Star performers recognised at Gallowstree Common club’s awards night
KIDMORE END Cricket Club celebrated the efforts of star performers from the 2015 season at the
KIDMORE END Cricket Club celebrated the efforts of star performers from the 2015 season at the club’s annual awards night.
The club, whose three teams play in the Thames Valley Cricket League, celebrated the outstanding achievements of batsmen and bowlers, as well as those who have had a big impact both on and off the field, in Gallowstree Common, on Friday evening.
The player of the year award was handed to Joe Waldron, for his 606 runs at an average of 35.65 for the first team. The opener smashed his highest score of 119 not out against Harefield 2nds, and registered six half-centuries in a season in which he also claimed the first team batting award.
Abid Ul-Wahab picked up the first team bowling award for his 35 wickets at an average of 11.95. He recorded his best figures of 5-28 against Maidenhead and Bray.
In the second team, left-hander Tom Bodeker, who struck 318 runs at an average of 45.43, in a season which included four half-centuries, won the batting award. Paceman Ryan Latter claimed the bowling award in a season that saw him pick up 46 wickets at an average of 16.30. His best performance came against Hayes 3rds when he took 7-60.
Paul Lawson won the third team batting award, for his 275 runs at 30.56, which included a highest score of 80 not out against Boyne Hill 4ths while spinner Stephen Payne, who took 26 wickets at 11.04, scooped the bowling award. His best performance came against Datchet Cranbourne 2nds when he took 7-36. The young player of the year award was won by 18-year-old Jake Easton. The youngster scored 308 runs at an average of 51.33, which included his maiden century against British Airways.
Each year, the club also marks the efforts of those who have had a big contributed at the club, both on and off the field. This year, the clubman award was jointly awarded to father and son, Steve and Mark Beddow. The pair have galvanised the club’s third team, with Mark being captain for the last four years.
Upon collecting the award, Mark, who steps down as captain this year, said: “I feel very humbled by this. I just do what I do really and I’ve enjoyed my time on the pitch and I hope that’s rubbed off on a lot of people. I’ve had fun and I’m going to continue having fun but without the responsibility.”
The club is set to host a number of fund-raising and social events, in which new chairman Mark New described as an exciting year for the club.
The season gets under way for Kidmore End with a friendly at Gallowstree Common against Wokingham on Saturday. The club will coincide the fixture with an open day for prospective members to introduce themselves and find out more about the club.
The first Thames Valley League games take place on May 7.
Senior nets are being held at Shiplake College on Wednesday nights from 8.30pm. New players are always welcome. Senior outdoor nets start on April 21 and will be held every Thursday evening throughout the season.