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Cricketers' promotion

Anstey and Glenfield Cricket Club enjoyed an excellent 2017 season with the highlight being the 2nd team's promotion to Division 7 of the Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket League. The 1st team also performed extremely well finishing 4th in Division 5 and were very unlucky not to be promoted too.
The 1st team had a super year in Division 5 West of the Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket League. They ended the season by winning 13 out of their 22 matches, collecting 376 points, and finished 14 points from 3rd place in the division. The first XI would have finished as runners up but they were deducted 60 points following an administration error. The club appealed to the league about the penalty to no avail, but it was still a very good season for the team. The 1st team were well led by Anoop Jayaraj.
The key to the 1st team's excellent season was the magnificent batting from Anoop. Mr Jayaraj broke a number of records during the season and in the end scored 1,101 runs with an average of 91.75 for the 1st XI. He scored the 2nd most runs in the whole of the county which is a fantastic achievement together with 4 centuries and 5 fifties. The highlight was a superb 162 not out at Ibstock Town with other hundreds being scored against Cropston, Charnwood Old Boys and Hinckley Amateur. Anoop has now been leading run scorer at Anstey and Glenfield CC for over 5 years now and is a tremendous asset to the club and was subsequently awarded the Frank Johnson Trophy at the end of season presentation evening.
The bowlers were led by Anil Revu, Joe Harris and Charlie Wilkes with all of them taking over 20 wickets for the 1st team. Charlie Wilkes finished as top wicket taker in the club with 48 wickets, this is following other wickets taken in cup and friendly matches. 5 wicket contributions were made by Anil and Joe. In addition, Neel Ondhia took a hattrick against Cropston.
As it stands the 1st team will be playing next season's cricket in Division 5 West.
The 2nd team enjoyed a fabulous season too finishing 2nd in Division 8 West and gaining promotion to Division 7. They ended the season with 327 points and won over half of their matches. They were led brilliantly by 2nd team captain, Jon Hartwell who was the top wicket keeper at the club. The leading batsmen for the 2nd XI were James Ogle (highest average 42.50) and Abbas Khan (4 fifties for the club). There were some dazzling performances from Chemika Mewan with the ball and he ended up the leading 2nd team bowler with 39 wickets – this included 5 wicket hauls against Leics Teachers and Mossdale, Sapcote and Leuva Patidar. Ranjeeva Fernando also had a great season taking 32 wickets including taking 5 wickets against Broughton Astley. Overall though it was a tremendous team effort by everyone concerned and the 2nd XI will be looking for another good season in 2018.
The friendly Sunday team played a number of matches during the season including matches against Electricity Sports, Leicester University Staff and Knossington and they will be hoping to play a greater amount of matches next year. The club also took part in the County 20/20 Shield and they performed admirably to make it through to final day where they eventually lost to City Cricketers.
The club hosted their AGM and presentation evening on Sunday 19th November at the Gynsill Lane Sports Ground Pavilion. There were some changes in the committee with Hasmukh Patel stepping down as Chairman and James Ogle acquiring the role. New captains were appointed for the 2018 season with Joe Harris taking on 1st team captain duties, Bradley Wells leading the 2nd team and the new Sunday friendly captain is Steve Turner.
The end of season ground work has taken place which should mean that next season's pitches are in decent shape. The club are also looking at improving the square and enhancing the equipment during the off season. Winter Nets will commence in January taking place at the City Cricket Academy at Freemans Common. Everyone at the club is looking forward to a successful 2018 season.
Anstey and Glenfield are actively looking for any new players to join the club for the 2018 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 statistics.
By Phil Vose

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