This year has been a bit different hasn’t it.. Who would have thought that we wouldn’t have our first game of cricket until July. Certain events have put things into perspective somewhat. There have been bush fires in Australia, a global pandemic, the UK withdrawing from the European union but most importantly a subject got main stream coverage and shed a light on a systematic problem that although improving is far from solved. The Black Lives Matter campaign has been powerful in it’s movement throughout the world uncovering racism in all walks of life.
As a club we support Black Lives Matter. We have extremely strong links with the country of Barbados and to go there every other year to meet up with friends and talk the universal language of cricket is an experience second to none. You can learn more about the game over a beer talking about the game than you do playing it certainly rings true!
Some of you may have noticed our 1st XI taking a knee before their first game back on Saturday. Given our relationship with many people in Barbados and other parts of the world, I feel it is important that cricket as a whole and Frocester C.C. in particular, show that they are inclusive and against racism of any kind. I have asked our IT guru Ali Bray to include a link from Michael Holding who I consider to be an outstanding ex cricketer, commentator and human being.John Evans – Chairman, Frocester CC
The England V West Indies test match has just finished at the Ageas Bowl with the West Indies winning by four wickets. An important win for them in the Test Match standings but was also an opportunity shine more light on this cause. Sky Sports deserve a lot of credit for the features they ran throughout. But the stand out moment came from Michael Holding. An incredibly articulate man who was deadly with the ball in hand. So much so his nickname became whispering death. He was part of the one of the greatest teams in world SPORT not just cricket. That particular West Indian side went 15 years without losing a single test series, incredible. If you haven’t seen it there is an incredible documentary called Fire in Babylon I urge anyone, not just cricket fans, to watch it. Before you do so however please take a moment to watch watch this incredible interview with Sky news.