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Following many promotions achieved coming second, Edwardstone CC are finally league champions.

At the start of the year few club members would have predicted such a successful season especially with such a young team. The ECC team won 11 out of 16 games playing against many strong teams from around Suffolk who have often included East Anglian Premier League players or other talented players brought over from abroad.  The season also included 2 club days where some of the younger players from our Colts team were able to experience mens cricket for the first time. We also went on our first tour for three years down to Kent which was enjoyed by everyone.

The season comes to a close and many of the squad are contemplating what to do on a Sunday until the end of April 2017 and the start of the new season.

This season the Edwardstone Old Guard of Tim Beven, Ray Gibbons, Iain Young and Charlie Partridge were on occasions 20 years older than the next youngest player in the squad. Ray has yet again been producing fantastic playing surface at  Homefields and organised some great fixtures to keep the players keen.

Chairman Charles has been keeping the club focused and the committee keen to improve the club. Tim Beven continued coaching the junior section of the club and playing a few games while taking wickets in every match that he has played.  Iain Young (Coach) has been inspirational throughout the season with his experience and his solid displays with the bat and also with his gruelling pre match practice.

The skipper Jack Clark has had a good season in the field, making game changing decisions and managed to grab a few wickets with his spin bowling and achieved a half century in only the way he can. Sam Whymark came back to ECC and bowled very well achieving over 20 wickets and managed keep teams from scoring well, whilst brother Rob boosted the run rates in games with his own attacking style of batting. Tom Whymark managed to lead the bowling and achieve 25 wickets and occasionally contribute  with the bat while claiming to be our next all rounder. Ryan Farthing hit the biggest 6 we have ever seen at  Homefields and like Rob put on runs when needed but also bowled when required. Our expert fielder Harry Young has been setting example in the field with some fantastic catches and blocks and kept the team amused in the field with his wit. James Thorogood a former Colt has been explosive with the bat probably hitting the most sixes and has been an option with the ball when required. It’s been a particularly great year for Sam Chapman who has broken many Edwardstone records with his excellent batting, achieving an average of over 60 runs for the year with a highest score of 173 runs and will be going to play cricket in Perth, Australia in October.

It has been a breakthrough year for youngsters Milo Kirkham, Tom Davey and Lewis Davey who have had a fantastic first full season developing and learning the game and continue to improve and gain confidence.

The Edwardstone CC Colts section has once again been extremely busy with 47 players signed on. There were matches played against local clubs East Bergholt and Hadleigh,  which helped new players to gain more experience of the game following on from their training on Saturday mornings at Homefield in Boxford. Boys and girls were able to improve their batting, fielding and bowling skills over the summer and we hope they will return in 2017. We must thank Tim Beven, Adrian Gooderham, Barry Dakers for their invaluable work in training what is becoming a talented group of players. It is also great to see Tim, Adrian and Barry being assisted by past Colts players, Milo Kirkham, Sam and Will Beven, Sam Chapman, Ryan Gooderham and Sam Bishop. While many village clubs struggle to attract enough players, we are proud of our record of promoting Colts players to the league team. In the past 3 years we have had 10 Colts players move up and play games for the mens team and we hope this progression of players through the different levels of the club continues.

Some of you may have noticed that the old all weather pitch has been removed. We have been able to fund this project with the help and hard work of Anne Wise and David Burden from the Playing Fields committee, the Parish Council and district councillor Bryn Hurren. We thank them for their great support. The new pitches will help to provide more cricket for our young cricketers and a better playing area for the whole club. A great step forward.

The next off the field event is our AGM which is on the 2nd October at the Homefields Club Pavilion, 7pm start to those who would like to get involved and have a say. The club would like to thank all the supporters we have had travel to games this season and Steve and the team at The Fox and Hounds for catering for us after games. If anyone is looking to play some cricket next year please contact:

Tom Whymark
ECC Secretary