This year, the presentation was held at the club along with an excellent buffet (as usual) prepared by Alison Bowen. Chairman Jon Price was in charge of the awards – accompanied by his usual excellent and very amusing speech. For the record the award winners are below :
1st team Rana Hassan 775 runs
2nd team Simon Parnaby 573 runs
3rd team Adam Butt 341 runs
4th team Rob Baker 338 runs
1st team Ross Parker 306 runs
2nd team Mohammed Shafiq 463 runs
1st team Rizwan Gulzar 25 wickets
2nd team Richard James 33 wickets
3rd team Nadeem Tariq 26 wickets
4th team Richard Birch 23 wickets
1st team Will Hinder 12 wickets
2nd team Richard James 19 wickets
Some points worth noting are that Rana Hassan has now won the first team batting award in every season since he joined the club over a decade ago, Mohammed Shafiq also won the divisional batting award for his Sunday runs, whilst Richard James did likewise for his Saturday wickets.
Both Will Hinder and Ross Parker were still playing for our under 15s, and the fourth team youth policy is thriving with the evergreen / experienced / veteran performers (delete as applicable) Rob Baker and Richard Birch taking the honours...
Players Player of the Season
Saturday 1st team Mohammed Ishtiaq
Saturday 2nd team Richard James
Saturday 3rd team Nadeem Tariq
Saturday 4th team Shared between youngsters Myles Davis and Harry Turnbull
Sunday 1st team Ross Parker
Sunday 2nd team Thomas Axcell
Again, it’s pleasing to see that four of the winners also played for our under 15s during the season.
Young Player of the Year Joe Oakley
Junior Player of the Year Thomas Axcell
Spirit of Cricket Award Rob Baker
Clubman of the Year Richard James
The Saturday second team received the runners up trophy following their promotion, and the Sunday second team received the league winners shield after topping the table with a mainly young team.
Having got over my disappointment at being overlooked for the Young Player of the Year award at the age of 46, the rest of the evening was very enjoyable – including a very interesting and entertaining karaoke, although I’m not certain any of us will be making the X-Factor let alone getting a recording contract after our efforts...
Every one of the award winners was fully deserving, although a few alternative awards could have been given... I’ve tried to keep these to games I actually played in or witnessed, but there’s the odd one that I didn’t.
Innings of the Season
Bowling Spells of the Season
All round performance of the season
Best games of the season
Worst Dropped Catch of the Season
The Tower Bridge Fielding Award
Game of Thrones Tyrion Lannister Clone Award
Best tea (apart from ours, obviously. Need to keep in Mum’s good books)
Least likely to help you escape award
The Finally Award
My personal highlights
Playing a couple of games with Josh in the Birmingham League, and taking the catch for his first wicket at that level.
Promotion for the Saturday second team and the League Title for the Sunday second team.
Making a century against Four Oaks in a convincing win for the Sunday second team.
Playing first team cricket again after three years away with illness and injury.
All that is left for this year is our AGM at the end of November, and then to try and work out how to operate at work on reduced sleep having watched the Ashes on TV the previous evening... Before we know it, the cricket season will be upon us again, with plenty of exciting times to look forward to at the club.