Cooking up success at Droylsden Cricket Club
Friday 31st October 2014 @ 14:52 by Mark Phillip
Droylsden Sports

Droylsden Cricket Club celebrated a remarkable season last month following their second division triumph in the Saddleworth and District League.

Droylsden CC

Droylsden CC

Having lifted the trophy at the end of September, following a lengthy spell without any notable achievements, the club must wonder what has broken the curse.

And it appears as though one of the ingredients to their newfound success is the exemplary match day teas supplied by two special ladies.

The sisterly duo of Diane Smith and Sue Haliwell have loyally cooked up treats over the past year and were recently congratulated on their wholesome meals by the Umpires Secretary, Peter Darby.

After being inundated with messages of support from fellow match officials, Peter expressed his delight on the standard of teas supplied by the club at the most recent AGM meeting.

The umpires well wishes were relayed to Sue and Diane in an official letter sent to the club, which read “They (the umpires) wished to express thanks to the tea ladies and the committee of the club. Could you please pass these comments on to the tea ladies concerned and show that they are really appreciated for doing a thankless job.”

The pleasant sentiments shocked the two ladies, with Diane telling told Reporter Sport “We became involved with the club as family members play for both the league winning second squad and the veteran team, Droylsden Dinosaurs.

“All the players from our club, the visiting team and umpires seem to have a good time irrelevant of results and have appreciated what we have tried to do.”

Given the delicacies on offer during match days, which include a roast chicken dinner and meat and potato pie, it comes as no surprise that the club have been swamped with messages of appreciation.

And if the variety of food on offer wasn’t already enough, the sisters allow the captains to indulge on a meal of their choosing as the season comes to an end. Diane added “We varied the menu most weeks so the teams could have a buffet style menu and at the end of the season the Captains chose the pulled pork with baby back spare ribs option.”

Despite the scarcity of money surrounding the club, Diane and sue made it their priority to ensure every player leaves the field with a smile on their face. She said “Although resources are limited we have always managed to provide food that has satisfied all the tastes including the vegetarians.”