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The YMCA Second Eleven's demolition of University Staff on Saturday provided the club with not only a new record league total of 260 but also a chance to rewrite the club’s history book during its anniversary year.

John Sykes – played a match-winning innings of 73* against Portishead

Strength in Depth
From the First Eleven to the newly formed Fifth Eleven, the YM’ has made a series of impressive batting performances that have shattered club records across the board. The immergence of relative newcomers like Rich Stone and James Steven combined with the promotion of talented youth players such as John Colley and Tom Riley has generated a ‘trickle-down’ effect that has seen batsmen fighting harder than ever to keep their place. 

The high scores can be, in part, attributed to the depth of batting talent that the Golden Hill club can boast. Indeed, the strength of the club is best illustrated by the appearance in the Third Eleven batting line up of quality batsmen including Gerry Davis, James Dack and recent match-winning hero, John Sykes.

Club Records Falls Again
However, it is the Second Eleven who, once again, are leading the way with the willow. The title challenging team have produced consistently high scores this year including, last weekend, a club record of 260 for 5. The experienced batting order of Mac MacMahon, Chris Drew, Pete Kirk, Rich Stone, Mike Tilzey and Paul Davies have produced an average first innings total of over 225 runs and smashing a number of batting records in the process.

Meanwhile, the First Eleven have also been getting in on the act as well as they recently scored 224 for 9 against Failand & Portbury to notch up their second highest league score ever. This seasons success is shared throughout the batsmen with Chris Marsden, Grant Stiddard and Tim Over amongst those who have produced the goods when required.


Pete Kirk – ‘came good’ to became sixth player to score a league ton for Second Eleven


Golden Hill’s Top Dog
The top individual performance of the season, for any side, has come from Pete Kirk who, after a quiet start to the season, ‘came good’ against Pucklechurch to become the Second Eleven’s sixth ever centurion when scoring an unbeaten 102 in June. But for consistency its hard to beat the old favourites of Keith Milsom, Paul ‘Daisy’ Davies and Chris Drew who have each scored numerous half centuries so far. 

Britton’s Boys Join The Batting Bandwagon
Finally, spare a thought for Bob Britton’s Fourth teamers. The Division Three side has joined the batting bandwagon with scores of 180, 183, 189 and 204 but, surprisingly, have just two league wins to date!

Dave Spink – scored 65* in a unbroken partnership of 185

However, things may be about to improve for Bob as Ed Hollinghurst’s Fifth Eleven produced the most convincing victory of the season with a 10 wicket away win against United Banks recently. The win was made all the more remarkable by newcomer, Simon Thomas who made an unbeaten century on his debut (another club record!) and was ably supported by Dave Spink who, in turn, scored his maiden half century for the senior side.

The table below illustrates the improvement in innings totals by the YM. Since the clubs began league cricket in 1973 all but two of the highest totals have been scored in the last decade and no less than FIVE scorers are included in the Top 10 from the first half of this season.

The Top 10 Highest League Totals (up to 19/7/2003)
260 for 5 YMCA 2nd XI v University Staff in 2003
253 for 3 YMCA 2nd XI v Horfield in 2000
252 for 3 YMCA 2nd XI v Pucklechurch in 2003
246 for 5 YMCA 3rd XI v Twyford House in 1986
240 for 6 YMCA 2nd XI v Pucklechurch in 2002
244 for 10 YMCA 2nd XI v Carsons/Magotsfield in 2003
230 for 5 YMCA 2nd XI v Stoke Gifford in 1996
230 for 5 YMCA 1st XI v Gordano Valley in 1995
226 for 9 YMCA 1st XI v Failand & Portbury in 2003
224 for 5 YMCA 2nd XI v Thornbury in 2003

This seasons scores indicated in red

Article compiled July 2003

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