Awards Dinner 2010
A successful season for the cricket club ended with our annual Awards Dinner, which was held in the Village Hall on Saturday 9th October. Graham Gooch, our erstwhile coach, had offered to speak at the dinner, but we thought we would save him for a Lord’s Taverners fund-raising event at a later date. However we were delighted once again to welcome our star guests from Somerset, Neil and Janet Powles. Sophie Spires and Amanda Tosh did an amazing job of lighting the hall (it almost felt like a posh restaurant) and Harriet Higgins and Caroline Owen-Lloyd produced incredible floral displays on every table; where did all those orange and red flowers come from? In fact the only downer on the night was that someone left with my brand new first time-on Charles Tyrwhitt Navy Blazer. If anyone finds it in their wardrobe by mistake, please let me know. Thanks.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Alan Brewer – he has played for the village for 40 years and still remembers the pitch at Rousham!
Biggest “Six” Jay Spires – off the Chairman’s bowling
Worst Umpiring Decision Phil Chesser – clearly in thrall to an Asian betting syndicate
Young Player of the Year Rob Hull
2nd: Chris Reed
Best Batsman Jon Scotchbrook – like all the best captains (Gooch, Atherton, Hussain et al) his batting has improved with captaincy
Best Bowler Scott Powles – looking at his batting average for the year, it looks as though he was bowling to himself most of the time!
Clubman of the Year Harvey Townson – there could only be one winner this year: he raised over a £1,000 for the Lord’s Taverners, but more importantly than that even, he always plays the game with a smile on his face
Bottles of wine were also presented with thanks to Kate Adams, Jo Ellis, Caroline Owen-Lloyd, Caroline McGrath, Sarah Powles and Julianne Osborne, who had made teas/lunches during the season; and in absentia to Barbara Brewer and Sarah Chesser, though I suspect their wine may have gone the way of my jacket! We could not manage without them.
Results & Stats
This year we won 5 and lost 4, with two of those losses being extremely close. This means that in the last 4 years we have played 36 won 24, tied 1 and lost 11, not a bad haul; better than Ricky Ponting anyway. There follows the team’s averages for the year, for which each player must have batted or bowled at least 4 times:
Other worthwhile performances for those who played less than four games were: Dave Powles 86 against Great Tew, Mark Mills 51 against Chairman’s XI and Rob Hull 49 against Sandford St Martin. The best bowling performances were: Ryan O’Sullivan 3-25 against Sibford, Rob Hull 2-23 against Sandford St Martin and Harvey Townson 2-25 against Barton Abbey. Another enjoyable year’s cricket for the SACC and thanks to all who played, but that is enough statistics for one issue of SAL.
PS A special thank you to Jane Plummer who framed our Lord’s Taverners Auction Prizes free of charge. They are England cricket shirts signed by Kevin Pietersen and Alistair Cook – now all we need is for them to score some runs against Australia!
Awards Dinner 2009
A very successful season for the cricket club ended with our annual Awards Dinner, which was held in the Village Hall on Saturday 7th November. Sadly Graham Gooch, our erstwhile coach, could not make it, but we were delighted once again to welcome our star guests from Somerset, Neil and Janet Powles. If a growing attendance at the dinner is synonymous with the fortunes of the club, then we are in rude health – 2007 saw 45 attendees, 2008 53 and this year 72. What was particularly pleasing was the variety of guest: from 14 to 65 years of age; from players to partners and wives; from simply those in the village who wished to support the club. Alex Damm even arrived with Clare again, it being a year since their first real date at the dinner in 2008! This year I even got the tidying up right by dragooning Harriet, Jon Scotchbrook, Kate Adams and the Spires’ entourage to help. All done in about 15 minutes and off to the White Lion, then in the small hours (allegedly) the Red Lion. At lunch the next day Mel and Sarah were bemoaning Jon and Jay’s stamina!
Pictured here are award-winners Scott Powles (best bowling), Dave Powles (best innings) and Peter Higgins (best bowler).
The awards were as follows:
Best innings of the year Dave Powles 111 against Barton Abbey
Best bowling of the year Scott Powles 5-23 against Sandford St Martin
Best wicketkeeper (over the age of 40) Dave Stewart 2nd: Phil Chesser
Golf Match Won by the Golf Club, captain Alan Brewer
Best batsman Greg Renk
Best bowler Peter Higgins (most wickets were tail-enders!)
Best young player Ryan O’Sullivan (pictured here)
Clubman of the year Peter Higgins
The award that got the biggest cheer of the evening was for Ryan O’Sullivan (Best young player) whose 837 net sessions last year certainly made him our most enthusiastic cricketer. It was heartening at the 837th net to see him finally master the forward defensive stroke; let’s just hope he can remember it for next year! I must confess to feeling quite emotional myself as the club voted for me to receive the Clubman of the Year award; doubtless it was more out of relief as I have now stepped down as captain. However I must thank Jon Scotchbrook for his kind words and all the players for the commemorative jug and bottle of fine wine, which luckily I was able to hide and will savour another time. Jon had organised everything so well, even sneaking into my office to take stats from the scorebook, that I had no idea about it. If his organisation of the team next year is half as good, we are in for a successful season. Bottles of wine were also presented with thanks to Barbara Brewer, Sarah Chesser, Kate Adams, Caroline Owen-Lloyd, Caroline McGrath, Sarah Powles and Julianne Osborne, who had made teas/lunches during the season. We could not manage without them! Finally our President, Nick Cleobury, plucked the tickets from the jug for the raffle prizes and we are all still mystified as to how he managed to choose Heather Cleobury’s ticket! Surely there is more chance of us winning the NPower village knockout, but more of that next year.
Results & Stats
All in all this year we won 7 and lost 3, with two of those losses being extremely close. This means that in the last 3 years we have played 28 won 19, tied 1 and lost 7, not a bad haul. There follows the team’s averages for the year, for which each player must have batted or bowled at least 4 times:
Of those who played less than four games the most notable batting performances were: Simon Cleobury 58 against Great Tew, Mark Brewer 46 and Mark Mills 50 against Chairman’s XI. The best bowling performance was: Graham Bullen 2-12 against Barton Abbey. So a great season for the SACC and thanks to all who played. More news next March.
Awards Dinner 2008
A very successful season for the cricket club ended with our annual Awards Dinner, which was held in the Village Hall on Saturday 4th October.
We were delighted that Neil and Janet Powles could make it all the way from Somerset as our star guests and in all we had well over 50 in attendance, certainly a record in my time. It was particularly pleasing to welcome so many players’ wives and partners; even Alex Damm brought a girl along and she even left with him! It was great too that so many supporters and friends from all over the village came along and everyone seemed to have a thoroughly enjoyable time.
However I must apologise to the Hall Committee because the floor was not swept. I am sure I asked someone to do it, but cannot not remember who and clearly forgot to check. I faithfully promise next year I will come back in the morning and sweep it up myself. Mea Culpa.
The awards were as follows:
Best innings of the year: Simon Cleobury 116 against Great Tew
Best wicket of the year: Ryan O’Sullivan (still only 13) against Barton Abbey
Best catch of the year: Dave Powles against Great Tew
Golf Match: Won by the Golf Club, captain Alan Brewer
Best batsman: Mark Mills
Best bowler: Ashley Clark
Best young player: Alexander Maxwell
Clubman of the year: Martin McGrath
It all became rather emotional at the end as the club voted for Martin overwhelmingly as our clubman of the year. Martin is now back in Iraq for his second tour, but we were able to give him a rousing send-off and of course he accepted all our best wishes with his customary modest style.
However I can vouch for the fact that by 2.30am there was a little emotion creeping into his voice, but that may well have been caused by Neil Everitt’s “Heavy Water” Ultra Premium vodka, which tends to cause almost instantaneous amnesia.
Bottles of wine were also presented with thanks to Barbara Brewer, Jo Ellis, Sarah Chesser and Kate Adams, who had made teas/lunches during the season.
2008 Report and Statistics
All in all this year we won 7, lost 1 and tied 1 with 3 games cancelled. Next year Jay “where’s my car?” Spires has promised faithfully to ensure no more cock-ups on the cancellation front. He is, as I write, beavering away at next year’s fixture list and hopes to have it agreed by the end of November.
There follows the team’s averages for the year, for which each player must have batted or bowled at least 4 times:
Batting Averages Bowling Averages Of those who played less than four games:the most notable batting performances were: Jon Scotchbrook 55 against the Chairman’s XI, Tom Maxwell 54 against Cholsey, James Munson 46 against Barton Abbey and Scott Powles quickfire 32 against the Chairman’s XI.the best bowling performances were: James McFee 3-7 against Sibford, Kevin Osborne 2-15 against the Chairman’s XI, Alex Maxwell 3-13 against Great Tew, Prash 2-22 against Barton Abbey, Graham Bullen 3-40 against Cholsey and Daniel Munson 0-12 off 6 overs against Barton Abbey (since we play limited overs matches, bowling economy is often as useful as wickets).So a great season for the SACC and thanks to all who played.Best wishesPeter Higgins