It was great to be back to relative cricketing normality of the league in 2021 after a bubble season in 2020 against weak opposition. It was in truth a challenging season with a combination of bad weather and availability hit by the dreaded “pingdemic” often leading to late drops outs and a large turnover of 35 players struggling to find some rhythm. That said, in true Chris Silverwood fashion we are “learning and improving” and finished a creditable 6th in a competitive third division.
Learning and improving came from two standout cricketers developing their game and progressing on their pathway into the 1s. Charlie Collar started the season as a timid bits and pieces player and by mid-season had become a real talisman with by bat, ball and roaming the boundary.
Having shown early signs of making the leap Charlie played a match winning knock of 34* v St Mary Redcliffe an bettered this with a tricky Blagdon deck of 38* to give us an outside shot of an unlikely victory. Ollie Harris had a meteoric rise from the 3s and swiftly showed his deadly trident of line, nibble and of course length. In his brief time with us an overall analysis of 48 – 145 – 12 @ 12.08 demanded promotion to the 1s.
The ball was our stronger suit and Ollie was well supported by enthusiastic death bowling by Tom Harvey (19 @ 17.9), evergreen Pratt (14 @ 19.2) and dirty darts from Langan (12 @ 26.8). Cuthbert showed his class with 3 – 14 v St Mary Redcliffe and Lawlor unfortunately signed off for the club in style with 5 – 19 v Frampton Cotterell.
Batting certainly was challenging. Local legend Alex Harris had the only big score with a cultured 89 v Twyford House. New, Newton, Streather, Bedson and Pratt all contributed and Langan finally woke up on the last game of the season to be top run scorer owing to persistence rather than performance. The focus next year must be to put 200 + on the board more regularly to take the step from mid-table to challengers.
Finally I’d like to thank all of those 34 who played for the 2s in 2021 especially those stepping up from the 3s and 4s who all gave their best. I’m optimistic that a strong and settled 1s will lay a platform for a run at promotion and we can uncover the next Charlie or Ollie on the journey.