On the field
The start of the season looked a little ominous with some chilly conditions. However we had a wonderful couple of months of summer and our cricket square and ground were a delight for us and our visitors. We did lose a few games to the weather towards the end of the season.
For the games we played we were once again in positive territory on the win/loss ratio. The final tally for the year was won 20 and lost 17. Some of the losses were achieved from pretty solid winning positions but generally a middle order collapse followed by a short tail caused our demise.
The matches were pretty much all played in a competitive but fair manner. There were some very impressive performances with both the bat and the ball and in the field. The outstanding performances are recognised at our awards evening but there were many more that deserve a mention. On the batting front, in addition to the award winners, Zeeshan, Will Voaden, Shankar Raghu, James King, Sukhi, Nomi, Arslan, Ian Fisher, Manan Kapila and Peter Box all made innings of substantial runs to help us build a defendable score.
For the bowlers, Arslan, James King, David Timms, Manu Kapila, Nomi, Will Voaden, Zeeshan, Julian Gibbs, Angus Spratling, Manan Kapila and Ben Bausor toiled away and took many wickets in our quest for a win.
The wicketkeepers rarely get a mention as they are not eligible for the fielding award but they are “involved” in every ball that is bowled by us. Our mainstay keeper on Saturdays is Ian Fisher who does a fantastic job flying around behind the stumps like a 21 year old. The Sunday duties were shared around between James King, Paul Colloff, Peter Box, Zeeshan, Ali and Prash Kumar who all did a creditable job. We would like to thank all of our players for their on field performances.
We welcomed new players during the season: Ben Bausor, Salil, Alex, David Timms, Nomi, Lionel, Asad, Obaid, Venkat, Sudhir, Chitrendru and Luke. We look forward to seeing a lot more of them next season.
Much of the behind the scenes work falls to the captains. While we had 26 players who played five matches or more we had 22 players who played less than five matches. Such a lack of depth in our regular players results in protracted searches at the back end of the week to make up our weekend sides. The message is that we owe a great debt of gratitude to Tony King, Derrick Randall, Manu Kapila, Ali and, in particular, Prash Kumar, for all their persistence. Manu is particularly helpful in sourcing new players. Following Tony King’s retirement from the Club after the first part of the season Derrick Randall stepped in to give us a helping hand which was very much appreciated.
President’s Day 2013
Once again, the sunshine arrived for the annual highlight of our season. It was the eighteenth occasion that Edward Guinness’ family, under the captaincy of our President’s son, Will Greig, challenged the Club.
The President’s XI batted first and made what they thought was a pretty competitive total of 261. However a fine top order batting performance saw the Club win with the loss of 4 wickets in just over 33 overs. A superb lunch preceded our on field activities which were then followed by the Piper’s Farm BBQ. Our President, Peter Greig, and his family who own and run Piper’s Farm, supplied us with excellent salmon and meats while Tansy, Jim, Peter, Ian and Sheena did all the salads and trimmings. A huge thank you to them for making the players’ jobs so easy!
A successful and enjoyable season on the field of play does not happen without a lot of time and effort from our volunteers off the field.
Firstly, we owe a huge thank you to the women and men who create our highly acclaimed teas. Tansy did the lion’s share of the teas this year, often stepping in at short notice. Ian no doubt helped out as did Peter with Sue who also did a significant number of teas. Others who chimed in with teas were Sheena and Manu.
The ground, square and wicket are our showpieces and are fundamental to the enjoyment of our cricket. The state of our square and wickets are the envy of our visitors and the person responsible for most of the hard work is Paul Colloff – well done Paul.
The lack of storage space at the ground requires us to store and move quite a lot of equipment in and out of the changing rooms for our home games. The early arrivals at the ground, who are not many but they know who they are, carry out this task efficiently and without bother. Our thanks to the “early birds”.
We had the cricket net up and running this year which helped those who were able to make the Tuesday get together with their on-field performances. We would like to see more players utilise the nets on a Tuesday night because it helps build the Club ethos and the practice will prove invaluable!
The Cricket Club has a big hand in running the bar, not just on match days but for functions run under the FSCA banner. The money raised is an important funding element for the facilities at King George’s Field. We are very grateful to Ian, Tansy, Paul and Jules for their considerable dedication to this endeavour.