The Chairman and Club Captain would like to thank all players, supporters, caterers and scorers for their commitment.to the club during a very difficult 2018 season. On the field there have been some great performances and these can be seen in the statistics section.
THE FUTURE OF HTCC
We now are in a phase of uncertainty and rumours abound. This message deals in the facts.
Due to the Town Ground being devastated by the Football Club using the cricket side as a childrens playground and football coaching facility the cricket side is unfit and unsafe for further use as a cricket ground.
The changing rooms we use may be being demolished and flats are being built on the old tennis courts.
Our Club has decided to vacate the ground. This has been a hard decision, but one that has been forced on us. It will not be long before the cricket side will be unfit for football too. Amber Valley Council have allowed this devastation to continue with the aim of saving the Borough money but the result is plain for all to see and who caused it.
HTCC have played at the Town Ground in every year since 1890 when the ground was laid out (with the exception of one year in the 1960's for ground subsidence problems.) Two World Wars didn't stop cricket or the many other sports over the years. Football finally has.
The Cricket Club would like to thank the groundsmen, Mark and Rob for their excellent effort over the last few years in trying to provide a good place for cricket to be played. It has been an uphill, soul destroying and depressing time for them recently too. Mark has been at the ground for 17 years and he has worked tirelessly on the ground for ALL sports and events. It is likely that an outside agency will be responsible for the ground maintenance. One thing is for sure. It will never be as good again. The ground used to receive huge praise from visiting teams and umpires but none in the last two cricket seasons when the damage, (some would call criminal) was allowed to continue. The ground ratings suffered badly and now all people can do is stand and shake their heads in disbelief at what has happened to this once wonderful facility.
At present our players are determined to carry on as HTCC but at present we do not know where this will be. Positive negotiations are taking place with a local club and our cricket league. Much can happen between now and April when hopefully HTCC will play again.