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The Second eleven championship winning - 2010

 The Second eleven championship winning - 2010

The 2009 campaign ended in disappointment and the team was extremely disheartened not to win a trophy. In the league we were beaten by the weather and lost the Banks Cup Final in controversial circumstances. The frustrations of the season were put behind us as the team returned for training during the early months of 2010 with a determination to play positive, entertaining cricket and to win a trophy.


The early loss of Wayne Ritzema to Ponteland meant that minor alterations were made to the squad. Chris Martin was elevated to wicketkeeper/batsman and Paul Berryman became available to play Saturday games.


The first game of the season, on a hot sunny day at home to Blaydon, was to set the standard for the entire campaign. A firm lecture from the men in the middle in relation to the new Codes of Conduct gave rise to much discussion with regards to the freedom of speech. This, however, fell on deaf ears. Blaydon batted well and posted a score of 280 which we chased down in 49 overs to achieve our first victory of the season. Chris Martin produced a sublime 74 not out. Tim Stonock said he was privileged to play in the team that day; or did he say he was just privileged!


The start was a springboard for the rest of the season as the team continued in a positive vain with all players making individual contributions. George Harrison, a 16yr old who had never made a senior hundred, deserves a special mention.  On a somewhat uneven surface at the Medicals Ground against Newcastle, George progressed to 99 with one ball to go to the 50th over. Knowing the declaration was to be made (don’t know who was making that decision!) he was bowled - his attitude was that “the team comes first”. He was to be rewarded later in the season at Stockton when he produced a faultless innings of 104 not out to record his first (hopefully of many) hundred.


A record breaking partnership between Tim Stonock and Adam Nairn (119 and 101 not out respectively) provided the base for a victory at Gateshead Fell. Indeed three batsmen were in the top five run scorers in the league averages. All players, however, made vital contributions with the bat at some point during the season.


BATTING (MIN 8 INNS)

Batsman

Innings

Not Out

Runs

Highest Score

Average

A.Birbeck

13

2

557

80

50.64

A.Nairn

14

3

549

101*

49.91

G.Harrison

19

5

682

104*

48.71

T.Stonock

12

3

415

119

46.11

C.Martin

13

3

368

74*

36.80

J.Harrison

10

3

194

55*

27.71

B.Embleton

10

4

164

55*

27.33

P.Berryman

9

3

162

59*

27.00

 

 

The League bowling averages show that out of the top five wicket takers in 2010, three of them were from CCC. Seven wicket hauls by Darren Redfearn and Andy Robson were the highlights of the season.  We must, however, mention that the best delivery came from Andy Robson’s wife, Gillian, with baby Louis!


BOWLING (MIN 10 WICKETS)

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wickets

Average

C.Metcalfe

114.3

28

328

33

9.94

T.Stonock

96.5

24

302

29

10.41

D.Redfearn

126.4

31

435

36

12.08

A.Robson

147

43

394

28

14.07

J.Harrison

103

20

348

22

15.82

T.J. Taylor

76

16

264

15

17.60


Throughout the season the batting and bowling performances of the team were magnificent. However, an area that needs to improve for 2011 is our catching - especially when close to the wicket. In one game the slips missed several opportunities; this gave rise to much banter in the bar to the extent that when Tony Birbeck went for his bus back to the Lyons the remark “I hope you have better luck catching that”  was directed at him. (Craig Pattison denies responsibility for this!)


It was frustrating in this league title winning year that both games against South Northumberland (our nearest rivals) were affected by rain. After an entire season unbeaten in the league only four points were required from the final game at Hetton Lyons. The fourth bowling point was duly obtained by TJ Taylor (we shall not mention it being a full toss) and the “evergreen” Tony Birbeck saw the ‘Keets’ through to another victory and with it the League Title

 

The introduction of the second eleven 20/20 competition was met with great enthusiasm by all of the players. Victory against Newcastle and Stockton meant that we qualified for the Finals Day at Tynemouth. A very good victory against a keen Hetton Lyons team set up a final with the hosts Tynemouth. Batting first we set a challenging target, thanks to a magnificent knock from Adam Nairn. Unfortunately we then probably played our worst 90 minutes of cricket for the whole season; this was not helped when Andy Robson was injured and limped from the field of play. Tynemouth deservedly won the game with an over to spare and batted really well throughout the run chase. We have now been beaten in cup finals twice in two years by Tynemouth. Let us hope that we have the opportunity to rectify this in the future!

 
After a quarter final victory against Benwell Hill in the Banks Salver Competition, thanks to a great batting performance from Jack Harrison, an eagerly anticipated semi final at South Northumberland beckoned. It was a closely fought game that came down to South Northumberland needing 7 runs to win with 1 wicket remaining. It was tense but we were beaten on the day in a game that was played in great spirit.


The defeat in the final of the 20/20 and the semi final of the Banks Salver were the only defeats that the ‘Keets’ suffered throughout the 2010 season.


It is now time to look forward to 2011 and we hope that the season is as exciting and successful as 2010. Our aim, as always, is to develop young cricketers to play at a higher level and if we win trophies on the journey - even better.

 


Chris Metcalfe
Second Eleven Captain

 

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