Presentation of 2016 Club Awards
After such a successful season what better way to celebrate than with a dinner and the presentation of the club awards. A large gathering met for an enjoyable Sunday roast at the Jolly Farmer in Newton Abbot. Club Chairman Paul Mitchell reviewed the highlights of the year and thanked all those who had made it possible. A special thank you was extended to our two Australians Brett Williams and Ryan Holmes who returned for the occasion after a tour of Europe before returning home. They along with our British born West Indian fast bowler Ricky Small-Boyce have contributed so much to the club. Indeed Ryan led the Seconds to the B Division title. Of course congratulations were in order for so many but from these the following were presented with the club’s trophies.
Club Batsman: Charlie Mitchell
Club Bowler: Connor Adams and Elliott Adams (Joint)
1st Team Player of the year: Charlie Mitchell
2nd Team Player of the year: Ben Cowdry
3rd Team Player of the year: Ian Tomlinson
1st Team Players player: Alex Birt
2nd Team Players player: Ryan Holmes
3rd Team Players player: Paul Lightowlers
Sunday Player of the year: Brett Williams
Best Performance: 1st team v Alphington
Most improved player: Karl Beasant
Colts player of the year: Charlie Smout-Cooper
1st Team fielder: Aron Owen
2nd Team fielder: James McMurray
3rd Team fielder: James Cartwright
Clubman of the year: Dennis Smith
Teflon Trophy: Karl Beasant
In addition Century Ties were presented to Alex Birt, Brett Williams, Tom Durman, Ryan Holmes and Ricarrdo Small-Boyce on achieving their first hundreds for the club. This was indeed a very happy and joyful event.
No sooner has one season ended than we are looking ahead to next year. Paul Mitchell and various helpers have been working on the pitch making sure that it has time to recover over the winter in readiness for 2017. Like many clubs we have decided to remove our artificial wicket as it has not had any use this year and was showing signs of wear. We have the artificial surface for nets but all games will be played on grass traditional style. (As one who learned his cricket years ago I believe grass pitches for matches are the best way to learn to develop skills for all types of conditions which you will face during an English summer.)
We still have plans to develop a new pavilion though it appears some of the identified sources of grants have dried up. Whatever the outcome we shall be making changes before too long to improve our facilities to match the needs of modern players and spectators.
Of course this is the time of year when we are thinking about the playing staff for 2017. We are exploring suitable candidates to take us to the next level as well as recruiting more widely. Some of our successful youngsters will be off to university or taking important exams in May and June which will mean we are a few players down for a while before they are back playing on all cylinders. We are also recruiting for more players of all abilities to come and play, not just the cream for the first team, but those who can add experience to our seconds and thirds. We have had a few Dads who have taken up the game again in the last couple of years, so maybe there are others out there who fancy having a fun time on Saturdays and Sundays next year. Or perhaps you know of people who could contribute. They will be welcome and made to feel at home. Details of indoor nets from February onwards will be available soon which is an ideal time to try us out.
If you want more details of anything to do with the club contact the Chairman Paul Mitchell (email@example.com) or Vice Chairman Richard Codd (firstname.lastname@example.org).