Club Cricket in the Leicestershire
& Rutland Cricket League
This year was another successful and positive year for the 2nd XI. Again, competing in Division 4 Central of the L&RCL, it would be a tough year to get promoted from the division with only 1 promotion slot available.
The team went unbeaten for the first 6 games of the league, a stark contrast to previous seasons in which it took the team a few games to hit their stride. The form of the team then threatened the same consistency but occasional defeats thwarted any promising momentum and team eventually finished the rain interrupted season in 3rd place with a record of 9 wins, 6 losses, 2 draws and 5 abandonments. this resulted in a total of 330 points, 124 points off eventual winners Maher Stars. One moral victory for the team was the fact we were the only team to beat the league winners through the whole season.
A decent season with the bat saw 5 players scoring over 300 runs and 4 players averaging over 30. the highest score of the season was 127 not out by Gavin Noon against Huncote and the highest total of the season was 262-4 against Cosby. The eventual winner of the 2016 batting award was Sam Nightingale who scored 517 runs with a top score of 100. In Sam's 13 innings, he averaged 43.08 and had an extremely impressive strike rate of 99.41.
A positive season with the ball saw 3 players take more than 20 wickets, 4 bowlers averaging below 20 and 4 5 wicket hauls throughout the season. the strongest bowling performance was against against Quorn in which they were dismissed for just 96 chasing a total of 132. The winner of the 2016 bowling award was Sam Shipman who finished the season with figures of 106.1 - 16 - 338 - 34 with his wickets coming at an average of 9.94.
Whilst our total number of players has not decreased, the ratio of younger to older players has increased and this caused difficulties in raising teams at times at the older ages. This is affecting all clubs and the league has expressed concern at the high number of conceded games in the U15 and U17 age groups.
On the field U17s won 4, lost 1 and had 2 abandoned to finish equal 1st out of 8 teams .
U15s won 3 first half games to top their group, but only 1 in the 2nd half due to holiday unavailability and some date confusion from the league.
The U13 A won 5, lost 2 and tied 1 to finish 3rd out of 10 teams. In the cup they won 4 out of 4, eventually falling at Loughborough Town.
An inexperienced U13B side won 2 from a fixture list of 13, but with such numbers I hope we have sufficient to ensure full U15 and U17 sides for the near future.
U11s entered both hardball and incrediball leagues this year, hardball winning 2 from 5 to finish 2nd of four teams, incrediball won 4 from 6 to top a league of 4.
Three more players were nominated to trial with the county this year and we wish them well over the winter.
My sincere personal thanks go to all coaches for their contribution during the season and to those parents who have helped in any way. The efforts of John Upton and Colin Green are much appreciated as all junior home games this season were played where they should be --on grass.
Our coaching numbers are good but new coaches are proving difficult to find. I thank Simon Lomax for his commitment to manage an U11 side in the new season.