Sunday 1XI Annual Report - 2012
With a newly appointed skip and a familiar army of hungover reprobates, the Sunday XI were looking to go one better this year, and mount a serious promotion challenge into Division 2 of the CVL, whilst maintaining the Sunday principles that this club has thrived on in the past few years (giving youth a chance and two gullies at all times).
It's fair to say, we didn't get off to the greatest of starts, losing to LNZ in a closely fought contest, but this was the perfect stage for young Lee Tyrell to introduce himself to the club. After being advised by the club Chairman that, not only does he bowl sharp, he is pretty useful with the bat too and we needed to get him up the order. There were sceptical looks from the skip, who begrudgingly obliged. 67 runs off 50 balls... Good call Baz!
The league season got underway and on the opening day, we were completely outplayed and defeated by an under-strength Preston side (who ended up bottom of the league). I was beginning to wonder what I had taken on, and that captaining 7 drunkards and 3 colts was no easy task. However, I'm pleased to report that we then went on the charge, winning our remaining 5 matches, clinching promotion with a game to spare and wrapping up the title on the last day, with a comfortable victory against Ruislip.
There were some seriously impressive performances amongst those games, most notably from our bowlers, who consistantly took wickets, preventing the opposition from building meaningful partnerships. A special mention here has to go to Sam Beacham. He was immense all season. He finished the season with 9 wickets and a best of 4-43 (would have been 5 if Lappers, who has plummeted to 5th best fielder in the club, could catch!) This spell included the wicket of Uxbridge's 'big gun' American overseas, first ball, plumb LBW. I'm looking forward to seeing him bowling some overs in 2nd and 3rd team cricket next year. Also, Mr. Reliable, Scotty Morris, deserves a mention. He also ended the year with 9 wickets and chipped in with vital runs. Scotty proved his credentials as an all-round cricketer when he ran-out the opening bat at Highgate from the boundary with a direct hit. Finchy continued to improve this year and with the experience of Evans and Day chipping in, it was a great year all round for our bowlers. A special mention to Douggie as well, who defied all 6"5' of his gangly body to keep wicket admirably all year.
The Sunday side has always been a great place to try new theories. These theories usually derive from the Oceana dancefloor the night before, but low and behold, one of them worked. An opening partnership of King and Knife was decided at 4.30 a.m. on the Sunday of the Chipperfield game. The skip won the toss in the searing heat and layed back to watch the plan unfold. An opening stand of 175 and pad-rash for the skipper was decision justified! Doug ended up on 115 in what was a seriously good innings. The skip would like to take this time to apologise for running Knife (63) out and denying him an inevitable ton... Work on your cardiovascular in the off-season mate! Well batted boys. Several decent knocks from these 2 lads, a match winning cameo from Akkers and the Skip chipping in with a few ensured the batters scored the runs to back up the excellence from the bowlers.
A big thank you to Statto, Vic and Petters snr. for their services this year, much appreciated as always. It made my life a whole lot easier knowing we had such reliable guys to help officiate. Thanks to Trace and Steve for the tea's and bar services, top notch as always! Thanks to Olly Richards who, before the final game, had scored a total of 17 runs in 4 innings, but was a pivotal member of the gully alliance. Also thank you to all the players who represented the Sunday side this year, your efforts and standards were superb, in what was a challenging league.
And so it was a job well done as the Sunday side continues to travel up the league's. I was delighted to see the younger guys doing the job, with little reliance on Syke and some of the other senior guys, who we have counted on in the past. I'm standing down as captain this year, passing it on to the man of the moment, Tom Day, who can hopefully push us into the top league, which was the plan when we entered 5 years ago. Good luck son!
Finally I leave you with my highlights of the season...
- Cokers' over at Amersham. Worth the journey alone!
- Wizardry in the Amersham dressing room.
- Being 10-4 against Uxbridge, yet posting 237 and stuffing them in their own back yard, by 89 runs.
- Olly Richards (hiding at 9) was talking us all through his impending innings and the carnage he was about to inflict on the tiring Preston spinners. After a painfully long wait (cheers Doug), the crowd were on the edge of their seats as Richards made his way to the crease. After a textbook block first up, the cries of "get on with it" were inevitable. From his 2nd nut, we witnessed the infamous Richards shimmy. Down he came and with a flourish of the bat, the crowd instinctively looked to cow corner, only to be astonished to see the bowler throwing the ball skywards after clinging on to a very smart caught and bowled. Guffles of laughter followed as Richards trudged off to a standing ovation, for a well-made duck!