With behind the scenes support gathering momentum, Bute County Cricket Club is seeking new players to spearhead the team’s campaign on the field in its Western District Cricket Union fixtures.
Club chairman, David MacKay is keen the third division side should make a good showing and is urging the island’s cricketing talent to get behind the club, dig out their whites and come along to an evening training session.
“We’ve got the nucleus of a side, but with such a small population it is difficult to field a truly competitive team from our limited resources,” he said.
“This is why we have also made the decision to widen the search for an experienced player or two from Largs or Dunoon.”
Rothesay postmaster, Richard Harding, who captains the team said: “We are a friendly group and it’s encouraging that our new publicity drive has already stirred up interest locally including potential young talent from Rothesay Academy.
“But I’m sure there are other people out there who would love to play and could help us strengthen our squad.”
The club, whose home ground is at the Meadows in Rothesay, is scheduled to play 16 matches this summer, all of them on Saturdays, with eight being away at mainland venues.
Practice resumes after Easter with outdoor training on Wednesday, April 6, and subsequent Wednesdays from 6.30pm until dark at The Meadows. Indoor training is at The Moat Centre on Fridays from 7pm until 9pm, while qualified coach Alan Peacock puts juniors through their paces between 3.45pm and 4.45pm on Mondays at Rothesay Academy from April 20.
“Why not come along to training and have a go?” urged Richard. “After the evening sessions we often go for some refreshment and any newcomers will be made very welcome.”
Following the announcement that former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakarra has agreed to become the club’s first of many associate members, Bute has been contacted by a couple of charity cricket clubs which might include the island in their tour schedules next year.
“The way everything is shaping up is very encouraging,” said David, “and to have some good results on the field this summer would be the icing on the cake.”
Anyone interested in playing can contact Richard Harding at Rothesay Post Office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.