The Saturday Second XI finished the 2018 season in 5th place in County Division 5 of the “Dorset Funeral Plan League” having gained promotion as Champions of County Division 6 in 2017.
Team Captain – Andy Kent
Bere Regis C.C. 2nd XI Report 2017
Having found ourselves relegated back to the bottom division following the unbeaten season in 2015, the aim for this year was, of course, to make an immediate return to division 5. That mission didn’t get off to the best of starts though with our very first game resulting in a loss to Wimborne Coleshill 5ths, although it was a game we should have won. The difference was a few dropped catches and a fine innings from one of the opposition’s most experienced players. Victory in our second game turned the fortunes though and we never looked back, remaining unbeaten for the rest of the season, although it was disappointing to find that opposition scratched on three occasions. Indeed, we only played three matches in the second half of the season.
The blend of youth and experience was pleasing once again, but it’s worth noting that we now have a few players filling the gap between those under 16 and those over 30, something we’ve not had so much in previous campaigns. That served to strengthen the team and led to some of the runs, rather than just wickets, coming from the younger players, notably Jacob Kennard who twice passed fifty and twice reached three figures, totalling 436 runs for the season, at an average of 62.29, to deservedly win the Player’s Player Award. The next highest run scorer was Paul Smith with 219 at an average of 36.5. Ceiran Woodhouse put in some excellent performances and ended the season with an average of 54.5 and a phenomenal strike rate of 174.
Leading wicket taker, for the second successive season, was Jacob George with 20, ahead of Ceiran Woodhouse with 14 and Jacob White with 9. Indeed, the top five bowlers were all teenagers, with Jacob Kennard and Jake Perch filling fourth and fifth places. Those five bowled 214 overs between them.
Once again, I want to congratulate and thank the young players for their enthusiasm and the more senior players for their support and wisdom, as well as their enthusiasm! Paul Smith, Adrian Moore, Tom Bennett and Ross Symes were stalwarts once again and it was also great to have Santosh Nair and Tristan Gale helping out in a few matches. Thanks must also go to those who work hard off the field of play such as those who provide teas and particularly to Herbie for his tremendous work as chairman and for the many, many hours of work on the ground.
To be honest, other than the game we lost and perhaps briefly during the home encounter with Weymouth 2nds, we were always in total control and didn’t look like losing. We must be mindful of that next season, be prepared for tougher battles and not rest on our laurels in anticipation of another set of easy games.
2nd XI Captain 2017