The last game of the season was a friendly match at Widmer End on Saturday. The home side batted first and courtesy of small boundaries and a fast outfield made a healthy 247 from their 40 overs. There were 2 wickets apiece for Shan Patel, Ian Gilmour, Brian Shipley and Mattie Brown. Ateeq Mohammed and Ansur Mahmoud got the chase off to a great start putting on 90 for the first wicket inside 11 overs. Ansur’s dismissal for 38 prompted a mini collapse as 3 further wickets fell in the next 4 overs. Ian Gilmour joined Ateeq and they put on 86 to take the score on to 189, but Ian was bowled for 37 and then Ateeq was caught on the boundary for 95. The lower order added 30 more runs but we ran out of batsmen 22 runs short of the target.
Now that the last match of the season has taken place, here is a summary of the consolidated statistics for the season (aggregating Saturday, Sunday, League and Friendly matches):
Overall, Chenies batsmen scored 8,021 runs at an average of 21.3. Individually there have been some incredible performances with the willow. Six centuries have been scored (3 by Alex Martin, 2 by Mike Pickard and 1 by Charlie Anderson) and 33 half centuries. In terms of runs scored, Mike Pickard tops the charts with an incredible 1,120 at an average of 43.1. In terms of the best average, Alex Martin’s 887 runs came at an average of 68.2.
Chenies bowlers took 368 wickets over the season at a cost of 24.2 runs per wicket. There have been six 5 wicket hauls (2 by Alex Walker, 2 by Dave Brown and 1 each for Roger Vessey and Ian Gilmour). Alex Walker was top of the wicket takers with 42, closely followed by Dave Brown on 40.
The full statistics file is attached to this bulletin for those who may wish to peruse it. You can filter by team / player name and then sort by the various statistics.
Congratulations to Raj Brar who has won Bucks Coach of the Year. There is a separate detailed article on the website about this amazing achievement.
In other news:
As the season draws to a close attention turns to events at the club throughout the winter:
The end of season working party took place on Sunday 29th Sept. Unfortunately, only 6 members (5 senior players and 1 colts parent) turned up. So firstly, big thanks to the 6 that did turn up and worked so hard in the rain! Secondly, the committee are exceptionally disappointed that out of a membership of over 250 (excluding colts) only 6 can be bothered to spare an hour or 2 to help out with a few jobs around the ground.
Senior Awards night will take place on October 19th. There will be separate communication shortly but in the meantime please put the date in your diaries.
2 November – Bonfire Night. This is the single biggest fundraiser of the year. Please do make some time to help out either at the event itself or in the run up to the event. There is lots to do and it falls to the same few people every year – please help out to make it easier for everyone. Look out for further details in due course.
18 January – AGM
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th March – Winter nets at Dr Challoners Grammar School.