Camerton Village Hall was packed for the annual Presentation evening of Timsbury Cricket Club with all three teams well represented.
The evening began with applause for all those associated with the club who had been lost over the last couple of years.
The Club Chairman Ben Hosford who was celebrating his first year at the helm said he was delighted at the way the club had developed over the last year. More than 50 members had paid up, the All Stars and Dynamos had attracted loads of children, the new kit had been very popular, new sight screens had been purchased and the coaching sessions led by Lloyd Davies had been very well attended. He added that coaching master classes with Marcus Trescothick and Richard Dawson had been arranged for next season.
First team captain Jon Strand reviewed a season that had seen the side eventually achieve a creditable third place in the Senior Division of the Bristol and District League. He described it as a fun-filled campaign with every player giving one hundred percent. The emergence of young players such as Oli Hulbert and Joe Kinnear had been a real boost.
Will Rawlings gave an excellent speech as captain of the under 19s. Although there had been five losses it had been a very young group and he said that they had been very close to beating some strong teams. He felt the positives far outweighed the negatives and that it was great to see so many under 19s featuring prominently in the senior sides. He said that Timsbury was a club where young players felt wanted and where they wanted to play.
Laurie Jones, captain of the third eleven, said that his aim had been to make the team more competitive and to encourage the youth. The team had finished fourth in Division 14 but had been frustrated by a number of cancellations often through teams being unable to field a side. Enjoyment had been the main team ethos and he was confident the team could challenge for promotion next season.
The Chairman then turned to his role as second team captain and celebrated another excellent season which had seen the seconds win Division Six and achieve promotion for the fourth successive season. There had been a real influence by the young players but the effect of senior players such as Neil Hucker and Steve Clothier had been highly significant. Dan Hill had been outstanding scoring 576 runs and taking 18 wickets while one of the highlights of the season had been Sol Thompson’s maiden century at Almondsbury.
The annual awards were as follows:
Most improved Junior (Eddie Strong Trophy) Oscar Mallon
Best performance by a Junior (Graham Bryant Trophy) Liam Hosford
Outstanding teenager (S G Taylor Memorial Cup) Oli Hulbert
Biggest six by a junior (Steve Nowell Cup) Henry Webb
Best young all-rounder (Jer Thompson Memorial Trophy) Joe Kinnear
Club caps George Webb, Ben Smith, Joe Kinnear, Oli Hulbert, and Josh Bond-Kendall
Centurion ties Sol Thompson
Fastest 50 (John Newth Cup) Paul Cracknell
Best individual performance (S G Taylor Cup) Sol Thompson
First team Player of the Year (Sage Family Trophy) Graeme Webb
Second team Player of the Year (Malcolm Tucker Cup) Dan Hill
Third team Player of the Year (Colin Weaver Cup) Neil Hulford
Clubperson of the Year Greg Passingham
Junior Clubperson of the Year (Roger and Eve Bird Cup) Zak Cox