Author: Nick Paul

Help needed in prep’ for Sportman’s Dinner

Message from Peter Barnes Club has its big fundraiser this coming Friday with the Sportsman’s Dinner at Ling Farm barn (with guest speaker Graham Thorpe) and we need to do a few jobs before hand ie set up bar, clean barb, tables and chairs and erect a marquee. We have planned to do these jobs on this Wednesday and Thursday evenings. So if possible could we get as many members up to the barn for these evenings from 5.30. More hands make light work please try and make one or both these evenings. Cheers, Barnesy

GCC indoor nets tomorrow evening (Tues 13 feb)

A message from Chairman Paul Feavearyear It was good to see a decent turn out at nets a fortnight ago, very positive. Hopefully it will be the same at the next session which is tomorrow, Tuesday 13 Feb, with the addition of a few different faces! Hethersett Academy 7-9pm. £3 per session. We are in the process of finalising sponsors for next season and so far we have seven confirmed, and are hopeful of one or two more. If anyone else, or perhaps your employer, is interested in sponsoring the club please get in touch with me or one of the other committee members. Thank you.

Garby women through to semi-final

GCC Women have been taking part in the Norfolk Cricket Shell Indoor competition at Hethersett Academy and yesterday (Sunday 11 Feb 2018) they finished top of their group after a close fought win over Swardeston Swallows. The competition has been made up from two groups with four teams to each group and Garby will now face the runners-up from the other group, Old Buckenham (who are the current title holders) in a semi-final to be played on Sunday 25 Feb with the final and play-offs on Sunday 18 March. GCC Women have an excellent track record in this competition having won it in 2015 and 2016. The team is headed up by Sarah McGahan and the squad includes: Emma Rogers, Jessica Davey, Georgie Dunkinson, Ella Dye, Beth Champion, Maddy Browne and Sophie Child. UPDATE Garby women lost to old rivals Old Buckenham in the semi-final on Sunday 25 Feb. Old Buck’ won by 62 runs.

Sponsor Robbie and help him raise £3,000 for EACH!

Robbie Starling who runs the Garboldisham Village Stores and plays in the GCC 4th Team is attempting the ultimate challenge! In April he will be running the London Marathon. He is running on behalf of, and raising money for, The East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH). If you would like to sponsor Robbie, you can do so at @ Thank you everyone – you will make a difference!

GCC indoor adult nets dates

GCC indoor adult nets begin on Tuesday 30 Jan from 7pm-9pm at Hethersett Academy. They are then every other week for six sessions: 13, 27 Feb, 13, 27 March and 10 April. Cost is £3 per session.

GCC runners up in Breckland Indoor League

Photo: Winners, Great Ellingham and runners-up, Garboldisham. Photo from Norfolk Cricket website. Here’s one we missed in the run up to Christmas… On Sunday December 17 it was Finals Evening in the annual Breckland Indoor League competition at Thetford Leisure Centre. Garboldisham and Gt Ellingham had topped Group B and Hingham and Bradenham had topped Group A and so all four teams came together for the finals. Gt Ellingham beat Hingham in the first semi-final and Garby just scraped a win against Bradenham in a thrilling second semi. The final saw Garboldisham and Great Ellingham battle it out. Garby batted first and set 277/9 (net score of 232) but Great Ellingham replied well with 254/3 and and with less wickets lost, they ended with a higher net score of 239 to take overall victory. You can read more about the Finals Evening here on the Norfolk Cricket website

U9s and U11s indoor nets!

Indoor nets for under 9s and 11s will be on the following dates at Garboldisham village hall from 9:30 until 11:30am. £4 per child. Sessions will be run by Danny Cash, Lydia and Debbie Raven and Rob Fuller. February 3rd 9:30am – 11:30am 24th 9:30am – 11:30am March 10th 9:30am – 11:30am 24th 9:30am – 11:30am  

From poacher to gamekeeper: Umpire courses Jan-Feb 2018

Norfolk Cricket Board are running an introductory course for umpires. The course is suitable for all-comers of any gender or age including current players, retired players or parents who umpire. This 7 week session takes place from Thursday 11 Jan-Thursday 22 Feb. For more details please click on the pdf or follow the link.

Website editor(s) needed

Our website editor Nick Paul is keen to hand over the running of the club website to other club members. Nick has put the website together for the last three years but because of other commitments (which include helping Andy Smith with the groundwork each week), Nick is ready to pass the job on to someone else or to a couple of people. So if there are any club members who are interested and have the time, and ideally a level of knowledge in this area (although it’s not essential), to contact any member of the committee to express an interest. Nick said, “It’s been great fun to do but I feel it’s time to let someone else have a bash at it. The site is put together in WordPress which is dead easy to use and I’m very happy to show someone, or a couple of people, how to do it. Alternatively the club could even go for a new website design or even just use the ECB website which has lots of scope for adding pictures …

Presentation Evening and Bunning Award 2017

Garboldisham Village Hall – venue for this year’s Awards Dinner Presentation Evening + Bunning Award With the 2017 Presentation Evening Awards Dinner coming up on Saturday 18th November 2017, all club members are invited to provide their nomination for the BUNNING AWARD, which recognises a particular individual or unsung hero, who you feel does a lot for the club during the course of the year. Please email your nominations to Paul Feavearyear ( by Saturday 11th November 2017. If you’ve not booked your place yet for the Awards Dinner please contact James Worby asap on 07342 130429. There may still be places left.