2019 was very much a season of two halves both in terms of personnel and results. With 5 wins in the last six games including victories against the two promoted sides we really didn’t want the season to end. As probably most of the Captains writing their season reports, player availability will feature strongly and definitely was the case with us. Having so many talented youngsters at the club is a great asset but is limiting until the schools break up for hols. Overall an enjoyable and very positive season and having seen the league and fixtures for 2020 I cant wait to get going.
It was a less than spectacular start to the season with losses in the first 4 games with another being cancelled. Despite the poor form there where some encouraging performances. Richard Glynn-Jones hit an effortless 87 at Winterbourne which drew much praise, even from the locals. Sadly due to injuries we were robbed of the opportunity to see many more repeat performances. We also saw a welcome return to the club of Simon Hawkins after a few years away. He had a dramatic impact and despite limited availability averaged over 45 with some stunning stroke play.
The first victory of the season finally came with a crushing victory over a Nailsea side who sadly wouldn’t actually complete the season. Performance of the day was 158no from Randal Leonard who shared a second wicket partnership of 232 with Mike Dodson 78no.
We had to wait a while for another win but there were some close games where we didn’t quite get over the line. We either batted or bowled well but unfortunately not on the same afternoon. Amongst those bowling well were Auden Barnes who’s unerring accuracy and pace was too much for many batsman at this level. 3-30 against Bedminster and 4-23 against Bristol New Eleven amongst the highlights.
The second win of the season duly arrived away at Midsomer Norton Methodists with Mike Dodson at the helm. Having reduced the home side to 171 from their 40 overs thanks to the evergreen Phil Thorn 3-33 and Thomas Harvey 2-11 and a brilliant 56 from Ewan Yates set the platform for a comfortable win.
August was a golden month for the 3’s who went unbeaten for the rest of the season, with batting and bowling finally working as a unit. Standout performance of the month was a spectacular 159no from James Diamond who’s been a good recent addition to the club. Louis Mcbride also contributed 55 runs that day as OBW’s posted an un-chaseable 268-2. Equally spectacular was the 5-14 from Bibek Khanal who tore through a Bristol New Eleven side that had dominated bowlers all season. Ollie Harris was voted player of the year and looking forward to him pushing on again this year with both bat and ball. Mike Fulham worked tirelessly for the team and probably didn’t pick up the wickets his bowling deserved.
A superb win on the last day at Home to Bristol New Eleven brought the season to end but on the best possible note. A mixture of senior players and youth working well together. I’m extremely optimistic about the 2020 season and If we have good availability I genuinely believe we can challenge for promotion.