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Hightown Cricket Club

Latest club news.


Hightown cc and St Mary's cc Merge

Hightown Cricket Club, founded in 1907, and Crosby St Mary’s Cricket Club (formerly known as St Mary’s Old Boys CC), which originated in 1948, have agreed a ‘full and complete merger’ with the aim to enter four adult teams in the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition (LDCC) next year.

The new club will be known as Hightown St Mary’s Cricket Club and will play its home matches at Sandy Lane, the current home of Hightown CC. The deal means that Crosby St Mary’s will withdraw its two teams from the Southport and District League.

Talks have been ongoing for over 18 months and officials from both parties have now formally ratified the merger at a combined Special General Meeting.

In 2013, Hightown’s first XI was relegated from the Liverpool and District ECB Premier League and took the unprecedented step of agreeing a ‘double relegation’ into Division Two, following the departure of several leading players and concerns about the club’s overall playing strength.

Crosby St Mary’s have played on their Gorsey Lane ground, also in Hightown, since their formation and have been members of the Southport and District League since 2012, after many years in the Merseyside Competition. However, uncertainty around the long term future of their playing facility added to their desire to explore merger opportunities.

Simon Trapnell, cricket chairman at Hightown, said: “We are delighted to be joining forces with our friends at Crosby St Mary’s.

“The issues that we have recently faced are well documented and, when we weighed up all the options, this was absolutely the best deal for both clubs. It will enable us to build with confidence for the future, grow our player base and reach out further into the local community to provide more sporting opportunities for local cricketers of all ages.

“Overall we believe this is a fantastic opportunity that will see two historic local clubs survive for many years to come.”

John Dickinson, President of Crosby St Mary’s, added: “Having been near neighbours and rivals for many years, each club was aware of the challenges faced by the other and this resulted in open and informed discussions on how to work together.

“The successful merger is an exciting opportunity to create a strong club that performs well on the field in the true spirit of cricket.”

Hightown’s successful junior section will also compete under the new name from next season, fielding teams at all age groups in both the Southport and District and Merseyside Youth Cricket leagues.


Nick Gordon's 3 Peak Challenge - 20/06/14
In aid of Russ Brennan's nominated charities

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Ok chaps, further to previous messages and regarding the fundraising efforts by Ormskirk RUFC and Hightown CC, Nick Gordon has now committed to completing the 3 peak challenge THIS FRIDAY!! This involves scaling Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within 24 hours. 


All monies raised will go to Russ Brennan's 2 nominated charities (The R Charity - Royal Liverpool Bone Marrow Transplant Unit - and the Anthony Nolan Trust). 


You can donate via the existing just giving page


and Nick will also be at the club this Thursday with sponsorship forms. We all hope as many of you as possible will support Nick in trying to raise as much money as possible for two great causes that, let's face it, are helping to keep legends like Russ on this planet. Cheers.


Help ORUFC raise money for this great cause.
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Winter nets start on Thursday 6th February 2014 and run until Thursday the 10th of April. 7.00pm till 9.00pm at Merchant Taylors' School sports hall.

Nets are open to all adult members and those juniors who wish to play in the adult sides for the 2014 season. 


The draw for the 3XI Embee cup took place on Tuesday 19th of November 2014. The 3rds received a bye in the first round and were drawn away to Formby 3's in the second round. 

This promises to be a mouthwatering tie and one that the whole club should be looking forward to. 

The date for this tie is yet to be confirmed.

For full draw please follow the MIL&DCC link -

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The Minutes of the 3rd XI End of Season meeting can be found by following the MIL&DCC link below. Please try to take time to read them as there are a number of issues that effect 1st and 2nd XI teams. These include the use of Pink balls in the T20 competitions, player eligibility for the 3rds, changing the format of the Ray Digman and Chester Cup competitions and the proposal to scrap Bank Holiday games.

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Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the cricket section of the Hightown Club, which will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 16th January at The Hightown Club, Hightown.
2014 is a crucial year for the club as we look to bounce back from relegation to Division 1 of the comp. It is vital that as many members and interested parties attend this AGM as possible as we look to counter the usual on and off the field challenges that befits the running of a volunteer-led sports club in the current socio-economic climate. Many of these challenges, along with the various officers' reports, will, I'm sure, be covered during the meeting, where you will also be given plenty of opportunity to have your say.
 
The meeting will also see the appointment / reappointment of the various positions on the committee.  These are:
 
Chairman
Secretary
Membership Secretary
Fixture Secretary
Treasurer
1st XI Captain
2nd XI Captain
3rd XI Captain
Youth Liaison Officer / Junior Coordinator
Deputy Youth Liaison Officer
Club Welfare Officer
Deputy Club Welfare Officer
 
We have a vacancy for the role of fixtures secretary. Therefore, if anyone would like to be considered for this role, or indeed any role on the committee, please contact me directly.
 
All the other positions are either occupied by current members or we have expressions of interest for the roles and we hope to have these confirmed at the AGM. 
 
If you are unable to attend this meeting, or you would like a specific item adding to the agenda, then please can you send your apologies / requests to d.laybourne@gmail.com
 
Many thanks and I look forward to seeing you on the 16th.


HIGHTOWN TO DROP TWO DIVISIONS FOR 2014
 
Hightown Cricket Club has revealed it will be playing in division two of the Med Imaging Liverpool Cricket Competition this season.  The 'double relegation' was confirmed after discussions with the league management committee and follows the news that several high profile players have announced their decision to leave the club.
 
Hightown, members of the Liverpool Competition since 1919, finished bottom of the premier division in 2013 and it was expected that they would take their place in the first division this year.  However club officials asked the league to step in, fearing a much-weakened 1st XI would be uncompetitive at that level.
 
Among those who have confirmed their departure from the Sandy Lane outfit include former skipper Ian Sutcliffe, last year's captain Adam Phillips and opening bowler Andrew Warhurst, who together have almost 50 year's service under their belts.
 
Former Hightown chairman Nick Gordon, who led the negotiations with the league, commented: "This is the best outcome for all concerned.  We were disappointed to lose so many good players from what was already a very small first team squad, although this move will help us to rebuild for future seasons without the pressure of having to perform in a higher division.
 
"We would like to place on record our thanks to John Williams and the league management committee for their support and understanding in what has been a difficult time for the club.
 
"It is now vital that we do our utmost to support all our current cricketers and provide the best possible platform for them to continue playing at Hightown.  We do of course wish all players who have moved on the very best for the future.  There is certainly no animosity involved and the door remains very much open for their return at any time," he added.
 
The club also announced that a new 1st XI captain has been appointed, with Jonny Walsh taking over the reins from Adam Phillips.  2nd and 3rd XI captains have yet to be confirmed although there is a full junior programme in place from under 9s through to U15s.
 
"Junior cricket has always been a major feature of our club and that continues to be the case," said Nick Gordon.
 
"The best juniors will certainly get the chance to impress at senior level this season, although we also hope to bring in additional players to bolster our Saturday teams."