Cricket Club 2008 Annual Report

Wymeswold Juniors at Trent Bridge

Although it wasn't as bad as 2007, the weather tried its best to ruin the 2008 cricket season and the downpours on the first weekend of September consigned the season's climax to a damp squib rather than a glorious finish.

Playing in the South Notts Cricket League the first team, under the captaincy of Andrew Shelton, won 5 of the 16 games played and ended fourth from bottom of the Division P table. Richard Bowley was the top run-scorer again, hitting 463 in league games and topping the batting averages with 35.62. Paul Brain returned from two years of injury problems to finish second in the ratings, averaging just over 30.

On the bowling front, Richard Shelton was the leading wicket-taker, claiming 27 victims, but was pipped to top spot in the bowling averages by Russ Pitman who took 14 wickets for 215 runs – at an average of 15.36.

In one first team game this season, 10 of the 11 players were aged over 40 and it becomes increasingly difficult to compete at the higher levels against younger & fitter teams. Thus the formation of the second and Under-15 teams is important to the club's future, and this year the 2nd team have shown the way with a second excellent season.

Having been promoted last year, the seconds were again under the captaincy of John Hayes and finished in 3 rd place in Division P - one point behind an automatic promotion spot. Frustratingly, the final game of the season was washed out so they were unable to press their claim for 2nd place.

A major positive this season has been the emergence of young players breaking into the second and first teams, with Jack Hayes taking a remarkable 27 wickets in just 7 games. Meanwhile James Barry, Dan Barry, Jamie Staniforth, Will Marriott, Jack Whowell, Harry Bowley, Sam Collington and Connor O'Leary all played 2nd team or senior games, with many others knocking on the door - so we hope the future of the club is assured.

The Under-15 team was managed by Jason Whowell and John Hayes, playing on Wednesday evenings in their second season in the Leicestershire Youth League. The squad is considerably younger than most teams in the league but still competed well, winning three games. However, all the lads are to be congratulated on their excellent team spirit and determination, which bodes well for next year.

The Thursday side competed in the Loughborough Evening League under the captaincy of Russ Pitman, and were unlucky just to miss out on a play-off place in the final game.

The successful junior coaching sessions have continued on Sunday mornings, every week from the start of May through to the first week of September. Over 40 youngsters – including 10 girls – aged between 7 and 15 have been attending regularly and have learnt a variety of skills. The sessions are primarily fun-based for the younger children, and will start again next May.

One highlight for the juniors was an invitation to visit Trent Bridge and play Kwik Cricket on the ground before the start of the 20Trenty game with Lancashire . The club took 25 youngsters, who played in front of a crowd of around 10,000 before forming a guard-of-honour as the senior players, including Ashes-hero Freddie Flintoff, emerged onto the pitch.

A team of Under 10's played and won a competitive game against Long Whatton, and were then invited to attend the Long Whatton Junior Cricket Festival at the end of August. The team comprised of Harry Shaw, Jack Shelton, Alfie Dunton, David Myers, George Seller, Ashley Ellis, Mattie Wilson and George Jones, and they did fantastically well to make it through to the final. All the lads enjoyed the experience and proudly showed their medals off at Wymeswold School the following day.

Once again the Cricket Club wishes to thanks the individuals who help to keep things running, including Jim Coggan for his umpiring duties and Adele Sutton for scoring.

Several companies, including Robert Whowell and Partners have supported the club, and Ken Barratt continues to donate the proceeds from his kindling wood sales to the club. Many thanks also to the various WAGs (wives and girlfriends) who so willingly and enthusiastically join in and help with the teas.

Nick Shaw

Secretary, Wymeswold CC