Just in case you’re interested, what is currently known as the Wheatland Indoor Cricket League was formerly based at Much Wenlock sports centre (from 1978 to 2011). But after the new ‘start of the art’ sports hall opened, it wasn’t deemed cricket user friendly. First team skipper, Keith Yapp, having been the League’s organiser in chief (secretary) since 1999, was not prepared to simply allow it to disband. A number of sites across Shropshire were considered and Sundorne in Shrewsbury became the best option.
Because of the relocation not all clubs wanted to continue, sadly Broseley and Much Wenlock dropped out – but Keith found replacements in the shape of Wellington CC (Orleton Park) and Bomere Heath. Orleton Park took part for one season and were then replaced at short notice by a Cae Glas team in Division Two. In their first season 2012/13 we finished a creditable 2nd – a fair effort considering no one bar Keith had played this format of cricket before.
Doug Gwilliam of Church Stretton is the longest serving player. He has played in every season since its inception in 1978. Keith is now the second longest server, being involved with the Grasshoppers team since 1980.
There are two divisions of six these days with each team playing each other twice. Each innings consists of 12 overs of 6 balls and lasts about one hour.
The teams in our division are; Cae Glas, Bomere Heath, Beacon, Cound, Grove and Church Stretton.
The regular players who have played in the last season and a bit are; George Candler, Ruch Nimantha, Gaz Edgerton, Tim Morris, Ben Hipkiss, Mark Jones, Matt Coulson, Barry Vaughan, Keith and Jim Yapp.
Cae Glas have won both their matches so far, defeating Church Stretton and Cound.
Coming soon: a revamped Fixtures page where the upcoming games can be found. We also hope to publish match reports, with details of star performances, as well as photos. In the meantime, here are the details of the rest of the games:
Monday 28th October v Beacon 8.00pm
Tuesday 12th November v Grove 9.00pm
Tuesday 26th November v Bomere Heath 9.00pm
Monday 9th December v Church Stretton 8.00pm
Monday 6th January v Cound 8.00pm
Monday 20th January v Beacon 8.00pm
Tuesday 4th February v Grove 9.00pm
Tuesday 18th February v Bomere Heath 9.00pm
Cup match Round One. Monday 24th February v Grove 8.00pm