Played – 14 | Won – 12 | Drawn – 2 | Lost – 0
In a League topping season, the 4th XI, led by Andy Barnett, went through their Warwickshire League programme unbeaten winning 12 of the 14 games.
In a wet year, this terrific performance was achieved with a very young side bolstered by only a few seniors. There were many fine performances with the bat; Matt Bentley had an outstanding season with a hundred and several fifties. His opening partnership with Adam Williams took the score to over 200 against North Warwickshire with both batsmen reaching centuries. Adam scored a second hundred against Rowlands securing his promotion to Kevin Bray’s side.
Scores of over fifty were achieved by Shaun Barnett, Jamie Hughes, Chris Withington and Hassan Shariff and this was before evergreen Richard Butler provided the side with a consistent contribution scoring more than 350 runs by the end of the season.
The bowling was spearheaded as ever by Andy Barnett whose 38 wickets helped win the League. There were some good performances from Hassan Shariff, Jamie Hughes, Stuart Hill, Nigel Moore, Ollie Brown and Jack Hughes whilst Richard Brown’s economy rate helped quieten most sides. Tom Smith chipped in some end of season wickets when injury limited him to some 4th team performances.
The side matured considerably. A thirty run win in a low scoring game against second placed Ambleside was a tribute to the side’s unwillingness to give up the fight. This game probably secured the number one spot in the League and convinced the team that they could win under all conditions.
Thanks go to Andy Barnett for his indomitable leadership over the season and also to Karen Barnett for once again providing the best teas in the League.