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HOWZAT: Newham CC continue to grow in 2017

PUBLISHED: 16:16 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:17 05 May 2017

Newham CC face the camera at the start of a new season

Newham CC face the camera at the start of a new season

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Flanders Field club to have five senior teams in action

Ever-expanding Newham Cricket Club will be breaking new ground in 2017 as they field five senior teams for the first time in their history.

A second Sunday XI has been added to their portfolio for the upcoming campaign, with a second grass square also being used to underline the club’s growth.

And senior cricket manager Tariq Aslam is looking for strong performances across the board in the Essex County League, saying: “Fielding three adult teams on Saturdays for the first time in our history last year demonstrates how the club is growing.

“We are expecting strong performances across all three of our adult teams this season.

“Our thirds saw vast improvement in the second half of the season and our seconds showed they can compete at a higher level following their promotion the year before.

“Our firsts, meanwhile, continued to show we have the quality to win the Essex County League Premier Division, so we’re very much aiming to win the league this time around.

“We’ve expanded our operations on Sundays, adding a second team, meaning Newham Cricket Club will be fielding a total of five adult teams for the first time ever.

“None of this growth would have been possible without our supporters, including City & Urban International and Thames Water, and our ever supportive hosts, Bonny Downs Community Association.”

The club held on Open Day over the Easter weekend at the Flanders Field base on Napier Road in an attempt to encourage the local community to get into cricket this summer.

Net sessions will be held at the club through the summer, every Thursday from 6pm, and Aslam would love to see more new faces in Newham shirts, including some home-grown products from their younger teams.

He added: “I’d encourage anyone interested in playing for any of our adult teams to visit newhamcc.com or come along to our weekly training sessions.

“As usual we are looking for another strong showing from our talented youngsters in the respective colts teams, which are led by Paul Dawson.

“Our expansion has seen us update our management of older colts looking to break into the adult teams by appointing Nishant Mittal as Youth Development Coach.”

Colts’ training takes place on Tuesday evenings at Flanders from 6pm, with young players of all abilities welcome.

“We are as keen as ever to increase local participation in cricket,” added Aslam. “We are proud to be a member of Newham’s partnership to promote cricket as a leading sport for all ages and for all abilities. Here’s to a successful season for cricket in Newham!”


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