Following the penultimate league games in the WCL (Warwickshire Cricket League) and final game of the CHL (Cotswold Hills League) on 2/9/23 the club held it’s annual end of season awards presentation.
Beginning with the third team, captain Stephen Kelley presented Matt Dadswell with the player of the year award for his outstanding bowling performances in the league. Finishing with, league leading, 29 wickets at an average of 11, a best of 4/15 against Southam. Alongside his bowling Matty also contributed in the field as stand in captain through the season and with 5 catches.
Other mentions included Ben Kelley taking 20 wickets in his first full senior season with a best of 4/12, alongside numerous contributions from colt players making their first senior appearances and holding their own in league cricket. With the bat there were good seasons for Dhruv Vyas (278 runs @ 28) and Will Thompson (269 @ 30.)
Captain Charlie Stranks presented Babu with the player of the year award for the second XI where he finished both top run scorer and wicket taker for the side in league games. With 385 at an average of 24 with the bat backing up impressive figures of 28 wickets at 16, best performance of 5/22.
Charlie played tribute to the number of junior players establishing themselves as senior and 2nd team regular players in the season.
Connor Shingler received the first of 4 awards presented by first XI captain Joe Atkinson as his player of the year. Averaging 12 with the ball for a total of 30 wickets, including a match wining performance of 5/14 against Earlswood.
Other mentions for the 1st team included Steve Rhodes with 24 wickets and also Sonu Kumar (409 @20) and Adam Huxford (328 @22) for their contributions with the bat.
Joe then presented Sarfraz Hussain for his “Performance of the year” 102* vs Stockingford to help the 2nd XI to a winning draw setting 240/5 declared.
The penultimate award of the evening was the Colt Cup presented to ben Kelley for his achievements in senior cricket this season. Taking an impressive 36 wickets at 14 in senior cricket, including a senior hattrick.
Finally Adam Huxford was presented with the Pratt Cup, for most improved player. Adam impressed with his middle batting contributions in the 1st XI, often helping the side recover after tricky starts. He finished the season with 508 runs at an average of 28, and top scoring 72* against Walmley