2012 was a tough season for the 3rd XI.
As in previous years, we were forced to field 30 different players, which is in itself normal, but still rather unsettling.
The team finished mid table, which I feel fairly reflected our ability and performances, and availability.
We had 3 players who joined us in the winter transfer window. John Boyes, James Ward and Humayun Afridi. All settled well into the team, and made important contributions during the season.
As with all teams and clubs, the weather played havoc with the season. We managed to play more games than most, but the soft wickets along with lack of practice opportunities meant low scoring games. This coupled with the usual standard of umpiring, made getting runs very difficult, which is reflected in the averages. The highest batting average to enter the leagues official averages was 28, whereas 5 bowlers returned averages below 15. There were only 6 occasions were we passed 150, and 1 past 200. There were 4 fifties and no hundreds compared to last season’s 14 fifties and 6 hundreds.
On the bowling front, John Boyes and Nigel Moore were the mainstays of the attack. On his debut season with us, John took 34 wickets at 11.6 runs apiece, including two 5 wicket hauls. Contrastingly, Nigel having completed over 20 seasons at K&D, added another 27 to his account at 11.8 runs apiece, also including two 5 wicket hauls. Mention also goes to Ian Swindell, who played chunks of the season in the 2nd XI, but still managed 25 wickets for us at 16.1, with one 5 wicket haul. Fred Afridi also pitched in with a valuable 17 wickets at 14.2
Mo Ayub and Liam Barnett shared the keeping duties with success. Mo took 10 catches and 2 stumping’s, while Liam returned 4 catches and a stumping.
We were able to get a glimpse of a number of youngsters playing their first cricket in the 3rd team. We can look forward to the likes of Jamie Hughes, Antony Szarmach, Adam Williams and Matt Bentley among others having a big influence in the clubs fortunes in the near future.
As everyone now knows, I am stepping down as 3rd XI skipper after 3 years to pursue other interests. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Barney and Karen and the many other regulars at Lugtrout, all of whom get my huge thanks for all the time they willingly put into the success that Lugtrout Lane is for K&D. There is a real desire for continued success, and a great atmosphere for cricket. Third and fourth XI cricket I believe is a very important aspect of the Club, and it wouldn’t be the success it is without the contribution from all the volunteers who are always there whenever needed. Long may it continue.