NCCC Committee voted unanimously to appoint Dylan Hodge as our First XI captain for season 2019/2020.

Dylan returns to us this summer bringing with him Premier cricket experience, plus his all-round skills and will build on the work of last summer’s captain, George Chisholm, who in turn inherited a solid foundation from Shane Franklin.

As we welcome Dylan in this vital role, it is fantastic that both George and Shane remain a serious part of our club, Chissa a key member of the First XI, and Shane as club coach.

We can also confirm the captains for the other teams this summer.

Second XI: Sandy Waters
Third XI: Jarad Battenally
Fourth XI: Frank Tuskes
Fifth XI: Anthony Devlin
Sixth XI: Mark Sanders

With the opening rounds of the Senior Competitions rapidly approaching, there are also exciting developments at the junior level, where we will have Friday Night Under 15 teams and two girls’ teams, a first for our club.

While we welcome players to our club from wherever they might come, it is a key policy to develop the main core of our future talent through the junior programs – once a Two Blue, always a Two Blue.

As well as captaining the Sixth XI, Mark Sanders has been doing a terrific job with the sponsorship role he has taken on this year.

Mark’s work, and that of others who have fulfilled this role, must never be over-looked because sponsorship allows us to keep down the costs of your playing cricket.

We have increased membership fees by a small amount this year, but with increased benefits, including those attached to a new membership card. Make sure you get your membership paid early to take full advantage of that.

For the sixth year in a row, bar prices will not rise. While we are a cricket club first and foremost, we are also aware of the important role our social activities play in the life of our members and making meals and drinks as inexpensive as possible is also a high priority.

Much other good work is being done in preparation for the summer. The new electronic scoreboard is set to roar into action in round one, offering all sorts of new opportunities for the club, including in the sponsorship area, and the chance to have movie nights on the grass of KFC Oval when the weather is warmer.

I want to place on record our gratitude for the hard work that curator Tim Stacey has been doing on the KFC Oval, particularly the centre pitch, and the practice pitches.

This year, we will again have an overseas player: Tom Nicholas from the Eversley club at which Nick McGuane played – and with great success – during the English summer.
As with our overseas players in the past, get around Tom.

From here on, the committee will be working furiously to make sure everything is ready to go when the first ball of the season is bowled.

We expect our players to be working just as hard to be ready to go, too.

That means training hard and honouring our club’s motto in everything you do: Two Blues, One Club – Respect It.