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       CHESHIRE COUNTY
       CRICKET LEAGUE
                                     October 2009 Newsletter


              1,000 run batsmen clean up
                 Player of Year awards
ALL three Players‟ Player of the Year awards at the League‟s 35 th annual presentation dinner on
Friday, October 2nd went to batsmen who topped 1,000 runs during the season.
 More than 250 diners at Mere Golf and Country Club were present to see Chester Boughton Hall
opener Warren Goodwin accept the ECB Premiership Player of the Year’s Keith Belfield Memorial
Trophy from League chairman David Humpage.
 In a poll conducted among all 12 clubs, Goodwin was a clear winner with 47 votes following his club
record-breaking tally of 1,129 runs. Warren also scored 355 helping Cheshire win the Minor Counties
Western division championship.
 Second with 19 votes was Neston skipper Jack Smith, whose Premiership tally of 1,148 runs beat the
previous record of 1,103 set up by Alderley Edge‟s Sohail Rauf in 2007 and was also the best-ever
aggregate by a Parkgate batsman.
 Third place in the voting (18) went to Nathan Dumelow, the skipper of all-conquering Oulton Park.
Apart from leading his club to success in the premiership and the Fred Graham T20 Trophy , Nathan
scored 769 league runs and claimed 51 wickets.
 Remaining votes were as follows: Jason Whittaker (Alderley Edge) 12; Lou Vincent (Nantwich) 9;
James Duffy (Hyde) and *Mark Currie (Alderley Edge) both 6; Gareth Cross (Bowdon) and Barrington
Browne (Nantwich) both 4; Nick Anderson (Didsbury) 2; Josh Bean (Toft), Carl Hey (Bowdon),
Khalid Sawas (Macclesfield),Rupert Kitzinger (Toft), James Warrington (Nantwich) all l vote.
 *Mark Currie was the third premiership batsman to top 1,000 runs (1,012).

                              SINGING FOR HIS SUPPER
FORMER Zimbabwe Test cricketer Henry Olonga was the principal guest speaker at the League
Dinner. Operatically-trained, Henry brought the house down with a rendering of Nessun Dorma.
 Chester Boughton Hall chairman Jim Law also spoke and comedian Gary Marshall amused his
audience with some bizarre tales.
 The event was superbly organised by John Bygate, the prizes were expertly prepared by secretary
Geoff Wellsteed and John Melia was the MC.


                        Division One trophy for De Silva
The Mark Alcroft Trophy for the First Division Player of the Year was handed to Iroshan de Silva,
Christleton‟s outstanding Sri Lankan born all-rounder, who scored a divisional record 1,162 runs and
took 43 wickets. De Silva‟s run tally was the seventh best since the league was formed and highest
since Doug Livermore totalled 1,352 for Birkenhead Park in 2003.
 All 12 clubs took part in the poll, but not all cast 11 votes. De Silva gained 56 votes out of a total of
121.
 Second was Urmston all-rounder Samit Panda (11 votes) who scored 381 runs and took 30 wickets,
while third place (10 votes) went to Bramhall‟s prolific batsman/wicket-keeper Matt Dawson, whose
stats were even more impressive with 919 runs and 21 victims, apart from those as a Cheshire ever-
present.
 Rest of the voting: Simon Wilkinson (Bramhall) 9; Paul Gould (Poynton) 8; Ashwin Punja (Urmston)
7; Steve Titchard (Grappenhall), Ewan McCray (Cheadle Hulme) and Saha Shahabuddin (Heaton
Mersey) all 3; Rick Green (Grappenhall) and Steve Heydon (Warrington) both 2; Mark Bennett
(Heaton Mersey), Andrew Hall (Bramhall), Adam Landry (Urmston), Paul Allen (Christleton), Waqar
Rashid (Heaton Mersey), Matt Wilkie (Timperley) all 1 vote.
October Newsletter ….2

        QUEENSLANDER TOPS DIVISION 2 POLL
MARPLE‟s prolific Queensland batsman Dominic Michael won the Second Division’s Mike Talbot-
Butler Statuette with 33 votes out of a total of 92 cast by nine clubs
 Michael scored 1,100 runs including five out of the 15 centuries recorded in the division and also
picked up 26 wickets. Now back Down Under, he was unable to be present at the dinner and Marple
cricket chairman Keith McGuffie received the award on his behalf.
 Runner-up with 14 votes was Mo Ali, with 69 wickets the bowler who did so much to help Bollington
return to Division One as champions.
 Remaining voting: Callum Rowe (Bollington), Chris Hart (Brooklands) and Steven Parry
(Middlewich) all 6; John Birchall (Brooklands) and Rick Hough (Bollington) both 4; Andy Greasley
(Marple) and Hasan Khan (Sale) both 3; Mel Dobson (Tattenhall), Paul Wood (Bredbury) both 2;
James Cornford (Middlewich), Paul Parry (Middlewich), Abdul Aqeel (Bollington), Danny Halkon
(Sale), John Taylor (Sale), Tom Hunter (Birkenhead Park), Graham Barlow (Bredbury), Andy Cole
(Middlewich), Chris Stenhouse (Birkenhead Park), Mike Halkon (Sale) and Gavin Tomlinson
(Middlewich) all 1 vote.
 O THANKS are due to all the clubs who took part in the poll. Three who failed to do so were
Burnage, Middlewich and Mobberley.


                     Ross Dixon is Young Player of Year
OXTON‟S 17 year-old all-rounder Ross Dixon won the John North Young Player of the Year
award, becoming the second member of his family to do so, following Lee in 2003.
 Ross, whose dad Gary is the league‟s Junior cricket chairman and plays alongside him at Oxton,
scored 344 runs and took 23 wickets in premiership games, also figuring in the Cheshire Development
and Cheshire Under 17 teams, while he won the man of the match award helping the league beat the
Liverpool Competition in the North-West Colts Trophy final.
 Others on the short-list for the award were Callum Rowe (Bollington), James Williams (Upton) and
Cheadle‟s Dan Brown.

                             Neston Most Improved Club
WINNERS of the coveted Henderson Rose Bowl for the Most Improved Club were Neston, who
had an outstanding all-round season. This is a summary of what the Parkgate men achieved in 2009:
 1st XI rose from seventh to fourth in the premiership; 2 nd XI up from 10th to runners-up in Premier
division; 3rd XI up from ninth to win Saturday Division One on last day of the season; playing in the
Over 40s section for the first time, Neston won their group, then went on to beat Urmston in a thrilling
play-off final. They also completed the league‟s most ambitious development project when they
opened their new £800,000 pavilion extension in late-May, they held their own in the pitch table,
staged a Lancashire 2nd XI match and – by no means least- topped the Fairplay table with a record
average umpires‟ mark of score of 3.70.
 Other clubs with notably improved all-round records in 2009 were Oulton Park, Christleton, Bramhall,
Cheadle and Urmston.

     ‘Firm discipline and leadership’ see Neston top Fair Play table
NESTON won the League‟s Eddie Howard Fairplay Shield with a record average mark from panel
umpires of 3.70 (out of a maximum 4). It was handed to 1 st XI captain Jack Smith by Umpires &
Scorers Association chairman Ian Greensmith.
 Coordinator John Lofthouse writes: “Congratulations to Neston for leading the field at the close of
play. Captained by Jack Smith, the premier leaguers have set a record high which shows what can be
achieved with firm leadership and discipline within a club”.
 He continues: “An honourable mention must go to Oakmere who finished runners-up with a mark of
3.61 during their one season stay in the league. Six clubs failed to make the generally acceptable three
point average and have work to do so that they can start the 2010 season on the right footing. My
thanks to members of the umpires panel for their (usually) prompt weekly e-mails reporting their
gradings”.
October Newsletter ……..3

                               FINAL FAIRPLAY TABLE
    1. 3.70: Neston
    2. 3.61: Oakmere
    3= 3.43: Chester Boughton Hall, Sale, Tattenhall
    6. 3.42: Hyde
    7= 3.40: Grappenhall, Mobberley
    9. 3.38: Cheadle Hulme
    10= 3.32: Brooklands, Stockport Georgians
    12. 3.30: Bredbury St. Mark‟s
    13= 3.29: Birkenhead Park, Macclesfield
    15. 3.27: Toft
    16. 3.25: Middlewich
    17= 3.24: Bollington, Cheadle
    19= 3.20: Alderley Edge, Warrington, Widnes
    22. 3.19: Christleton
    23. 3.18: Nantwich
    24. 3.15: Oulton Park;
    25. 3.14: Didsbury
    26. 3.11: Irby
    27. 3.10: Bowdon
    28. 3.05: Timperley
    29= 3.00: Bramhall, Upton
    31. 2.94: Urmston
    32. 2.90: Poynton
    33= 2.85: Marple, Oxton
    35. 2.70: Heaton Mersey
    36. 2.68: Burnage

                          Player of Month winners absent
NEITHER of the late season winners of the Chapel Press Performance of the Month
awards was able to be present at the dinner.
 July winner was Bramhall 3rd XI outfielder JAMES WILLIAMS, who took a league record
seven catches in a Sunday Division One match against Marple. His father, David, received
the award on behalf of his son, now at University.
  Following research, Bramhall claim that James‟ performance may never have been bettered
in any form of competitive cricket. No one has ever taken seven outfield catches (as opposed
to those of a wicket-keeper) in the first class game.
 The August / September winner was Toft fast bowler RUPERT KITZINGER, who took 8-19
including a first over hat-trick against Didsbury at Booth Park when the visitors were bowled
out for 39, the season‟s lowest ECB premiership tally. The Sussex women‟s coach, „Kitz‟
was absent attending the Sussex County Club annual dinner at Hove and Nigel Muirhead
collected his certificate and champagne in lieu.
 Both awards were presented by Brian Coombs, representing sponsors Chapel Press. Warm
tributes were paid to the generosity and co-operation of Chapel Press in their first year as
sponsors
                           ICC honour league officers
LEAGUE founder officers in 1975, Wyn and Mike Talbot-Butler have been honoured with the award
of ICC Centenary medals. Two of only 50 distributed throughout the UK this year, they were
presented by ECB Recreational Cricket chairman Paul Bedford during Cockspur Cup T20 Finals Day
at Derby on Monday, September 28th.
 League chairman David Humpage re-presented the medals to the couple at Mere on Friday, thanking
them for their efforts over the past 35 seasons.
 O At Derby, Southern premier League club Bournemouth beat Cuckney (Notts Premiership) by six
wickets in the final which was televised live on TV. Defeated semi-finalists were Reigate Priory
(Surrey championship) and Ockbrook & Borrowash (Derbyshire premiership). The winners‟ prize was
a 10-day holiday for 14 players in Barbados in October.
October Newsletter ….4

                          TROPHY WINNERS LISTED
FURTHER awards distributed by chairman David Humpage went to the following:

1st XI ECB Premier League champions: OULTON PARK; runners-up: BOWDON.
 Division 1 champions: URMSTON; also promoted: BRAMHALL.
 Division 2 champions: BOLLINGTON; also promoted: MIDDLEWICH.

2nd XI Premier Division champions: DIDSBURY; runners-up: NESTON.
 First Division: champions: TOFT; also promoted: OULTON PARK.
 Division Two champions: BROOKLANDS; also promoted: BOWDON.

Aggregate champions: OULTON PARK; runners-up: BOWDON.

3rd XI Saturday Division l champions: NESTON; runners-up: WARRINGTON. Saturday Division 2
champions: CHEADLE HULME; also promoted: BROOKLANDS / SALE MOOR.

Sunday 3rd XI Division 1 champions: DIDSBURY (third season running); runners-up: HEATON
MERSEY.
Division 2 champions: HYDE; also promoted: GRAPPENHALL.
Division 3 West champions: TATTENHALL. Division 3 East champions : SALE.
Sunday Division 4 champions: RUNCORN.
Sunday Division 5 champions: SALE 4th.

1st XI Fred Graham T20 Trophy winners: OULTON PARK; runners-up: HYDE.
T20 Plate winners: NANTWICH; runners-up: ALDERLEY EDGE.
2nd XI Taylor Insurances Trophy winners OXTON; runners-up: TIMPERLEY.
3rd XI Jack Gardner Trophy winners: HEATON MERSEY; runners-up: SALE.

Over 40s Group A winners: NESTON; Group B winners: NANTWICH CAVALIERS; Group C
winners: URMSTON; Group D winners: BOLLINGTON. Play-off winners: NESTON.

John North Under 17 champions: STOCKPORT.

League representative teams won the MULLANEY TROPHY and NORTH-WEST COLTS TROPHY.
Winners of the Cheshire Cup were ALDERLEY EDGE and of the Cheshire Shield, CHEADLE.
 CHESHIRE won the Western division of the Minor Counties championship with a squad entirely
composed of players from the County League.

                                     DANNY SPEAKS UP
Danny Leech responded to the presentation of his club‟s Premiership trophy with a crisp speech
thanking the league, it‟s hard-working officers and praising skipper Nathan Dumedlow and his team
mates for what he described as “the best of our four title wins in five years” at a time when the
premiership was at its strongest. He also thanked Sue and the late Roy Ramsbottom “without whom
none of the club‟s current successes would have been possible”.
 O A notable absentee at the Dinner was League Fixture Secretary Sandy Scrimgeour, who is in
hospital after being taken ill. Now at Hope Hospital, Salford after a spell at Stepping Hill, his wife
Elise reports that Sandy has been sitting up in bed working on the 2010 fixtures. She thanks all well-
wishers who have sent messages.


                        Cheshire Youth Cricket awards
FOR the first time, Cheshire Youth Cricket named a female - Lorna Thomas of Chester Boughton
Hall Deemons (correct spelling) - as Player of theYear at the annual awards night at the Stobart
Stadium, Widnes, attended by 300 people. Lorna was top wicket-taker for her club and for Cheshire in
the Second Division of the National League. Cheshire Girls‟ Under 16s were named Team of the Year.
 The event marked the work throughout 2009 of 36 volunteer organisers, 20 umpires, 26 scorers, 28
host clubs and 200 male and 50 female players.
October Newsletter ……….5


                             SEVEN RECEIVE OSCAs
SEVEN of Cheshire cricket‟s finest servants were due to be presented with an OSCA (Outstanding
Service to Cricket Awards) at the annual ceremony at Lord‟s on Monday, October 5 th.
 They were Ian Halford, Ian Greensmith, John Elliott, Heather Beattie, Peter Babbage, Richard Cragg
and Brian Davenport. Heather Beattie was short-listed for a National award in the Young Volunteer
category.


                        Poor behaviour in 3rd XI cricket
A TOTAL of 31 players were suspended from various forms of cricket within the League during the
2009 season, reported Disciplinary chairman Ian Greensmith at the September management meeting.
 He said most had been through the system of clubs imposing their own discipline on their players
following adverse reports by umpires.
 Divisional result secretaries will be notified of all suspensions incurred during the 2010 season so that
they check that suspensions are being observed.
 However, there were major discipline problems in 3 rd XI cricket, especially in games where players
stood as umpires, which reduced the likelihood of reports being made.
 Chairman David Humpage said adult members in 3rd XI cricket had to take more responsibility and
uphold the standard of behaviour in matches involving a majority of junior players. Bad language and
unsporting behaviour was rife and must not be allowed to continue. Methods of correcting this decline
had to be considered.


          Missing umpires’ assessments – captains criticised
CAPTAINS have been criticised for poor returns of 1 st XI umpiring assessment cards..
 The September management meeting heard that 55 assessment cards not been sent in to coordinator
Ken Spilsbury during the 2009 season, compared with only 12 in 2008.
 Umpires chairman Ian Greensmith said several clubs in the premier league were persistent offenders,
handicapping the prospects of certain umpires making progress in the game.
 “Premier league reports go to the ECB at the end of the season and it is then that the best umpires get
their chance of promotion to Minor Counties cricket or are earmarked for key National and Cockspur
Cup games. The League‟s own premiership selection panel also goes short of the information it needs
to grade umpires. It is not fair on people who want to get on in the game “, said Mr. Greensmith, who
promised to consider means of making Mr. Spilsbury more accessible for information in future.

                              Website takes 250,000 hits
MORE than 250,000 hits were made on the League‟s newly-developed website during the 2009 season,
reported webmaster Darren Sutcliffe at the September management meeting. He had received requests
for information from all over the world.
 Mr. Sutcliffe urged all clubs to post full scorecards on the site next season, especially 1 st XIs at all
levels, so that a fully comprehensive record was available. Ninety per cent had been doing so in 2009.

                                   Ins and outs for 2010
CLUBS wishing to enter and or withdraw teams for the 2010 season must contact League Secretary
Geoff Wellsteed by October 31st.
 Meetings of Third XI and Over Forties‟ representatives will be held during November to agree on
respective formats for 2010.
 So far Alderley Edge have indicated their resignation from Third XI cricket, while Stockport
Georgians and Christleton are pulling out of the Second XI Cup and Bowdon wish to re-enter.
Christleton also resigned from the Over Forties, leaving a vacancy in the Western group.

TWO bottles of Cockspur Rum were distributed to all Premiership clubs at the September management
meeting following the League decision to pay a £50 entry fee for each premier club who entered the
Fred Graham T20 Trophy, enabling the winners to qualify for the ECB Cockspur Cup.
Premiership clubs will be receiving their annual £750 grants from the ECB by the end of November.

CLUBS have been asked to advise League Treasurer Brent Wilkinson by the end of November if they
wish their cricket balls supply to be altered in 2010. Unless they do so it will be assumed they require
the same quota as in 2009. The balls will be distributed at the management meeting in April, 2010.
October Newsletter …………6


CHEADLE‟s proposal for an annual League Golf Day has been approved by the management
committee. Cheadle plan to stage the first event in April, 2010, the money raised on the day to go
partly to charity and to help finance the club Under 18 tour to Barbados in August next year which is
expected to cost up to £30,000. Cheadle are to write to all league clubs inviting them to take part,
suggesting teams of four.

A SUB-committee considering possible 2010 rule changes meet on Tuesday, October 6th at Warrington
Any club with early proposals should contact the League chairman or secretary.

THE League Junior Section prize night had been postponed to Sunday, October 11 th at 5 p.m. due to
the illness of the wife of Junior Secretary David Vallance. The event, when all the season‟s awards will
be presented, will be followed by a buffet. Players, coaches, managers and parents are welcome.

THE Cheshire Clubs Cricket Committee is in need of a new secretary for 2010 following the decision
ob Bob Cunningham to stand down. Inquiries to chairman David Humpage.

CHESHIRE won the National Disabled Cricket knock-out competition when they beat Lancashire by
four runs in the final.

CHESTER-le-STREET (Durham) beat Spencer (Surrey) by 25 runs in the final at Derbyshire‟s
Racecourse ground to win the National Club championship final.

RECENT defeated finalists in the National championship at Derby, Cheshire Over 50s are to hold their
annual dinner at Toft Cricket Club on Friday, October 30 th.

CLUB NEWS
WORK has started at CHEADLE HULME on a major new outfield drainage project. It has been
made possible by an ECB grant.

EX-CHESTER BOUGHTON HALL fast bowler Kris Rogers has been transferred from Port Talbot
Town to Airbus UK (Hawarden) in the League of Wales, but remains living in Cardiff and is not likely
to be renewing his cricket ties at Filkins Lane in 2010.

OPENING batsman James McCoy is to rejoin GRAPPENHALL where he began his career as a
junior. James has played for Widnes for the past four seasons.

IRBY’s new ECB grant-funded three-lane net facility has been opened on by Lancashire player Mal
Loye. The netting area, which will provide much improved practice and training for junior and senior
members, is situated on the second ground 100 yards from the pavilion.

OULTON PARK batsman Louis Bentley was named Lancashire Under 19 Player of the Year
following a series of fine innings. Currently in Australia playing grade cricket at Geelong, near
Melbourne, Louis is to take up a place at the Lancashire Academy when he returns in March.

STOCKPORT GEORGIANS would also like to see the Taylor Insurances 2nd XI Cup become a T20
competition in 2010.

TATTENHALL skipper Robin Mulvihill plans to play Liverpool Competition cricket for Liverpool
next season. He already lives in the city. .

URMSTON have been granted £9,337 by Sport England for two new covers, two water removal
machines and additional plastic sheeting. All are expected to ready for use by the groundstaff in April,
2010.
 Craig Grindley has left the UK to settle in Perth, Australia.

Clubs are invited to submit news for this section of the Newsletter throughout the winter.
October Newsletter ….7.


Christleton stay top of Pitch table
CHRISTLETON have topped the 1st XI Pitch table for the second successive season, having
shared top place in 2008 with Middlewich.
 The chart, which has already been distributed to all clubs, was drawn up by Ground
chairman John Bygate from umpires‟ weekly reports using a new ECB recommended system
of 5 marks for very good, 4 for good, 3 above average, 2 below average, 1 poor and nil unfit.
 Christleton scored an average mark of 4.64 with Grappenhall second on 4.30 and
Middlewich and Neston joint third on 4.20.
 Only two clubs fell below the acceptable mark of 3, namely Poynton and Burnage, the latter
now relegated to the Meller Braggins Cheshire League.
 A separate 2nd XI table has been devised using different markings.


Averages, please
CLUBS should submit batting, bowling and wicket-keeping averages to MTB by October
31st. Those received up to Sunday, October 4th were from:
 Premier League (9): Alderley Edge, Bowdon, Chester Boughton Hall, Didsbury, Hyde,
Macclesfield, Nantwich, Neston, Widnes. Missing: Oulton Park, Oxton and Toft.
 First Division (9): Bramhall, Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Christleton, Grappenhall, Heaton
Mersey, Irby, Poynton, Urmston. Missing: Timperley, Upton, Warrington.
 Second Division (8): Bollington, Brooklands, Marple, Middlewich, Mobberley, Sale,
Stockport Georgians, Tattenhall. Missing: Birkenhead Park, Burnage, Bredbury St.
Mark’s. Oakmere.
 Second and Third XI averages should go to respective Results secretaries Ian Sharrock, Brian
Boys and Peter Lawson.

Handbook pictures & advertisements
CLUBS with pictures of trophy-winning teams they would like to see published in the 2010
handbook should contact MTB with full captions …..Likewise any club who wish to advertise
a 2010 event in the handbook, please get in touch soonest.


Next meetings …..
Cricket Committee: Thursday, October 15th (at Warrington, 8 p.m.)
Management committee: Wednesday, November 18th (at Toft, 8 p.m.).
Umpires & Scorers Association annual meeting: Tuesday, November 24th (at Toft, 8 p.m.).


           DEFINITELY THE LAST TOMMY COOPERISM ….
                   “Doctor, doctor: I can‟t pronounce my Fs, Ts and Hs”.
                        “Well, you can‟t say fairer than that then”.


                  Next issue of League Newsletter will be
                       published in early November
                                                         Mike.t-b@virgin.net: October 5 / 09

				
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