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2016 Season Review

Posted by Craig Bond on 07/01/2017 20:27

2016 Season Review

2016 has been a transitional year for Nostell St Oswald CC.

Several faces left in the winter for various reasons, including some absolute stalwarts of the club and great cricketers. For this reason the new look Nostell were looking to rebuild at a level which suited ability after such losses.

The first team fielded just 2 players on the opening day which had played first’s on the opening day of 2015, Jimmy and Jamie flying the flag and ensuring that experience and quality remained. The seconds who had a tough 2015 with many players playing firsts had a new look and competitive team, the Wilson’s revolution had started and the addition of a guy named Slack. Funnily for the two’s Simon’s commitment to nets was not that to match days, the polictal world has now mirrored the Wilson household in being led by woman.

The season got off to a promising start the seconds won by 6 wickets with the debutants shining and the firsts showing that with more application and some rub of the green that they would compete at their new level.

Despite the promise of week one the results did not follow, the firsts had lost the winning habit. This was almost put right at Hundhill Hall, Jimmy’s outstanding performance of the season unfortunately his efforts with the ball and exploits with the bat were not enough and it was another defeat. The seconds bubble had burst and the slight lack in numbers and consistency was showing despite the efforts of Mitchell. Games lost to rain were meaning that rhythm was hard to come by no team managing to get in the groove.

The first team win, it took a game against division 4 opposition to enable the first team to get that winning feeling. In the first round of the cup we visited the big cups in the sky to play Ferrybridge, Butts was in charge as Jimmy was busy in one soft play area or another. The game looked to be slipping away from the 9 men including Deano, however Linc had different ideas he made an unbeaten 53 adding over 50 with Butts to ensure that the winning feeling was finally back!

During May the seconds were like Matty Mitchell on a zip line, not playing! Rain, cancellations and free weeks. The firsts were still seeing games they could and should have won just sneak away from them and then poor batting performances let them down at other times.

Round 2 of the cup came along, Butts in charge again as Jimmy walked around ikea or something. The visit to high flying division for outfit Pollington, Ed was rewarded for his second team performances and brought into the class A-Team to ensure bowling options for cup cricket. Linc led from the front again, despite my concerns that we were leaving ourselves too much to do Lincs 49 saw us close and the destroyer Rhodes finally put bat to ball!

Saturday June 11th – 1 Cricket Club – 2 Teams – 2 Wins!!!
The seconds took advantage of a 7 man Stanley team with Simon and Tom Wilson in the wickets.
Over at Hensall the first team were set 210 to Win. Not a problem for Nostell, Dan Hurst made a superb and explosive 58* and he was well supported by George, Macca and Gazza to ensure that the shaking McCabe did not have to have a bat. McCabe had joined us pre-season he was a work colleague of Lee’s from the Ambulance service, to his friends the is ‘the beard’ to the ladies it’s the Love Doctor!!

3 on the bounce the first team had Kilnhurst next and a nice 20 odd from Macca along with wickets from Rhodes and Hurst ensured it was 3 on the bounce. Dizzy heights in the table for the firsts!

Thurnscoe away – that run out!!! 99 World Cup – Donald and Klusner -
2016 Thurnscoe – James Rowett and Andy Rhodes – Chasing 161 for Victory Jimmy smashed the ball to all parts on his way to 80, at 9 down we were on 158 with Jimmy seeing in like those plastics balls in those ever so familiar ball pools. Miss-communication and Rhodes thinking he was the fastest thing in Nostell saw Jimmy’s epic effort come to an end. The mood was down, a trip to the phoenix nights club in Thurnscoe and all was forgotten such is the great team ethic.
Thurnscoe was a big game as we fielded 2 debutants, the former Allerton Bywater Skipper Kris Thickett and the quality wicket keeper Matty Longdon had joined the revolution. In longdon we had signed the best keeper outside the top division who can bat in Thickett we had signed a dedicated cricketer with tactical nowse and management skills. In them both we had signed 2 superb lads, good mates and terrible golfers!

The day after we welcomed our Neighbours Ryhill for a cup quarter final, Danny had been playing evening league for us and put together a team for the cup fixture. Danny offered the only resistance as Macca took 4 wickets, mention for Ryhill’s Blake who’s cameo entertained all! It was a 9 wicket win for Nostell and a place in the Semi’s.

The semi-final was anon event as we were outclassed by eventual winners Hundhill hall.

So with the season drawing to a close we looked to pick up more points and show that we were able, this was tough as further bad weather set in. We lost were winnable games to the weather which was frustration, however this did not cause any serve issues in finishing mid table.

The firsts picked up a win at Bullcroft Main, amassing a large total against a good bowling team.

Big credit to first team ever presents Buttery, Steele and Bond who all played twenty first team games. Rich Boldy who played the majority of the second team games and Jacob Binns who played as many games as Rich in the 2s.

A massive thanks to Jamie for all his efforts throughout the season on an ever improving playing surface and to Linc for handling club affairs and seeking solutions to an minor issues that arose throughout.

2017 is already looking like a promising year for the club, we are confident in having a few new faces at the club some better looking than others eh Danny!

Have a great winter and watch out for our fabulous new web based plat form in 2017!! I have that terminology is right Mr’s Slack and Mitchell.