Message to players' meeting 30th November 2012

There will be a senior players meeting on Friday 30th November from 7.00pm to 8.00 pm .

Captain elect Adam Irwin says : -

In 2013 we have an opportunity to improve the playing culture of the club to reflect our ambition to be among the elite of Merseyside and Lancashire cricket. Last year brought relegation to Div 2. This is not where Sefton should be.

Along with Stu Lomas, the cricket committee and the management board are looking at strengthening the infrastructure of the club to provide the right environment for us all to enjoy our cricket. And to be successful.

You may be aware of some of the work that is going on in order to achieve this. This week’s strategy meeting will allow us to think about all aspects of the club and to identify ways in which it can be strengthened. Success will depend upon you fellas coming forward to take responsibility for each aspect. From the social side of things, Mark Boyns has set the example by organising the excellent Americana night.

From the playing perspective, this means identifying and improving the way in which we prepare and perform.

The primary objective for 2013 must be promotion to the first division.

This is not a given. We need to improve our approach. I think that we recognise this. Many of us feel determined to make amends for poor performances last year. We also want to enjoy winning cricket again.

Together with some of the senior players, and senior club members, I have drafted a strategy for us to achieve this. One element of this includes the running of a senior squad encompassing first and second team players, and the most talented juniors.

This message is an open invitation to attend a presentation of the 2013 strategy on Friday 30th November 7-8pm.

If you would like to be considered for selection for the senior squad, this is the first commitment of the 2013 season.

If you cannot make it, please let me know by text, email or Facebook message.

Some of the change that needs to happen requires commitment from the club. Organised training and coaching, for example. Much needs to come from us. If the club provides a quality environment to prepare, and we as players meet our own standards, next year can be the year we remember what it is to be successful.

Sefton is a club that most others aspire to be like. Let’s do it justice.

Back the shack!

Adam Irwin