2nd XI Annual Report – 2012
After a difficult season in 2011 and a change in leadership there were high hopes for the 2s to be able to hold their own and mount a challenge in what was a very strong division 3B.
However, due to the uncontrollable weather conditions causing all warm up matches to be cancelled, the 2nd team struggled to hit the ground running in the opening league games. Due to a mixture of poor availability and poor performances we slumped to 2 defeats and a losing draw in the first 3 matches. However after this early slump in form, both team and individual performances started to improve and the team managed to get through the remainder of the season only losing 3 more matches. The improvements in performances and team morale were highlighted during the middle section of the season during which convincing wins against teams such as Teddington Town and Wooburn and a winning draw against eventual league winners Tring Park put the season objectives back on track. A final league position of 6th in the league rounded off what was all in all a reasonably successful season for the 2s. However I feel that with a bit more conviction and killer instinct at key points in matches we can mount a real attack on the league next season, this was shown in the 3 matches that we failed to take the final wicket to win the match, leaving the opposition 9 down (had we got those extra match winning points, the league table would look a lot different!!).
After what could only be described as an appalling season with the bat in 2011 the 2s batting line up was determined to put the record straight during the course of 2012! Well lads....mission accomplished! With 3 batsmen in particular really coming into their own and scoring freely throughout the season. Barry Webb scored consistent runs at the top of the order despite the occasional chopping and changing of his opening partner, scoring an impressive 483 runs at an average of 37.15! Barry was magnificently supported two other top order batsmen, Russell Petley and Tom Waite (Tucker). Russell proved a lot of doubters wrong this year by scoring 300 league runs and transforming himself from being used as a 3s/2s player into one of the first names on the 2nd team teamsheet, and deservedly earning himself a number of call-ups into the 1st team! Tucker had what can only be described as an unbelievable season, only playing 8 matches and scoring 339 runs in the process at an average of 56.50!! These guys in the top order were supported very well throughout the season by the middle and lower order, in particular Scott (188 runs) and Lee Tyrell (156 runs) who both produced a number of potential match winning innings.
After previously having a very consistent season on the bowling front in 2011, and with the addition of Lee Tyrell to the line-up I felt sure that taking wickets would not be a problem. However due to losing Steven Quinn for the season and looking likely to lose Dan Evans to the 1st team all season, the bowling attack was a bit of a mix and match at times. Despite the inconsistency, Martin Webb, Lee and in particular Scott stepped up and produced some excellent individual bowling performances! Scott finished with a phenomenal tally of 62 league wickets and deservedly won the tier 3 bowling award! Scott was supported by his ‘spin twin’ Martin, who after being asked to bowl at different stages of games (including opening) accumulated 39 wickets. The only consistent seam bowler present in the 2s this year was new recruit Lee Tyrell (15 years old) who although only being able to bowl 12 overs in a match caused a lot of problems to opposing batsmen due to his raw pace! Lee played 10 matches and a tally of only 12 wickets perhaps doesn’t do justice to how well he bowled at times during the season! He is a great recruit and a real prospect for the future!
All in all a pleasing season in the 2s and a significant improvement from last season, so lets keep the forward momentum going and improve again next year to mount an attack on the title!
There are a number of people I would like to thank!
Both Timber and Vic for your umpiring and scoring services, and who both make my life so much easier on match days!
Steve and Tracy for another season of immense teas and hospitality.
I hope everyone winters well and see you in 2013
2nd team captain