Today’s fixtures

Today sees the 1st XI travel to Stackpole in their Div 2 fixture hoping to bounce back after last weeks defeat to Narberth.

The 2nds play host to Burton and will similarly be looking to get back to winning ways.

Good luck to both teams

2 more fixtures confirmed for the Cleddau Crusaders

The following 2 fixtures have now be confirmed for the Cleddau Crisaders in this seasons U19T20 competition

Friday 13th July will see Carew Rooks travel to Hook for a 6pm start

The following week on Friday 20th July the Crusaders will travel to Herbrandston to play the newcomers to the league again with a 6pm start

The boys are also hoping to fit 1 more game in leading up to the delayed 2017 final which will see The Cleddau Crusaders and Maesteg Celtics meet at Pontardullais on Sunday 15th July

Bonus Ball Bingo

Tonight’s (Wednesday) Lotto bonus ball was 26. It was quite a popular number with no fewer than 16 players having tonight’s number. We still have 2 players needing 1 number, there are 7 players needing just 2 more numbers, 26 players are halfway with 3 numbers left to get, 17 players still need 4 numbers to win, 13 players have a long way to go having crossed off just 1 number and 3 poor soles are yet to get a number.

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2 losses in tight encounters

Saturday saw both the 1st and 2nd XI’s lose narrowly

The 1st XI were home to Narberth in a battle for 2nd spot. Skipper Phelps won the toss and chose to bat. Some tight Narberth bowling made for a slow start for the scoreboard but runs started to flow and Hook ended on 183-7 off their 45. Matthew Holder 60 and Jamie Phelps 50 top scorers.

Hook bowlers started well and Narberth seemed to be struggling at 58-5 but their batsmen buckled down and managed to pass the total for the loss of 7 wickets to take 2nd spot in the league.

The 2nds travelled to Tish and with the 4 youngsters from the side away with Pembrokeshire Schools there were recalls for a few of the more seniors players.

Skipper Grayshon lost the toss and was invited to bat. Hook got off to a steady start and the scoreboard ticked along nicely to finish on 176-7. Martyn Rees 46 Brennan Lay 31 and Sam Rossiter, Morgan Hughes and Keith James all scoring 21.

Tish were always on course runs wise and despite losing wickets at regular intervals scrambled over the line for the loss of 7 wickets with just 7 balls to spare

Full reports to follow

Another Busy Week

This week sees a full fixture list again

Tonight (Monday)

U11’s are home to the Cleddau Colts

Tuesday

Ladies are away to Kilgetty

Wednesday

Hook/Llangwm U15’s away to Haverfordwest

Friday

Cleddau Crusaders home to Haverfordwest

Saturday

1sts away to Stackpole

2nds home to Burton II

Bonus Ball Bingo

Last nights Bonus Ball was ball 1

We now have 2 players needing just 1 number to take the Jackpot which currently stands at £390

 

U19T20 rearranged final

Hi all. I have just had confirmation that we know have a date and venue for the Final of last seasons U19T20 competition.

We will play Maesteg Celtics on Sunday July 15th at Pontarddulais Cricket Club with a 2pm start.

We will be looking into transport options ASAP and keep you all informed

Tonight’s Cricket

Tonight sees 2 home games for the junior section. The U11’s host Haverfordwest in Hook starting at 6pm while our joint Hook/Llangwm Ormond Youth team host Whitland down at Pill Parks. Good luck all

Under the Spotlight

Welcome to the next in the series of IN THE SPOTLIGHT articles looking in a bit more depth at the characters involved in Hook Cricket Club. This article sees

CALLUM JAMES IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Every club across the country has that one irrepressible character that is seemingly ever present and ever positive. Hook has the one and only Callum James, known to his mates, sports reporters and others as Callum or Clive or Connor or to most now as ‘The Goat’. Much amusement has been created by Callum constantly being misnamed in the local press – I smell a conspiracy!

So he took the matter into his own hands and very humbly nicknamed himself The Goat. Most remained perplexed for a few weeks until Callum revealed that he was indeed the ‘Greatest Of All Time’ aka The Goat! And the name seems to have stuck.

If there is something happening at the club, be it cricket, pool, darts and especially a party, you can pretty much guarantee that Callum will be there sporting that permanent smile and ready with a few comical barbs for anyone and everyone. But don’t be fooled; hiding behind that jokey, act the fool exterior there is a complete idiot!

Callum is a Hook boy through and through, born and bred, living in the village, working as a labourer, sorry, apprentice with a local plumbing firm and of course playing cricket for Hook. It is no surprise that he plays cricket, dad Keith being a stalwart of the club for many years and a very fine cricketer in his day. Mum Joy is central to the functioning of the club as a whole and regularly scores for the senior teams.

Callum has been at the club forever, starting out on the boundary as a little baby in his pushchair whilst Keith played and Joy made the teas. Hard to believe now looking at the skinny little runt, but as a baby he was a right little bubble of fat. Clearly he had an immediate love of cricket, constantly nagging mum and dad about when the season would be starting again. “After the Easter Bunny has been my little darling”, mum would tell him.

Nowadays Callum is a first team regular, despite constantly being threatened with being dropped by the skipper. In fact it would be fair to say the banter between Callum and skipper Jamie Phelps is becoming legendary. Facebook has now become a regular arena for this banter in the lead up to each Saturday fixture. The banter is top class and wonderfully personal. It would be fair to say that Callum has developed an innate ability to wind Phelpsy up (and he loves it), recently leading to him being blocked by the skipper for a period.

In recent weeks following a few decent knocks it would be fair to say that the Goat has been quick to publicise his success. In fact he normally gets some bullshit onto Facebook before the match has even finished, this without fail attracting a barrage of abuse. It’s brilliant stuff and in no small part is responsible for the fabulous buzz that currently exists within the club and upon which Callum himself thrives.

Callum started out in cricket at the age of seven, playing for Hook under 11s when they were short and the under 9s when that age group started up. He represented Pembrokeshire from the age of ten, playing in every junior age group under coach Ian Poole. He played with some very good cricketers in his age group including Toby Poole, Liam Cullen, Tom Murphy, Phil Llewellyn and Kieran Griffiths. His first senior game came at the age of thirteen amidst a very busy season, playing under 13s and 15s, senior and county cricket. There is no doubt that Callum had a love of cricket, even playing for one season with Llangwm at under 15s when Hook didn’t have a team!

Callum had one particularly successful season when his unsuspecting grandmother offered him £10 for every wicket he took! Unsurprisingly she retracted the offer the following season as it turned out to be an expensive year for her.

Callum clearly loves cricket but it would be fair to say he loves partying too. As much as he tries to ensure he turns up fit for duty on a Saturday, sometimes, much to the disgust of Phelpsy, he just can’t help but go out and get absolutely trolleyed on a Friday! Recently when opening the bowling in a home match, Callum remarked at the end of his sixth over that his hangover was finally wearing off. His seventh over was shocking so clearly he hadn’t drunk enough the night before!

But the truth is that the Goat, when you look past all the comedy, is clearly a talented cricketer. His opening stint in Whitland this season was superb and was deserving of a bag full of wickets. Despite his self-deprecation he can bat as well. He may be unorthodox but who cares. With more self-belief he could easily bat at number 10 each week! He is no mean fielder either; quick across the ground, a tremendous arm and catches at least one of every ten chances that come his way. It is this talent that saw Callum as a key member of the Cleddau Crusaders T20 team, winning the honour of playing in the Welsh finals at the Swalec Stadium last season and with the delayed Welsh Final coming up next month.

Despite constantly winding everyone up, I don’t think anyone could imagine Hook taking the field without the Goat. He is one of the heartbeats of the team and, whilst being competitive, cannot help but bring constant smiles to the faces of everyone, making cricket fun. It’s a safe bet that the Goat will be at the heart of the team and the club for many years to come. God help us all!