4 months ago
By Chris Pike
DCC produced another successful season which saw the 1st XI climb another rung on the ladder and secure a berth in Division 2 for 2017. Scott Kelsey (who with his partner Hazel are currently celebrating the birth of their son, Milo) again deserves high praise for producing and leading a side to secure its 3rd promotion. They will go into Division 2 with high hopes.
Parth Shah, who joined the club from his home in Newcastle Australia, scored 600 runs at 44 and 48 wickets at 11 which puts him up with the best all-rounders in the championship and was deservedly DCC 1st XI player of the season. Ex Warwickshire pro, Andrew Miller formed a fiery opening partnership with Parth and scooped 35 wickets @13, moving well past 100 league wickets in 3 seasons for the club. Rob Chave was welcomed back to the top of the batting order after returning from Spain and hit an impressive 550 runs at 35. Sussex 2s coach Jason Swift turned in a solid season with 400 runs and 20 wickets. Toby Blood hit 300 runs and proved himself to be one of the best keepers in the league with 24 victims. Charlie Edwards and Travis Blood, both 16 years old, proved they had 1st team class when called upon and showed that our colts program is starting to produce real quality. Tim Johnson hit 300 runs and Ben Overton supported well with important runs and wickets.
There is one player missing above and that is because he deserves a paragraph to himself. Nick Lee has secured a coaching job with the Sri Lankan national side and, as such, may not play for DCC next year. He hit 750 runs at 50 this year. In 6 seasons he has hit over 5000 first team runs at just shy of 60 (32 fifties and 13 tons). That is among the best records in Surrey and he deserves our praise for what he has achieved at DCC and thanks for what he has done for the club. Good luck Nick. Hope to see you back.
Updated 18:51 - 30 Mar 2017 by Chris Pike