This season has been a remarkable one for the Cavaliers in many ways. Our steady improvement with both bat and ball has translated into results, and it’s been a record-breaking season for individuals as well.
We started off with a good spring in the nets which promised much for the summer ahead. In all we played twenty games and won five, two of the wins coming against good Cockington and Barton teams. We also should have beaten Shaldon on at least one occasion and could have beaten Marldon and Milton-On-Stour with a bit more graft. By the end of the season the likes of Nick and Jon we doing enough to give us encouragement for next season. It’s going to take some work, but if we can keep this top five or six together we can do even better next year.
At the top of the order I felt like I was batting like the skipper should. Not only did I wrest the club record back but I scored over 400 runs at a good average of 24 and was the first past the landmark of 1000 runs for the club. My regular opening partner Mr Chalk had his best year yet with the bat in scoring 222 runs and top-scoring with 48, while Aaron continued his improvement with a marginally better 250 runs at almost 28, with a top score of 52. Karl’s 49 against Cockington remains one of the knocks of the season. Let’s also spare a thought for Meds, whose shoulder problems limited him to half-a-dozen games this year.
Fourth and fifth on the list of runmakers this year were Si (173) and Chris (105) and both were also excellent with the ball. Chris found a new pace and bounce and his 14 wickets were scant return for his efforts, invariably troubling opening batsmen ball after ball. The nine maidens he sent down tell their own story. Si took an astonishing 28 wickets this year, passing his 50 wickets for the club and taking 5-7 against Two Degrees, and was always the bowler I could rely on when things were going wrong. Chip also bowled well in a season disrupted by injury and the arrival of baby Florence, and in among his 14 wickets was the club’s first hat-trick. Kev was exceptionally tidy and like Chris would have probably taken more wickets had he not usually bowled against the top order.
Moreover, however 2012, was the year of the newcomer, and we had plenty of them. Jon Matthews came in and showed potential with bat and ball and is also someone who talks a good game – a spring in the nets and he will be quite an asset. As it was Jon was engaged in a season-long battle with Chris Allen to see who could avoid being out for the most ducks; Chris himself certainly has the right idea, is working on his technique and will hopefully get in among the runs next year. Nick Harrison did well and started to show some batting skill towards the end of the year, and Mick Hinton bowled superbly as well as hitting a few lusty blows down the order. Dave Barlow showed plenty of potential in the few games he played for us.
All in all then, another year of development both as individuals and as a team. Experience and a more settled, committed team have given us confidence. Enjoy the winter and I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say nets (starting in February) can’t come round soon enough!