CCCC Newsletter – 12/06/2020

A message from our Chairman, Jonny Kent:
Dear Players, Parents and Carers,
Whilst the change in the weather this week makes it feel more like a traditional English cricketing summer, we continue to make plans to resume cricket as soon as we are permitted.  The ECB has this week published an announcement about the five-stage plan to return to professional and recreational cricket.  There are specific comments on junior cricket which we have copied for your interest.

Can ECB do more to get recreational cricket played? You’ve managed to get International cricket back on? 

It is hugely important that ECB do all we can to ensure recreational cricket played, as soon as it is safe to do so. Because the safety of the cricket family is our first priority, the decision to move into step four ‘adapted gameplay’ will be made when it is medically safe to do so. 

You mention a focus on junior cricket – what is that focus and how will you bring around the return of junior cricket first? 

We know that for many clubs, a thriving junior section is critical to their long term, health and prosperity. A thriving junior section provides the players of the future, can inspire volunteers and plays a vital role in club finances. With schools returning on a limited basis, we are keen to explore with Government if cricket clubs can support more children (than guidance currently permits) to get active. As always, this plan will need government guidance and the advice of medical experts in delivery. 

What are CCCC doing?

The club management team are continuing to work with Clare College to ensure we a ready to resume training as soon as the sports ground is open once again to the public.  We have our coaching team ready to go and pans in place to ensure your safe participation.  In the meantime, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all as soon as we can. 

Coaching Corner with Steve Taylor

This week we’ll look at some fielding and something you can practice almost anywhere – close catching.

The key to close catching is to be ready for the catch.

Always start in a nice low stance, knees bent to create that inviting catching area between your legs and your torso.  Stay on the balls of your feet to enable quick movement, with your head still and eyes level – good balance is essential. Your fingers should be pointing down offering a big target area and you should absorb the pace of the ball from the shoulders and not the elbows.


Here are some fundamental catching drills that are a great way to warm up your hands for any catching session. Adapt to suit your own needs. Work in a pair (borrow a family member if you can) or see if you can use a wall.  If in a pair, ensure you are 2.5m (8 feet) apart.

10 catches straight at you with hand out in front away from you body, each time bring the catch in by giving with your shoulders. Once you’ve mastered that, do the same but one handed (using alternate hands).

10 catches thrown to your side about shoulder height. Hand starts out in front of you away from your body, each time use your hips to rotate your head and hand to the line of the ball. Again, move to one-handed if you want to make it a bit harder.

If you’re confident one-handed, try 10 reverse one-handed catches, both left and right. If unsure, put both your hands out as if to catch the ball to your side and then remove your top hand catching only in your bottom hand. 


After this warm-up, here’s a game you can play. In pairs (again, borrow a family member if you can), 2.5m apart. See how long it takes you to complete 30 or 50 close catches. However, every time you drop the ball you start again. Then add a time limit – try 30 catches in under 20 Seconds and 50 catches in under 30 seconds.

If you don’t have a family member to help you, try and adapt all the drills using a flat wall.

Fun Corner

James Anderson has taken more test wickets than any other seam bowler. To do that he has taken the wicket of lots of difference players over many years – in fact, 228 different test batsmen have seen their named accompanied by b Anderson in the score book. See how many of his victims you can remember:

World Cup Corner

Week 2 of the world cup was slightly ruined by the weather (just like it is one year later!) which unfortunately meant that 3 games had to be abandoned as no results. However, in between Australia played a couple of significant high profile games, with contrasting results, against India and Pakistan:

The first match between real favourites for the title saw India come out comfortably on top, reminding people of their strength in batting and bowling. Their top order batting blew Australia away leaving too much even for some typical Steve Smith heroics:

The Aussies bounced back against Pakistan who couldn’t quite capture the form they found in their previous game against England. Despite Mohammed Amir’s wonderful spell of 5-30 in 10 overs, the rest of the attack couldn’t match his standards:

So, hopefully the above drills, quiz’s and videos will keep you going this week. As always, we hope that you all stay safe and well over the coming week and we will have another update for you next weekend.

Best Regards,
The CCCC Team