The Saturday XI ethos is built around preparation, camaraderie and above all else, enjoyment. In the 2017 season, enjoyment was at the heart of everything team did, and stood for. This ethos brought league success, when the team was crowned Wiltshire League Division 1 Champions at the end of August, the pinnacle of a tremendous few years for the team. The bowling was outstanding throughout the season with the whole unit firing all season long, this potent team were a huge part of our success. This was backed up with sporadic batting displays which have mirrored England’s performances down-under this winter – at times, brilliant but too much of the time too little value was placed on the batsmens’ wicket.
2018 will be a challenging time for the team, with a number of key players either relocating to warmer climates or furthering their cricketing careers elsewhere, for which we wish them well. With this in mind, recruitment must be at the top of the club’s agenda so that we can continue to be a powerful force in local and regional cricket.
We look forward to seeing everybody at winter nets, details of can be found here Pre-Season nets 2018.
The Sunday XI plays in the North Somerset Division league 2, and is a heady mix of youth, experience and exuberance! The team is where younger members can gain some experience which will put them in good stead for when they are ready to move up to the Saturday XI playing in the Wiltshire League, being mentored by some of the more senior players in the club. Whilst remaining competitive with a keen will to win, the team has the ability to compete in a more relaxed style with a strong emphasis on enjoyment and camaraderie.
The Midweek XI was introduced to bring together the Saturday and Sunday teams to provide more of a club atmosphere rather than two individual teams by selecting a combination of players from both teams. This has been successful and the club prides itself with the spirit and social togetherness of the club. It provides opportunity for players who may not get a chance to bat/bowl as much as they would like, to showcase their ability, or for the out of form player to gain some much needed ‘time at the middle’ without the pressure of league cricket. This season will see a more selective amount of fixtures to allow for a much needed club training night and together with a successful winter recruitment drive will allow the opportunity to blood new players and maintain the form of the current crop of young and experienced players, most importantly enjoying a game of cricket.