FRESHWATER CRICKET CLUB ANNUAL REPORT 2011/12

Thanks to the Vine Inn for their continued financial support of Freshwater Cricket Club.  Their money pays for the club’s insurance.  Mrs Osman continued with her support of the club, and has given members a 10% discount at Warren Farm Tea Rooms.  John from Wight Outdoor has continued with his support.  Roger Dorrington must also get a mention for his yearly donation which keeps us going in the cricket ball department.

FRESHWATER CRICKET CLUB ANNUAL REPORT

The whole idea of repairing or replacing the cricket pitch has gone out of the window.  The Council has plans to demolish the former West Wight Middle School for a housing development, and build a new school joined to the sports centre over the current cricket pitch.  Most of summer 2011 has been spent trying to find out what the Council is planning to do.  I have made enquiries of several people at the Council, as well as Freshwater Parish Council, in search of answers.  A letter to the MP Andrew Turner finally provided me the opportunity of a meeting with the relevant person, Janet Newton.  However, it didn’t provide any firm solutions, just various possibilities; some suited us some didn’t at all.  As it stands now, 1st of January 2012, the Council have only put in for planning on the demolition of West Wight School and 50 houses re-development.  No planning for building of new school, or closure of All Saints and its re-development for housing/etc.  The IW Council has released information that they have received finance for the building of a new school in Freshwater next to the sports centre.

So where does it leave us?  I have yet to be given the assurances that we can even play there for the 2012 season.  As a result we will have a much reduced fixture list and where possible have asked for friendly games to be played away from home.  If they do build the school I have not been involved in any official discussions about what the IW Council plans to do about the cricket club.  As far as I can see there is nowhere else that we can go in Freshwater.

NatWest Cricket Force  - Freshwater Cricket Club
We did have some good times this year.  First was our attempt at the Natwest Cricket Force weekend.  We had a good turn out of volunteers, and we managed to get our new net erected, Mr T’s garden weeded and planted, and a very good BBQ and drinks, so a big thank you to all who helped out.

Second, was the tenth anniversary Mr T memorial cup match against Wootton.  Hard to believe it was that long ago.  The game was as always played in the best of spirits, and it was good of the Wootton lads and ladies to hang around after the game for the BBQ and beers.  Captain for the match J.Osman put in a good bowling performance, along with R.Routledge and S.Vandecasteele (2-7), and we managed to restrict Wootton to 110-4.  I think batting second did give us quite an edge as the smell of the sausages and burgers wafting across the field of play began to distract fielders and bowlers alike.  D.Randall got us off to a flier, with 32 in 20 balls, and with good contributions from everyone else we got home with 4 overs and 6 wickets to spare.

Tour photo - Freshwater Cricket Club

Third, was our first ever tour weekend.  We headed to Woolacoombe, North Devon, for three nights and two matches, with a combined Stag do.  It was a great time, and despite the rain we managed to get in one game and performed very well considering the night before!!

The advertised ‘winter net practises’ did provided us with quite a few new faces, and it was good to see them being warmly welcomed and given every opportunity to play cricket by our various captains.  We had Phil and Alfie Carey, Evan Toms, Jeremy Cangialosi, Rich Williams, Sam Scadgell, all of whom made good contributions, and I hope they will keep up their interest and play for us again in 2012.

Moving to matters on the field, we had a very inconsistent season.  With Tom Henderson in charge for his second year we beat the league winners in two out of three matches, we reached the Fred Winter Cup Final, but we were completely outplayed by Bembridge who hadn’t won a game all season, and we had to call off a league game against Godshill because we could only muster FIVE players.  A few players had match winning performances, Osman’s early form with the ball knocking teams over, Sam Vandecasteele always picking up wickets and giving away hardly any runs, Jake Priddle who in his first full season opened the bowling and was the best line and length bowler I have seen for some time.  Rich Williams also showed himself to have a ‘golden arm’ by making breakthroughs and taking key wickets.  This year’s runs came via a few more players than last year and we were not so reliant on one or two batsman.  I think the middle order did especially well this year, captain Henderson lead the way by scoring his first and second ever league half century’s.  Osman, Scadgell, Kermode, Routledge, Turney all had vital innings as the tail wagged and won us some games.

 

 

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

Ventnor III

11

7

4

0

41

42

11

70

1

164

14.91

Godshill

11

7

4

0

45

42

4

70

1

161

14.64

Freshwater

12

8

4

0

39

44

7

80

0

170

14.17

Northwood II

11

4

7

0

42

31

0

40

1

113

10.27

Bembridge

11

2

9

0

35

38

0

20

1

93

8.45

 

Freshwater Cricket Club 2011

Overall the main feeling of 2011 is our lack of consistency, both in terms of the player’s available week to week, and the performances that each player puts in.  If we can just strive to get a few more people playing well for longer periods rather than just the one off performances.  A practise night during the season would I’m sure help, but I appreciate it is difficult to find the time to fit it all in.

The midweek side was captained by a different person each month this year.  The main reason for this was Richard Routledge stepping down due to having a heart attack during the winter.  Still keen to play and be available he just didn’t want the extra hassle of phoning round people trying to get a team together.  Thanks to Roo for the previous few years work.  Having different people captaining the side has the benefit of getting more people used to the role of organising teams.  I think it is the way to go and hopefully we will do the same next year.

Thanks must also go to Simon Harrison who stood in our league and cup games this year and was quite often the only official on the field.

Captain’s performances:

League and Cup matches            P            W            L            D            T            A

 T.Henderson            12            9            3

S.Vandecasteele            3            2            1

J.Osman            1            1            0

 

Weekend Friendly

 T.Henderson            7            4            3

J.Swain            1                        1

S.Vandecasteele            1                        1

 

Midweek friendly

 S.Vandecasteele            4            3            1

J.Swain            3            1            2

M.Harrison            2            1            1

J.Osman            2            1            1

R.Routledge            2            0            2

HIGHLIGHTS

 S.Scadgell 48* highest ever score

J.Hebden 28* highest ever score

N.Pitman passed 10,000 runs

S.Vandecasteele passed 400 wickets

T.Henderson and J.Swain passed 200 matches

R.Routledge passed 400 matches

G.Gosden passed 600 matches

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