Cricket Club Teas
A Guide to Cricket Teas at Sodbury Cricket ClubDuring every home senior match throughout the season, CSCC has to provide a cricket tea for both the Sodbury and opposition sides. It is the duty of each senior playing member, and occasionally youth players, to make teas for at least one senior game of cricket.
Please keep the club's reputation goingThe provision of teas during the weekend cricket matches is an extremely important part of each game. We at Chipping Sodbury have a very good reputation in the area for our teas. We are not fortunate to have a person, or a group of people, who prepare teas for every game and therefore we think it fair for all players to take their turn. May we stress that it is the responsibility of the player to arrange for somebody to do the teas. Usually the player helps their wife, partner or parent to fill this role (so to speak!) or sometimes the players do it all. It's a good idea to get someone to help though!
How often do I have to do teas?The frequency of being "put on teas" is based upon the number of games that the person plays or is likely to play. Everyone can expect to be on the rota at least once during the season and sometimes it is not possible to ensure that the player responsible is in the same side on that occasion. May we take this opportunity to make you aware of your responsibilities and to give some simple guidance.
How much do I spend on teas?All players will be paid a set amount of money which must be spent on the teas. You will be paid this amount after the match. Please ask a member of the committee for the current allowance.
How many people do I have to do teas for?You are to cater for 22 players, 2 umpires and 2 scorers. Occasionally some supporters may like a cup of tea and a sandwich (there is usually plenty for them). Any food left by the players is put out for them to eat after the match - some players do not like to eat a lot during the course of a game, but appreciate something afterwards.
What time should I aim for?After the tea interval you naturally need to tidy up. For Saturday matches, teas are taken at approximately 4.40pm, but you should be ready from about 4.15pm. On Sundays it is a little later, 10 or 15 minutes.
What shall I buy?From experience we have found that if you provide the following you will not go far wrong:
- 5 large thinly sliced loaves or a similar quantity of rolls
- 3 or more types of fillings for these plus butter/margarine
- Sausage rolls and/or pizza/quiche/other savouries
- At least 20 tea bags for at least 2 pots of tea
- Milk, sugar, tea towels
- A range of cakes (£9ish)
And of course don't forget HYGIENE!I am sure that you are aware that the highest possible standards of hygiene are essential at all times. Below are listed some important aspects that should ensure that the quality of Chipping Sodbury Cricket Club teas cannot be criticised.
- Check "sell by" dates
- Ensure that all equipment used and hands are clean
- Keep stored foods covered and below 8 degrees centigrade
- Cover/wrap all foods
- Do not prepare foods too far in advance
- Ensure that food, esp. chicken, is cooked to a safe centre temperature
- Keep cooked/ready to eat foods separate from raw foods
- Clean utensils and surfaces when changing task
- Do not touch food if you have suffered sickness in the previous 48 hours
- Ensure that no items, eg jewellery, fall into foodstuffs
- Reheat food to at least the cooking temperature