Lambley Aiming High

The South Nottinghamshire Cricket League, home to fourteen divisions (including a development), has many stories, many tales, and many clubs within – one of which emanates from Lambley Village.

Last season, Lambley Village CC were in the ninth of those thirteen, Division J; eighteen matches later, and fifteen wins, saw them edge that of Midlands CC, by just three points, to lift the title, and with it, promotion to Division H for this, the 2023 season.

Lambley are now set to embark on the biggest season the club has seen, hosting Attenborough CC IVs, at the Octavian Oval, Gedling, on Saturday 29 April.

It’ll be the highest level the Lambs have played since 2014, and, coupled with a grant from their local council (Gedling Borough Council), and support from their much-valued, sponsors, the club has been able to not only recruit well, but have also redeveloped their clubhouse and changing rooms.

In driving the Lambs forward, both on, and off the cricket field, is Club Chairman, Alex Cox; he said of recent happenings at the Gedling-based, grassroots club: “Last year’s success was huge for the club and performances throughout the season were out of this world at times.

“As we took stock over the winter, we wanted to have a really strong focus on growing the club sustainably, and the clubhouse is a big part of that.

“We’ve had great support from the local councillors and sponsorship from the likes of Kingdom Architectural Glass and Wickes – who donated £400 of materials – but also from our club members themselves in terms of getting the work done to ensure the facility is ready for the new season.”

In addition to their Saturday Firsts, the Lambs have also added a new, Sunday team, the club set-up, entering a team in the Newark Alliance Sunday League.

Beginning soon, it’ll be the first time in close to a decade the club has featured there, and will have a couple of new, strong signings, to model themselves on.

The Lambs firsts, in the South Notts league, have added Gedling Colliery’s Tom Snee, and Papplewick & Linby’s Robson Kightley, a pair of fast bowlers; meanwhile, Lambs veteran, Glenn Morley, who’s racked up over 150 appearances, is set to play on a Sunday, remaining registered elsewhere on the Saturday.

New signing, Snee, added about his move to the Lambs: “As soon as I spoke to the guys at the club, it was clear that there is a real ambition to not just rise up the leagues, but also improve off the pitch as well.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved, and I’m looking forward to contributing in whatever way I can.”

Snee and Kightley have joined a side that put in a number of dominant performances last years, opening batsman Elliot Burnett scoring nearly 600 runs, whilst left-arm bowler, Lee Wilson, bagged himself 57 wickets (the most of any bowler across the league) as Lambley pipped Midlands CC to the title on the final day of the season.

The Lambs open their Division H season with a home game against Attenborough on Saturday, 29 April (13:00), with their inaugural Sunday campaign set to begin soon.

Keep up-to-date with all the goings-on at Lambley Village CC via their Facebook (here), whilst fixtures/results can be viewed on their  website.

*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).

*Main image @LambleyCC last season Lambley Village won the Division J title.

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