In case you are wondering what shotguns have to do with cricket, it was decided at the last AGM that a Winter activity programme was needed to keep team members sharp throughout the long dark months - one of the activities suggested was a clay pigeon shoot. And so it was that a dozen intrepid cricketers set off for the wilds of a field in Beeston to have what was supposed to be a first try at using shotguns at clay targets, after the usual safety briefing it was on to the guns and it soon became obvious that some members had more experience in the past than they were admitting to although in all fairness, nobody was disgracing themselves even if it was a first time.
The afternoon consisted of 10 shots from each of five stands (with clays coming from a pair of launchers at each stand, simulating real game shooting). The instruction given to everyone taking part was absolutely first class, informal and frequently very amusing it succeded very quickly in getting people hitting targets with some frequency.
There was a catering van in attendance which was necessary as the day was not all that warm, in fact toward the end of the afternoon it was getting distinctly chilly to such a degree that it was actually affecting shooting ability and people really only wanted to get it over with and get back to the Ploughshare for food and a warm fire!
All in all it was a first class afternoon and judged by the members response, it will definitely be repeated later in the year (when it is hoped that it will be a little warmer).
Back to more mundane matters, the league season starts on Sunday 28th April with a home game against Snettisham with the 1st and 2nd Teams starting their season on the following Saturday with matches at home against Felthorpe and away to Hingham respectively. Please feel free to come along and watch, the tea urn is normally working well during the game and we are always pleased to welcome spectators as well as new players.
If anyone would like more information on the clay pigeon shooting
www.fairclaytargets.co.uk - it is all local.