CE CHAIRMAN VISITS SOUTHERN REGION FOR UPDATE ON THEIR CRICKET PROGRESS
On a recent trip to Malaga I met up with Ray Fry, the chairman of this year’s Southern Spanish League. Ray explained that the Southern Spanish League emerged from games played between Cordoba CC and Malaga CC in Cordoba in recent years. When a ground in Malaga became available, these two clubs joined forces with Combined Colleges CC to progress the idea of a league. With Ray acting as independent chairman the league rules were thrashed out over a curry and a few beers in February this year.
This year’s league is being contested by three teams, Cordoba CC, Malaga CC and for the first time in many years Combined Colleges CC, who had been playing their league cricket in Gibraltar. To see them playing back on Spanish soil is great news.
The league is spread across two venues, one in Malaga and one in Cordoba. Ray explained to me that securing the venue in Malaga is priority number one. The ground is on a university campus, but as yet there is no secure contract in place.
Asif Tarrar from Malaga CC is working hard to secure the tenure for this facility, and CE will be on hand to assist where we can. This is a similar problem all over Spain, but perseverance does pay off. We have seen that more and more facilities are becoming available for the use of cricket around Spain, generally down to continued hard work, building relationships with local governments.
Ray believes that all the clubs in the region need to work together on this, keeping the lines of communication open and flowing. I am sure that he can count on the support of all clubs to assist where possible, as ultimately this will benefit all of them.
Historically, Malaga has been a strong region for cricket, and if the hard work is put in, to secure a venue, I am sure that it will be again. There is already another local team developing, and hoping to join the league next year.
As this year progresses Ray will discuss with the clubs the plans and ideas that they wish to deliver in 2011. We discussed the potential of umpire and coaching courses, which CE can provide, and hopefully assistance with development of the ground as and when it is secured.
It is still early days, but after seeing how closely fought the league is, (Ray tells me that the performances are passionate and determined) I’m sure that this attitude, if continued off the pitch, will help ensure the future for cricket in this region looks bright.
CE would like to thank everyone for all the work put in, particularly Asif, Shoaib, Nushan, Previn and Jake and hope that they continue to work together to build the momentum needed to deliver a cricket program this region deserves.
Chairman Cricket Espana