Hook & Newnham Basics CC are a club run exclusively on cash raised from memberships, sponsorships and bar takings. Recently the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have postponed all levels of cricket in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The club has four senior league teams and a thriving colts set up with over 150 members in total. The First XI were about to embark on their first season in the top flight of the Southern Premier League after promotion last year. Despite being the highest-ranked club in North Hampshire, we are actually one of the smallest in terms of infrastructure meaning that the postponement of the upcoming season will hurt us significantly due to a loss of revenue from match days (match fees, bar takings etc), sponsorship opportunities and memberships.
It costs around £10k a year to run the club before any cricket begins so this will be a hugely challenging time. We are hoping to raise money (from those that are able) to lighten the burden during this period of uncertainty to keep the club afloat until cricket can return.
We understand that the well-being of a cricket club may be of minor importance to many with what's happening currently, however, we've brought up thousands of colts through the club in the last 30 years and we'd like to be doing the same for the next 30 and beyond. If you're in a strong financial position, please consider our plea!
The Hook & Newnham Basics CC Committee
- Ross Hunter
- Tim Meadows
- Paul Moss
- Peter Came
- Charlie Bland