Harefield Cricket Club - 1XI Annual Report - 2011

Harefield CC 1stXI

Captains Report 2011

The 2011 season started off with a bang with some very impressive victories over opposition that had previously challenged for promotion or were expected to do so again. An outstanding team performance against Reading and brilliant chase against Slough lead by Simon Macey and Jack Shiel were highlights of the early season.  With only one loss going to into the last couple of games in the first round of the season we looked well placed to challenge for promotion.  But sadly the wheels started to come off. Not only did we start playing poorly but our onfield discipline became poor and we damaged the reputation of the club. The 1st XI rallied well towards the end of the season with players from the second and third XI making valuable contributions and allowing the team to finish in a respectable position in the league and the second team to preserve its position in 3B. The character of the team to fight when the odds were against us and games seemed lost must be commended. More than 4 games went to the last over and Harefield managed to hold its nerve several times and come out on the better side of the result. The wonderful fighting spirit needs to continue if the club is to prosper and possibly challenge for promotion in the 2012 season.

Simon Macey must be commended on his outstanding season.  To be near the top of the run scoring chart in your fist year at Harefield is no mean feat as conditions can be challenging at times. His influence on James Hammmerton at the top of the order was evident and their opening partnerships and runs at the top of the order were a big reason why we started the season so well.  Douglas King continued his improvement with the ball and finished the season with over 50 wickets, an outstanding effort.  He bowled long spells in at times in difficult situations and his continued improvement is a great testament to the effort and time he has put into his game. The return to form of Olly Richards was a pleasing sign at the end of the season and should he show the same form for an extended part or next season it could help the club push on. I would though like to make special mention of those not so regular first team players who made appearances throughout the season and made sure the first XI remained competitive and a good team to play in. Craig Duncan, Tom Day and  Russell Petley  deserve special mention for their services. These sacrifices should never be underestimated and should always be appreciated.

In a year when some of our best players had quiet season and other younger players started proving themselves there are many reasons to be optimistic for the 2012 season. Should we maintain the core of our side improve the way we practise, 2012 could be another good year. I look forward to supporting the Captain in the 2012 season and making a more telling contribution through the season at the top of the order with the bat and with the ball. I am, as I am sure everyone else is, determined to keep the Club moving forward and maintain its status and who knows, possibly push for promotion.

Mluleki Nkala

1stXI Captain                                                                                                                    24th November 2011