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Image 1 for Press Cuttings PRESS RELEASE 1/2006

20:30h 1/3/2006



Spring is here and Shaftesbury Cricket Club are gearing up for the new season. The club is on the look out for new players to help it fulfil its packed fixture list for 2006. The club will be fielding three weekend teams with a Saturday team in Dorset Division 2 and a Sunday Team in Div 2 of the Dorset league. A second Sunday side plays in Dorset Division 7. The club also plays mid-week 20/20 style matches during weekday evenings and runs two colt teams for under 11s and under 13s.

Practice nets have been arranged at the Shaftesbury school for March 15th and 29th commencing at 7pm. Outdoor nets at the picturesque Shaftesbury ground will follow in April on Thursday nights. If you are interested in playing cricket for a club which boasts a new cricket pavilion in a beautiful country location, please speak to Dec White on 01722 780527 or just turn up for the cricket nets. You will be made very welcome.


20:30h 18/3/2004



The future of one of Dorset's oldest cricket clubs is now secure thanks to the support of Shaftesbury Town Council.

This week brought great news for everyone associated with Shaftesbury Cricket Club past and present when Shaftesbury Town Council agreed to fund a further £22,000 to enable the Club to complete its new pavilion in time for the start of the 2004 season. At a special meeting of the Council at the Town Hall on Monday 15th March the Councillors voted by 11- 1 to approve the additional funds on top of substantial grants awarded in 2002.

With the pavilion nearing completion and after a year of furious fundraising, by Christmas 2003 the Club had exhausted all of its reserves on the project and was contemplating closure. So the news came as a huge relief to project director and Club Vice-Chairman Terry Warder:

"The Club has put in a huge effort to raise the funds to complete this project with fun days, quizzes and donations from members. Kavanagh roofing generously helped out with the cost of roofing but we still came up short of the sum we needed - it was looking pretty bleak. Somehow, we scraped together enough money to keep the project moving by using our members to provide the labour. This is the best possible news and I know everyone associated with the Club will be raising a glass to the Town Council - their support has been absolutely superb."

After 50 years of cricket at Coppice Street, Shaftesbury Cricket Club was forced to move out of town in 2002 to make way for a new supermarket. Ironically, during the period of upheaval on the field the Club has been going from strength to strength - in 2003 securing two league titles. The club now has four senior league teams, two junior sides, six qualified coaches and a qualified umpire at the Club and with the pavilion now secure the prospects are looking good.

In readiness for the 2004 campaign, the Club is now on the lookout for new talent - seniors, juniors, umpires, scorers or supporters. If you are interested why not call:

01747 852336

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20:30h 18/3/2002



One of Dorset’s oldest Cricket Clubs is on the move. After 50 years of cricket at Coppice Street, Shaftesbury Cricket Club will be starting its 2002 campaign at the picturesque St James’s Ground.

Club Secretary, Steve Milton is delighted by the prospect:

“This is the start of a new era for the Club. We have been through a long period of uncertainty with proposals for development of Cockrams. At last we have a new home and the prospect of stability. It is great news for everyone at the Club.

“The Cockrams Ground was getting very run- down, the Club House was broken into on four separate occasions last year and we had repeated problems with vandalism. The new ground is tucked away out of Town so we should avoid those problems in the future. St James’s is a fabulous site in an idyllic rural setting, it will be a fantastic place to play cricket.

“The Club has been going from strength to strength over recent years. We now have three senior league teams, two junior sides, six qualified coaches and a qualified umpire at the Club, the prospects look good.”

The move became possible when the Town Council offered to relocate the Club and to meet the costs involved. This followed a long period of speculation that a supermarket may eventually be built on the site, now it is likely that the Football Club will locate a practice pitch on the field.

The Club is on the lookout for new members – seniors, juniors, umpires, scorers or supporters. If you are interested why not call Steve on 01722 502509


More Information: Steve Milton, Club Secretary 01722 434255 (day) 01722 502509 (eve)