Cricket has returned to Buxted Park CC albeit a socially distanced. One to One coaching and training has been given the green light under the ECB guidelines.
The club has hired out the newly laid artificial nets plus a prepared grass pitch on the square.
Highly respected coaches Rob Ferley (Kent and Nottinghamshire) and Aaron Watson (Norfolk and Cambridge UCCE) are offering 6 week private 1:1 cricket coaching in the build up to the much anticipated start of the season.
This initiative was set up by club Chairman Rob Hunter in a positive move to bring much needed revenue for the club during these testing times for recreational sport.
Buxted Park club players are also block booking hour long sessions of 1:1 training hoping to push for promotion in all three teams should the league start.
Meanwhile a small grounds team lead by Head Groundsman Mark Sheffield (Alan Todd/Rob Hunter) have been maintaining the ground to a level that would only need 2 weeks notice to be Match ready.With the fifth wettest winter on record followed by the Sunniest May on record with only 9.6 mm average rainfall pre season rolling and reducing the height of cut gradually was a challenge.
With three Senior Saturday Sussex League teams,Midweek and Sunday teams plus a Junior section of 120+ players are patiently waiting for the ECB and Sussex League decision on the resumption of recreational cricket safely.
It was almost like a match day today with a grass strip being prepared and photographer Ron Hill arriving, we just need 22 players two umpires and one scorer now!….and now the heavens have opened…cricket season must be close!!
ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)