Cricket Club 2007 Annual Report

The 2007 cricket season will probably be remembered more rain, rain and more rain than anything else. What should have been an exciting start to a new era for Wymeswold's cricketers was literally washed away for nearly six weeks during June and July.

However the club still made great progress, and pride of place goes to the newly-established second team who under the captaincy of John Hayes started life in Division R of the South Notts Cricket League, gaining promotion as runners-up with record of 8 wins and only one defeat, but with 6 games washed-out.

Meanwhile, Pete Shaw skippered the first team and ended the season in 6th position in Division F with a record of four wins, seven defeats and five games lost to the weather. With the average age of the first team well over 40, the injuries are becoming more regular and taking longer to heal, so the establishment of the youth set-up and 2 nd team was important step to address this.

For the first team, Richard Bowley was the top run-maker in league games making 247 in 9 innings, with an average of 27.44 - just pipping Rich Shelton who averaged 27.38. There were no centuries this season, and the highest score of the year was made by Pete Shaw on the opening day at Caythorpe with 60.

On the bowling front, newcomer Mark Jones was the leading wicket-taker with 16 including 5 for 29 in the final game at Bottesford, but Charles Collington topped the overall bowling figures with an average of 14.

The youth section has flourished and over the season the club had over 60 youngsters – including around 20 girls – enjoying the coaching sessions on Sunday mornings. The club was grateful to the Wymeswold Village Project Fund for a grant towards the purchase of youth equipment, and thanks also go to well-known villager Dave Cook who was walking around the ground one Sunday morning and was so impressed with the activities he offered a cash donation to help.

Further progress was made with an Under-15 team playing Wednesday evening games in the Leicestershire Youth League. Unfortunately the weather took its toll on several games, but the lads (and girls!) really enjoyed the season and are looking forward to further progress next year.

Towards the end of the year, an under-12 and under-11 side played games against Long Whatton.

The weather decimated the Thursday evening games and only three games were played, but skipper Russ Pitman still managed two victories.

Off the field, Ken Barratt has supported the club for several years through chopping wood and selling bags of kindling. He's already started for the coming winter so if you have a fire at home please support our club via Ken and buy your kindling from him.

The club could not survive without the support we receive through sponsorships and donations each year, and the help of individuals such as Ken. Wymeswold CC wishes to thank the following who have helped us this season with match sponsorships and donations:

  • ATB Construction of Burton-on-the-Wolds
  • Robert Whowell & Partners
  • Collingtons Butchers of Wymeswold
  • The Windmill Inn, Wymeswold
  • Mr Graham Black
  • Mr Ken Barratt
  • Dave Cook Building & Construction
  • Wymeswold Village Project Fund
  • Wymeswold Parochial Charities

For further details contact Nick Shaw on 01509 880543.