Captain’s end-of-season report

The end of the 2017 season is somehow upon us, and we can now sit back and reflect proudly on our achievements of the year.

The 1st XI experienced a miraculous relegation escape on the last day of the season, avoiding the drop from the Two Counties Division 5 by a solitary point despite failing to finish either of the last two games of the season due to poor weather. It wasn’t until 10pm after the final match of 2017 that news of other results filtered through and Stonham’s unlikely survival became apparent.

Despite the last day surprise, staying in Division 5 is well deserved for the team who enjoyed the season despite the hardships it presented, and whose survival came in no small part thanks to the collection of a sizeable amount of valuable points in the side’s losses.

Congratulations go to Scott Martin for his maiden Stonham century (followed later in the season by his second), Luke Edgar for his devastating and match-winning maiden 1st XI century vs Yoxford, and again to Scott Martin for achieving his first ever 5-fer in cricket.

It was also pleasing to see the debuts of several juniors – Ant Stowe and Steve Stowe were unexpected mainstays of the team throughout the year, whilst Andrew Whitehead showed flashes of brilliance in the handful of games he was able to play. We look forward to seeing their continuing development over the coming years.

Stephen Lewis, 1st XI Captain, ESCC

The 2nd XI faired better than the 1st XI, but after a blistering start to the season they hit a couple of hurdles and finished 3rd in Divison 4 of the Hunts League. The team still hope for promotion despite this finishing position, having played in many lop-sided victories throughout the year.

2nd XI 2017
2nd XI 2017

Despite a superb season with the ball from Jordy Dye, the batsman invariably stole the show on Sundays. Jake Dye (three!), Sam Fenning and Luke Edgar all hit hundreds, with Jake and Sam enjoying their first ever triple-digit scores. They were joined by the lower-order hitting of Jordy in achieving stunning averages all comfortably over 50.

As ever, the President’s vs Chairman’s game was a huge success – our thanks go out to everyone involved in contributing to the day. Also a success was the pre-season fundraising Race Night – the proceeds of which went towards a fine kitchen in the new pavilion. 2018 promises to see Stonham becoming self-sufficient within the pavilion on match days, and this will be an exciting step for the club.

Both captains would like to thank those who played this season, and look forward to seeing many players and friends of the club at the Dinner and Presentation evening on October 14th at the Stowupland Crown.

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