I hope you are having a great weekend! I'm emailing today to update you all on the recent player's supper and the awards and elections that took place as part of the evening.
The evening was hosted by the Frog and Wicket further building our excellent club relationship with both the pub landlords and the brewer Fullers. Remember that the Frog donates money to the club for every Pie eaten so if you are peckish for some pastry remember to head over there. After some excellent food the 2015 season's captains gave a quick summary of their team's performance and then the awards were presented.
The 4 main prestigious club awards went to the following club members:
Player of the Year
: Ben Saville
- Ben's outstanding season with the bat, which included the highest individual total on our new Hundreds honour board in the clubhouse, was capped off with captaining the 2nd XI to promotion up to Thames Valley League Division 3. Ben has been a member of the club for many years and as an ex-first team captain and ex-Lashings organiser has dedicated a huge amount of time and effort to the club over that time.
Young Player of the Year
: Lewis Sharp
- Despite being the young age of only 18 Lewis has been a member of the club for many years and progressed all the way through the colts set up to be an integral part of the clubs 1st and 2nd team bowling attacks. His consistency and dedication to improving his game is an inspiration to all young players and his efforts to help run and organise the inaugural and successful U19 team this season (playing exciting T20 matches in coloured kits with pink balls) shows a maturity beyond his years.
Performance of the year
: Max Hammond
- Not many people can ever claim to have single-handedly turned a game around but Max is one of those players. His performance for the 4th XI, at the young age of 16, taking 4 wickets in 4 balls stole victory from the jaws of defeat. Quite an effort Max!
: James (Jimmy) Forsythe
- Despite his knees ruling him out of playing for a lot of the summer Jimmy was integral to the running of the club this season. Jimmy helped with Sponsorship, recruitment and a host of other tasks that were not part of his job description. After the season has finished it has also been confirmed that Jimmy is taking over from Phil Wise as fixture secretary as well as learning the clubmark role from Terry Lynch. The definition of the Stalwart award is different depending on who you talk to but everyone knows that the club would be a lesser place without you Jimmy so well deserved.
: Rob Saunders
- Rob's first stint with the club during the 2000's found him as a raw talent, full of energy and enthusiasm that occasionally boiled over... After a break from the club due to work, his return in the last few years has been a profitable one and Rob has been a consistent performer bowling a huge number of overs for the 3rd XI taking loads of wickets along the way. Club colours are rarely awarded and are reserved for those who have performed week in, week out for years showing pride in the Eversley badge. Individual awards are handed down from player to player every season but club colours are a permanent award that stand for dedication and excellence. Rob was nominated by a previous colours awardee and club legend Dave Howorth and was elated to receive his braided cap.
The captains for the 2016 season have been confirmed as the following:
: Chris Last
- Chris has played in the Eversley 1st XI since he was 17 having come up from the colts so now at the age of 26, despite being fairly young, he has a wealth of experience to draw on as both an opening batsman and off-spinner. Chris is an assistant manager of the grounds section of Reading football club and is responsible for 20+ pitches at their training ground in Arborfield. We are lucky to have him therefore this year working on the Cross Green square as another club legend of 40+ years Derek Budd slowly moves into retirement...
: Ben Saville
- Having got his side promoted this year Ben is looking forward to a higher standard league next year and has challenged all players in his team and any younger players in the teams below to come through and show their talents in 2016. Ben is a senior manager at Microsoft in Reading and in his youth was a national level athlete competing in the Javelin event.
: Rob Saunders
- Rob continues as 3rd team captain for the 2016 season having narrowly missed out on gaining promotion for his team this season. Do not be mistaken into thinking it was due to lack of effort, Rob took a staggering number of wickets for the club this season and if you look at the wicket taking honours board this season you will see his name up there so many times that he himself has been heard describing it as the 'Saunders' board... Rob is a Corporal in the army and has completed several tours including Afghanistan.
: Tony Critchley
- Despite an extremely challenging season where Tony spent most weeks calling round trying to recruit players for his side (capping 50+ players over the course of the season...) Tony has agreed again to shepherd the 4XI for the 2016 season. Tony has been a member of Eversley since TV's came in black and white and has a wicket haul that any bowler would be proud of. In 2016 Tony will continue to work with the colts coaches to identify and bring through the future adult players of the club so if you are a young player and want to experience adult cricket then Tony is the man to talk to. Tony works for a medical supplies company when he is not putting in the hours for ECC.
Overall a great evening was had by all those who went and it acted as a great finish to the 2015 season. On behalf of the main club committee I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the club in 2015 either in the colts or adults sections. As with any big club like ours there are still lots of things going on and as we approach the winter training in the next few months a lot of organising and tough work will be required, but I have personally seen some incredible efforts at this club and I have faith that we can be successful in 2016 if we support each other.
One final point to note is that the Eversley CC Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Monday December the 7th at 1930 in the clubhouse. All club members are welcome so we hope to see you there.
Eversley Cricket Club Secretary