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New cricket facilities

Anstey and Glenfield Cricket Club have had a very busy and encouraging start to the 2017 season. There have been some new facilities installed, a young person's training programme taking place and some great competitive action on the pitch.
Anstey and Glenfield CC play at the Gynsill Lane sports complex with the first team playing in Division 5 West and the second team participating in Division 8 West of the Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket League. During the last few weeks, the club have had a new artificial practice wicket and an all-weather pitch installed which should provide the players with some great facilities to use. The new pitches were opened in a ceremony on the first day of the season by Richard Bowers (Glenfield Parish Council Chairman) and Martin Broomhead (Anstey Parish Council Chairman). This has been a considerable investment for the club and it is hoped that these fantastic developments will benefit the club for many years to come.
The club are taking part in the All Stars Cricket programme, which is taking place on Saturday mornings. This is a new initiative from the England and Wales Cricket Board which is to encourage children aged from 5 to 8 to have their first experience of the game. Some of the club's members have taken part in training courses to enable Anstey and Glenfield CC to host this exciting innovation. Several local youngsters are taking part for the first few weeks of the Summer and it is hoped that many of these aspiring cricketers will be taking to the field in the years to come.
The first team led by returning captain Anoop Jayaraj have had a great start to life in Division 5 West following last year's promotion. They have been involved in some very competitive matches with brilliant victories coming against Rothley Park 2, Cropston 2 and Earl Shilton 2. The highlight was the 7-wicket victory against Cropston with some fantastic individual contributions following an unbeaten 134 from Anoop and Sunny Singh scoring a fine 78 not out. Neel Ondhia also took a superb hattrick to aid the team's magnificent victory.
The second team have also had a terrific start to their Division 8 West campaign with victories against Leicester Ivanhoe 4 and Higham Village. This year they are being led by captain Jon Hartwell. To aid the team's cause, there have been 2 half centuries to date, scored by vice-captain Bruce Smith and Sahan Tharanga with Chemika Mewan taking a marvellous 5 wickets against Leicester Teachers & Mossdale. At the time of writing, the team were top of the table and will be hoping to push for promotion for next season.
Both teams will be looking to consolidate their positions in their divisions and look forward to some competitive cricket ahead. The club have been training at Beaumont Leys School during the off season and some of this practice has been vital in preparing the players for the summer months. Some of the club members have been working down at the ground helping to prepare it for the new season. The ground is in an excellent state thanks to the efforts of our hard-working ground staff.
The club are taking part in various Sunday friendlies this year – the first one took place on 7th May. Other friendly matches will be taking place later in the season and the club are also looking to regain the County 20/20 Shield which they won in 2015.
If you are interested in joining the club, please email our secretary Amanda Wilkes. Amanda's email address is amandaandcharlie@btinternet.com. We are also now hosting weekly training sessions at the Gynsill Lane ground on Wednesdays from 5.30pm, so if you're interested in playing for the club, why not come down and practice. Please also visit our website at http://ansteyandglenfield.play-cricket.com and Facebook page for regular updates, results and news throughout the season.
By Phil Vose, Vice Chairman

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