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Newmarket Cricket Club chairman Frank Stennett excited for season to get under way

All of the planning, all of the hard work, all of the talking – it will all come to fruition when the reformed Newmarket Cricket Club’s first team take to the field for their season-opening league fixture on Saturday.

To borrow a well-used sporting cliché, it’s been a process jam packed with ups and downs.

Lacking direction and the necessary number of people behind the scenes, the previous club was forced to disband four years ago.

Newmarket Cricket Club will play their first league match for four years on Saturday. Picture: Mecha Morton
Newmarket Cricket Club will play their first league match for four years on Saturday. Picture: Mecha Morton

And when the consortium bidding to bring the sport back to the town – spearheaded by chairman Frank Stennett – were rebuffed by the town council in 2019, it appeared the wait was going to be extended for years to come.

Undeterred, the group battled on until eventually last year they were given the green light to resurrect the club, only for Covid-19 to then throw another spanner into the works.

However, this weekend finally marks the dawn of a new era.

Stennett said: “Since being founded in October 2020, we have made huge strides as a club in such a short space of time and I am delighted to see all our plans come to fruition. The ground is looking fantastic with the work of the Jockey Club Estates and the list of selfless volunteers helping to make this club better each time.

“I am hoping for a successful season with the senior set-up but also the junior programme.

“Cricket has returned to Newmarket and I hope we can build a fantastic community club for future generations.

“We are now just days away from the first competitive league game at The Severals. The members of the team and everyone connected to the club is really excited and looking forward to welcoming Ufford Park and can’t wait for the game to start – let’s hope the weather is kind to us.”

As well as a Saturday side, Newmarket will have teams playing cricket on Sundays and Wednesdays.

* Newmarket CC are looking for volunteers to score and umpire on Sundays. Contact info@newmarketcricketclub.co.uk or call Tom Brame on 07771 808606 to register you interest.

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