Players and committee, social members, supporters and interested locals were on hand at Midi Cricket Club’s new ground on Sunday to join in the celebrations and applaud the formal cutting of the ribbon by Pouzolles Mayor Guy Roucayrol to mark the club’s move from St Pons de Mauchiens
In a brief ceremony, Midi CC’s new President James Luckes thanked the Pouzolles Mairie for its generosity in providing the new venue and ensuring the survival of the Languedoc’s only cricket club. He also hoped that the Pouzollais would come along and support the club at its first home matches on the weekend of 6 and 7 May.
The ground opening on 23 April in perfect, sunny weather attracted nearly 100 people who feasted on fish and chips, had a drink, watched a semi-serious six-a-side match, had a drink and then had a go – and another drink – in a social game where the laws of cricket were variously applied. As one of the club’s faithful supporters observed: “It’s been a grand day.”
A hard-core group led by the new President and former President Colin Trickett had toiled for more than a month to lay a foundation for the new Playrite track as well as mowing and rolling the huge outfield. A Pouzolles Mairie workforce turned up with tractors and strimmers three days before the launch day to help finish the job.
Midi had played at St Pons for nearly 10 years but had to move out last November when the local tambourin club was given the go-ahead by the St Pons Mairie to use the club’s ground for a sport which needs a large rolled earth strip. The club received an interest-free loan from France Cricket to help fund the new track at Pouzolles.
The season ahead has been given a significant boost with the decision taken at last November’s AGM of the region’s cricket governing body ACCSO (
Association des Clubs de Cricket de Sud-Ouest) to merge the northern and southern pools into one division bringing together eight clubs. Matches will be played in May, June and July.
Club Captain Ankush Lal is also excited about the forthcoming season with the new ground and reinvigorated league season. The club is hoping for a good crowd at its first home match – a friendly against Andorra on Saturday 6 May – and the first league match against Mansle on the following day.
“We hope the Pouzallais come along to the match against Andorra, we’ll have a BBQ, and the matches against the principality are always great fun and played in the right spirit,” said club Secretary Reg Gratton.