3 XI Annual Report 2012
With 3 losses and 1 draw from our first 4 games, not many would have predicted that the 3rd XI would miss out on promotion by the narrow margin of number of victories.
To miss out by such a small margin is painful when you start looking back at where just one extra point could have been achieved over the season but I expect the other team tied on 231 points is probably thinking the same thing.
Thanks to the selection committee we were able to keep a core team of 7 players that played the majority of the games which helped to keep a certain level of continuity and team ethic going throughout the season. In total 35 players were used in the 3’s so the consistency of the core team can be closely attributed to our finishing position in the league.
There were 2 hundreds scored, firstly by Chris Lee (100) and then by Matt Ogden (108) but unfortunately neither of these individual feats were accompanied by a win. It was really with the ball that we excelled and had it been number of 25 point wins rather than total wins as the secondary promotion criteria, we would have been playing at level 4 next season. Ryan Finch returned figures of 5-51 against Slough to lead us to a 25 point win and proved the perfect foil to veteran Simon Ogden’s 23 wickets for the season and consistent performances. A special mention must go to our opening bowler, Jordan McCleod, his return of 13 wickets would have been far greater had he been able to bowl the amount of overs that the spinners contributed, but an economy rate of 2.76 runs per over goes someway to explaining how consistent his bowling was during his brief spells.
My highlight of the season was our home game against Bagshot, we lost the toss and were put in to bat on a green pitch with a slow outfield. As was the case for most of the season, the middle order contributed very little to the run total and it was left to the teams all rounder of 2012, Hannes Verway (43) to get us up to 149 all out. Catching had been a problem all season but on this occasion, Bagshot offered 8 catchable chances and 8 catches were taken. Chris Lee and Ryan Finch finished of the tail and our first 25 point guzzle was secured.
I’m really looking forward to the challenge of gaining promotion next season and will be looking for the younger players that have gained great experience at a decent level this season spearheading us to victory next year. Dan Ogden was our top scorer with 310 runs and if we manage to keep him, should be looking to get 500 in 2013. Jordan continues to go from strength to strength and I am looking forward to himself and Ryan Finch battling it out for the bowling award next time around.
A big thanks should also go to Cobus Jordaan who along with Simon Ogden, stood in as skipper on a couple of occasions and always offered an experienced soundboard for tactical discussions. Hopefully he and I can contribute more excessively in the runs department to turn our team into a sure thing for promotion. I’m also hoping for some of the bit part players to commit to playing as many games as possible as having the likes of Rob Evans, Joe Mitchell, Greg Ridgeway and Ryan Collett at the club’s disposal week in week out would make our promotion challenge so much stronger.
I hope you all winter well
Batsmen: D Ogden (310 runs @ 31.00)
Bowler: S Ogden (23 wickets @14.43)
All rounder: H Verway (249 runs @ 27.67 & 14 wickets @ 26.36)