The 2019 summer is in full flow, and our Barmy Army clubs are nearing the halfway point of their campaigns. Following an extended period of typical English weather, things look to be improving in that department as we near the middle of summer.

As a rule, 2019 has been kind to our clubs so far. Let’s take a closer look at a few clubs’ progress.

Carmarthen Wanderers

With the Cricket World Cup well underway, Carmarthen Wanderers hold their World Cup Family event on Friday 28th June. Our two under 13s sides go head to head in the league whilst all of our junior players and families will get together for a BBQ and some family fun.

The 1st X1 are currently third in the South Wales Premier League (2) with 5 wins and 2 defeats; this represents the club’s best-ever start to a Premier League season. The seconds sit 6th with 3 wins and 4 defeats.

With a minimum of four juniors in each match the development of these players continues to grow. Carmarthen’s junior section continues to grow with in excess of a hundred juniors registered with the club. Our All Stars sessions are now underway and are Sunday mornings 11-12pm.

All in all, it’s been a strong start to the season all through the club with bright prospects for the coming weeks.

Copford CC

Copford first team have also enjoyed a fine start to the 2019 season. They have won a few more games since our last report and are 3rd in the league with the top two to play over the next couple of weeks.

Some investment into the digital side of things at the club has allowed card payments at the bar and the installation of WiFi, which is making the club an increasingly attractive place for players, spectators, and families alike. As the World Cup reaches its crescendo, Copford CC is quickly becoming one of the most appealing places in the local area to watch the games and enjoy the summer.

Parkhurst CC

In stark contrast to our other clubs, the season so far has been one to forget for Parkhurst Cricket Club. Only one win and a tie from nine games played represents a worrying start, but not an irrecoverable one. Mark Sheppard, however, continues to lead the way with his runs. In eight matches he has scored 454 runs and two centuries at an average of 56.9, and been comfortably the best performer this season.

Parkhurst CC are gearing up for their centenary celebrations, which will take place on Saturday 13th July in Fairlight. The day starts off at 11:30am with fun and games for the children preceding a T20 match, which will see current and former Parkhurst players face off with a backdrop of food and drink aplenty. The event is open to all former players and anyone in the local area; the weekend represents a chance to enjoy a memorable weekend for not just Parkhurst cricket club but for (hopefully) English cricket as well.

Wem CC

Wem CC’s 1st XI currently sit top of the league in their attempt to defend their title, while the seconds and thirds are top and fourth respectively. The first team have made the league’s T20 finals day, too, while the club’s recently-formed ladies team have played in four festivals, winning seven from eight in the latest.

On Sunday, 30th June, Wem are holding a World Cup family fun day for members and the local community alike, and extend a welcome invitation to all nearby. Finally, the club will also be hosting and information evening for local residents, as part of their partnership with the local Dementia awareness group.