Harefield Cricket Club - 3rdXI Annual Report 2016

After a few seasons of under achievement, at the beginning of this year I was looking to progress the team towards promotion. This was my main goal whilst also bringing through a number of our talented colts.

 Due to poor availability we were unable to play any of our warm up games which also continued into the first game of the season, where we travelled to Chalfont St Peter and were beaten. Luckily numbers improved over the following weeks and we won the next 3 games with great performances from Robin Ramgi claiming his first 5for for club, with Sej running through teams on a number of occasions and Tom McLeod getting us off to great starts on what were tricky batting wickets. 

 Come mid season we were well placed at the top of the league, where we stayed with close rivals Princes Risborough and Amersham until we reached August and the dreaded summer holidays. Here, as ever availability became an issue and results took a turn for the worse and our season fell away, with us losing 4 of the remaining 5 games and finishing 5th in the table. However with every dark cloud comes a silver lining, in the form of a number of youngsters. Emile Woodman batted brilliantly at Marlow in spite of running out a number of teammates (only joking!) to then run out of partners and finish 3 runs short of his first half century. Other mentions go to Josh Brazier who put in a number of performances with the bat and wicket keeping gloves and also Vignesh Kasiviswanathan who in his first season at the club showed great promise with both the bat and ball in the game against Amersham. Not forgetting one of the older members of the team Craig Saunders who single handily won us the game at Chiswick and Whitton, where with the team struggling at 60 for 5 chasing 142, scored 50 to drag us over the line to secure us a 1 wicket victory.

 A special mention to Neil Woodman who had a brilliant summer with both bat and ball scoring 306 runs at 38 and taking 32 wickets at just 13 runs a piece. Tom McLeod finally showed what we all knew he could do with a bat, finishing with 254 runs at just under 32 and narrowly missing out on the batting cup.

 Finally I would like to thank Pete O'Sullivan and Mark Seymour for giving up their Saturdays to come and umpire for us, with Mark dusting off his whites and actually playing for us in one game, opening the batting and with his first scoring shoot depositing the bowler back over his head into the middle of the football pitch! I would also like to thank Cobus and Tom Day in helping me find/chase players throughout the season and also Paul Collett for taking over from me when I wasn't available.

 I wish Paul all the best for next season and hope that he can do what I was unable to and gain promotion.

 

Adam Seymour