The 1st XI had a winning season with 8 wins and 6 losses, plenty of excellent team and individual performances with the odd batting collapse thrown in for good measure! Finishing 5th out of 10 in our league we should certainly feel a little disappointed that we didn’t finish in the top 3.
It is understandable however, as in total the side had 25 different players representing the team over the course of the season that hindered cohesion. None the less, this had no impact on the great spirit the squad demonstrated throughout the season and the fantastic enjoyment we had both on and off the field. There was always an opportunity for a D.I.Y.E and Ashleigh Joyner almost got just that when a dislodged tile from Bath’s pavilion slid down to disable our opening bowler.
The 1st XI sought justice and recorded a memorable win against Bath by 13 runs… unlucky for some. Other highlights for the season must include our overseas player George “The Scarecrow” Woolley scoring a brilliant hundred at Fortress Failand and in the same match Ashleigh Joyner taking 5-22 – whose performances lead us to a victory.
Strong individual performances included Tom Barrington’s 22 wickets at 17s breaking many a partnership and the Captain Stu Macarthur for his 21 wickets at 19s. It is always satisfying to see Old Boys returning to the club and on debut for the 1st team Omar Basharat took 4/35. A season marred by illness, we look forward to having Omar back in the fold and taking 30 wickets for the 1st team next season.
The heartbeat of the fielding came from Matt Tavare with some incredible catches with the gloves but more importantly his voice between overs to keep us focused. Will Penny who, when in the country did a sterling job as vice-captain both on and off the field to encourage and cajole the squad to train/play and socialise – thank you Will.
Special thanks this year must go to Rhiannon & Peter for their sterling efforts scoring, both of whom made the player’s days a lot easier. Once again Nick and Lisa have done a fantastic job in providing a delicious variety of teas, a welcome delight after one of many batting collapses. Next year the teams goal must be to win the league and at the very least finish in the top 3, here’s to an enjoyable and successful 2017.