MCC - Presentation & 50th Anniversary Evening

Mossley Cricket Club hosted a double jamboree last Saturday. The annual season awards were held alongside the 50th anniversary celebrations. Over 100 players, officials, juniors and parents enjoyed a fabulous evening at the Vale Club.

Chairman Steve Austin introduced the event and in his opening address relayed the pride felt by all involved at reaching such a fabulous milestone. He thanked everyone associated with the club, both past and present and expressed his wishes to see the club continue to thrive in the coming years. 

His thoughts were echoed by former Chairman Neil Kippen, who passed on thanks to the current team for all their hard work and highlighted the junior section as something to be particularly proud of. 

Adrian Austin, founder of the Junior section over 10 years ago, was also in attendance and reminded parents of the need to continue to help the club in order to enable the development to continue and flourish.

The packed evening continued apace with the junior presentations then taking centre stage.

Mossley U9s were particularly successful this year and won Division B in the South Cheshire Cricket League. A great achievement. All players were presented with team medals by the league and the club.


Individual awards were as follows:
Batsman of the Year – Jacob Crichton
Bowler of the Year – Jack Moss
Player of the Year – Aubrey Birtles
Jack Moss also won the South Cheshire bowling award for U9s.

Mossley U12s, managed by Peter Goodwin, did really well. Despite having several 9/10-year olds in their team, they held their own and the future looks bright. 

Individual awards were as follows:
Batsman of the Year – James Goodwin
Bowler of the Year – Jacob Darton
Players of the Year – Lyle Galbraith and James Simpson

Mossley fielded an U15 team in the South Cheshire League and were again competitive. Andy Frost, who has been a constant with these players since they began playing cricket, managed the team. A great effort.  2 players, James Lawton and Thomas Goodwin represented the club at both 1st and 2nd team level, a brilliant achievement. 

Individual awards were as follows:
Batsman of the Year – Thomas Goodwin
Bowler of the Year – James Lawton
Player of the Year – Max Wrench

Following the junior awards, the audience was treated to a fabulous singing performance by Nikki Simms. Money was also raised with an auction and raffle. Massive thanks to all the businesses and individuals who supplied some great prizes and helped to raise some much-needed funds. Everyone enjoyed some fabulous food served up by Tracy Pointon.

Ashleigh Wood took to the floor and relayed some great tales of years gone by, much to the amusement of Messrs Rosson, Kippen, Brown, Austin, Davies and Weatherby. In the background Beech, Grange, Barker, Wood jnr and Nick Swift swapped tales of games gone by.

Senior presentations then took centre stage. The 1st X1 steadied the ship in 2017 and finished mid-table. Skipper Gareth Cresswell along with Charles Wright doing a sterling job.


Individual awards were as follows:
Batsman of the Year – Gareth Cresswell
Bowler of the Year – Mark Butler
All-Rounder of the Year – Patrick Moss
Player of the Year – Tony Brown

Barry Carney performed miracles in charge of the 2nd X1 and the team fostered a fabulous team spirit. ‘Keep on truckin’ in the face of adversity was the clarion call and some great Saturdays were experienced. Mossley are also the only team in the league to field 2 female players (Laura Griffiths and Leesa Mellon) on a regular basis. 

A brilliant effort by all involved – well done!
Individual awards were as follows:
Batsman of the Year – Barry Carney
Bowler of the Year – Steve Austin
Player of the Year – Laura Griffiths 

The final presentation of the night was for Clubman of the Year. This went to Steve Austin for his unstinting work in all arears throughout the year. He was also presented with an award by long-standing treasurer John Davies to mark his 30 years as Chairman. Again, a brilliant achievement. 

Lots of chat and memory swapping ensured the night was enjoyed into the early hours.

Many thanks to the Vale Club for their continued support.