3RD XI

After 2020 we finally got back to some sort of normality, well if you discount no match Tea and having to wipe the ball with slime every 6 overs!! Looking back I’d have to say on the whole it was successful season with 14 matches played, we won 9, lost 4 and even had one tie. Those that played last season will probably agree there were a couple of wins given away but overall we played a good standard of cricket throughout the season.

The standout player of the season was Richard Glynne Jones who’s return to regular team cricket saw him score over 800 runs at an average of 81.10 with a couple of 100’s thrown in. After some long term injuries 2021 also saw Richard taking the gloves again with 7 catches and 2 stumpings so a pretty good season all round. 

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Some other notable contributions with the bat came from Mark Beach and Mike Dodson who both averaged over 30. In the bowling department another senior player, Rich Miller had an outstanding year giving away only 116 runs from his 44 overs at an economy rate of just 2.72. The bowling highlight of the year for me was Auden Barnes 5-31 away to Bradley Stoke with most, if not all of those runs nicked off behind the stumps. 

Auden had another good year which saw him selected for the 2’s towards the end of the season. There we equally valuable contributions from youngsters Charlie Vaughan and Archie Joslin who continue to improve and impress and I have no doubts they’ll be knocking on that 2’s door next season.

Next year we are playing our cricket in Division 9 and I am looking forward to the challenge of playing at a few new venues as well as the familiar ones and you never know we might even get a Tea.

Jon Sheeran sweeps

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