Wymeswold Cricket Club Report of the 2013 Season

After the dreadful weather of 2012, conditions for the 2013 season were much kinder and both Wymeswold’s league teams completed all-but-one of their eighteen matches.

Rob Pitman again captained the first team in Division F of the South Notts Cricket League and the side ended the season a creditable fourth in the table. With many of the players having come up through the club’s junior ranks, a combination of exams and university made it very difficult to field a settled side in the early part of the season. However, it was Rob Pitman himself who led the way with the bat, scoring a club record five centuries during the season and hitting a total of 859 runs at an average of 71.5. His feat meant he also picked up the league’s batting award for the highest average in Division F.

On the bowling side, Andrew Shelton was the leading wicket-taker with 23 victims, but youngster James Barry also shone and with a total for 20 wickets for 380 runs he picked up the league’s bowling award for the best bowling average in the division with an average of 19. 

Meanwhile, Phil Parkes skippered the second team again in Division M where Andy Bottley was the leading run-scorer with 318 runs. However, Pete Shaw just topped the batting charts with an average of 37.8. On the bowling side, Phil Parkes was the leading wicket taker with 23 wickets, but it was 14-year-old Jack Shelton who topped the averages with an average of 14.6.

Jason Whowell managed the club’s Loughborough Evening League side, featuring a number of youngsters. The team won its division and progressed through to the play-offs and then the final against Birstall, only to miss out narrowly in the last over of an exciting game. 

The club’s Under-13 team competed in the Leicestershire Youth League, playing 20-overs-a-side games on Sunday mornings. Despite only winning one game, the young side made great progress which augers well for next season. The players voted for their own ‘Player of the Year’ and for 2013 the Jack Bartram Trophy will be shared between Sam France and Ben Jones.

Once again the Cricket Club wishes to thank the individuals who help to keep things running, including Adele Sutton for scoring and also Mr Ken Barratt who kindly donates the profits from his sales of kindling wood to the club. The club was delighted that Ken has made a full recovery from his illness this year. 

Our thanks are also extended to the tea ladies – Lynn and Susan – who provided such excellent teas throughout the season for the first and second teams respectively.

The club was saddened to learn during the summer of the passing of former player, Captain, Chairman and President Mr Brian James. Brian was an enthusiastic supporter of the club and, especially in recent years, the junior section. Our thoughts and condolences are with Brian’s family. The club is working with Wymeswold Parish Council to refurbish and extend the sports pavilion, and it intended to incorporate a permanent memorial to Brian James into the finished design. 

New members are always welcomed to get involved with the club - whether it’s playing, scoring, umpiring, coaching, preparing the ground or even making the teas. Please get in touch if you are interested.

Nick Shaw
Secretary, Wymeswold CC
01509 880543
nickshawmail@gmail.com