1st XI Annual Report 2015
This is my last duty as captain of Harefield cc before I head off. So I’m going to attempt to make it a little more fun and entertaining than my pre and post match speeches, so it shouldn’t be too hard.
The 2015 season could not have got off to a better start, winning all three of our warm up games, putting 324 on Amersham (with Tides in brutal form), smashing Eastcote (again) and comprehensively beating Uxbridge, despite Dan getting hit for the worlds biggest 6 (yes, its still going now). However at no point were we under any illusions that the next 18 weeks would be as challenging, if not greater than the last.
Our record for 2015 stood at, Won 5, Lost 9, Drew 3 and 1 abandoned finishing “mid table” with 192 pts, which included a home win!!! Compared to the previous season, where we only managed to win four and draw one with 173 pts. There was certainly more resilience and fight in the side, which will be a great springboard to move into the 2016 season.
Losing 50% of the games you play, obviously takes its toll on a side, however I can honestly say I have never played with a bunch of guys who each week were able to wash themselves down and go again with more energy and more banter, which is a testament to the teams’ character, also aided by Tideys social life, enough said!
There were many highlights throughout the year; bowling spells, batting performances, training ground incidences, toys being thrown and great individual and teams performances. Here are a few to mention; Finding a certain cricketer on a bus, almost everyone averaging in the teens and above, broken wrist at training, Jabs scoring a hundred on his Home Counties Debut, Lee calling the captain a “f…… - …t”, Justice on international duty, Doug’s epic spell at Reading in the heat, Olly scoring a 50, Olly being on time, Olly turning up sober, perfect discipline record, Jabs being able to do everything, Lee and Dan blocking out for a draw at Tring, Pete being the worst water boy, Rob having a 3hr sulk at fine leg at High Wycombe, everyone wanting to play the late cut, Sejs 7-fer at Slough, Dale playing the short ball really well against Henley, two overseas and again the worlds best bus journey.
There were many great performances over the season, but one in particular stands out to me. The game against Henley will forever stay in my memory for a number of reasons. Firstly it was a great occasion and a great achievement for the club, to have all the past players there and the amount of support watching the game. Secondly, the performance the side put in was amazing, we truly were playing together that day and everyone contributed to what was a great finale. Finally, “that spell of bowling”, the stand out performance of the entire season in my eyes, bowling 80+ mph yorkers at will, in such a high-pressure situation was great to watch.
All jokes aside, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Harefield as a player and have been honoured to captain the side. I would like to thank everyone who supported the team throughout the season, the committee, Barry, Custer, Craig, Statto, Tracy with the teas and Steve behind the bar to mention a few. I would also like to thank all the guys I’ve played with. It’s been an absolute pleasure on and off the pitch and I wish you all the best of luck in the future.