Cricket Club 2010 Annual Report

2010 Team *

Wymeswold Cricket Club has enjoyed another successful season and this time won some silverware to reflect the progress made over the last few seasons.

Andrew Shelton captained the Saturday first team who ended champions of the South Notts Cricket League Division F, having won 12 of the 18 games (with two being lost to the weather). Rob Pitman was the leading run scorer with 510 runs and averaged over 55 with the bat. He also clinched the league trophy for the best batting average in the division, while Paul Brian took the league's wicket-keeping trophy after taking 14 dismissals throughout the season.

Ollie Plummer was the leading first-team wicket taker of the year with 28 victims at an average of 15.79, while Andrew Shelton and James Barry took 24 wickets each. The first team was bolstered by the inclusion of players who have graduated through the club's youth teams and this season James Barry, Harry Bowley, Jack Whowell and Connor O'Leary all played significant parts in the team's success.

Meanwhile, the 2 nd team had a season of consolidation in Division N of the league. Several Wymeswold youngsters played each week and the team finished fifth in the league, with skipper Graham Barry topping the batting averages with 33.5. Graham's 15-year-old son Dan was the leading wicket taker with 15 victims, just pipping Phil Parkes with 14.

Further success was achieved with the Thursday Evening League under the captaincy of Russ Pitman. The team topped the LCA Eastern Division and made it through to the play-off final against Syston Town for a place in the Premier League. However, Wymeswold were narrowly beaten on the night but still collected a cash prize for the successes of the season.

The Under-17 team was led superbly by James Barry and played on Monday evenings, finishing third in the Leicestershire Youth League. With all but one of the squad living in Wymeswold it looks like the club has a secure future, and most of the squad are now playing for the first or second team on a Saturday. Many thanks go to Jason Whowell took on the management of the team, and to Dick Pitman who umpired most of the games.

For the first time the club fielded an Under-13 team to give a taste of proper cricket to those who had previously attended the regular Sunday coaching sessions. The games ran on Sunday mornings from the end of April to mid-August and while the youngsters didn't achieve a win, they showed great spirit and enthusiasm under the guidance of Mark Dunton. The team usually included three girls and players as young as eight, so it was a great learning experience for all.

The successful junior coaching sessions have continued on Sunday mornings, every week from the start of May through to the end of August. With the older players now playing Under-17 and Under-13 cricket, these sessions have been mainly aimed at the 8 to 10 age group and will continue next year.

Once again the Cricket Club wishes to thank the individuals who help to keep things running, including Jim Coggan for umpiring and Adele Sutton for scoring first team games, and to Mr Ken Barratt who kindly donates the profits from his sales of kindling wood to the club.

The club also wishes to record its thanks to the Wymeswold Running Club and the Wymeswold Duck Races, both of whom made grants available towards the purchase of essential equipment for the junior teams.

Should you wish to get involved with the club next year - whether it's playing, scoring, umpiring, coaching, preparing the ground or even making the teas - then please get in touch.

Nick Shaw 
Secretary, Wymeswold CC
01509 880543

Back Row (L to R) Jim Coggan (Umpire), Ollie Plummer, Jason Whowell, Richard Shelton, Connor O'Leary, James Barry, Harry Bowley, Adele Sutton (Scorer)

Front Row (L to R) Rob Pitman, Jack Whowell, Andrew Shelton (Captain), Paul Brain, Richard Bowley