A Summer's Tale
The 2021 season was the usual mix of thrills and spills, highs, lows and near misses but it was just good to be back playing a full season even if some Covid restrictions remained in place throughout – lets hope teas return next year!
The senior Saturday teams summed up the season with the 1st XI retaining their Div 2a status with a thrilling 3 run win in the last game with a team including 5 under 21s. The 2nd XI narrowly missed out on promotion despite losing fewer games than any other team in the league – early season rained off games leaving them playing catch up. The 3s & 4s were able to field strong teams all season and results reflected the good availability with both sides winning their respective Regional divisions. Onwards and upwards.
The T20 team eased through their group games and had a comfortable quarter final win to reach a home based Finals day. The side was too strong for Old Elizabethans in the semi but Chorleywood took the title with a well earned victory.
The Ladies team had a successful first half of the season just missing out on the Super8 finals day and continued their good form as the summer went on qualifying out of their Home Counties group before losing to Stony Stratford in the semi final. Again, there’s a good crop of juniors pushing through.
Friendly cricket continued to thrive. The 5th team had the occasional run out on Saturdays and Sundays provided opportunities for those unable to play on a Saturday, looking for extra games or relishing the opportunity to play alongside family members.
Thanks to an army of coaches and volunteer managers, the Junior set up ran 19 sides with 5 reaching County finals day. The U11s led the way as the boys were crowned champions and the girls shared the title after a tied match. As well as all the weekly net sessions we also held 3 weeks of summer camps and ran the ECB All Stars and Dynamos sessions used to introduce the youngest age groups to cricket. Its fair to say those sessions can look a bit manic but there’s definitely lots of enthusiasm from coaches and players.
Off the field, the support of existing and new members has allowed the club to invest in the playing and practice facilities on both squares with more planned. Winter nets are scheduled and the 2022 season will come round quickly. Bats at the ready……
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Training kit is available directly from the clubhouse through our partners, D&P Cricket, and you can contact Riaz to purchase.
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