CRICKET: Willoughby CC

Willoughby 2nds
Willoughby 2nds

Presentation evening looks back at an eventful 2013 season on and off the field

Willoughby Cricket Club took opportunity recently to look back at an encouraging and eventful 2013 season both on and off-the-field at their Annual Presentation Evening.

Starting on the field, the club’s Senior cricketers saw the Saturday 1sts edged out of the South Northants Division 1 promotion race in the latter stages but can take heart from some useful displays to take forward for another push next term.

After a bright and promising start to the season, the Saturday 2nds struggled for consistency in the middle of the season, but with a more settled side plus some of their up and coming talent integrating well, the team picked up towards the end of the campaign which also harbours promise for 2014.

Also, the Club’s ‘Twenty20’ midweek XI of youth and experience were equally in the promotion hunt on a Wednesday albeit to then be thwarted in the closing stages.

Away from league cricket, WCC enjoyed a Sunday fixture programme which despite shortened due to other events was fulfilled nonetheless with varying success and more importantly again provided opportunity for more youngsters to taste senior cricket as well provide social village cricket in its purest form for those who wanted it.

Willoughby’s junior cricket section once again continues to thrive and develop considerably thanks to the opportunities they offer for young budding cricketers of the future.

The club’s Kwik Cricket section has again seen a significant increase in numbers with boys and girls aged 6 years upwards (and their parents) coming along each week to ‘have a go’, master the basics and enjoy small sided games.

With the hard ball, WCC fielded teams at Under 11 and Under 13 level in the Rugby and District Cricket League and whilst the young Under 13 team struggled at times against older players, their efforts were not necessarily rewarded with the results they deserved.

The Under 11s in only their second season together performed admirably, just missing out on runners-up spot in the league, and having made it through to the RDCL cup final at Rugby School, also narrowly came runners-up to Long Itchington by a margin of two runs. Nevertheless, the efforts from them and all the junior players and in particular the way everyone conducted themselves at practice and in matches throughout the season is worthy of particular mention and credit.

Off-the-field, in addition to a series of well-supported social events, Willoughby CC were recognised for their pre-season efforts by being named Warwickshire Cricket Board’s Natwest Cricketforce Club of the Year for 2013 at an awards ceremony at Edgbaston. As part of the national ECB initiative, the club’s NWCF event in April drew great praise from the County Board who highlighted the club spirit, community involvement and kind sponsorship generated which went a long way to making the event so successful and widely recognised.

As further testament to the club’s facilities and ground, Warwickshire Cricket Board also made The Green their home for the day by hosting two junior level county representative fixtures, which again proved hugely successful.

Plus in conjunction with The Twenty20 Cricket Company, for the first time the club successfully hosted three school holiday cricket courses for local children, with more anticipated for 2014.

To the club awards for 2013:

All of Willoughby CC’s junior members were recognised for their great efforts during 2013 with individual medals presented to all junior members, plus there were Kwik Cricket skills certificates and badges awarded to all the club’s Kwik Cricketers.

Senior Awards

Ist XI Batting: Stuart Hall

1st XI Bowling: David Alcock

1st XI Captain’s Player of the Year: Marcus Fleming

2nd XI Batting: Ben Hollis

2nd XI Bowling: Karl Quinney

2nd XI Captain’s Players of the Year: Badj Rehman and Ben Hollis

Wooden Spoon (for most ducks): Matt Goss

Taverner’s Awards

Senior Cricketer of the Year: Dave Alcock

Junior/Youth Cricketer of the Year: Ben Hollis

Fielder of the Year: Graham Hallam

Clubman of the Year: Karl Quinney

* It may be out of season, but Willoughby Cricket Club hosts its annual fundraising Bottle Bingo Night on Monday 9th December.

The event start at 7.30pm at WCC, with donations from players and parents greatly welcomed.

* Plans are already in progress for the 2014 season and Willoughby CC again extends an invite for new players to come along, get involved and play and join for 2014.

Players are welcome at both senior levels with cricket to suit all levels, plus the club always welcomes boys and girls at junior level regardless whether they have played before or not.

As well as having their Kwik Cricket section, WCC intend to field junior hard ball teams at under 11, 13 and 15 level for 2014, plus will again have their weekly coaching and practice sessions

Pre-Season practice commences in early February at Warwickshire College in Rugby, with separate days and sessions for seniors and juniors.

For further details, contact Karl on 01788 542441, mobile 0775 883102 or email karl@karlquinney.co.uk, or visit the website at www.willoughbycc.org.uk