Seaton CC celebrate cup winning season with Awards Night at Court Lane
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Seaton Cricket Club’s Annual Awards night took place last week with at the Club’s Court Lane Ground, writes Stephen Pritchard.
Head Chef and 2nd XI Captain Ian Hunt put on a fine display of food as a reward for a successful season on the pitch. The evening started with presentations for the Colts.
A very young squad played in the East Devon Youth Cricket League U11s section, and whilst match wins were thin on the ground there were many notable performances throughout the season coupled with much enthusiasm from players and parents alike. U11 Batsman of the Year was Woody Thorp, U11 Bowler of the Year went to Jed Pinnock, and U11 Colt of the Year was awarded to Tim Doulton for his strong all round performances and for demonstrating some mature captaincy.
The U13s reached the semi-final of their Cup competition and finished mid-table in their league. Batsman of the Year was awarded to Ben Goodier, Bowler of the Year was won by Josh Allen, and U13 Colt of the Year was presented to Kersley Sutton for carrying his Colts form into senior 3rd XI and 2nd XI matches.
As the light faded, the senior awards were made. The club would like to thank Ann Horton from sponsors Hammett and Associates for attending on the evening to make the presentations. The 3rd XI were first up. This young side (with one notable “oldie”) learned a lot during the season and many will be pushing for 2nd XI places next season. The 3rd XI Batting Award went to Oliver Pinnock whilst Daniel Thomas took the Bowling Award. Dan was also presented with a special prize for getting his first senior 5 wicket haul. Not to be outdone, brother James was also rewarded for making his first senior hundred in the same match!
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Fresh from the kitchen, Captain Hunt made a shorter than usual but no less rousing speech after a successful campaign saw his team finish second in the league. They could yet become champions and gain promotion after issues with some technicalities in the new league rules. Stuart Wight won the Batting prize for scoring over 400 runs - he also received a special award for making his first senior hundred. The Bowling prize went to the skipper proving that a mix of youth and experience is essential for success, whilst Chris Aplin’s first hundred also gained him recognition. The coveted Young Player of the Year trophy was also won by a 2nd XI player - following in the footsteps of some illustrious club members of yesteryear. Tim Mitchell’s increasingly mature batting and bowling ensured he got his name etched into the history books.
Finally Ben Morgan took to the stage for the 1st XI awards. Never one to prolong his time in the spotlight, Captain Morgan presented the 1st XI Bowling Shield to Michael Wheeler and the Andy Cottam Award for Most Improved Player to Ben Libby for his consistently economical and threatening bowling. The skipper also held aloft the Corinthian Cup which was won for the first time in the Club’s history. Morgan was then presented the Batting Prize for achieving the highest run aggregate.
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The Clubman of the Year was unusually won by four people! Jenny and Cliff Sutton and Pete and Mandy Thomas were hugely influential in helping the 3rd XI run smoothly and have found themselves jobs to do on pretty much every visit to the club this season. Their award was well deserved.
The formalities were completed as Chairman Peter Anderson was acknowledged for receiving a Natwest OSCA from the Devon Cricket Board. His “Behind the Scenes” award was in recognition of the many hours of work he puts in on and off the field to keep the club in good health.
Everyone at the club would like to thank those who helped during the season - they are too many to list - as well as all of our supporters and sponsors including main sponsor Hammett and Associates for their continued support.