4XI Annual Report - 2010
Played 12 Won 9 Drew 3 Lost 0 - CHAMPIONS DIVISION 9B.
A Scotsman once said 'you win nothing with kids', well he was wrong then and he would be wrong again when looking at our 4th team of 2010.
We won the league by 5 points and were the only unbeaten team in the Thames Valley League. In truth it was no more than what we deserved, we were the best team in the league of which the standard was not as strong as the previous season. However winning leagues is a VERY difficult business and i was impressed by the way we played our cricket. The bar has been raised and after just two seasons of 4th team cricket we have taken a giant stride from fielding 11 players to now having selection issues and having a very competitive side.
The influx of new players, the promotion of some younger guys and the return to cricket of some former players has improved our pool of players, although our principle will always be to encourage and give opportunities to the colts so they hopefully will rise through our club. So to get promoted was important as the playing standard will improve and test us as a side.Being tested in games is how we will learn more about oursleves as a team and about how good we are as individuals.
To win leagues your best players must perform and everybody else must contribute which is exactly what happened. Every player who played in the 4th team this year weighed in with a telling performance. We won 7 of our games chasing, the colts would all bowl their overs build up the pressure and then Simon Ogden would come on and clean up, ending the season with 36 wickets. Noteable bowling performances were Josh Braziers 4 wickets against Datchet, Sam Beecham's 5 against Marlow and Russell Metcalfe's 4-11 against OMT's. Ryan Finch bowled well throughout a season in which he played every game.
While our bowling was predominately done by the colts the batting was the job of the senior players bar Matt Ogden who batted with great maturity and concentration. Memorable performances were Deep Sara's 93 at Hayes, Mike Christelow's one legged 62 at Datchet and Ryan Collett's swashbuckling 42 in the last game including a six to win the league. Many good knocks were made around the skipper who finished the season with 649 runs.
We used only two wicket keepers, Miles Pidgeon and Matt Ogden, both were superb. Our fielding however needs to improve and i believe it did as the season went on apart from Craig Duncan who was outstanding in every game.
I would like to finish by thanking Steve for all his help, Tracey for the lovely teas, Linda for scoring and Laptop for all his help tracking down players.Thankyou to everybody who played in what was an historic season.
Craig Collett (4th XI Captain 2010)