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To all Steeton Cricket Club Members

It has been somewhat of a disappointing year so far to say the least. The loss of half a playing season has hit the club hard not just on the field but also financially. It must have been a great disappointment for those players who had waited all winter for the first game. However it has been encouraging to see during the second half of the season all the teams play with enthusiasm, team spirit and enjoyment. New faces, promising youngsters and reliable veterans suggest the future on the field is bright. Despite the restrictions the support at home games has been good and we have seen lots of hard work carried out around the club.

Unfortunately the lockdown and subsequent restrictions have hit the club hard financially. We were lucky enough to get the £10,000 grant from the government as a small business but as you will see this will not sustain us for long.

The bar profits have been very low when compared to a normal season. We have had no summer events/functions which usually bring significant monies into the club, sponsorship deals which were organised prior to the season could not be fulfilled and the best match day teas in the league which normally raise over £2,000 sadly were not available. This has meant a loss of income across the summer of almost £9,000.

Add to this the fact that we are not able to have our traditional bonfire, no Christmas functions and currently we cannot plan for a pantomime in January all mean we will lose approximately another £10,000 during the off-season. Yet all the bills still need to be paid.

We must therefore insist until further notice, that if you are one of the many volunteers who is responsible for a particular area of the club that before you commit to spending any money in the future you clear this with the Treasurer or committee in the first instance. We have a number of big projects to fulfill before next season if possible including drainage improvements, replacement or repairs to mowers and the roller, an electric scoreboard and improvements to the road and the car park but until we have a clearer idea of where our funds are coming from in the future we cannot commit to any. Financial security of the club must come first to ensure we have a club to be proud of going forward.

Another victim of current restrictions in the Annual General Meeting planned for November. This has now been postponed until after 1st February to allow all who wish to attend to do so assuming things are back to some kind of normal by then! With this in mind if there are any members who wish to stand for a position of responsibility or just help out on the committee please contact Paul Hardwick.

Essentially the club is closed until further notice so can I thank you all for your efforts during this difficult time and hope that we all winter well, emerging stronger and ready for the perfect 2021.

Chairman Steeton CC

On Behalf of the Committee

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Great start to the belated 2020 season with wins for our 1st XI at home to Guiseley, our 2nd XI at Addingham and our 3rd XI at Pool
Congratulations to Matt Nutter who took 8 wickets for our 1st XI and Stephen Pearson who scored his maiden 1st XI century

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