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The nearly men…

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Like Somerset in this season’s county championship, Holland’s football team in the 90’s and Liverpool for the last 26 years (and hopefully 26 more), it was another season of nearly but not quite for the first team.

The Season on the field…

Although made more painful by the fact we were in pole position with 6 weeks to go, with our WEPL Wiltshire Premier Division destiny very much in our own hands, I don’t think many of us would disagree that Westbury were worthy winners in the end. A point emphasised by their decimation of our batting line up in the game that effectively decided our season.

Despite the disappointment though, we’ve continued to progress from last year, both in terms of our approach to cricket on the pitch and the reinforcement of our fearsome reputation as one of the strongest ‘social’ outfits in the league. Throughout the season we were typically fielding 7 or more under 19’s in each match; despite losing Pasc for half the season (which frankly may as well have been the whole season based on some of his bowling exploits in the second half), a number of players stepped up admirably. The bowlers in particular improved hugely from last season, only conceding over 200 runs once and regularly dismissing teams on decent batting tracks.

The batting barely warrants a mention, as we reverted to our standard ‘lace the ball to all parts’ approach, either scoring 300 in the process or being rolled for less than 120. Time will tell whether this ill-advised tactic will indeed one day pay off, but if I was a betting man, which I am, I would wager heavily that it won’t.

First lesson for next season – Bat with a little more discretion…

WEPL Wiltshire - 2016 Final League Table

Team

Westbury & District CC, Wilts

18

11

2

3

1

1

60

68

0

267

Marshfield CC

18

9

4

3

2

0

57

61

0

238

Trowbridge CC

18

10

4

3

1

0

53

58

0

235

Purton CC

18

9

5

3

1

0

61

59

0

234

Marlborough CC

18

9

5

2

2

0

45

72

1

230

Swindon CC, Wilts

18

8

5

3

1

1

56

56

1

220

Calne CC

18

4

8

3

3

0

35

44

0

155

Great Bedwyn CC

18

3

10

2

3

0

41

44

2

143

Devizes CC

18

3

11

2

2

0

25

56

1

134

Malmesbury CC

18

2

14

0

2

0

42

42

0

116

p - Played, w - Won (10), l - Lost (0), c - Cancelled (6), a - Abandoned (6), t - Tied (5), BatP - Batting Bonus Points, BowlP - Bowling Bonus Points, Pen - Penalty Points, Pts - Points

2016 Batting Statistics 

PlayerGamesInnsNot OutsRunsHigh ScoreAvg50s100sDucksStrike RateDid Not Bat(%)
Nic Badings 17 15 3 467 110* 38.92 2 1 1 73.54 2(11.76 %)
Jeremy Bond 17 14 2 400 102 33.33 3 1 3 90.09 3(17.65 %)
James Williams 17 12 1 362 124 32.91 0 2 1 110.03 5(29.41 %)
Russell Lodge 17 14 1 359 74 27.62 3 0 1 58.18 3(17.65 %)
Dave Jenkins 14 10 2 287 72* 35.88 3 0 3 86.19 4(28.57 %)
Ben Gardner 16 10 2 187 40 23.38 0 0 0 60.91 6(37.50 %)
Cameron Walker 9 6 2 115 62* 28.75 1 0 1 55.56 3(33.33 %)
Calum Burnstone 16 12 2 76 23* 7.60 0 0 4 39.18 4(25.00 %)
James Howarth 7 3 0 45 39 15.00 0 0 1 121.62 4(57.14 %)
Alastair Christie 13 7 4 34 12* 11.33 0 0 1 31.78 6(46.15 %)
Tom Clist 6 2 1 21 13 21.00 0 0 0 67.74 4(66.67 %)
William Pascall 5 4 0 21 13 5.25 0 0 0 25.61 1(20.00 %)
Matt Cox 17 7 5 18 11* 9.00 0 0 0 30.51 10(58.82 %)
Hamish Walker 2 1 0 16 16 16.00 0 0 0 51.61 1(50.00 %)
Daniel Watson 2 1 0 14 14 14.00 0 0 0 66.67 1(50.00 %)
Tom Bright 4 1 0 11 11 11.00 0 0 0 84.62 3(75.00 %)
Rupert Crockett 1 1 0 5 5 5.00 0 0 0 45.45 0(0.00 %)
Matt Watson 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 1 0.00 0(0.00 %)
George Pollitt 1 0 0 0   - 0 0 0 - 1(100.00 %)
Thomas Lamb 4 0 0 0   - 0 0 0 - 4(100.00 %)
Jack Ticehurst 1 0 0 0   - 0 0 0 - 1(100.00 %)

2016 Bowling Statistics

PlayerOversMaidensRunsWicketsBest Bowling5 Wicket HaulEconomy RateStrike RateAverage
Ben Gardner 55.1 4 271.0 17 3/9 0 4.91 19.47 15.94
Nic Badings 67.3 8 255.0 16 3/25 0 3.78 25.31 15.94
Cameron Walker 55.0 10 138.0 14 4/23 0 2.51 23.57 9.86
Matt Cox 119.4 29 386.0 14 3/27 0 3.23 51.29 27.57
James Howarth 47.0 5 180.0 13 3/26 0 3.83 21.69 13.85
Tom Clist 54.3 10 174.0 11 3/23 0 3.19 29.73 15.82
William Pascall 27.4 1 150.0 10 4/45 0 5.42 16.60 15.00
Jeremy Bond 43.0 2 191.0 9 3/26 0 4.44 28.67 21.22
Alastair Christie 69.0 10 255.0 8 2/20 0 3.70 51.75 31.88
Matt Watson 10.0 0 61.0 2 2/61 0 6.10 30.00 30.50
Tom Bright 20.0 2 66.0 2 2/15 0 3.30 60.00 33.00
Thomas Lamb 28.3 6 97.0 2 1/28 0 3.40 85.50 48.50
Hamish Walker 15.0 1 75.0 1 1/50 0 5.00 90.00 75.00

The Season off the field…

The attitude to training was a massive step up from last year, with the majority of the squad attending all Thursday night sessions and the usual group of cricket weirdos spending more of their spare time in the nets than most normal people would consider healthy. It’s with great sadness that I have to inform members of the club that a number of the younger members of the squad have discovered alcohol and women in the last year, which as every coach/captain knows, will signal the start of their cricketing decline (case in point – Burny). I am however, delighted to report that our 2016 bowler of the year, Cameron Walker, has not fallen foul of either of these distractions, assuring me at the recent club dinner that he was only dedicated to three things in life; Deep Deeeeeeeeeep House, rascal retro clothing and quality off spin bowling; so there is a silver lining after all.

In the bar, my young charges continue to impress. Depsite the loss of their talismanic leader, Tom Bright, they regularly tormented the MCC bar staff, putting Anita Bishop in particular under constant pressure with a combination of consistently full jugs of fizzy lager beer, short and aggressive pint chinning and a repertoire of cocktail variations. Based on my regular updates from the treasurer, I gather that the bar takings have been healthy throughout the season, with analysts forecasting the trend is set to continue in 2017.

 Second lesson for next season – If a pint is roofed, Ben Gardener will be responsible. Fact.

The Overseas…

nic badingsWithout question, an unqualified success. While the boots of his predecessors were hardly difficult to fill, Nic was a fantastic addition to the club last season. Thoroughly good bloke off the pitch and fabulous batsmen on it during the months of May and June… He helped out with training the Seniors, Juniors and Maidens; is an appalling drinker; an average electrician; a below average dancer; a terrible lover; and, like all Marshfield cricketers, very much lives in his father’s considerable shadow (Craig Badings; take a bow – your son is a poor imitation).

On behalf of everyone at the club, I’d like to thank Nic for his contributions this season and, if my efforts to convince him to return next season fail, wish him every success in the future (with cricket, women and electrics).

Third lesson for next season – If in doubt, ask Craig Badings.

Performances…

Always a couple of notable individual performances worth mentioning, which if nothing else serves to massage young egos slightly more. Bades’ not out ton at Westbury against the best attack in the league, with all but no support from the rest of the batting line up, was probably the best knock I’ve seen at our level. Jerm’s not out 70 at home against Swindon against another decent seam attack, on a minefield of a pitch was similarly impressive. Cameron’s 60 coming in at 110 for 8 against Devizes suggested that number 10 may have been too low for him (underestimated him for the second time in 2 years apparently). And finally Gards’ 3 for 2 in 2 overs away at Purton to basically win the game for us, was also outstanding.

As already mentioned, the bowlers were generally very consistent last year. Coxy and Cameron deservedly won awards this year, but there was another very tall, genial chap, with a dubious Brummie accent, who were it not for him having to miss the last 4 weeks of the season due to family commitments, would probably have led the first team wickets and has evaded any recognition up to this point! I sincerely hope ‘Big Long’ (in all aspects ladies) Jim Howarth enjoyed his first experience of Marshfield cricket and will be back with us next season for another crack at it.

Fourth lesson for next season – Find a new nickname for Jim.

The Village Cup…

Less said the better. We’ll try again next year.

 Fifth lesson for next season – Don’t drop catches. Ever.

 Out With The Old…

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As alluded to above, Tom Bright has left the club by mutual consent. After on-going negotiations, both parties agreed his future lay elsewhere and he is now rumoured to be plying his trade as a devastating middle order hitter, for the Abu Dhabi Dare Devils in the Emirates T20 league. Tom’s ESPN profile is attached above for the benefit of those not familiar with his considerable cricketing achievements.

Equally, if not more disappointing, was the departure of Marshfield and England’s most intense man, David Jenkins. Having commuted from London for the majority of the season, funded almost entirely from his own pocket, decided he no longer wanted to work in the rail industry, migrated to Australia… to work as a project manager… on the development of a new rail network. Mission accomplished then………. Above is a picture of Dave as we’d all like to remember him; 12 pints deep, talking to a horse…

 Sixth lesson for next season – Recruit! Firsts, Seconds, Thirds, Maidens, Youth; the club always needs new members; irrespective of ability; and particularly when you’re losing members like the two above. Plus it ABSOLUTELY makes Chalky’s day, when you tell him you’ve got some ringer you want to register on WEPL who can ‘still bowl a bit’.

In With The New…

I still think the first team and club is on the cusp of a defining season in the next couple of years. All senior men’s teams will feel they were capable of winning their respective leagues last season and it would be hugely disappointing for us not to claim at least one league title next season, based on the quality of players we’ve got at the club.

From a first team perspective, I think everyone that played this year will be aware of where they can improve; whether it’s bowling at the stumps (Cox), hitting the cut strip for 2 consecutive games (Gards), not kicking straight balls (Jerm), scoring runs in July and August (Bades), not having kids (Ron), not threatening to play for Lansdown (Burn), not smugging down leg (Smug), getting a normal job (Clist), going back to your 2015 self (Pasc), not wearing FILA tops (Cam). Luckily, the majority of those issues can be solved by regular netting, contraception, thicker skin, self-awareness, jobsite.co.uk, and a trip to the shops.

Based on the above, geography is the only reason I can see for people not to be attending Winter nets, so I look forward to seeing everyone there, working on ironing out some of these deficiencies.

And Finally…

Many thanks to all those who helped me out again last season, particularly G-Hod and JB; I am an administrative nightmare. Thanks also to the tea ladies for their sheer consistency across the season; the ever present combination of coronation chicken sandwiches and honey mustard sausages is a testament to their understanding of the modern cricketer and the changing face of the tea landscape. And finally thanks to the team, who despite having the obvious hindrance of having to put up with me as a captain, continue to turn up, train, play and drink the bar dry every week.

While my own judgement of the team is somewhat clouded by the fact I think the vast majority of them are utter gutter-snipes, the impartial feedback I’ve had from nearly every umpire I’ve sat down with at the end of each game, is that they are in fact a thoroughly decent bunch of young chaps, a pleasure to officiate over and a credit to the club. While I’m still not willing to change my opinion, this would suggest that we are in fact doing something right as a club, so hopefully it will continue in 2017.

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James Williams

 

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