Pre season fixtures have been finalised, with games for all 5 team across the last two weekends in April
Ahead of the start of the senior league season on May 6th, pre season fixtures have been organised for April 21st and 28th.
The 1st XI start preparations for life back in WEPL Two – Bristol/Somerset with a home game against recently promoted Congresbury CC, who play in the Bristol & District league structure. The following weekend they travel to old rivals Bridgwater CC, who currently play in WEPL Premier One, with both fixtures offering a good workout ahead of the new season. Both fixtures start at 1pm.
Other friendlies over the two weekend dates will see a combined 2nd, 3rd and 4th XI take on Bristol YMCA CC and Taunton Deane CC respectively, giving plenty of opportunities for all the players from all teams to have a good run out ahead of the start of the league season. Both fixtures will be at home, with the YMCA fixture starting at 1:30 pm, and the Deane fixture starting at 1pm.
The 5th XI will prepare for life back in league cricket with a trip to Allerton CC on the second weekend. Allerton will be hosting the 5th team home fixtures for this season at their picturesque ground, making the fixture ideal for preparation for our youngest team. Thats a 1pm start on April 28th.
Three of our youth players recently toured Sri Lanka with Somerset, and came back having had a great experience on and off the pitch
The ten day trip took the squad around Sri Lanka, playing games against domestic sides whilst also exploring the local culture and spending leisure time with friends in the squad.
Spin bowling allrounder Jodie said of the trip: “I really enjoyed playing in a country with completely different conditions to England, especially bowling on pitches that turned, which was ideal for my style of bowling”.
Fast bowler Lauren also had a great experience: “It was really hot and humid during the trip which made bowling hard work, but that made taking a wicket even more rewarding! We all got to sample the local culture and spend time with friends in the squad so it was a great trip all round”.
Hannah, who is a wicket keeper, said that the tour “helped me become a better player by experiencing keeping in different conditions; overall it was a really good trip!”.
The girls would like to express their huge thanks and gratitude for all the sponsors and volunteers who helped to organise events and raise funds for the trip – notably Bridgwater College and the volunteers at WsMCC.
WsMCC are proud to have a number of our youth players involved in the Somerset development set up, and this is down to the hard work of both the players and the volunteers that help to coach and lead the youth teams. We are always looking for members new and old to coach our young players – get in touch!
WsMCC are delighted to announce the signing of Somerset and Dutch international fast bowler Paul Van Meekeren for the 2018 season
Following promotion in 2017, preparations continue for our return to WEPL Bristol / Somerset this season and we are pleased to welcome Paul to our first team squad.
The Dutchman shot to prominence with some impressive performances during the World T20 tournament in 2016 with the national team, including a man of the match performance against Ireland. He has subsequently represented Somerset in all three formats, notably picking up 4-60 on his County Championship debut against Essex in August last year.
First team captain Rob Turner is excited to bring Paul to Devonshire Road this season: “It’s always a bonus when you can utilise the skills of a professional player, particularly someone who bowls this quickly and skilfully. He made a great impression at the club when playing for Somerset last season in the Hildreth testimonial game, and we look forward to seeing him don Weston colours in 2018”.
Chairman Jon Mayo is also pleased with the new signing: “Bringing Paul to the club continues the great partnership we have with Somerset, and gives him the chance to stay match sharp when not representing them or Holland. It’s testament to the hard work of our volunteers that the club is in a position to be able to attract quality players. We’re excited to see him in action”.
Asked about the signing Paul said “I’m looking forward to joining Weston and playing when I can, I had fun there last year when playing for Somerset!”.
Paul is currently representing the Kowloon Cantons in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz, and we look forward to welcoming him to Devonshire Road soon!
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