Tuesday 18th/ Wednesday 19th September. Ground works going on at the club- all dependent on the weather.
Depending on the weather and when we can get the square scarified, then we’ll be looking to re-seed the square on either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. This will ensure that we have a fit set of wickets to play on come April 2019. We are also looking at taking the sightscreens down as well. All this, of course takes many hands and with the light fading quicker by the day, we will not have a lot of time to get these essential bits of post-season work. If you are free on either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week (even if it is for 30 minutes or so) can you please come up to the club from around 5:00 onwards. Details have also been posted on WhatsApp. The more hands the merrier please.
Friday 28th September – 7:30 start. End of season presentation will be held at the club.
1XI and 2XI
A disappointing finish to the season for the 1’s and 2’s as the 1’s finished 10th and the 2’s 8th in their respective divisions. Personally, bearing in mind the in firsts lost their first seven matches of the season, to be safe with a weekend to go is no mean achievement so congratulations go to all of the team for securing top flight status.
Some of the individual performances put in by the second team have been exceptional and I think that our final league position isn’t really a fair reflection on how we have played over the course of five months.
The 1’s were comprehensively beaten by Copley and were dismissed for 68 chasing 241 off 40 overs. Brocky top scored with 25 and finished an excellent season in our first team for the young man. Adam had 21 and he was the only other player to make double figures. Earlier on in the day Tom and Ross shared six wickets amongst them and Dan Sykes had two catches as Copley went at 6 an over after the start had been curtailed by rain.
It was a familiar story for the second team as we let slip a decent looking performance with the ball, but failed to back it up with the bat, and eventually lost by 35 runs. We had our hosts at 114 for 5 with Braggy the pick of the bowlers taking 5 for 97 off a mammoth 16 over spell, but with the Copley batting line up drawn out of a hat then there was always going to be some late order runs and they finished on 247 for 9 (again off 40 overs) with Robin taking two wickets and Rhys and Rob Larkin helping with two run outs.
Smithy and Rhys put on nearly 50 runs for the first wicket before both fell with the score on 47. Greeny, Jon and Brad soon followed to leave us in a spot of bother at 70 for 4 and then 95 for 5. Tony and Keasty then put on 64 for the 6th wicket with Tony scoring 67 to make it a great first season in SBCI colours and a most welcome addition both he and his family have been in 2018. After both Tony and Matty had fallen then the wickets continued to fall in the gathering gloom and we were all out for 212 in the near dark.
It wasn’t to be for the Sunday side as they experienced a disappointing end to the season on a wet and windy day up at the Stute as Rastrick chased down 114 runs to win with a little over two overs remaining of their innings and, indeed, the season.
We started late owing to the wet weather in and around the local area and with us winning the toss and batting in a 30 over game, then the batting line up was changed accordingly. Some testing final day conditions didn’t mean that we got off to the best of starts and we were more watchful than trail blazing. Rhys made the top score of the day with another half-century and rounds off a wonderful summer for the young man with over 1,700 runs scored in cricket this summer. Brocky had 14 before trying to smash one over the clubhouse and missing and Robbo had a very sensible 16 not out as we chased lower order runs to set a challenging target.
Batting conditions would not prove to be easy and the required run rate was always around the 4.5- 5 mark with the Rastrick openers mirroring our cautious approach. We needed wickets to fall to make a real game of it, but only took two. Booey had a nonchalant one handed caught and bowled effort and Rhys took a wicket with a leg before decision. As per the previous week, their next man in sealed the game with some quick fire boundaries before the winning runs were sealed with a quickly taken two.
It appears though that our opposition may have used a player under a false name so watch this space. The Sunday division is more than likely to be restructured with Norden for one dropping out and potentially others being forced out because of a high number of forfeited matches. My assumption is that the league will merge into two divisions and fingers crossed SBCI will be in the top division. Based on where we were in January when we sat down and looked at our player resources, I think promotion back to division 1 of the Sunday section is the least we deserve for our efforts this time out.
Another season done and dusted and some thank you’s before I close. Captains and players alike have done a sterling job. Selection at times has not been easy for many different reasons and we also thank those who have turned out on a handful of occasions just to ensure that we could fulfil our fixtures with 11 men out on the pitch. Our ground is and remains one of the best looked after grounds in the league and is down to the volunteer grounds people who come and get their hands dirty over the summer to ensure that a game of cricket can be played. The weather has been massively kind to us in 2018, but the work still needs to get done. Our three league umpires are a credit to the club (especially when some clubs provide no officials to the league) and a game of cricket would be nothing if we weren’t able to eat between innings, and so a big thank you to everyone who has contributed towards making the teas this summer. We also couldn’t have a game of cricket without a scorer, and so a massive thanks go out to Adrian, Alana, Verity, Harry who have given up their Saturday/ Sunday afternoons for our club. The same goes for all of those who have scored for our junior teams throughout the season. There is also a small army of volunteers who go up to the club each Monday morning to get rid of the weekend rubbish and to clean the pavilion from top to bottom to ensure that we’re in good working order for the next weekend. Again a massive thanks to these people and to anyone who has had anything at all to do with the club in 2018.
We’ll do it all again in 7 months time.
I’m off for a lie down!!
Updated 17:18 - 17 Sep 2018 by David Brown