Despite the numerous commitments across the Station during 2011, RAF Waddington’s Cricket Club managed to fulfil virtually every fixture during the cricket season which is testimony to the enthusiasm of  Station personnel committed to find time to play representative sport.

Ultimately, RAF Waddington Cricket Club won the East of England Cricket League (EECL) winning every match except one which was a close encounter against last year’s League winners RAF Digby. Below is a list of the Cricket Club’s results for 2011 containing some impressive notable performances.

As a result of RAF Waddington winning the League, the  Station Cricket team represented the EECL against the London Area Cricket League (LACL) winners RAF Odiham at RAF Vine Lane (the Home of RAF Cricket), Uxbridge, on 7 Sep 11 but unfortunately were narrowly beaten in an entertaining match played in an excellent spirit.

RAF Waddington Cricket Club also reached the EECL T20 Finals held at Clifton Village Cricket Club near Nottingham, but again narrowly missed out on another trophy coming second only on run-rate. RAF Waddington also reached the RAF Cup Quarter Finals and was drawn to play RAF Lossiemouth but, due to logistical reasons were unable to get a side to Stirling in Scotland. This was a bitter pill to swallow given that Stirling is not remotely midway between the 2  Stations and it was not a mutually agreed venue as per the Comp Rules.

Particular individuals from the  Station also played at various representative levels during the season as follows:

Corporal Jake Wray (GEF), Senior AirCraftman Ross Diver (8 Sqn Eng) and Flight Lieutenant Tim Adcock (56(R) Squadron) represented the RAF at Senior Level.
Cpl Wray and SAC Diver also went on to represent the Combined Services.
SAC Paul Heaton (5(AC) Sqn), SAC Steve Baker (8 Sqn Eng) and SAC Steve Norton (Fire Section) represented the RAF Eagles squad for up-and-coming talent.
Furthermore, other Cricket Club members are involved significantly in the running of the East of England Cricket League (EECL) as follows:

The EECL Chairman is
Fligt Lieutenant John Jones (8 Sqn).
The EECL Secretary is
Corporal Ian Walsh (14 Sqn Shadow).
The EECL Treasurer is
Flight Sergeant  Carl Walton (14 Sqn Shadow).

Additionally, Sgt Fraser-Cattanach, FS Walton and Cpl Walsh regularly coach at local civilian clubs; Cpl Walsh also coaches the RAF Ladies team.

As can be seen, we are quite an active Club with regular involvement from Representative to Grass Roots level. However, we are far from a closed shop and welcome anybody interested in playing cricket at any standard. This season’s success has been founded on the fact that we have a number of personnel extremely keen to play cricket but it is always a struggle to get personnel away from their busy workplaces. Therefore, the more players we have who want to play cricket, the more likely the  Station will be to produce a team. If, ultimately, it leads to success, like this season, then so much the better. My remit is to do everything that I can to facilitate  Station personnel playing and, most importantly, enjoying cricket. To that end, the Cricket Club, with much appreciated assistance from the PEd Flt Staff, has worked very hard to generate some good cricket facilities on  Station for personnel to use – please feel free to come along next season and join in.
The Cricket Club AGM is likely to be on Tue 31 Jan 12, time and place TBD; all are welcome to attend and volunteers for posts within the Club are always well received.

Indoor Net Training will commence on Tue 7 Feb 12, 1730-1900hrs in the  Station Gym where we have a Double Bay Indoor Net and Bowling Machine freshly equipped with new balls.

By Flight Lieutenant Chas Gimenez

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