With the season well and truly underway now, it’s time to have a look at how our Barmy Army Clubs are getting on. We’ll aim to provide frequent updates on our clubs over the course of this season.
An excellent start from Carmarthen Wanderers has seen the first team take two wins from two. Skipper, Gareth Thomas, scored 103 and Steven Inward 110 in a 103-run victory vs Ynysygerwn. Last weekend saw Welsh U17 Robbie Crawford take 4-8 in 3 overs en route to a 26-run win vs Ynystawe.
Around 75 children turned out last Friday, too, with the club’s “All Stars” programme getting underway on Sunday 26th May.
The season has started very well at Copford CC. The first team have won all three league games so far and sit top of the league, with everyone stepping up at key moments. Individual highlights include half-centuries for Callum Reid and Ian Catley, with a 5-for from Steve Moriarty and a Tom Helmer 4-for.
A great start to the season for sure; long may that continue.
Draycott and Hanbury didn’t completely escape the notorious early-season weather, but did manage to win one of their unaffected fixtures very convincingly, with Simon Ashmore, Daniel Charles, and Jack Montgomery all in the runs.
It’s largely been a mixed bag throughout the club so far in terms of results, but there have certainly been encouraging signs. All of the club’s age-group sides have notched at least one win.
Draycott and Hanbury also have a number of key dates coming up to be aware of:
If you’re in the area on any of the above dates, be sure to drop in for an enjoyable day!
Parkhurst Cricket Club have played four matches so far this season. Whilst the first three were high-scoring defeats, the fourth was a first win of the season against the club’s local rivals, Pett. That game also saw Mark Shepherd score Parkhurst’s first hundred since 2003. Shepherd has scored 250 runs this season at an average of 83.33.
Unfortunately, Shelley CC have not had the best of starts to their senior sides’ seasons. Injuries and a few administrative issues with the overseas player have conspired to make life rather difficult. On a more positive note, there have been some strong individual performances - opening batsman, Hasnat Yousaf, has made scores of 44 and 56, while the Sheffield-based legspinner, Imran Zafar, took 6-46 from 14 overs in the 3rd game of the season.
Shelley’s juniors, however, have made a promising start with some good performances and victories. A special mention should also be extended to Ellie Nightingale, following her selection for Yorkshire Girls U15's. Junior numbers have again increased and are one of highest in the area, with teams in four age groups (9s, 11s, 13s and 15s) for the first time in a number of years.
It's been a bit of a mixed bag to start the season, with the weather playing a significant part. Elsewhere, cricket has been largely overshadowed by the sad passing of club president and steward, Bob Wilkinson, who passed away shortly before the start of the season. Bob’s absence has left a huge void in the club and it has proved to be a very tough time for everyone at the club. We would like to offer our best wishes and sincerest condolences to Bob’s family and everyone at Tong Park Esholt at this difficult time.
The 1st XI started off with two losses and a couple of low scores, before getting back on track with an away victory at Beckwithshaw courtesy of Mahir Ali's unbeaten 55. Mahir then claimed four wickets before rain ended proceedings.
The 2nd and 3rd XI have made good and reasonable starts to their respective seasons. The 2nds are newly promoted and have made a wonderful start to life in C Division, where they’re now mixing with overseas oppositions. The 3rds, while they have picked up their first victory, are yet to get going this summer. Here’s to a decent run of form for all of the Tong Park sides, and some drier weather!
Wem CC have had an encouraging start to their season, despite the best attempts of the weather to intervene. The 1st team won the only game they finished by 4 wickets, with Tom Astley returning figures of 7 for 21 – the best figures in the Shropshire Premier Division this season. The seconds, meanwhile, won both of their opening fixtures with the 3rds notching a win and a draw.
Away from the men’s sides, Friday 3rd May saw 26 ladies players attend the first-ever training session for Wem’s reformed women’s side.
The Weybridge pre-season went well, with six friendlies for the various teams and one very productive training day at the club. The club’s newly-formed Academy had its first outing too; although they were defeated by a strong Over 40's side, there's plenty of potential in the squad for the season to come.
Competitive cricket began this weekend and it was a pretty solid start all round. The 1st XI began their defence of the Surrey Championship with a thumping win against Sunbury. A great all-round bowling display saw Sunbury bowled out for 80 and a comfortable 8-wicket victory. The 2nd XI had a frustrating abandonment at Sutton, whilst the 3rds put in a good team display to beat Sunbury by 40 runs. Sunday also saw Weybridge progress to the 3rd round of the ECB Club Championship with a 40-run win over Malden Wanderers.
All in all it's been a good, solid start to the year, with a few new signings fitting in excellently and some great first weekend results!