Ron’s Round Up – September 2021
Another season ends with mixed fortunes throughout the club.
The 1st XI finished above expectation at joint 5th in the league but really could be awarded 4th as the Yorkshire Academy failed to complete their programme with a number of games cancelled for covid reasons and the protection of Yorkshire CC in general from issues surrounding the virus. The league positions were determined by a percentage dependant on the number of games played. Regardless, the 1st team did exceptionally well given all the issues surrounding cricket this season.
The 2nd XI unfortunately didn’t make the cut and were relegated to Division 1. It was a cruel season for them losing points to the weather which may well have saved them in what was always going to be a difficult season. The team was led with dignity by Danny Cass, whose young years and inexperience belied the effort he put in. Many youngsters in this side will have learned from the experience.
The 3rd XI were also relegated with the only real positive being the number of youngsters who gained valuable experience playing at a level a little beyond them. The last match of the season had six 15 and under; they can only get better as they grow and gain from a huge learning curve. Life should be a little easier in a league below with the youngsters a year older being able to offer more to the more experienced players.
The 4th XI had a good year finishing 4th which with some luck could have been a place or two higher. There were some excellent performances from the evergreen Neil Cowton ably supported by his youngest son, Aaron. Again, captain Josh Moate handled the worst job in the club with great energy and extreme patience.
The junior section had a sound season with the U 13’s being the pick of the crop; they won the Cup and the top four play-offs beating Clifton Alliance convincingly in both. All of the players played their part at different times throughout the season and came together in the finals with a great team effort showing the strength in depth.
U 11’s B side won their league and together with the A side look to be formidable next season as most will still be in the age group.
U 9’s did well and will provide some strong players to move up next year.
The U 15’s did well finishing 3rd in their league which was dominated by a very strong Clifton Alliance.
The backroom staff again worked hard to provide the facilities for the teams to perform; we are a growing club and welcome all comers to either come and play or help. Work continues on the grounds before they can be “put to bed” for the winter.