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Following the success of the 2002 season under the captaincy of Shaun Parker, I felt that keeping that momentum going would be a difficult task.
And so it proved, with a very high standard of opposition from the word go with a defeat at the hands of Portishead in a rain affected game that should never really have been completed.
Still the team picked itself up and we enjoyed a memorable season with a hugely respectable third place in Division One.
More pleasing was the way the team gelled throughout the season and the fact that so many young players did a cracking job at times under a good deal of pressure.
As in 2002 team spirit played a huge part and even when defeated the team gave everything to push the opposition. Our only thrashing of the season came against a Knowle team who would have given our First Eleven a run for their money. Even then we scored 180 runs.
Of course there will always be disappointments and we really should have done better against Twyford House (twice) after not scoring enough runs. 
Highlights included a last ball win away to Chipping Sodbury and a hugely impressive 61-run win against Timsbury on the last day of the season.
From a personal point of view I was proud of our achievements as a team but extremely disappointed with my own form as I barely contributed at all with the bat. Hopefully I can rectify that next season and we can go onto even greater things.

Richie Wilson
2003 Third Eleven Captain

2005 YMCA Cricket Club