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St Erme Chief Expecting Big Things From Ambitious Club

By Gareth Davies 15th January 2021

St Erme Chief Expecting Big Things From Ambitious Club
St Erme Cricket Club will run three teams this season

Chairman Graham Hill is predicting 'a really big year' at St Erme Cricket Club after the 2021 league structure was announced last week.

The Castle Field outfit have seen their first team accept promotion into County One – the second tier of the Cornish league structure. There was double joy as St Erme seconds will also ply their trade one rung higher up the ladder in 2021. They have been shifted sideways and up after moving from Division Five East to Division Four West although Hill admits that a slight reduction in travelling will benefit the club.

But perhaps the best news of all for the development of the club is the inception of a third team, which will play in Division Six. St Erme are hoping that this move will ensure a progressive pathway from youth cricket into the senior ranks is further boosted. Speaking to the Voice, Hill also says that despite the shortened season in 2020, his club gained valuable momentum which has transgressed into the new year too.

“We have been in quite close contact with the league and we know it has been difficult for them at this time to get everything rubber-stamped and finalised,” he said. “Now that everything has come out and the leagues have been announced, it’s great that everyone knows where they are going to be playing this year.

“It is a really big year for the club with a new third team being born, the second team being moved up into Division Four West and the first team to County One. We as a club are absolutely delighted with the momentum we built up – even if last year wasn't a full playing season.

“In some respects, I can see how the interest in cricket was even greater last year because of the lockdown as people seemed to just want to get out and play sport. Certainly for us as a club, we had large player numbers, especially in the second team.

“With the leagues being a smaller competition, getting everyone involved who wanted to play last year was difficult. This year too, we have so many numbers and it was such a positive step to take to start a third team.

“We are unsure what is going to happen this year, but we have a strong youth section and some of those players are in the frame to play second and third team cricket which is great. In 12 months’ time, we are hopeful to have another batch of youngsters ready to do the same. We are really running with the baton in terms of drumming up interest while other clubs are struggling.

“Our interest is staying in place and as you can see, the birth of a third team is very much from that.” Meanwhile, St Erme have boosted their playing numbers with two new signings for 2021. Ryan Pooley has agreed to join the club from St Minver and Hill admits that the top-order batsman has been on St Erme’s radar for some time. Pooley will add further strength to the first team as they start life in County One. The second new face is a case of welcome back as the club’s all-time leading wicket taker Matthew Pearson has returned to Castle Field after spending time at local rivals Ladock.

By Gareth Davies 15th January 2021

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