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IT’S ONLY when our grass-roots club sec­tion re­turns that a new sea­son feels prop­erly un­der­way. We love shed­ding light on the rough and tum­ble of the am­a­teur game and clubs ed­i­tor Michael Austin will be bring­ing you all the best sto­ries in the com­ing months.

Each edi­tion sees us choose a Team of the Month for our club cover and last sea­son all four home na­tions achieved such plau­dits, with Deri (Wales), Old Cres­cent (Ire­land) and Ge­orge Wat­son’s Col­lege (Scot­land) il­lus­trat­ing that the award is not just an English af­fair.

In fact, we’ve ex­panded our pa­ram­e­ters and the Team of the Month ti­tle is now open to any am­a­teur side in the world. Any­thing else just wouldn’t be cricket!

So if your team is pulling up trees on the pitch, or do­ing spe­cial things off it, then don’t be shy – send in your nom­i­na­tion. Whether men or women, youth or vet­er­ans, league rugby or so­cial rugby, ev­ery­one is el­i­gi­ble for our monthly award.

And at the end of the cam­paign, we’ll choose a Team of the Year. Last sea­son that ac­co­lade went to Dry­brook, a Glouces­ter­shire vil­lage side now breath­ing the rar­efied air of the South-West Pre­mier di­vi­sion.

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Vale of Lune, a home-grown Lan­caster club, were our first monthly win­ners in 2017-18 and a year on, we’re seek­ing our first Team of the Month for this sea­son.

So if you think your side de­serves wider recog­ni­tion for their ef­forts, just email your Septem­ber re­sults to alan.pearey@ti-me­dia.com and tell us why we should make you a win­ner. Please in­clude a high-res photo(s), whether ac­tion or a team pic­ture. Email sto­ries and pics to clubs ed­i­tor Michael Austin at aus231@aol.com or call 01400 282189. Team of the Month en­tries to alan.pearey@ti-me­dia.com

Cup hold­ers Dry­brook won Team of the Year

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