Sixty players and supporters gathered at The Bedford Hotel for the annual awards dinner, which were very well organised by Anthony Griffiths.
Thanks and wine were delivered to our umpires, scorers and groundsman for doing such a great job and enabling us all to enjoy our cricket.
The awards for 2017 were presented to the following worthy winners:
3rd team bowler: Jordan Fowler
3rd team batter: Graham Munday
2nd team bowler: Charlie Dibble
2nd team batter: Isaac Thomas
1st team bowler: Scott Barlow
1st team batter: Josh Bess
Club fielder: Isaac Thomas
Young player: Tom Moore
Club people: Matt & Kate Cooke
Player’s player: Josh Bess
Champagne moments were also awarded by each team as follows:
• The third team award was given to John Goodwin for travelling from Heathrow to play only to find that he wasn’t keeping wicket
• The seconds presented their award to Fionn Wardrop for sending Anthony Dibble from slip to fine leg to allow batsmen and fielders some respite from his unique brand of sledging
• The firsts award went to Anthony Griffiths for his celebrations when catching old foe, Bobby Dawson from Exmouth. Griff joined Luke Bess on stage to give a memorable re-enactment of the moment!
Matt and Kate Cooke’s contribution in 2017 is particularly worth mentioning. At a time when cricket as a whole is struggling with declining player numbers Matt and Kate led two initiatives which brought large numbers of new players into our club. Kate organised wine and wickets which saw upwards of 25 ladies enjoying Friday evening training and Sunday softball festivals, while Matt took ownership of the All Stars, tempting 67 5 to 8 year olds to start their cricketing life at Sidmouth.
Devon County Sports kindly donated a bat to raffle, which raised more than £100 for club funds. The winner of the bat was Charlie Dibble who can now replace his faithful Gunn and Moore (Tim Robinson original) from 1981. Charlie’s old bat was a remarkable investment, scoring more than 75 runs in its 36 years of use. It’s safe to predict that his new Kookaburra Beast will see him through to retirement.
Updated 15:21 - 27 Jan 2018 by Saju Patidar