SATURDAY 1ST XI

CAPTAIN’S REPORT

 

 

2016 - Final League Standings:

 

 

Played

Won

Abandoned

N/R

Lost

Points

Warwick Uni

18

14

3

0

1

311

Charlton

18

9

1

2

6

252

Middleton Cheney

18

9

2

1

6

239

Syresham

18

8

2

2

6

228

Marston St. Lawrence

18

7

2

2

7

211

Byfield

18

7

2

1

8

193

MK Air

18

7

2

1

8

193

Wroxton

18

6

2

1

9

189

Thornborough

18

6

3

0

9

188

Evenley

18

2

1

2

13

146

 

To get bowled out for 110 in the first league game of the season and to end up winning that game despite the opposition being 40 for no loss at one stage, I guess, these were clear signs of the great things that we were about to achieve this season. Just like Claudio Ranieri, no one in the team spoke about lifting the cup - till we actually got to the MK Air ground to play our penultimate game. Superstitious, maybe?  The weather gods this season were on our side as well. Luck, maybe?

Like all great teams, we made our own luck. Credit must be given to the core squad of 13-14 players who made themselves available every Saturday, despite their dissertation work, part time work, the long travel from London, cancelling the Newcastle and Scotland trips to ensure we field a full strength team, playing with a dislocated finger, you guys have done it all. No surprise that we ended with 5 more wins and a massive 59 points ahead of the runners up Charlton which shows the quality of cricket that we played.

Quality and standard of cricket is something that I have always promoted since I took over as captain and it is heartening to see the opposition, the umpires and the current members of our club (barring a few) comment positively on that aspect of our game. Again, credit has to be given to the players who have turned up last 3-4 seasons – it is you guys who have made this possible. Despite the heartbreak in the last few seasons where we ended up losing the must-win games, you all have showed tremendous patience and persistence to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’.

Going through the scorecards this season and I can’t help but think that every match, we had a different match winner. Yes, Danny (the accomplice!) was picking up wickets for fun (36 wickets) and Shaphan was clearing the boundaries for fun but more importantly, each and every one in the top 7 played an innings of significance and contributed (who can forget the 80 run last wicket stand between Shiv and Nicky against MK Air at Home; from 140/9 to 220!). All the bowlers ended up picking 20+ wickets in the season as well. This was a true all round performance – as you can see from the stats that were sent out a few weeks ago, we scored the runs at 5.2 runs per over at a strike rate of 87. We picked up 151 wickets at an economy rate of 3.7, a strike rate of 25 that’s a wicket every 4 overs.

Another very important reason for the steady batting this year was the return of Rob Wood in the middle order. All the players will agree that we missed Rob last year; his knack of playing those crucial knocks was terribly missed in 2015 and his return gave us the boost that we needed. Don’t forget his fielding – still as fast as Jonty Rhodes in the field and as good as Dravid in the slips.

It has been a great year for the club – crowned champions for the first time while our Sunday team also had a great season, winning a majority of their matches. Personally, I have enjoyed leading the team and playing alongside some of the best cricketers in the county. It is time to pass on the relatively easy task of captaincy and as we enter a new league (a new era?), I wish the team and the club all the best in the future and hope for many more years of success.

Also, a big thank you from all the Saturday players to Lincoln and Danny Raza for spending their afternoons umpiring for us – clearly a job no one else wanted to do so thank you once again. Thank you Sir Ali Faridi and Nicky Sandhu for the constant encouragement – despite all the tension at the border! – ONE CLUB!

Last, but definitely not the least, on behalf of the team, I would like to dedicate the SNCL 2016 Championship to Alan Lovell (club’s coach and statistician) and Sandeep Sandhu (former captain, all-rounder, one who came very close to lifting the trophy in 2011).

WIN-LOSS RATIO SINCE 2013

Played

Won

Lost

N/R

Win %

72

50

12

10

70%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danke!

Ankur Chandra