Our annual dinner and awards recognized those players who’d excelled in what had been a difficult season on the pitch, and was a tribute to skippers Neil Darby and Bernard Murphy for getting 22 bodies onto the field for most of the season.
We also honoured two former players as Life Presidents; Adrian Sparks & Andrew Melley, in recognition of their many years service and generosity to the club. Neil Brady paid tribute to them with some very entertaining raconteuring.
Trophy awards were as follows.
Most Improved Player: John Bryden
In a tough season this was easily John’s best summer with the willow, finishing a close 3rd in the order with 270 runs and highlights of 59, 61 & an unbeaten 83. No coincidence then that these were his highest 3 scores for the club!
Performance of the season: Peter Rider
Despite two higher scores of 131 & 102, Pete won for his 83* at Southgate Compton in far trickier conditions.
After a slow start by our top four, against tight bowling on a stodgy track, Pete took us to 178 and the verge of victory (but for a final-over dropped catch and a close LBW appeal - turned down of course!).
He finished the season with 610 runs in all formats and an average of 152 thanks to 6 not outs.
Young player: Hugh MacLachlan
A hugely impressive return, having last played as a colt 6 years ago. Starting with an unbeaten 38, he followed up with a season’s best 71. Although the rest of the year was more modest Hugh showed enough quality to finish 2nd in the 2s batting with 197 runs at an average of 49. He added to this tally with a couple of very respectable appearances in the 1s, scoring 25 vs eventual champions Sandridge and 15 vs Harpenden.
6 bowling scalps also showed there’s more to come from him in 2016.
Rob Stone took over ground keeping duties and managed to get us some of the highest pitch scores in our respective divisions, picking up a couple of NatWest OSCAs awards in the process.