Village Voice – December 2016 

Penn & Tylers Green Cricket Club

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Morrant Chiltern Cricket League Champions 2016

 

It is fair to say that the summer of 2016 was a memorable one for our Cricket Club with the 1st XI being crowned League Champions for the first time since 2004, and with departing Chairman Steve Coleman being shortlisted for a national ECB “Lifetime Achievement” honour.

The on-field success was a triumph for a squad of players that has come together over the last 3 years under skipper Matt Lance, and which played to its full potential from April all the way through to September. Matt himself chipped in with 35 wickets, bettered only by Jon Cockroft’s haul of 45 and ably supported by Paul Francis’s 29. On the batting front, Matt Morgan and Ronnie Biswas lead the way, both scoring over 400 League runs, and on the few occasions that these individuals didn’t perform so well or weren’t available to play, there was never a shortage of others ready to step up and take the opportunities presented to them.

One of the most satisfying aspects of the 1st XI’s success is the fact that on any given Saturday, the side featured 7 or 8 players who began their cricketing careers playing for our Junior teams at some point over the last 25 years. Indeed one victory in mid-August – away at Coleshill – even featured two of our current Under-15 players. This connection to our villages is an important objective of the Club and we are proud to see this tradition being continued.

On that theme, whilst the 2nd XI found victories a little harder to come by in Division 3 this year, the significant contributions made by our Colts players with bat and ball in victories against Holyport, Coleshill, Denham and Little Marlow serve as further pointers to an encouraging future for the Club.

The presentation of the League trophy was made at a formal evening hosted at the Club in early November with around 80 players representing League Clubs from around the County in attendance. Celebrations continued long into the night (with the trophy being mislaid for a couple of days afterwards) and were revived once more at the Club’s AGM at the end of the month at which the following awards were made:

1st XI player of the year: Jon Cockroft

2nd XI player of the year: Chris Mason

Young player of the year: Jake Wilson

On the Colts side of things, we played over 50 competitive matches during the Summer term from Under-9s through to Under-15. We have over 100 children enjoying cricket each year either in these matches or at Coaching sessions held on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings. Colts player of the year for 2016 is James Woodhead from the U12/13.

Visitors to the ground will also be aware of lots of off-field activity too. All of the windows in the old-pavilion have been replaced and dog-walkers will have been initially alarmed to see the outfield disappear in early September as it was ripped-up and flattened before being re-seeded and (hopefully now) restored.

Finally, we have said a fond farewell to our outgoing Chairman Steve Coleman whose association with the Club has stretched over 25 years. Steve and his wife Hilary have now moved out of the area to be closer to their family and they will both be sorely missed.

Steve has been batsman, wicketkeeper, Captain, Coach, Chairman, Umpire and Groundsman for the Club, representing the 1st and 2nd XIs with distinction and also representing the Bucks Over-60s over the last few years. Most recently, Steve oversaw the relaunch of the Club’s Junior section in 2007, and successfully sought and achieved the coveted ECB ‘Clubmark’ status in 2015. As Chairman, Steve took primary responsibility for fundraising which has delivered a new scorebox, pitch-covers and the complete refurbishment of the old pavilion.

His contribution to cricket at Penn & Tylers Green and in Buckinghamshire was acknowledged by the Bucks Cricket Board when Steve was shortlisted for the national ECB Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards in the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ category. In recognition of this, Steve was invited to a lunch at the Lord’s cricket ground in London, attended by fellow nominees from around the country and England Test players past and present.

He leaves with the best wishes of everyone for his second retirement, and we are delighted that he will now become a Life-member of the Club that he has served so well.

We will now spend the winter months planning for the future under incoming Chairman Nick Barber. Cricketing activity will start again in March with indoor sessions as we prepare to emulate 2016’s successes next season.

If you are interested in playing cricket yourself or on behalf of your sons or daughters, we would be delighted to hear from you. You can contact Matt Lance at lancey5@hotmail.com (Seniors) or ptgcccolts@gmail.com (Juniors)