Knock­ing up a ton

Stirling Times - - News - Laura Pond

Os­borne Park Cricket Club is seek­ing more mem­bers to see it to its 100th year.

OS­BORNE Park Cricket Club is seek­ing to dou­ble its mem­ber­ship base to avoid fold­ing in its 100th year.

Vice-pres­i­dent Damien Bain­bridge said the club was sched­uled to cel­e­brate its cen­te­nary in 2019 but was strug­gling to main­tain mem­bers be­cause of the area’s chang­ing de­mo­graphic and work and life de­mands.

He was con­cerned the club, based at Robin­son Re­serve in Tuart Hill, would not be able to con­tinue if the de­cline per­sisted.

“It’s very hard to de­velop a club when the park’s fa­cil­i­ties are in such a great need of re­pair and up­grad­ing,” he said.

“We are look­ing for­ward to 2020 when plans for the rooms and train­ing nets will be put for­ward from the City of Stir­ling.”

“We need to see the club dou­ble in size… pro­vid­ing a pos­si­ble three to four teams.”

Mr Bain­bridge re­tired from play­ing cricket in 2009 af­ter 20 sea­sons but re­turned to the field last year, es­tab­lish­ing the club’s vet­er­ans team in the Metropoli­tan Vet­er­ans Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tion, which plays fort­nightly.

“The new in­clu­sion of the vets team has shown that the club has a fam­ily at­mos­phere with lots of young chil­dren be­ing al­lowed to roam and play in the re­serve,” he said.

The team has 15 play­ers but seeks more men aged above 36 to join so it can field two teams next year.

The club also has two se­nior teams play­ing in the North Sub­ur­ban Com­mu­nity Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

Mr Bain­bridge said Os­borne Park was a close club, with li­censed clu­b­rooms for mem­bers, and be­lieved the planned Robin­son Re­serve up­grades would ben­e­fit play­ers and their friends and fam­i­lies.

Play­ers can join at any time with weekly op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able.

Visit Os­borne Park Cricket Club on Face­book.

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Os­borne Park Cricket Club mem­bers Damien Bain­bridge, Man­preet Singh, Chris­tian Wach­mer, Peter Ma­her, Darcy Walsh, Daniel Kelly and Luke Teal are ap­peal­ing for more play­ers to join them.

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