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.
Third Eleven Captain