Cricket: Berkswell’s Women braced for T20 Final

Berkswell Cricket Club’s Women will be gunning for glory at The Lant in Balsall Common on Sunday 17th June 2018, when they appear in their first major Final since forming their first competitive team in 2013.

Sarah Ginn – Head of Berkswell’s Women’s Cricket.

The Meeting House Lane team will play host to J G Meakin CC at The Lant in Balsall Common in the Regional Final of the English Cricket Board’s National T20 Cup in a game which gets underway at 1:30 pm.

With excitement for the game mounting, Berkswell’s Head of Women’s Cricket Sarah Ginn told us:

“The girls have never been so excited about a game as this weekend – it’s the most important game since we started the women’s section. We have the talent and capability to win it, we just need to keep a cool head and execute our skills well.”

There’s plenty to play for beyond regional honours, as Sunday’s winners will progress to the National Finals.

Berkswell’s short history of properly organised Women’s Cricket tells a story of solid progress as Sarah explains:

“We formed the Women’s section in 2013 with a mixture of girls and women new to the game and who had previously played at other local clubs. We first entered into the Women’s Midlands League Division 3. We won the division in our 2nd year and last year came a narrow second in division 2.”

Berkswell’s Women will be aiming to emulate the men’s section by playing Premier Division cricket in the not too distant future.

“We started with a single team,” says Sarah,

“But we now have two teams and would like to make a complete offer for women across the board from softball to new players right up to our first team playing premier league cricket.”

The Journey to the Final

Berkswell’s women’s 1st team has fielded players ranging in age from 14 to nearly 50 this season and included twins, Louise and Rebecca Brazier, opening the batting and keeping wicket. Notable performances, amongst a series of great all-round team efforts, include Jess Crawley’s 47 in the 2nd Round and Philippa Rawbone’s 98 not out, where she came so tantalisingly close to a famous T20 century. Bec Brazier helped ensure comfortable passage to the Final with an excellent 56 not out in the Semi Final.

Play Cricket

In addition to 11-a-side cricket, Berkswell’s Women also field 8-a-Side Teams

Berkswell’s Women’s section is looking to expand. New players are welcome to come along to Wednesday night nets 6-8pm or contact Sarah Ginn for more information.

Women’s ECB Vitality T20 Cup Competition
Regional Final
Sunday 17th June 2018
Berkswell CC v J G Meakin CC
Venue: The Lant, Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common, Coventry. CV7 7GE.
Format: 20 Overs per side.
Starts: 1:30pm

Spectators are welcome to come and see the action. There is a bar facility on site which will be open during the game.

The T20 Finalists: Berkswell’s XI

The following XI has been named to represent Berkswell CC in the final:

S Ginn
L Brazier
E Naylor
S Buckton
M Patel
A Stevens
P Rawbone
L Crofts
H Downs
B Ellis
H Bowles

Follow Berkswell’s Women’s Cricket Online

Twitter: @berkswellladies

Brain Tumour survivor’s daredevil fundraising descent

Meriden resident and brain tumour survivor Karen Yardley will be abseiling 200 feet from London’s ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic and Paralympic Park on Saturday 9th June 2018 to raise awareness and funds for The Brain Tumour Charity. The former Balsall Common resident and self-confessed motorcycle enthusiast explains:

“I’m so proud to be able to raise funds and awareness for research. On the 9th June almost a year to the day I had Teresa removed.”

DONATE: Karen’s Abseil Challenge for The Brain Tumour Charity

The Brain Tumour Charity 2018 Abseil Challenge

Since then Karen has experienced many trials and tribulations throughout a long and difficult recovery. Yet, despite her difficulties, Karen has managed to expend a huge amount of energy raising awareness and funds for her chosen cause. First Karen participated in The Brain Tumour Charity’s Twilight Walk in Warwick, before coordinating May’s impressive Family Fun Day in Meriden.

“That’s not all though!” says Karen of her abseiling challenge:

DONATE: Karen’s Abseil Challenge for The Brain Tumour Charity

“The best part is Sarah Lindsell the CEO of The Brain Tumour Charity is coming down with me. I met Sarah in September last year at the Warwick twilight walk where she pushed me in my wheelchair for about 8 miles. I consider her a friend now and I was honoured and blown away when she found out I was doing the abseil that she dropped everything to be able to do it with me and the others on that day. All I’ve asked for is that Army by Ellie Goulding is playing as we come down as that song is my anthem to you guys and my family and friends because when I’m with you I’m standing with an army!”

The Brain Tumour Charity has a very special place in aren’s heart for the amazing work they do and her plea to the community is simple:

“Please share this news with friends family and anyone else, so we can raise some money!”

Karen has set herself a fundraising target of £5000, which at the time of writing she was just over halfway towards achieving.

Visit Karen’s Vigin Money Giving web page.

Cricket: All Premier Division T20 Clash comes to The Lant

Berkswell Cricket Club is all set to welcome Premier Division rivals Barnt Green in the 3rd round of the Birmingham and District Premier Cricket League’s T20 Challenge Cup on Wednesday 6th June 2018.

Berkswell will be hoping to progress to the 4th Round of a competition which they won for the only time in their history in 2010, before falling at the Semi Final stage in 2017.

As always, the Meeting House Lane Club welcomes anyone from the community that would like to witness a form of the game that usually offers some very entertaining cricket. With bar facilities on site and hopefully some good weather too, these fixtures can make for an enjoyable evening in the sun.

Meanwhile, Berkswell’s senior sides appear to be in excellent form at the moment. All 6 senior sides that were in action won their fixtures this weekend, including 5 men’s teams, plus Women’s 1st team who secured their place in the Regional Final of the English Cricket Board’s Women’s T20 Competition with a convincing win at Worcestershire’s Five Ways Old Edwardians.

T20 Challenge Cup 3rd Round – Wednesday 6th June 2018

Berkswell CC v Barnt Green CC

Venue: The Lant, Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common CV7 7GE.
Start: 6pm
Estimated finish time: 8:45pm (for a full-length match)
Bar facilities on site.

Balsall Common Fun Run ready to go again in 2018

The Balsall Common Fun Run first entered the local calendar in 2014 when The Lily Mae Foundation agreed to stage the event as part of the Balsall Common Festival.

Now entering its 5th year, The Fun Run is now a firmly established annual event in its own right and continues to be organised by The Lily Mae Foundation to this day.   The 2018 event will take place on Sunday 23rd September.

2018 Balsall Common Fun Run

2018 Fun Run Summary

Walk, jog, race or run as you prefer.  That’s the message from The Lily Mae Foundation  and entries are now open:
• Mini Runs (Nursery & Primary School-aged Children)
• 5K, Juniors, Families, Adults, Junior & Adult Teams
• 10K, Adults & Adult Teams

Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Enter now to join in the fun on Sunday 23rd September.  Entrants may run for any cause of their choice.

As is customary at this event, runners are able to nominate any charity, voluntary organisation or community interest group to receive any monies raised in sponsorship.  There is the option of entering and raising funds for The Lily Mae Foundation, for which sponsorship forms can be downloaded at their website.

To enter visit The Lily Mae Foundation Fun Run web page.

About The Lily Mae Foundation

The Balsall Common based charity supports bereaved parents following the loss of infants to Stillbirth and Neonatal Death.

Discover more at The Lily Mae Foundation website.

Community Governance Review

There is a final community consultation meeting at Balsall Common Village Hall on Tuesday, 22nd May with respect to the Community Governance Review, the consultation period for which ends on 30th May 2018.

Community Governance Review in Balsall and Berkswell

Solihull Council is conducting this Community Governance Review in response to a petition from residents, requesting a Parish Boundary Review.  As a result, the Council has drawn up proposals, with options, on which they are currently consulting.

An overview of the review can be found here:

The draft proposals, with options, which are being consulted until 30th May 2018, can be found here:

Public Consultation Meeting Details
Date: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Venue: Balsall Common Village Hall, 112 Station Road, Balsall Common, CV7 7FF
Time: 6:00pm