Cricket: Newham prepares for Bank Holiday Festival

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 August 2016

The 2016 club cricket season is drawing to an exciting close (pic: Graham Hodges)

The 2016 club cricket season is drawing to an exciting close (pic: Graham Hodges)


Newham cricketers set to feature against Essex Development XI

Newham is preparing for the most prestigious cricketing event held in the borough since the 1980s as the Essex Development XI will take on an East London XI at this year’s Mayor’s Cricket Festival on August 29.

A number of Newham residents are set to feature for the East London XI, including representatives from Newham Cricket Club, who are hosting the event at Flanders Field, Napier Road, just off the Barking Road in East Ham.

The festival begins with free coaching for junior colts at 11am, before an East London XI, selected from local cricket leagues, take on the the Essex Development XI in a 50-over match which begins at 11am.

The match takes place on the 10-wicket grass cricket square at Flanders Field, one of the only grass wickets in the borough.

On the second cricket square a Mayor’s XI will play a Newham XI in the afternoon.

“This bank holiday represents a milestone for cricket in Newham,” said Newham cricket club chairman Richard Henchley.

“For the first time since the days of Graham Gooch and Nasser Hussain, top class cricket returns to the borough and we encourage anyone with an interest in cricket to join us.

“In particular, we look forward to welcoming the cricketers and coaches from the visiting sides and I’m sure that Newham residents, who will feature in a number of the visiting teams, will enjoy playing on their local ground in this prestigious event.”

There will be colts’ coaching and matches between 11am and 1pm – all are under 11s are welcome. Kit will be provided and there will be no charge. The annual Colts’ awards ceremony will follow at 1pm.

Newham Cricket Club fields teams at under-nines through to under-19s as well as three Saturday adult teams.

Flanders Field offers an immaculate 10-wicket square and a second six-wicket square which will be available for the 2017 season when the club intends to extend to four adult Saturday teams.

The facilities at Flanders Field include two artificial surfaces, thre all-weather nets, a multi-use practice area and state of the art pavilion.

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