Statement on Paddock CC - 04th April 2015
I feel it is necessary to issue a statement regarding some of the reporting of why cricket is no longer to be played at Paddock.
In this article on the Examiner Website it says the resignation from the league was partly due to "some players leaving so close to the new season."
This wasn't the case. Whilst players were threatening to leave (including myself), the league had stopped any transfers from taking place whilst this was sorted out. This bought a bit of time for me to talk to all the players and they all agreed to stay if cricket was allowed to continue to be played at Paddock. We may still have lost one or two but it is our belief we could easily have raised two teams. We also had enough money and enough volunteers to run the cricket section. Something we had struggled with in previous years.
The reason why there is no longer cricket at Paddock is because the Working Mens club were asking for £2000 BEFORE the start of the season (on top of membership etc) with no guarantees that we could actually finish the season. I was told by the Club Chairman that we would still be kicked off the ground in August for the football team and we would have to play our last games of the season elsewhere. The Club Chairman was also of the belief that a Senior Football Team and a Cricket Club could coexist on the same ground. I could not see this ever working. Therefore I think people will understand why that even though I had offers of donations of money to keep us going and offers to do fund-raising on our behalf that I declined this offer. I felt that I could hardly ask people to contribute money to give to a club which refuses to face the harsh reality of its economic situation.
I do not wish to pretend that running cricket at Paddock is a walk in the park but it is my belief that we could have got through the season. Maybe we could have looked at leaving the Drakes league and joining a league where we could have competed at a more equal level or maybe we would have had to face facts and cricket at Paddock would have died a natural death. Quite rightly then the ground would have to be taken over by another sport. We will never know the answer to these questions now. What I do know that this could have been handled better by all parties (main club and cricket section) and this sort of discussion should have taken place months ago and not three weeks before a season starts...
Former Paddock Cricket Chairman*
(*for two months.....)