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Cricket Season

Anstey and Glenfield Cricket Club have enjoyed a successful 2015 season with the highlight being the victory in the 20/20 County Shield. Both the 1st and 2nd teams finished the season above mid table in their respective divisions. There was some brilliant individual performances but overall it was great team effort by everyone which meant that the club continued to move forward.
The 1st team had a good year in Division 6 West following the 2014 promotion. They eventually finished 5th in the table winning 10 matches and completing the season with 374 points. Unfortunately, the team suffered from players being unavailable for certain periods of the season so they would have probably finished higher in the league if they had a full complement of players during the summer.
There were some excellent individual performances this year with Anoop Jayaraj again coming out top of the batting charts scoring a superb 649 runs – this included 2 half centuries and a magnificent 112 not out at Charnwood Old Boys. Anoop was ably assisted by new boy, Ravi Maharajan who scored 421 runs including a century against Appleby Magna. Half centuries were also scored by captain Joe Harris, Sunny Singh, Nilusha Perera, Taylor Mcmillan and Bhanu Mishra.
The bowlers also made some fantastic contributions with Chemika Mewan leading the way. Chemika gained a total of 45 wickets during the season and this included a couple of 5 wicket hauls against Hathern and Walton. He was supported by Nilesh Patel, Joe Harris and Ravi Maharajan who all took over 20 wickets during the season.
The 1st team will look forward to 2016 and hopefully push for promotion to Division 5.
The 2nd team enjoyed a decent season too finishing 4th in Division 8 West. They ended the season with 318 points and won half of their matches. 2nd team captain, Charlie Wilkes was the top performer with the bat scoring 485 runs and hitting a brilliant 115 at Broughton Astley. Other batsmen to score 50 were Richard Smith, James Ogle, Jon Hartwell and Jim Pike. Leading wicket taker was Jim Pike and he claimed 31 victims with a best of 4 for 35 against Aryans. The 2nd XI will be looking to boost their ranks for next year and push further up the league.
The high point of the season for the club was the 20/20 County Shield victory. The 20/20 team had to win 4 matches to claim the trophy and they did this brilliantly. Opening round victories against Twycross and Hathern meant that the team qualified for Finals Day. They then beat City Cricketers in the semi-final to set up a Final against Huncote. In the final taking place on 9th August at Leicester Ivanhoe, Anstey and Glenfield batted first scoring 144 for 8 in their 20 overs. The bowlers then restricted Huncote to 135 for 7 and so won in a thrilling climax by 9 runs. This was a superb achievement for the club.
The friendly Sunday team played 3 matches during the season including matches against Gracedieu Park, Leicester University Staff and Queniborough and they will be hoping to play a greater amount of matches next year. The club also hosted its Annual Presidents Open Day with Appleby Magna, Asian Sports and Gracedieu Park joining Anstey and Glenfield for a brilliant day's cricket. The final was won by Asian Sports but it was a fantastic day for the club with numerous off field activities taking place too. Anstey and Glenfield CC will hope to build on this success in the coming years ahead.
Some disappointing news from the last few weeks is that the club have had to endure a couple of bouts of violence. First of all, the sight screens suffered some fire damage which fortunately did not have a major effect on them. Then shortly afterwards, 2 of the covers were set alight which meant 2 significant holes in the plastic and damage to the practice pitch. This has been a most disturbing incident for the club and will mean a larger amount of work required to ensure both the covers and practice pitch are back in full working order for next year.
The end of season ground work has taken place which should mean that next season's pitches are in decent shape. Thanks to the club members who gave up their time to make sure this happened.
The club are hosting their AGM and presentation evening on Sunday 15th November from 6pm at the Gynsill Lane Sports Ground Pavilion and Winter Nets will commence on Sunday 31st January at 10am taking place at Beaumont Leys School.
Anstey and Glenfield are actively looking for any new players to join the club for the 2016 season, so if you are interested in being involved then please email our secretary Amanda Wilkes at amandaandcharlie@btinternet.com. Please also visit our website at http://ansteyandglenfield.play-cricket.com for regular updates, results and news.
By Phil Vose, Chairman

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