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January is not a month traditionally associated with English cricket, but that's not stopping Falkland Cricket Club are preparing for what promises to be another successful summer season, both on and off the pitch.

Falkland enjoyed an excellent season last year, with both the development side and the second XI winning their respective leagues and the women's first XI having another impressive campaign.

With more exciting additions and developments in the pipeline for the summer, the club are optimistic about the season ahead.

Junior awards night at Falkland
Junior awards night at Falkland

Falkland have recently been congratulated by the English Cricket Board for their work as a disability cricket champion club as they continue to strive to make cricket accessible to all.

The club also regained their ECB 'Clubmark' , which confirms their tireless commitment to being a safe, welcoming and friendly cricket club.

Falkland’s recent redevelopment of their Enborne Lodge Ground will soon be complimented by huge improvements to their other facilities, just down the road on their Wilson Carlisle Ground.

Plans for all new female changing rooms as well as new scoring facilities have been approved by West Berkshire Council and will mean the ever expanding women’s and girls squads are properly catered for.

The redevelopment is being funded in part by a Wash Common Councillors Members Grant of £3,000 from David Marsh and the club are enormously grateful for this support.

Falkland's women's first XI
Falkland's women's first XI

Funding towards the rest of the project is still sought after. Falkland hope to have the new facilities up and running in time for the 2023 season.

A new player exchange programme will also begin this year, with a promising young star from New Zealand joining the club for the season.

Elliot Seddon is an all rounder, who plays his cricket for Petone-Riverside Cricket Club in Wellington.

Touted as a potential first class cricketer of the future, Falkland can’t wait to welcome 19-year-old Seddon

Following his season here, Falkland will send a player to Wellington to further develop their craft, and the club hope that their new partnership with Petone-Riverside will bring mutual successes for many years.

Falkland CC, like any community sports club, are only ever as good as their team of volunteers, and they are always looking for more.

If you think you would like to get involved in any aspect, whether it’s umpiring, scoring, helping with maintenance or ground prep, get in touch today.

Email cricket@falklandcc.co.uk or call Graham Beal, chairman, on 07771775170.

In preparation for a very busy season ahead, senior indoor training sessions begin on Thursday February 2 at 8-9:30pm at Newbury College.

If you’d like to get involved, perhaps get back into the game after some time away, or try something completely new, come along.

Falkland CC have nine senior teams, all who play weekly throughout the season, so whatever your skill levels, there’s sure to be a good fit for you at Falkland CC.

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