1st XI

The first XI season started promisingly at a damp North Perrot where our seasoned allrounder Rupert Swetman scored a blistering 125 to set up a final over finish. The day meandered along nicely thanks to Alex Harris’ regular BBC Final Score updates from Square Leg.

Our first league game of the season versus Frenchay was won due to the debut contribution from Joe Colebrook taking 4-15. That’s about all I know of the game as I was abroad (an all too regular occurrence for the 2018 season).

The 3rd game of the season against rivals Timsbury did see the the return of the captain and Swetman’s form with the bat continue to set up the win with a calypso 60. Thankfully the opposition were kind enough to resist offering a pint of urine at the bar after the match.

The 20/20 cup finished as quickly as it started against Winscombe although Alex Lee claimed 4 wickets in a mature spell with excellent variety.

Debutant Will Rudd blitzed his way to 82 to tee up the first home league victory against newly promoted Coalpitheath.

Youth played a key roll in the 2018 season with Ollie Meadows, Fin Yates, Kunal Barman & Freddie Vaughn all playing together in the 1st XI v Timsbury in a losing cause at home. However, I’m sure the experience was one they relished and I’m confident we will see plenty more of them playing together in 2019.

A maiden half century and 5/24 for Meadows in 2018 cemented his credentials as a dangerous allrounder. Finlay Yates again contributed well with the bat but even better behind the stumps with 17 league dismissals including 3 stumpings.

There was a bitter sweet ending to the season beating BWI at home but unfortunately missing out on promotion by a couple of points to Timsbury. The chants of “Timsbreeee, Timsbreeee” from the away dressing room really cementing their award as “Most enjoyable team to play against”. Chris Philips demonstrating to the opposition what self restraint looks like by resisting from nutting one of BWI’s bad mouthed players.

Special mention must go to Ricardo De Nobrega, our overseas who scored 518 runs @ 37 with a high score of 98. Mr consistent both on and off the field. We hope to welcome you back in 2020 buddy! Debut seasons for top cricketers, Will Rudd & Chris Philips added huge value to the season’s competitive edge and approach to how we played. Will also took 9 outfield catches which was very impressive.

Gareth Griffiths lead the charge with the ball with 31 wickets at 14 with best bowling of 6-55. Rupert Swetman took club MVP award but no one cares about that anyway, sorry Ru.

2018 finished with 10 wins, 7 losses and 1 abandoned (Waterlogged run up scandal @ Shirehampton). In a nutshell the season was hugely enjoyable with great team spirit and blossoming of youth players.

The good: 1. The Youth, 2. Nick & Lisa’s teas, 3. Our celebration getting out the BWI wicket keeper.

The bad: 1. Will Penny running into the Umpire at Bradley Stoke, 2. My availability for the season, 3. 1st XI dropping 9 catches against Nailsea.

Special thanks must go to Will Penny for his sterling contributions to the 1st XI most particularly at “fines” and emoji selection.

Thanks to Nick & Lisa for their splendid teas voted best in the B&D league 2018. Thanks to Rhi, Rossco, Thorny & Peter for scoring throughout the season. Without you all our Saturday’s would be far less easy & enjoyable.

Finally to Gareth Yandell, Alex Harris, Steve Jacobs & Will Penny for their sterling work on the wicket to make it the best surface I’ve every played on at Failand in 15 years of being a member here.

I am honoured to be captaining the 1st XI once more this season for what hopes to be another fun & competitive  season. We must play to win, play hard and continue to introduce youth talent to the 1st team. Here’s to winning a couple more games this season and finishing in the top two, to regain WEPL status once again.

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Stu Macarthur

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