First Eleven Report 2013 - Simon Macey
The 2013 campaign was an excellent season for the First Xl, with many memorable individual and team performances. At the start of the season having taken over the captaincy from Olly, I sat down with Pete and we attempted to highlight some goals for the season. The aim was to look to consolidate ourselves in what was a very competitive league, attempt to recruit new faces to the club to strengthen the squad and to build a team that would look to push for promotion in the coming seasons.
With these goals in mind our season got off to what can only be reported as a shaky start with three consecutive loses to Uxbridge, Eastcote and Amersham. With these three games swiftly swept under the carpet we kick started our season and a reasonably good T20 campaign with a win in the National cup against North Mymms where we posted a reasonable score of 157 and then bowled them out for a poor 88. Stand out performance from Dan Evans with figures of 4 for 5, which was an indication of things to come for him. Our T20 journey continued with a win against Hemel, however we came up against a strong Banbury that eventually knocked us out of the cup. A respectable run in the cup considering the games were either on a Sunday or the Monday of a long bank holiday weekend!!!!!
Without boring you all too much by reciting the websites stats, the first XI played 18, Won – 9, Drew – 3 and Lost – 3 and collected 287 points which correct me if I’m wrong Statto but was our highest amount of points since promotion into the Home counties finishing us in second place. This was an outstanding achievement for the team and a position that was greatly deserved having only lost 3 games all year; demonstrating a new fighting quality within the side.
The introduction of a number of new faces and also old faces being available, created a much stronger squad to pick from in 2013, this gave us competition for places. This was a healthy position to be in for both the first and second team as we were able to select our 11 on performance and form.
Special mentions on a number of outstanding performances; Dan Evans on what would be one of his best seasons at senior level, leading our bowling attack claiming 34 wickets at 14.29. Our overseas, Justice the Prince settling straight into Harefield life with a fluent 97*, scoring 401 runs and claiming 33 wickets. Dale Morris collecting 23 wickets including two 5 wicket hauls and going a whole season without getting banned, not through lack of trying though. Luc Baldwins 53 at GX, smashing them to all parts plus his switch hit for 6 in the home fixture, beating Aston Rowant by 25 runs having only scored 135, with Dan Evans taking 6 for 10, bowling Falkland out for 102 when they were only chasing 108, etc etc all great individual and team performances.
Finally a few quick thank you need to be mentioned, firstly Paul Dean our amazingly dedication statistician, to all the ground staff Barry, Custer and Craig for preparing the ground for match day and practice sessions, Tracey and Steve for providing the best teas around and the committee for full their support throughout the season.
Having been promoted to division one it is now more important than ever that the club continues to move forward. The first Xl needs to build on what has been an extremely successful season and produce an even better one in 2014 to consolidate Harefield CC in the top division.