2nd XI

The 2nd team had an up and down season once again, though securing safety from relegation was certainly pleasing after 2 years of finishing in the bottom 2 (even if one of those somehow hadn’t resulted in us being relegated!)

We got off to a magnificent start to the season, racking up 363-5 at home to Old Down – Alex Harris making 94 and Steve Jacobs 123 as we won by 120 runs.

That wasn’t Alex’s only significant contribution with the bat however, as he racked up 111 away at Knowle only to end up on the losing side.

Five further victories were to follow, and safety was assured with a week left to go in the season thanks to a win in the reverse fixture against Knowle which saw Jack Harvey pick up 3-12 in restricting the visitors to 192.

Finlay Yates’ 53 opening the batting away at Old Down marked his first half century in the second team, and was also the last time we saw him until the final weekend of the season as he went on to make 6 league appearances for the 1s.

With the ball, Jack Harvey took 17 wickets at an average under 20, whilst Phil Thorn when fully fit once again proved that, even at 65, he is still able to put the ball in the right spot and make it very difficult for batsmen to score.

Simon Pratt however ended up as player of the season with 19 wickets at an average of 22.5 and spearheading the attack almost every week.

My thanks to everyone who has helped out in my time as captain, and all those who volunteered to umpire, score and setup etc. this season.