A Summer of Activity

Anonymous 19 December 2018

With obesity rising and sports pitches disappearing across London it was great to see how much activity was taking place at our grounds over the summer. At Fairlop Oak and LMPF Redbridge, where we have five cricket pitches, Len Enoch of Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC runs a junior cricket programme. The under 11 cricket involves 10 local clubs, with over 100 boys and girls playing every Wednesday from May through to the third week in July when the schools break up for the summer holidays. The activity continues into the summer with the ever popular 20Twenty festivals taking over from the league format.

During 2018 a new tournament, an 8-a-side competition for under 13’s, was successfully introduced. Players bat in pairs and everyone bowls to make certain that there is maximum participation by every player. The matches were played on Thursday evenings and demand was high, exceeding the 10 team entry limit. At the end of the league a Super 8's tournament was organised. The Super 8’s is a family fun afternoon where the teams play three rounds of matches with free hits and sixes, a giant bowl out competition and soft ball cricket for parents and younger children.

Len says “The combined Fairlop and Marathon facility is unique for cricket tournaments, particularly for junior cricket during weekdays and the summer holidays. There is no other location that has as many as five quality pitches enabling ten teams to play at the same time. The pitches are well maintained by experienced ground staff. They are highly suitable for junior cricket and have no doubt helped in the development of many young cricketers in the area who have progressed to first class cricket.”

Len Enoch knows the pitches very well, having come out of retirement to play and captain Wanstead’s fifth and sixth eleven sides who play at Fairlop and urged the LPFF to take on more grounds “unlike LPFF, many grounds are not managed by professionals. Please extend the number of grounds under your care. The state of our nation’s health deserves it!”.