Sunday Social Side – end of term report
Now that the season has ended, I just wanted to thank everyone for their help and their support in making the Sunday Social season such a successful one.
Our record was P9 W7 L2 which I think is an excellent representation of the cricket that has been played this year – very competitive and yet fair and in good spirit. The season ended with a comfortable win over Small Heath Church CC but was indeed a good indicator of the way the season has gone – excellent and friendly opposition playing good cricket in very pleasing surroundings.
There were some extremely enjoyable games and a couple of very close ones too. South Birmingham Nomads (formerly the BBC) where we avenged last year’s defeat in a 5 run victory was particularly tense. There was also an excellent intra-club T20 halfway through the season which was really well supported and was a good advert for the strength of our cricket.
I would like to thank all those who have played – we have had a large and enthusiastic squad this year so I hope that everyone feels that they have had a chance. I have been particularly pleased this year to see some really promising youngsters emerge into adult cricket (that indeed was one of the main points for setting up the Sunday Social) and have also been encouraged to see the more senior players supporting them and giving them the chance to shine. I would also like to thank those who gave up their time at the last minute to play and even, in some instances, played for the opponents (Matthew Smith particularly who I believe played more for opponents than for Dorridge CC!!)
I hope that the consensus will be that this has been a splendid fun season and that there will be a wish to continue next year – even possibly with a few more fixtures
Some highlights (and by no means all) :
3 ‘cat like’ catches from Geoff Roberts in the last game of the season
Centuries from Luke James, John Palmer and Trouty
A steepling catch from Kyle Trainer in the Alcester & Ragley game that got rid of their 1st XI top scorer
Alex Smith scoring 87 early in the season to follow on from 49 not out (at which point his batting average was 136!!)
8 overs 2 maidens 5 for 11 by James Driscoll against Lapworth
4 for 16 against Small Heath Church for Ethan Glynn
Recovering from 67 for 6 against Coventry Ramblers to be 206 all out and eventually win by 20 runs
Total enthusiasm from young players George Sitch, Ben Stockdale, James Driscoll, Matt Smith, Tom King, Ethan Glynn and Kyle Trainer.
I personally want to thank Ella for the splendid teas, Richard for immaculately produced wickets (and for putting up with the number of cricket balls we lost), Dorridge CC for supporting this venture and all those (not named) who have supported me during the season. There are many, too numerous, who help this venture to be as successful as it is and without whose help, we would struggle.
The season is over all too soon but I hope that we will all reconvene in 2019 for some more Social Cricket – and if anyone can come up with a better name than ‘The Sunday Social Team’ they are welcome to put a name forward
Have a good winter,