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Cricket season review

Anstey and Glenfield Cricket Club have enjoyed a very successful 2018 season with the highlight being the 1st team finishing as well deserved champions in their league. The 2nd team have also progressed from last season's promotion to finish in 6th place in their division. The Sunday friendly team won their league too. There have been some fantastic individual performances, but the main theme is that it has been a great team effort by everyone which has meant that the club has continued to move forward.
The 1st team had a brilliant year in Division 5 West following last year's near miss in gaining promotion. They won the division winning 17 matches and only losing twice to finish the season with an outstanding 462 points. There were some fantastic performances during the season cumulating with a 5-wicket victory on the last day of their season against Kirby Muxloe 2 to clinch the title. The team were led in fine style by Joe Harris who took 34 wickets throughout the Summer.
Joe was backed up with some excellent individual performances this year with Anoop Jayaraj again coming out top of the batting charts scoring over 600 runs – this included a magnificent century against Hinckley Amateur 2 and 3 fifties. Anoop had some great support with Taylor McMillan, Kiran Nair and Viral Patel also scoring hundreds against Earl Shilton 2, Walton and Loughborough Town 3 respectively. Half centuries were posted by Abbas Khan, Shehan Perera and Sunny Singh.
The bowlers also made some fantastic contributions with Anil Revu leading the way. Anil gained a total of 39 wickets during the season and this included a tremendous 5 wicket haul against Walton, where he took 7 wickets for just 25 runs. He was supported by Joe Harris, Viral Patel and Taylor McMillan who all took over 15 wickets during the season. Joe, Viral and Charlie Wilkes all took 5 wicket hauls in what was a fabulous bowling performance.
The 1st team will look forward to 2019 and a campaign in Division 4. This will be a higher level but if they can match some of this year's superb performances then hopefully the first XI will be flying high again.
The 2nd team enjoyed a decent season too finishing 6th in Division 7 West. They ended the season with over 330 points and won nearly half of their matches. 2nd team captain, Bradley Wells played a leading role with bat and ball and was among the top performers by scoring a half century against Aryans and a 5-wicket haul at Braunstone. Numerous batsmen scored 50 or more and they included Bruce Smith, James Ogle, Nilusha Perera, Newan Dhashana, Sunny Singh, Kiran Nair, Robert Charles, Niall Simpson, Charlie Wilkes, Darren Morris and Abbas Khan. Leading wicket taker was Chemika Mewan and he claimed 30 victims with a best of 5 for 11 against Loughborough Outwoods 2. Other notable statistics included Sunny Singh taking 5 wickets against Maher and Ranjeeva Fernando taking 19 wickets throughout the season. The 2nd XI will be looking to boost their ranks for next year and push further up the league.
The club took part in the 20/20 County Shield earlier in the Summer and following an early victory against County Officers, the club progressed to the semi-finals. Unfortunately, they fell to defeat against Leicester Caribbean but I'm sure the club will be back competing next year in a bid to regain the trophy they won in 2015.
The Sunday team led by captain, Steve Turner played in a local friendly league for the first time and managed to win it following some fine performances. Other teams in the league included Earl Shilton, Queniborough, Dunton Bassett and Electricity Sports with Anstey and Glenfield winning 3 of their matches to top the table. The club also played other occasional friendlies to compliment the league matches so it gave a larger pool of players the opportunity to gain some valuable match practice.
The end of season ground work has taken place which should mean that next season's pitches are in decent shape. Thanks in particular to Jon Hartwell, the club groundsman for all his hard work and to the club members who gave up their time to make sure this happened.
The club are hosting their AGM and presentation evening on Friday 23rd November at Anstey Nomads and Winter Nets will commence early next year taking place at the City Cricket Academy.
Anstey and Glenfield are looking for any new players to join the club for the 2019 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.

Phil Vose

Last modified on Friday, 11 January 2019 14:58
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