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Highway in top condition

Posted in NatWest CricketForce 2009

It’s funny how Dave Leighton, the heartbeat of NatWest CricketForce 2009, told us way back in October 2008, that we would see a difference on the pitch as well as off it. He was right!

We are now sitting comfortably on top of our Warwickshire League Division 1, and are looking a real threat to every team we play.

Adding to that, we find ourselves in the Coventry Knock-Out competition’s Twenty20 semi-finals, after five years of early exits, as well as record numbers in the County and District teams at junior level.

Our once-struggling first team, who for the last decade have done nothing but an impression of the Titanic, are finally fulfilling the potential that our young side has, and has had for the last few seasons.

Early April saw over 200 volunteers, new and old, dig deep and help the club in thousands of different ways. Everything ranging from admin right through to labourers and supplies is what was needed – and that is what we got.

Highway CC - NatWest CricketForce 2009

There are many things that seem to have clicked into place at the Highway Club. One of them is the team spirit – everybody in every team seems to have a common goal – success!

Like our new (virtually free) patio, every player seems to be doing their job, and is pulling together to do something useful. Similar to the newly refurbished shower area, the fresh buzz about the club is quite something to behold. And like the painted fences, railings, walls and floors, the bright future of the club is there for all to see!

Youngsters are performing well for the club, with two U15’s, an U16, U17 and another three players under 21 forms the core of the team – on merit! One U15 scored a terrific match-winning maiden half century a few weeks back.

I suppose the point is that our fresh, vibrant and of course, winning attitude is thanks to a massive effort from the whole club, the old cliché, pride in wearing the shirt, and an enormous sense of achievement in the ground and setup that surrounds us week-in, week-out!

A huge thank you to David Leighton, the ECB, and everybody who helped in any way, shape or form on behalf of Highway Sports and Social Club.

Finally, a quick note to all of the doubters, the “can’t - do its” and the sceptics …

See you next year for CricketForce 2010!