FCC 2013 Annual Report

FRESHWATER CRICKET CLUB

ANNUAL REPORT

2013 was a rollercoaster of a year.  Highs, saw us all get stuck in and lay a new artificial pitch, to real lows of seeing the pitch damaged before we even used it.  The struggle of fielding a full side for games has got worse, and is being reflected in our performances on the pitch.

Mrs Osman was our sole sponsor, and she covers the cost of all the new trophies and engraving which goes towards making the end of season awards night such a success.

The year started with good news on the future of the ground, with Freshwater Parish council taking on a fifteen year lease of the field.  We were also told by Ventnor Cricket Club that they had taken up an artificial pitch some years ago, and we were welcome to have it.  The Isle of Wight Council gave us permission to replace our pitch and so we set out on a big mission, which culminated with finishing the pitch on the NatWest Cricketforce weekend.

First off, we drove over to Ventnor in Pitman’s truck and had to unravel the pitch and underlay before dragging them across a soggy outfield, which was really hard work.

Once we got it back to Freshwater we had to start planning on how we were going to pull up our old mat, and renew the timbers and aggregate.  Over a number of weekends we got ourselves a new second hand pitch.

Having laid the pitch, the next weekend, before we even got to practise on it, an eight tonne lorry drove over and parked on it.  The vehicle was involved in the Week Out West festival, which went ahead despite torrential rain before and during the weekend.  All the vehicles churned up the outfield, especially the tractor which was used to tow the lorry when it got stuck.  The pitch was rucked up, the wheels had created ruts in the aggregate, and the side timbers had moved when the lorry drove across the middle of it.

This all happened with the start of the season only a couple of weeks away, on the 12th April.  After many emails to the Parish Council, and companies not willing to carry out the work the only option left to us was to redo it ourselves. This email was received on the 23rd May;

Dear Graham,

The Parish Council have agreed to make £335 available to
your club for repair of the pitch, with a further £90 for your loss of
income. Please confirm that this offer is acceptable to your members.
The money is available immediately upon receiving an invoice.

Freshwater Parish Councillors are aware of the upset damage to the
wicket has caused, but would like to stress that this was a community
activity, only partially sponsored by Freshwater Parish Council, as
well as Totland Parish Council and many other community groups. Besides
paying to have ruts around the wicket filled and having the area
rollered, FPC has agreed to pay to continue to have Jubilee Field
maintained at a not inconsiderable cost to the community.

On Saturday 25th May we set about repairing the damage. With a good number of volunteers, we were able to get the job done in one day.  We did compromise a little, by only de-nailing one half of the top carpet, as to do the whole thing again didn’t seem worth it as it is only a second hand mat which we hope to replace with a new one in the next year or two.

Finally the pitch was ready and we were able to play a game of cricket.

It was an amazing effort from all those who put in the hard work and gave up there time, many thanks to;

Neil Pitman, Steve Priddle, Richard Routledge, Peter Jenkins, Glen Bailey, James Osman, Mark Harrison, Graham Lees, Terry Noyce, Dougie Randall, Sam Vandecasteele, Graham Gosden, Paul Kermode, Jason Swain, Trevor Gosden, Tom Henderson, Jack Lees, Leon Pitman and Tom Rice.

As the season progressed we were then hit with news that there was no longer free parking at Moa Place car park.  The sports centre had handed its spaces over to the council for a percentage of the ticket machine money.  This meant that we had to park up Windmill Lane and enter the pitch from the top gate.  This worked ok, but next year with the development of the school site we are not sure if there will be any room for cars to park or even whether there will be access to the field from Windmill Lane.

Thanks again to James Osman and Mark Harrison for organising our third tour.  We went to West Sussex again, playing some farmers and Ashurst.  Our undefeated record continues, though I have no idea how we beat the farmers on the coldest, windiest day ever.  Feeling sorry for us and retiring their openers with only 40 runs to get, helped to open the door to their fragile middle order, and an amazing spell of bowling from Steve Priddle of four wickets for not a lot, wrapped it up as we won by 8 runs. It did get a bit confusing as a number of their players batted twice to make up the 10 wkts. Osman hadn’t sorted out any rules and so each time we took a wicket we thought the game was over, but another player came out to bat again.

We completed a second successive victory over Ashurst putting a solid score on the board with a hundred from Graham Gosden and 80 from Tom Henderson.  Excellent bowling from James Osman 1-7 in 5 overs set the tone for the victory.

Congratulations to Jason Swain and Gemma on their marriage, to Andy and Cally Buckell on the birth of their son Archie and to Peter Jenkins and Holly Cade on their engagement.

On the field we had a most disappointing season.  Knocked out of the Fred Winter cup in the first round, we also struggled to win games in the league and finished sixth, the lowest I can remember for a long time.  As the club continues to lose players it is getting harder to perform at the levels we have done in the past.  Getting eleven players on to the field has been a real struggle, and there has been no consistency of player availability. Twenty two players have been used in eight league games, and only one person played in all games.

Unfortunately we also lost the Mr T memorial trophy.  Wootton scored 144-5 in there 20 overs, Mike Holliday scoring 71 not out, R.Routledge was the pick of the bowlers with 2-26.  S.Priddle top scored with 23 and with no big contributions from anyone we fell 25 runs short.

Points table for Harwoods Isle of Wight cricket League division II

 

team

played

won

lost

tie

bat points

bowl points

add bat points

win points

no results

total points

average points

Newport II

7

6

1

0

25

31

7

60

1

123

17.57

East Cowes

6

5

1

0

25

27

2

50

2

104

17.33

Godshill

7

5

2

0

32

29

0

50

1

111

15.86

Arreton

6

3

3

0

27

23

0

30

2

80

13.33

Whitecroft

7

3

4

0

17

26

6

30

1

79

11.29

Freshwater

8

3

5

0

25

28

2

30

0

85

10.63

Shanklin II

8

2

6

0

33

26

0

20

0

79

9.88

Ryde III

8

3

5

0

22

21

2

30

0

75

9.38

Northwood II

7

2

5

0

15

16

0

20

1

51

7.29

 

Captain’s performances:

League and Cup matches            P            W            L            D            T            A

 

N.Pitman            8            3            5

S.Priddle            2                        2

 

Weekend Friendly

 

N.Pitman            3            3

S.Priddle            1                        1

 

Midweek friendly

 

S.Priddle            3            1            2

R.Routledge            3            2            1

G.Gosden            2            0            2

P.Kermode            2            1            1

S.Vandecasteele            2            2

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

S.Barber 41 highest ever score                                                            R.Hall 27* highest ever score

 

A.Carey 24 highest ever score                                                            P.Millar 27 highest ever score

 

J.Lees 16 highest ever score                                                            R.Routledge 5-31 first ever 5 wkt haul

 

R.Routledge played his 450th game            G.Gosden passed 16,000 runs

 

S.Priddle passed 2,500 runs            N.Pitman played his 500th game

Leave a Reply