Saturday night saw Mossley Cricket Club celebrate their season’s successes at their annual presentation evening. Both junior and senior members along with their families attended in unprecedented numbers, another indication of the club’s progress towards achieving their aspirations set out in the club’s new development plan.
Chairman Steve Austin opened the evening with an overview of the season’s achievements. He highlighted the huge amount of hard work completed in only the first year of the club’s plans: a pavilion make over, a new successful indoor winter training, the purchase of new covers and the first ‘all stars’ programme for 4-8 age range to name but a few.
He thanked the club’s sponsors without whom, many of the club’s projects may not have been possible. Neil Kippen, CEO of main sponsor James and Nicholson attended the evening and was thanked for his contribution to the club’s progress. Thanks were also given to Big 5 Cricket in association with Sports Coaching North West, Ambutech Emergency Care and Wolf Cricket.
Mr Austin noted in particular the huge increase in junior numbers joining the club this year. He attributed the success of the junior section’s progress to the club’s coaches Ben Guildford, Ed Parrish and Chris Jones. Head coach Ben and his team have worked hard to create an inclusive, progressive and exciting coaching programme which saw numbers steadily rise over the summer months bringing an over 50% increase in junior membership in comparison with the previous season.
After a short presentation for the all stars and new U9s team, the attendees enjoyed food provided by the Tracy Pointon (Vale Club) and a brilliant performance by Magician Ian Davies who charmed the junior section with his tricks and balloon making. His performance was thoroughly enjoyed by juniors and seniors alike!
Presentations resumed with a review of the season in pictures, followed by the u11 presentation. U11 manager Patrick Moss spoke of his pride and the fun his squad had had this year with his squad of brilliant youngsters and their families. He noted that his team had increased from a small handful at the beginning of the winter programme to 18 members by the end of the season. Each player received a trophy from coach Ed Parrish whilst Mr Moss announced the individual awards. Both the u11s batting and bowling awards were won by talented all rounder Aubrey Birtles who impressed at u11 and u13 level this year.
U11 player of the year went to opening batsman Will Peterson who has made fantastic progress this year, also making his debut at u13 level.
Next, U13 manager Peter Goodwin reviewed his teams season. He spoke of the development of his squad, speaking briefly about each individual player. He also alluded to the fun the squad had had during the season and thanked them for their efforts. Prizes to each player were given out by Ben Guildford who went on to handed out the individual awards. The u13 batting award was collected by talented batsman Harry Gittins who won the award by a sizeable margin.
Reliable medium pacer Jacob Darton picked up the bowling award for the second year running.
Player of the year went to a new member and talented all rounder Lewis Johnstone whose pace bowling was a highlight of the u13s season.
Moving on to the senior presentation, 2nd team Captain Barry Carney continued the theme of the evening, giving thanks for the hard work carried out by committee and club members and highlighting the marked improvements made by the second eleven. He provided comparable statistics from the 2017 and 2018 season which gave a indication that the club is ‘on the up’.
Mr Carney announced his team’s bowling award winner as Dave ‘Disco’ McKinlay and 2XI all rounder award to Steve Austin. With much frivolity and help from wicket keeper batsman Alfie Tideswell, the 2XI batting trophy and the 2XI player of the year award were collected by Mr Carney. The player of the year award is voted by club players, winning this award was an obvious reflection of the gratitude his team have for the work he has undertaken for many years.
Club captain Gareth Cresswell stepped up to make the 1XI awards. He again, continued the message of progress, announcing that although the 1st team had narrowly missed out on a league win, they would still be promoted to a higher standard of cricket. He gave his thanks to his players, noting several outstanding individual performances during the season and presented awards to club stalwart Tony Brown who picked up the bowling and player of the year award with best figures of 6 wickets for just one run! 1XI all rounder was presented to returning spinner and opening batsman Ryan Speak and 1XI batting was collected by Gareth Cresswell.
As the busy evening drew to a close, the club’s special awards were presented by Neil Kippen. Having lost ‘one of their own’ in March, Steve Austin introduced the new ‘Chris Lowe Memorial’ trophy. He invited Chris’s brother to outline the award’s criteria. Rob Lowe shared memories of his brother and his vision for the future of the club. He noted Chris’s desire to see promising junior talent recognised and to reward those juniors who made the step up into senior cricket. The Lowe family attended many Mossley fixtures and decided that the deserving junior this year would be promising youngster James Goodwin. James is an u13 all rounder who has progressed through each junior team and finally made the jump into second team cricket, a step that he has taken with ease.
Finally, the ‘Clubman of the year’ was presented. This award is presented to those making outstanding contributions to the club over the season. This year’s winner was Carl Nancollas who, having only been at the club for one season, stepped up and made a significant contribution. Carl took on a committee role, looking after communications and data. He built a website from scratch, spending countless hours creating a fantastic platform from which to promote the club. He also regularly attended junior training, running the social events and BBQ on Friday nights. His contribution has been unbelievable and the club expressed their thanks.
The club continues to go from strength to strength, the Annual General Meeting will take place at the Vale Club on 25th October 2018. All are welcome! The club needs help with voluntary roles and fundraising. For any enquiries contact: firstname.lastname@example.org