After a successful campaign that saw our First XI bounced straight back to
Division 1 after relegation last year it’s time to take a look back at what has
made them tick this season. It is fair to say that the side was seriously
depleted going into the 2012 season losing the likes of Langford-Smith, Bray,
Williamson and Flanagan (for the most part!) meant that a tough season was on
the cards. However the squad that has blended youth with experience has come up
trumps and returned to the top flight at the first time of asking. How did they
get over the line then? Let’s have a look at the numbers
1st XI Batting Averages
As you can see Massa has been the man that is quite a bit out in front in terms
of average but 91* was always going to help that stat out. 2012 club pro,
Jan Hendrik Steenkamp, has certainly earned his corn chopping in with
182 runs @ 22.75. He will, no doubt, be hoping to surpass the 200 run mark in the final
game of the season against Rush this Saturday in the Park. Head Coach, Matt Lunson, pops up in 3rd and may be looking for a bump up the order ahead of the
weekend. Watch the ball, see the ball, be the ball. Syed Ali has also had a fine
first season at the club and shows up in 4th. Left handed antipodean, Joe McKay,
has started to come on strong towards the end of the year and after a
50 in Sydney Parade last weekend he’ll be hoping to tip he average over 20.00.
|1st XI Batting
After those who have sold their wicket most dearly this season comes the
undiluted numbers. Runs. Straight up. Who has piled them up? Massa again
leads the way but both Jan and Joe have him firmly in their sights. If
they can fill their boots this coming weekend they may just overhaul their team
mate. Syed Ali would need a seasons best to top the charts but is
probably just a little too far back to challenge on the final day. Unless
Corie, Tom or Polly can register only the 2nd
century of the season at the club then their race is run in terms of
topping the table.
|1st XI Bowling|
When it came to bowling it was the club pro who stood up once again.
Jan has bagged 27 wickets to date and will
look to move beyond the 30 mark this weekend. It won’t be enough to top the club
wide charts but he’s more than lived up to his job title throughout the season.
He’s a long way clear of the very impressive Tom Anders who will probably
looking to make it 20 for the season to finish off his first full season in the
First XI. Chris Cavanagh has the meanest economy rate
at 3.35.The bowling has probably been the key to seeing the side
gain promotion as they have had 4 bowlers who consistently took wickets.
|1st XI Catching|
Finally we have the catching. Catches win matches after all. Joe has
been well and truly sold out by his team mates who claim he’s been catching at
about a 60% success ration this season. He is out
in front in terms of pure numbers though. However
Polly in 2nd place has 4 run outs to his name as well and his percentage
of catches held is yet to be ascertained. Who knows who the best fielder has
been over the course of the year. All we know is that it has worked for the
First XI this season.
So there you have the numbers ahead of the weekend. Hopefully the side can
finish strong and claim a win before we all retire to the bar for the end of
season awards and some light refreshment. It’s been a successful season and an
enjoyable one for all involved. So come along this Saturday, enjoy the game and
hopefully a home win and then back to the bar to regale all and sundry with your
tales of joy and woe from this season and seasons past!