Historic season for Junior Cricket in the Village!
After the complete washout of 2012, this summer’s weather has been a welcome change and coincided with the most successful season in the short history of junior cricket in the village. The club ran three teams at junior level, with over 40 children registered.
The youngest age group, Under 11s, played in the Oxfordshire Development competition, which is an 8 a-side pairs format. The team set a first for Brightwell, by going through the whole season undefeated winning all six matches against sides such as Oxford, Blewbury and Aston Rowant. It was a truly exceptional effort by a very special group of children and another significant landmark saw two of this group be the first players to go on and represent the County. Alice Thorby was selected for Oxfordshire Girls Under 11’s, and her younger brother Henry played for the County Under 10’s against Surrey towards the end of the season.
The Under 13’s also played in the 8 a-side pairs format playing for the Gauntlett Goblet Trophy, and they too went through the season undefeated. Having headed up the South Oxon Group the side found themselves in the Finals day, played on a very hot July day. The club last won this competition in 2010. After seeing off the challenge of Stonesfield in a nerve wracking semi-final, we then saw off a very ‘competitive’ Hook Norton side with a comfortable victory in the final to cap off a remarkable season. Again just reward for all the hard work put in by the players and coaches throughout the season.
The Under 15’s side played 3 fixtures and the highlight was an impressive three wicket win over local rivals Warborough who had defeated us easily earlier in the season.
All in all a rather busy, but extremely satisfying 2013 season and one that I’m sure will be somewhat difficult to emulate next season. If you would like to support junior cricket in the village why not consider being a Patron for just £10 a year. If you need further information please contact me by e-mail at: email@example.com
Jerry Walters, Chair, BCS CC Junior Section
Seniors end season with mixed results but high spirits
A mixed season for Brightwell cum Sotwell Cricket Club (Estd 1858)
in terms of results for individuals and the team but overall an enjoyable season with better weather this year and in particular the spirit in which games have been played.
This was our 5th year touring in the last weekend in July, this year travelling to Kent staying in Canterbury. We lost the first game, abandoned the second with 7 overs to go in the second innings as a result of torrential rain and drew the third – overall, both on and off the pitch, another successful tour with a unanimous decision to return to Kent next year.
The Cricket Club is always looking for new players and welcomes anyone who would like to play, even the odd game during the season. Have a look at our web site for further details and results:
www.pitchero.com/clubs/brightwell-cum-sotwell. Or contact me, BCSCC Secretary, on Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07909 848098
And they are off !
The inaugural meeting of the Brightwell cum Sotwell Kings Meadow Tennis Club (BSKMTC) was held on 5 September and we are very pleased to announce that Trevor Wintle, Tony Windsor, Jeremy Whetter, Rosemary Pinfield and Phil Thompson were elected as President, Chair, Treasurer, Welfare Officer and Junior Members' Coordinator respectively. (Sadly, similar good fortune did not follow Andy Murray at the US Open that same night!). The enthusiasm for the re-formed club has been really encouraging, with the membership currently standing at nearly 90! There are no fees due until 1 April 2014, so if you are interested in joining us, take a look at our website http://bcskingsmeadowtennisclub.org.uk/ and submit an application form.
Going forward, there will be regular club nights for members of all ages and abilities: Tuesdays from 5-7pm for Juniors who are able to play on a full court, and 7pm till dusk for Seniors; Thursday nights will be for ‘Rusty Racquets’ or new players from 7pm till dusk. Club racquets and balls will be available for both men and women, and regular players can get some informal coaching on the Seniors’ night. Do come along – even some of the Committee members (mentioning no names!) would class themselves as beginners or very 'rusty', so there is no need to feel intimidated!
Starting on Friday 11 October, there will be Mini Tennis coaching for 5 to 12 year olds (held at the Village Hall during the winter months) via the Community Tennis Association. If you are interested in signing up your little would-be champions then please contact BCSKMTC’s very own allocated LTA Qualified Coach, Tony Galante, via email at email@example.com or telephone 0800 888 6030 for details.
Cycling record shattered
Didcot Phoenix Cycling Club tandem pairing of Nick Druce and Steve Luck recorded a time of 20:20 mins to shatter the long standing club tandem time trial record over 10 miles. The pair, both veterans, bettered the 13 year-old record of 20:35, riding a Claud Butler tandem made in the 1950’s. Congratulations!
If there are any other sporting heroes or records broken by Villagers, please let me know (Ed.)
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