The 2011 season was a good one although not quite as successful as last year. From 48 fixtures we won 21, drew 1, abandoned 7, 6 games were cancelled and lost 13. As a result, we had a 63% success rate with those finished. Whilst not as good as 2010 we should still be pleased.
We generally had strength in our batting which gave our skippers the confidence to bat first whenever we won the toss. The tactics generally worked very well with very few opposing sides being able to chase down what was usually a healthy score. Certainly earlier in the season we had a very good win/loss percentage. Over the middle of the summer and towards the back end of the season the opposition proved more challenging.
We would like to thank all the people for their on field performances. The spirit on the ground was very good – an improvement on last year. We welcomed the following new players during the season: Will Voaden, Manan Kapila, Sukhi, Manu Sharma, Paul Smith, Tam, Danny Lavin, Pete Milne and Tom Burness.
One point of satisfaction for the club this year was a win against the President’s XI. Following last year’s exciting tie, it was good to go one better and win. This is the first time the Club has won since Edward Guinness created the fixture some 16 years ago. The day was again a tremendous success, despite experiencing damp conditions for the first time in the match’s history, and the Club’s thanks once again go to Edward, Peter, Kiki, Will and the rest of the clan. They provided a tremendous spread for both the lunch and after game BBQ. Huge thanks also to Tansy and Sue for doing the lion’s share of the Club’s contribution to the food end of proceedings.
Captains & players
Off the field we would like to express a special thank you to Tony, Del, Paul and Julian for their efforts in getting the sides together for the matches. This proves to be a very difficult task and this year there were a number of Saturday matches that we had to call off for lack of players. Perversely, for some Sunday fixtures we had as many as 15 to 18 players available.
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