Annual Bonfire and Fireworks at Charlbury Cricket Club – 5th November 2016

Our annual Bonfire and Fireworks evening will take place on Saturday 5th November 2016, and the gates will open at 6.00 pm, for the purchase of novelties and drinks, followed by the lighting of the bonfire around 7.00 pm and the fireworks display at 7.30 pm. The barbecue will be providing burgers and hot dogs, tea and coffee and mulled wine will be available and of course the ‘pavilion bar’ will be open all evening.

Cost of tickets is the same as last year:  £5.00 per Adult and £2.00 for the children…..and if tickets are purchased prior to the event, then ‘children go free’…From Monday 31st October,venues where tickets can be bought are:  Charflbury Deli, Londis and hopefully the Post Office. 

We do hope that there will be a ‘grand turnout’ for our main fundraiser of the year and look forward to seeing YOU ALL…..


Charlbury C.C. – Annual General Meeting – Sunday 30th October 2016

The AGM will be held on Sunday 30th October 2016 in the Pavilion, commencing at 7.30 pm…..

We would like to remind all CCC members that this is their opportunity ‘to have their say’ and put forward any ideas or suggestions that will benefit the club in the future. This is also the time when team captains are selected and nominations should be sent to the club Chairman in advance of the meeting.

Please try and make an effort to attend this very important meeting, which we hope will conclude no later than 9.15 pm

Colin Olliffe – Chairman

Presentation Evening update and thanks:

Following the ‘new format and venue’ of the 2016 Presentation Evening, as Chairman and on behalf of the club, I wish to convey our thanks to Stephen and Cher and the organising committee, for all the hard work and planning put into this event.

Despite lower numbers than expected, the venue of the marquee attached to the pavilion proved to be a great success and will possibly be ‘the way to go for future events’ which can be built on and expanded, and we trust that next season many more members and friends will want to attend?

Colin Olliffe – Chairman CCC

United In Cricket

The club gave a warm welcome on Wednesday afternoon to a group of 12 teenagers who joined some of our own boys and girls in a joyful celebration of cricket. The event was organised in association with Charlbury Refugee Action Group (CRAG) who give support to young asylum refugees from countries like Afghanisatn, Syria, Eritrea, Sudan and Botswana. They are based in Oxford and came to Charlbury by train with CRAG support worker Helena Cullen. With a warm-up game of football the teenagers got know each other and then split off into groups to practise batting, bowling and fielding drills with trained coaches. Then after a traditional pavilion tea, they rounded off the afternoon with a game of continuous cricket with plenty of big hitting and splendid catching skills. We are grateful to CRAG for asking us to host the event – and liven up a school holiday afternoon with children from many nationalities getting to know each other through sport. Our thanks also to Charlbury coaches Mike Geeson-Brown and Paul Quibell-Smith, and Oxfordshire Cricket Board’s Shaz Khan.


The Spirit of Cricket

Having a rest from league cricket Charlbury 3rds took on touring team Ivanhoe at Jesus College , Oxford in early July. Having the greater number of overs, Charlbury posted 190-4 with 73 not out from Ali Harley and 50 not out from Robert Jenkins, his first senior half century. Ivanhoe, in return, battled hard to keep there wickets in tact with a few less overs to bat and the game concluded in a credible draw.





Philip Parnell, tour organiser stated

“We thoroughly enjoyed the match – it was played in exactly the right spirit and made for a really fun afternoon for all. Please pass on our thanks to your team. The Ivanhoe guys have all made a point of saying how much they really enjoyed and appreciated the game and how it was played – even the pink balls ! Our two young lads, Tristan and Dexter, we’re both thrilled to have the chance to bat – thank you for accommodating them; it was a real highlight.


Procedure for ‘putting the roll-on covers’ on the square?

“The roll-on covers for the main square are a great addition to our club facilities. However, if put on wrongly, they are ineffective and will lead to streams of water spilling on to the pitch needing protection. Not just during games, but for other teams having to use the same pitch afterwards”.
The first  point is that the square is on a major slope in one direction and a smaller one in the other. The sills are also set at a slight angle to allow for proper drainage. Water doesn’t drain uphill, so ALL the hoses have to be stretched out going downhill. If not, the water will flow back and over the sill edges.
Each of the 3 covers is marked A, B, C. on one side of the cover sheets. When put in place, all the letters must be facing towards the railway. A goes at the station end, B in the middle, and C at the Walcot end. If put in in a different order, there will be seepage.  So, when packed away, it makes sense to store them in a logical order, so that they can be wheeled on and off quickly.
Unfortunately, we do get a lot of rain and, yes, we do have a lot of games of cricket. So please ensure that if you are required to help putting the covers on and off that you know the syatem, not just for youself but for other teams in the club.”