Keynsham sees two teams relegated at end of season

Published on: 02 Oct 2013

As the season ended, Keynsham Cricket Club’s Saturday first and third teams both were relegated from their respective leagues, the Saturday seconds missed the
opportunity to top their league and the two Sunday sides finished mid-table.

The firsts failed on the batting front with nobody reaching a “ton” this season, Alex Taylor’s unbeaten 91 at Downend being the highest individual score. Dan Jarman topped the averages with a paltry 26.5.The bowling was fine with 3 “five-fers”; 6/29 by Dave Burston, 6/69 Paul Robbins who was top wicket taker with 24, and 5/46 by Kiwi Harry Jones.

Skipper Ben Whittington led the 2nds from the front and scored 623 runs averaging 56 as well as taking 11 wickets including 4/6. There were returns of 5-19 from Jones and 5-26 for Simon Knowles, with John Courtney, still going strong, was top wicket taker with 25 which included a 4-28.

Nick Lowe averaged 76 and scored an unbeaten 100 for the thirds and was top wicket taker for the thirds with 13. Jack Tweedie (aged 13) took 5-6 in one game and Lowe also had a “five-fer” (5-33). Dan Jarman, Alex Taylor and Paul Robbins (150) all notched up “tons” for the Sunday 1s.  On the bowling front, Andy Applin took a haul of 5-38 and Chris Britton 4-25 with Jack Stiff the leading wicket taker.

The evergreen Les Hubbard scored 397 runs for the Sunday 2’s with four 50s included but was pipped to best batting average by Andy Kitchen with 37.56. Fourteen-year-old Harry Mattingly topped the wicket takers with 11 and a best of 3-29, and another “old un”, Richard Morris returned a 4-13.

Keynsham Cricket Club – Junior Section

Cricket is over for the season for KCC Junior section and the ground is being readied for its autumn makeover. Over 100 boys and girls have been involved in coaching and playing cricket this summer from Under 9s to Under 15s. 

The U11a team won the league and cup double losing just 1 match all season. Individual highlights were skipper Will Burston and Ben Clarke scoring their first 50s and remarkably Harvey Hutchings getting 2 hat tricks with the ball, both played at Bath CC.

Other Juniors to register their maiden 50s were Sam Knight (U13b) plus Harry Waters, Jack Tweedie, Tyler Curley-Smith and Reece Ashdown (all U13a). In addition, Harry and Jack both got their maiden 5 wicket hauls in an innings.

The U11b team, playing their first season of hard ball cricket, finished a creditable mid table. The U13b team were just below mid table with the U13a’s finishing runners up in the same league. Both the U15a and b teams finished mid table, with the U15a’s in their final junior season, under the captaincy of Ross Fisher, winning more than they lost, showing great improvement.

Within the Junior section we have three boys who represented Somerset U 11s (Will Burston, Sam Parsons and Ben Clarke) and five boys who played at Glos district level at U11 (Sam Lowe), U13 (Harry Waters and Jack Tweedie) and U14 (Callum Westbrook and Ollie Hemmings).

The formalities of the season close with the Junior dinner on Friday, October 25, when the guest speaker  will be Paralympic athlete Ben Rushgrove.

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