END OF SEASON NEWS LETTER
ISHAM CRICKET CLUB
The summer proved a difficult one for all our senior teams. Cricket, like many sports, is experiencing trouble with playing numbers and we felt that more than many this season with unavailability hurting us badly.
The season ended with the first team being relegated from Division One and the seconds surviving the same fate in Division Six with a win from their final game.
The Zingari did their usual excellent job of providing the next crop of youngsters but, with the knock-on effect from the higher teams, struggled at times to fulfill their fixtures.
We will, however, be back better and stronger for 2019.
There have been some notable individual efforts with our Australian Damian Reid having bagged 45 at an average of under 19 runs and still with one game to go (at the time of writing).
In the seconds, skipper Alex Skerrett had an excellent end to the season with the bat to finish on 471 runs - nine more than Ben Reid. Alex also took 22 wickets to lead the bowling charts.
As always, our thriving youth section provided much to be proud of this season.
The Friday night training sessions proved to be a real highlight with the children having great fun and parents supporting in good numbers.
On the pitch, the under-11s led the way winning their league and cup competitions.
They tied at the top of the league with Finedon - but beat them in their encounter during the season - and then got the better of the same side in the cup final.
The under-13s also won their competition with a mid-table finish for the under-15s and some enjoyable cricket for the under-17s.
The presentation night to acknowledge all these achievements takes place at the club on Friday, October 12.
A very successful inaugural Past-Players Lunch took place at the club in September.
It was incredibly popular with everyone asking for a repeat performance next year and it was lovely to see some old faces back up at Orlingbury Road.
On the committee, chairman Jim Lyon has announced ahead of this year's AGM that he will be standing down from the role. A replacement is being actively sort and anyone who feels they can contribute to the running of the club - in any role - would be made very welcome.
We will also be undertaking a review of how things are done at the club - on and off the pitch - with all opinions, and offers of help, to make things run more efficiently will be gratefully received.
Stuart Hardy (01933 675921), Jim Lyon (07931 336125) or Bill Chudley (01933 679260) will be happy to help with bookings or provide information about our excellent facilities which are available for meetings, parties, weddings, wakes etc. To keep up-to-date with all that is happening at the Club, you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter.