The season has now ended at Wallace Park, and although it was a most unusual one with the ongoing pandemic, we were probably fortunate to get some cricket played. Indeed, the shortened season turned out to have a lot of highs; there was a great sense of comradeship around the club and the new protocols meaning matches were shorter allowed for a lot of participation from all levels. We ended up having lots of fun with plenty of action at the Park. Although the firsts didn’t have a great season, the situation allowed for plenty of experimentation and the young guys coming in did well. Lower down the club the seconds, and in particular the thirds, fared better, the latter winning their mini-league remaining unbeaten and there were a host of friendlies and intra-club games to keep people entertained. There were also quite a few youth matches at all levels, and plenty of kids down at training in line with guidelines. Given the bleak outlook earlier in the year, the club would have settled for such an outcome and it ended up being a really enjoyable season for players and spectators alike.
While it was great fun we do of course hope that 2021 will sees things revert to a more normal fashion, but in the worst case scenario we are prepared and have shown that cricket can continue even in difficult times. Well done to the management committee, the COVID officers, the captains, the coaches and the players, and of course thanks to all those who supported the club during the season. We hope to see you back in better circumstances in 2021. Winter well everyone, and stay safe.
Following the recent communications by Cricket Ireland, we are currently working with the NCU regarding a return to cricket activities at Wallace Park.
Ahead of any training commencing, the club are required to complete a number of ‘return to training’ protocols. This checklist insurers safety to all members when in attendance at Wallace Park. Our newly created Covid-19 safety committee are working hard on completing the required checklist to meet the return to training protocols. We are currently working on a membership pack which will be sent to all members ahead of this coming weekend which will include details on the following:
1. Membership safety protocols when visiting Wallace Park
2. Measures taken by the club to ensure cricket is safe at Wallace Park
3. Our revised DRAFT 2020 senior and junior programme
All details in our membership pack are subject to change based on direction from the NI Executive and the NCU. Finally, to all members, please note that the club/ground is not open and should not be used for any practice until further notice.
Thank you for your patience
LCC Covid-19 Committee
LCC Club Statement – 9th May
Club are saddened to hear the recent passing of Sadie Simpson on the 7th May. Sadie was the wife of the late Jack Simpson who played for Lisburn for many years and captained the club in 1958. Jack also played for Ireland in 1954. Both Jack and Sadie were dedicated members for many years with Sadie helping out with the teas on match days. Our thoughts are with Rodney and the wider Simpson family at this time.
LCC Club Statement – 19th March
Members and Friends of Lisburn Cricket Club
The LCC Management Committee convened on Thursday 19th (via conference call) to discuss the implications of Covid-19 on all areas of club life and discuss how we can support our membership through the coming weeks and months.
Firstly, it goes without saying that all LCC activities, whether it be senior or youth practice, fundraising and social events have been cancelled or postponed. We have been in contact with Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council this afternoon and the park will be closed from this evening (23rd March).
With regards the 2020 season, we are hopeful that there will be some form of cricket in the summer months but this is obviously dependant on many factors outside of our control.
Our Youth Convenor, Callum Atkinson, will be emailing all youth parents from the 2019 season over the coming days with information on how youth members can access online coaching material and continue to stay involved with cricket during this period of isolation.
From a Senior playing perspective, we have been in regular contact with Faiz (in India) and Josh (in South Africa) over the past few weeks. The good news is that both of them and their families are safe and doing well.
Naturally the coming months will be extremely tough for local businesses. Where possible, and adhering to ongoing guidance, we ask members to support club sponsors when they can. Our sponsors have been extremely supportive to us for many years and it is only right that we support them if we can. Club Treasurer, Graeme Browne, has been reaching out to club sponsors individually over the past week to offer our support where possible. A list of our sponsors can be found on the website.
We will be reaching out to all members via email, text and phone over the coming days to ensure they have everything they need. If there are any members who do require support, whether it be groceries or prescriptions collected etc, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our social media pages (individual contact details will be shared in the emails to our membership from the club account).
Finally, community is at the heart of Lisburn Cricket Club, the welfare of our members is always our overriding priority. Please keep safe and most importantly, stay at home!
LCC Management Committee