2018 season review
lengthening and the Recreation Ground put into hibernation for the winter,
Bowden Cricket Club has been reflecting on a successful season.
Swans, Market Harborough, hosted the club’s annual dinner and senior
presentation evening on the last Saturday in October, with around 100 club
members in attendance.
greatest success went to the club’s second team, which won the Northamptonshire
Cricket League Division Eight at a canter, having won their last fourteen
consecutive matches. Skipper Fergus Kenney was presented with the league
trophy, the team’s second promotion in consecutive seasons and testament to its
winning blend of youth and experience.
star performer with the ball was its youngest member. Off spinner Harry Wilford,
14, topped the team’s and the division’s bowling averages, talking 44 wickets
in the season. Understandably he won the second team’s player and bowler of the
honours were placed upon Harry’s early-laurelled head when he won the Northamptonshire
Cricket League’s young player of the year award, given to the best under-18
cricketer in all thirteen divisions of the league. Cricket journalist and TV
broadcaster Simon Hughes – Channel 4’s erstwhile ‘analyst’ – presented Harry
with the trophy at the league’s recent awards dinner (pictured).
ladies’ team – the ‘pinks’ – also enjoyed notable success. It won the
Northamptonshire ‘Last Man Stands’ competition – an 8-a-side, 20-over format. Another
teenager, team captain Flora England, was presented with the trophy by Bowden
club chairman Rob Gomez. Flora and her team-mate Collette Wale also played
their part in the men’s second team’s championship season.
club’s first team, it was another year of ‘so near and yet so far’, finishing
just outside the promotion places in league division four, repeating the
pattern of the season before (and several seasons before that!) Nevertheless,
there were some outstanding performances recognised. Antony Paton won batsman
of the year. He was the league’s top runs scorer with 888 and shared the team’s
player of the season accolade with another prolific batsman, recent arrival
Fran Finnemore. Club stalwart Sam Freer won bowler of the year.
club chairman, was made clubman of the year for the second season in a row –
recognising his unfaltering stewardship of the club and tireless work on the
ground. Recognition was also given to all those members who contributed to the
smooth running of the club in 2018 through, amongst other duties: running the
bar, making teas, and maintaining the ground. With Bowden’s youth teams also
thriving and senior sides undoubtedly pushing for further honours, 2019
promises to be an exciting season.
Earlier highlights from 2018 have included Bowden winning
Harborough District Club Of The Year
Leicester Mercury Club Of The Year
BOWDEN CRICKET CLUB