Nettleham Cricket Club | Update | Autumn 2016

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Nettleham Saturday 2ndXI | Winners of the Bob Welton Cup 2016
Back row L>R: James Pickering, Ben Bradford, Simon Grocott [‘Man of the Match’], James Welbourn, Dan Hill
Front row L>R: Cameron Burns, Jack Thornton, Dan McCardell, Dom Keeble, Sam McCardell, Oliver Ward

The end of another cricket season saw glorious summer days give way to autumnal weather, with the last three matches of the season being washed out completely by rain, bringing mixed results for Nettleham’s four senior teams:

Saturday 1stXI

The Saturday 1stXI played their 1st season back in the Lincolnshire ECB, but team selection varied weekly due to family and work commitments and holidays, resulting in a large squad being used, and rarely being able to field the same full strength team that had seen them gain promotion last season. Unfortunately, this saw the team struggle at times against stronger opposition in the higher league and although team spirits were high, a complete washout of the last 3 fixtures saw Nettleham finish narrowly bottom of the league resulting in relegation back into the Lincolnshire Premiere League next season. However, they did finish 2nd in the ‘Fair Play’ award for the league, marked by the standing umpires at each match, gaining maximum marks for co­operation with the umpires and showing that, whilst competing, they did so fairly and in the spirit of cricket. With players moving away from the area next season, the team will need to rebuild and develop the talented younger players from its renowned youth system, to stabilise the team.

Rhett Bridgens, playing his 3rd and final season for Nettleham as their overseas player before returning to his home in South Africa, finished 4th in the bowling averages with 45 wickets, a best of 6/41 and gaining 4 ‘Man of the Match’ nominations. The club wish him well in his future cricketing career.

Saturday 2ndXI

The Saturday 2ndXI had a successful season, finishing 2nd in Lincolnshire Division 3 and gaining promotion for next season, as well as winning the Bob Welton Cup.

A special mention for Simon Grocott, who finished 10th in the division stats for batting with a total of 219 runs and a best of 76no, and 8th in the bowling stats with 26 wickets and a best of 3 for 7.

Sunday 1stXI

The Sunday 1stXI had a successful season, finishing 2nd behind Revesby, only losing 3 games throughout the season and the achieving the highest winning margin of 215 runs against local rivals Scothern.

Strong bowling performances from Adi Sreedharan (20 wickets) who finished 3rd in the division bowling; Kieran Baker (18 wickets) and Lewis Bromfield (22 wickets) who finished 5th; as well as impressive batting performances from Rhett Bridgens (641 runs. Highest score 204* 3x100 1x50 ) who topped the division batting averages with 105; Scott Nicolson (476 runs 1x100 2x50) who finished 8th in the batting averages and Dominic Keeble (216 runs 2x50) A club record partnership was broken with Rhett and Scott sharing a 2nd wicket partnership of 225 runs. Overall a fantastic season that saw some of our junior players impressing in the higher divisions.

Sunday 2ndXI

The main purpose of the Nettleham Cricket Club Sunday 2ndXI is to encourage both young and not­-so­-young to enjoy the sport and not worry about winning at all costs. Around half the team each week is composed of junior players enjoying their first steps on the rungs of competitive cricket. The mantra of the team being that everyone will be involved in the game and play a part ­if you don’t get a bowl you’ll get to bat ­ encouraging involvement in the sport is key to the future of the club.

It’s also very important that the young players learn the etiquette of the game ­ so no ‘sledging’ allowed and if opposition players play well, they are congratulated and so the games are played in the right spirit.

At the end of the season it will be a near 50:50 win loss ratio, but the progress of the players is far more important. Victories were recorded against every side faced except Blankney, although they were given a run for their money in both fixtures. Hard fought, close games aid the development of the junior players far more than easy wins. Several of the games could have gone either way and had it not been for the spirit within the team, some of those wins could easily have been losses.

Younger players include Haydn Bromfield who finished 2nd in the bowling stats of the division taking 18 wickets, a best of 3 for 1; Lewis Jones who finished 7th taking 14 wickets with a best of 4/11 and a young senior Scott Nicolson finished 5th in the batting stats with 293 runs.


Junior Cricket Week

However, prior to this, late summer sunshine enabled the Junior Cricket Week to take place at Mulsanne Park between 1­4 August with great success. A total of 53 children attended the week, enjoying themselves learning cricket in a fun and safe environment under the tuition of the club’s ECB qualified coaches. The club would like to thank all those involved in making this a successful course.

Junior Cricket Tournament

The following day, Friday 5 August, the annual Junior Cricket Tournament took place at Mulsanne (sponsored again by Wecando Flooring Specialists Ltd) and was a great success, with children competing at both U9 and U10. BBH, Hartsholme, Cleethorpes and Nettleham all entered teams. The U10 age group was won by Hartsholme, who after a slow start, improved as the day progressed and went on to beat BBH in the final. The U9 age group was again keenly contested and was won by Nettleham Barracudas, a team made up of mainly 7 year olds who had an outstanding day and proved that if you play as a team and do the basics right, anything is possible. The winning team for Nettleham: Josh Morton (Captain), Oliver Ashcroft, Dylan Ashcroft­-Day, Shreyas Shingale, Nathan Balding, Matthew Muir, Charlie Robinson and Reuben Potter.

Family Day

This year the club held a ‘Family Day’ to finish off a fantastic summer of junior cricket at Nettleham. Eight teams of senior players, parents and juniors all took part in a ‘kwik cricket’ tournament. It was particularly pleasing to see the juniors giving their parents plenty of advice and encouragement! The final was a close match contested by Alex Willerton’s team and Will Ward’s team, the match went right to the wire and in the end Alex’s team were winners. Such was the success of this event it will now feature as an annual event on the club’s calendar.

Junior Winter Nets

The club started Junior Winter Nets on 15 October at Cherry Willingham Secondary School. We cater for children from 5­15 and there are a few spaces left at all the age groups. Anyone wishing to attend please contact Will Morton for further information: Email: will_morton05@hotmail.co.uk or telephone: 07793 977092.

Preparation for next season

Now the 2016 cricket season has finished, preparation for the cricket square for next season starts. The club is indebted to John Dingley, Dave Ranshaw, David Wheatley and Doug Hammerton for all their work.


Further information about Nettleham Cricket Club:

  • Website: www.nettlehamcc.co.uk
  • Social Media: Twitter @Nettleham_CC
  • Fixtures and results online: www.nettleham.play­cricket.com
  • Email: cricket@nettlehamcc.co.uk

In Days Gone By

Looking back at the history of the club, we now reach the 1990’s and Richard Hare succeeded John Dingley as Chairman. The club introduced ‘presentation nights’ where players from each team were awarded individual trophies for batting, bowling, fielding, all rounders, spin bowling and junior/clubman of the year. Nettleham now had 2 Saturday teams and 1 Sunday team playing in the Lincoln leagues. Captains included Dave Ranshaw, Russ Binnington, Charles Manby, Dave Butters, Simon Behan and J White, the senior team becoming Champions Lincolnshire League 2nd XI Division 2 and the following year Champions of Division 1.

All these players would play for several years for the club in various teams, or retire into coaching the now established junior section of the late 1990’s.

Successful teams included the U13s and U17s in 1996, who won the league and cup double, and the U17s the following year. In 1998, Nettleham teams won the league at U10, U13 and U15, who also won the County Cup. Several of the players also won league awards which included the soon-­to­-be county wicket ­keeper Olly Burford and David Hare, as well as many more of these juniors, who went on to have success playing in the senior sides. Some still playing today include Phil Brown, Dave Manby, Matt Smith and Sam Hickingbotham.

From the archives: a junior team from the 1990s

JUNIOR AWARDS 2016

U9 ARROWS BOWLER: HARRY SHARMAN
U9 ARROWS BATTING: FREDDIE McCARTNEY
U9 ARROWS FIELDING: HARLEY MARROWS
U9 ARROWS MOST IMPROVED: WILL HAYHURST

U9 BARRACUDAS BOWLER: FREDDIE WARD
U9 BARRACUDAS BATTING: DYLAN ASHCROFT-­DAY
U9 BARRACUDAS FIELDING: OLIVER ASHCROFT
U9 BARRACUDAS MOST IMPROVED: NATHAN BALDING

U10 BOWLER: FREDDIE WARD
U10 BATTING: REUBEN FOGG
U10 FIELDING: DEXTER TOMLINSON
U10 MOST IMPROVED: JOSHUA THORNER

U11 BOWLER: DEXTER TOMLINSON
U11 BATTING: CHARLIE JUBBS
U11 FIELDING: ADAM ZARIAN
U11 MOST IMPROVED: LEWIS HORROCKS

U13 BOWLER: ALEX HOWES
U13 BATTING: DAN HOPKIRK
U13 FIELDING: JOE BLACKBOURN
U13 MOST IMPROVED: REUBEN GIDLOW

U15A BOWLER: HAYDN BROMFIELD
U15A BATTING: JACK THORNTON
U15A ALL ROUNDER: JAKE UNSWORTH
U15A MOST IMPROVED: LEWIS JONES
U15A MOST IMPROVED: REECE JONES

U15B BOWLER: ALEX ELLIS
U15B BATTING: OLIVER WARD
U15B FIELDING: ED SHARROCK
U15B MOST IMPROVED: WILL ROBERTS

Nettleham Barracudas U9 team – winners of the 2016 Junior Cricket Tournament