In a year of large-scale changes to the UMCC structure, I’m glad to say that we have had an incredibly strong start to our future as a merged club. This has been exemplified by excellent performances at the indoor championships by both Men’s and Women’s teams, and we hope to continue building on these in further rounds as we gear up for the outdoor season.
In terms of the cricket side of things, training numbers have been consistent and we in the Exec Committee have been incredibly happy with the standard of training up to this point. We kick on with an improved training structure and pre-season build up this year, with an increased focus on game situations and strategy. For the first team squad, this involves a pre-season tour to Cambridge involving a couple of fixtures against the University of Cambridge. This is alongside a developed cricket week structure for the rest of the club – details of which will be disseminated closer to the time.
Alongside this, training has been complimented with the return of the Indoor Premier League (IPL), with 8 teams playing weekly and allowing us to provide competitive cricket to our members throughout the off-season. Outside of the club, we have been running Sporticipate in conjunction with the AU to raise the awareness of cricket around the University. Whilst numbers to this have been steady, we envisage a larger uptake in the build-up to the outdoor season and the World Cup, which will be upon us later this summer.
Following the continued success of our tours, the UMCC will be embarking on two tours this year. Social tour to Krakow will be running from the 6th-10th April 2019. In June 2019, the UMCC will be embarking on a long-haul tour to Sri Lanka, which involves a number of different fixtures at Test/First Class grounds.
Off the field, the club has continued its social expansion with excellent turnouts and some fantastic socials being run. Semester two continues with this, with famed UMCC socials such as Pub Cricket and 8 Pint challenge making reappearances in the social calendar.
Finally, a new area of expansion for the UMCC this year has been in relation to charity and fundraising. Alongside our fundraised for Cricket Without Boundaries, the Men’s club raised £2100+ for men’s mental health charity CALM. I’d like to personally congratulate all those that got involved, as it is the first time we have run a project of this nature. I hope this continues as an annual effort for many years to come. There are a number of fundraisers planned for semester two with some fantastic charities being represented.
Overall, semester one has been a fantastic start for the club, with us working incredibly hard and improving at a good rate. I look forward to gearing this up in the build-up to the outdoor season, and I look forward to an exciting semester two full of possibilities.
Men’s Club Captain