The cricket season at Purton get off to a great start with wins for our first team in their opening match, a friendly, against Biddestone. Winning by 90 runs. Our captain, Tom Whittaker, reaching his century, not out, meaning he had to retire. The Second XI also beat Buscot by seven wickets in their first competitive match of the season.
The ground is looking glorious in the spring sunshine. The cowslips are out in force as I write in the wildflower area that the club designated some years ago. We only mow the space in late summer and early autumn and then again at the start of the preparations for the season after which we rope off the area to protect the flowers. We continue to improve and maintain our facilities for the benefit of the club and the community with the help and support of our volunteers and local businesses.
This year we will be wearing the shirts of our sponsor Hercules, who provide site services to the civil engineering sector. We will also be carrying signage for other locally based companies such as: Bubbles who helped us to upgrade the heating and shower facilities; Pink Fish Associates, web designer and developers and Triggernaut Sports Glasses. We also appreciate the help from Lydiard Service Station; Walfins, the garden tool specialists and Booths and Sons who have helped maintain our ground equipment and facilities. If you would like to join this illustrious group, have your company logo seen by the hundreds of visitors who visit the ground every year and help support this valuable local asset then contact firstname.lastname@example.org
From the archive:
We are now entering the 60th year since our archivist, Joe Gardner, played his first match against Calne Co-op for Purton CC as a young man. The scorecard is shown below, and it is also noteworthy that M. Canter is still in the village along with Joe and that another player, Peter White, who went on to represent Gibraltar in the World Cup.
While we don’t have a picture from that match here is the team seven year later in 1970 and you can see that several of the team survived, unlike Calne Co-op who changed their name in 1964.