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MAC­CLES­FIELD Cricket Club Academy is gear­ing up for an­other ex­cit­ing sea­son.

The Academy pro­vides high-qual­ity cricket coach­ing for chil­dren from the ages of seven to 18, with 140 mem­bers last sea­son across the age groups. Teams com­pete in leagues in the Cheshire County League, Cheshire and Der­byshire High Peak League, and North Cheshire Ju­nior Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

The 2016 sea­son has ar­rived and all age groups are look­ing for­ward to some com­pet­i­tive cricket in the months ahead.

The Un­der 7s have rapidly grown into a strong squad of 20 play­ers. The play­ers are still de­vel­op­ing their ba­sic skills, but are de­vel­op­ing very fast. The club is hop­ing to test a few of the play­ers in one or two un­der 9s Six­ers com­pe­ti­tions this sum­mer, as well as hope­fully en­ter­ing one or two teams in this year’s un­der 8s Fes­ti­val at Mac­cles­field CC.

The un­der 8s have a strong squad of 26. This will be their first fully com­pet­i­tive year of cricket, with two teams en­tered into the High Peak League. They will com­pete at nu­mer­ous lo­cal un­der 9s Six­ers com- pe­ti­tions as well this year, test­ing their skills against other strong teams and older play­ers and will host the Un­der 8 Mac­cles­field Fes­ti­val later this year.

Af­ter a busy win­ter nets, the un­der 9s coaches are all ex­cited about the prospects of the tal­ented chil­dren within the sec­tion at MCCA. Due to the large num­ber in the U9s, the club will en­ter four com­pet­i­tive teams in both the High Peak Cricket League and Cheshire County Cricket League. There are com­pet­i­tive games, tour­na­ments and reg­u­lar prac­tice ses­sions at the club ev­ery Fri­day. The club is sup­ported by our nu­mer­ous level 2 ECB qual­i­fied coaches to help the chil­dren progress their crick­et­ing skills.

The U7-U9 squads are look­ing for­ward to a big Coach­ing ses­sion on Fri­day at the club.

There will be mul­ti­ple coach­ing sta­tions, one of which will be run by the club pro, Nick Ber­tus.

There is a so­cial event af­ter­wards when the raf­fle will be drawn. The young­sters have been busy fund rais­ing for the all-weather nets fund and the pur­chase of an ex­cit­ing bowl­ing ma­chine. Their fundrais­ing tar­get is £1,000.

Mean­while, the un­der 11s have a squad of 27, the ma­jor­ity of who have moved up from the un­der 9s and will be play­ing hard ball cricket for the first time.

They have en­tered both the Cheshire County League and the Cheshire and High Peak Ju­nior Cricket League. The in­ten­tion is to play the strong­est side each week in the County League and to use the High Peak League to en­sure all squad mem­bers get reg­u­lar com­pet­i­tive cricket.

Mac­cles­field un­der 13s start the sea­son with a num­ber of friendlies against Poyn­ton, Bux­ton and Kings. First matches for the County and High Peak teams are next week. The club is look­ing for a cou­ple of ad­di­tional play­ers to com­plete the squad, so come along to our out­door train­ing ses­sions at Kings West­min­ster Road from 6pm on Fri­days for a try-out.

The un­der 15s are look­ing to build on a solid 2015 sea­son, when they fin­ished in the mid­dle group of the county league. The depth of the squad means the team is fight­ing on two fronts, hav­ing also en­tered the North Cheshire League. A busy sum­mer awaits.

The un­der 18s pre-sea­son in­door train­ing has gone well. Play­ers and coaches are now look­ing for­ward to the sea­son.

This starts on 13th May with a trip to Daven­ham in the East and South league of the Mid Cheshire Youth Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion. The other three teams in this league are Con­gle­ton, Hasling­ton and North­wich; Macc play each op­po­nent twice – home and away – with the top teams pro­gress­ing to a knock­out stage against the win­ners of the North and West leagues.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Academy con­tact head coach Ste­wart Garnett on ste­wart.garnett@ ntl­

●● Mac­cles­field Cricket Club Academy un­der 13s

●● Mac­cles­field Cricket Club Academy un­der 11s

●● Mac­cles­field Cricket Club Academy un­der 9s

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