Harwich & Dovercourt Cricket Club - 3rd Newsletter - 2018
HARWICH AND DOVERCOURT CRICKET CLUB 2018 3rd NEWSLETTER
Here is our 3rd Newsletter of the 2018 season. This newsletter concentrates more on the performances on the field as well as providing an update on the events we have coming up including our Cricket Week in August
1st XI – The 1st XI currently sit 5th in Division Five with a record of Won 6 Lost 4 and 1 Called off. We have hit a couple of weekends where availability has been an issue due to holidays and injury. Although promotion is still very much possible, we have little wiggle room in regard to losses and so we need to stay calm and remain focussed on getting out strong sides to give ourselves a chance. It was great to see Brandon Carter get his first 1st XI century last week, plus every top order batsmen has scored at least 1 half century so far this season, which bodes well for the second half. Richie Bushell has been the most consistent performer with the bat and has made the number 3 spot his own. Bowling has seen Adeel Abbas and Steve Bushell once again take on the workload as both have 20+ wickets. This is probably our biggest issue in that we have lacked a consistent 3rd bowler to keep pressure on the opposition. All in all we have had a couple of close defeats and maybe would have preferred one more in the win column but we can be satisfied with our season so far and we have definitely improved on last season
2nd XI – The 2nd XI are currently 2nd in Division Nine and are having a fantastic season to date. With the possibility of 2 going up this year they are in with a great shout of promotion and the morale in the team is high. Shaun Fox has scored a century this season and taken 2 5 wicket hauls. He has been ably backed up with the ball by Luke Hammett and young Harvey Bennett, as well as others chipping in when required. Batting wise, Cameron Rose made his first adult half century which was great to see and, if they can take the momentum on into the 2nd half of the season, the 2nds will have a season they can be proud of, no matter where they finish. Nick Stevens and his side have been a credit to the club
Sunday Team – Brandon’s team have also had a great season so far and, if they won their games in hand, would be top of the table. An outstanding performance at Wivenhoe was the highlight so far with Sam Felgate posting a career high of 130 in a 5 run win. Brandon has used a mixture of youth and experience this season and he himself has bowled well. Stuart Barwood has made two appearances and has scored 90 both times and there is a real feeling they could bring home some silverware this season.
Youth Section – The Under 15’s are still undefeated which is fantastic and they are being true ambassadors for the club. Skipper Lewis Grubb has shown great ability, utilising all his players, as well as batting and keeping well himself, he is definitely a club captain of the future. It is hard to single out players when the whole team have performed well but James Carver-Hardy and Harvey Bennett have used their adult team experiences to consistently play well with bat and ball. James also managed 6 catches in 1 game, which must be a club record! Young Ollie Bennett, not to be outdone by his older brother, has also earned a club cap by taking a hat-trick in one game. 1 game stands out though, which was versus Frinton. Lewis and Harvery put on 178 withouth losing a wicket in 20 overs (again a possible club record) and the team then kept Frinton at bay by bowling and fielding very well, considering their opener got 135 not out and plays Division One adult cricket.
Our Terriers kwik-cricket team have enjoyed themselves at a number of tournaments and have been a credit to the club, going one tournament undefeated.
So overall a very positive first half of the season for the club on the field and we go into the second half, hoping for continued strong availability to help us achieve our goals at the start of the season, well done all!
Primary Schools Kwik-Cricket Tournament
We had a very successful kwik-cricket tournament, attended by 8 schools and deservedly won by Great Bromley. Thank you to all those who volunteered to help, I believe everyone enjoyed the day and the weather very much helped too! On the day the club were pleased to make Mr Nigel Spencer MBE an honorary life member for his services to the kwik-cricket tournament over the years, from founding the event back in the early 90’s to continuing to come down and support it now
Below is a list of upcoming events:
20th July – Dan Fraser singing live – 9pm (£2 to non-members)
Cricket Week – August 23rd-27th – PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT IF YOU CAN THROUGHOUT THE WEEK
23rd August – Sally Felgate Quiz – 8pm start (£1.50 per person)
24th August – Past (led by Daniel Goff) vs Present Players 20/20 starting at 6pm followed by Michaela Fullylove’s Amy vs Adele tribute at 9pm (£2 to non-members)
25th August – 1st XI vs Hadleigh 2nds – 12.30pm start
26th August – Sunday Team vs Mistley – 12.30pm start with BBQ and evening entertainment TBC
27TH August – Presidents vs Chairman’s 20/20 game starting at 2pm with guest player Essex Captain Ryan ten Doeschate
15th September – Family Fun Day – starting at 2pm we have inflatables, loads of stalls, food and live music
22nd September – End of Season Presentation for Juniors and Seniors (Start time TBC) this is a free event for members only (social and playing) with live music from Rural Outcasts at 9pm
As always, we are very grateful for the continued support of our sponsors:
Gray Dawes Group
A Smith and Sons
Finally, it leaves me to say that the club is very much moving forwards and I personally would like to thank those who are working tirelessly behind the scenes to initially keep the club afloat, but now to help it thrive as we see more social events than ever and more people coming down both new and old faces. We now have nearly 100 social members and we have seen two or three new faces on the pitch too. It takes time and effort to do what we have done so far and it is all voluntary. Please continue to come and support our teams and our events to help the club move forwards.
I hope to see as many of you as possible down the club in the second part of the season, from players to life-members, families and friends both new and old.
Chairman and 1st XI Captain