On Friday the 1st of November, Southwold Cricket Club held their annual Awards Presentation Evening at the Pavilion on The Common. It was an excellent night of metaphorical and literal back slapping, as after a tough season both on and off the pitch, the players and those who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes could reflect on the summer of 2013.
The Sunday XI retained their Section A status for the second consecutive year – an achievement never before attained, as the club brought on plenty of young cricketers whilst maintaining the core of experience that has guided them in recent years. They reached the semi-final of the League Cup, and although they crashed out to eventual winners Mellis, they can be proud of the hard work put in to reach that stage.
More pleasing was the progress of the three junior groups – the U9’s, U11’s and U15’s, who all played extremely well all season, as well as the scratch U10 team who won the Topcroft Cricket Cup. In his speech at the Awards Night, chairman Trevor Clifford paid huge credit to the Junior coaches – Jake Fuller, Matty Barbrook and David Barbrook – as well as Geraldine and Day Harvey for all their assistance, and the countless parents who helped out, whilst making it clear to the senior members of the club that more help is needed. From 2014 there will be a new junior team, at U13 level, requiring more coaching from as many people who can help.
When addressing the senior cricketers, Steve Hines was highlighted and presented with the Player of the Season Award, as chosen by his team-mates. Hines took 36 wickets in the League and Cup – the most in the League – as well as bowling 33 maidens. Whilst he was modest as ever in accepting the award, his importance to the club cannot
be understated, nor can the hard work he puts in off the pitch. Shane Gosling was awarded the Young Player of the Year award by last year’s recipient Aaron Goffin, who are two of Southwold’s brightest prospects. Gosling has taken on wicketkeeping responsibility with aplomb in 2013, and his resilient batting has improved immeasurably due to the hard work he puts in. Goffin was lauded by the chairman too – the U15 captain scored two centuries in 2013 and put in some encouraging performances for the 1st XI.
Batsman Gareth Gorst-Allman was congratulated on a successful year with the bat that yielded close to 400 runs, whilst Alex Britten was presented the President’s Cup for an improved year and work on the new website – southwoldcricketclub.com. Another U15 player was congratulated on a good season – Joe McKay – who was awarded the Young Player of the Season Trophy. McKay has played a handful of senior games as well as all of the U15 matches, terrifying juniors and seniors alike with his surprising pace, whilst his strength and raw talent with the bat has seen him bludgeon runs across the formats.
Lastly, president Roger Middleditch made sure all were aware of the huge amount of work that Trevor Clifford has done to keep Southwold Cricket Club afloat in 2013. Clifford held things together after there was a change of leadership mid-season, whilst continuing his groundsman duties and fixture arrangements – and still managing to fit in a couple of 1st XI games at the beginning and end of the summer. It was a brilliant night that reminded all associated with Southwold CC just how lucky we are to have the club we do.
The next Southwold CC event is the AGM at the Pavilion, on the 26th of November, at 7:30pm.