Played – 22 | Won – 6 | Winning Draws – 2 | Losing Draws – 3 | Lost – 4 | Abandoned – 7
As for so many cricket teams across the country the 2012 season was one of frustration with the weather playing havoc with so many fixtures throughout the season. Unfortunately out of the 22 games, 7 were subsequently abandoned due to the constant rain that wrecked the notoriously fragile English summer.
When we did have the opportunity to play, the team at times showed glimpses of brilliance, bowling Moseley out for 66 and knocking the runs off in 10.2 overs a particular highlight. However, this quality was seen in limited doses and we lacked a consistency of performance to lead a serious title charge, the team consequently finished 5th.
There is a wealth of talent within the squad and there are many exciting young cricketers who will no doubt one day make excellent 1st XI additions. As a young side I believe last year will have helped many develop and learn some important lessons of Birmingham League cricket and if we can take this into 2013 then we can achieve greater results as individual players and in turn as a 2nd XI side and ultimately the club as a whole. If we can look to mature as a unit in 2013 and put in consistent performances throughout the season then I believe it will be an exciting year for the club.
On an individual level there were, as mentioned, some excellent cricketing displays. Alec Baker’s 158 not out against Leamington was a notable highlight and helped him achieve the top run scorer in the side with 417 runs at 52.1. Tom Payne finished the season on a high with an unbeaten 125 against Walmley and Dom Harding also notched up a quick fire hundred against Kidderminster helping him to a total of 356 runs in the season at 35.6. Reece Saunders chipped away throughout the season also finishing with a healthy 377 runs at 34.3.
The wickets were shared around throughout the side. Simon Long picked up 19 wickets at an average of 21.7, supported by Ben Pugh’s 17 wickets at 12.5, Ben Coley’s 16 wickets at 16 and Matt Strong with 16 wickets at 26.5.
I would like to thank Dave Roberts, Warren Harding and Doug Bray for their help throughout 2012 with both the umpiring and scoring and also to all those players who represented the side and look forward to a dry and successful 2013.