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2XI 1998
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Northumberland League A Division

Captain
Duncan McGregor
Played
20
Won
13
Lost
2
Tied
No Result
Cancelled
4
Abandoned
1

Captains Report

If Anil Kumble should wish to roll up the pitch on which he recently claimed ten wickets, then similarly I would wish to replicate the success which the 1st XI enjoyed during the 1998 season.

The 1st XI performed consistently well throughout the season with a number of individuals making important contributions to the overall team effort. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed my first season as Captain of the 1st XI, however, I am particularly grateful to my Vice Captain, Jeff Oliver and Andrew Morgan for their continued support and advice. Unlike previous seasons the team displayed a new determination to win those games which went down to the wire and undoubtedly this generated the enthusiasm and confidence which would culminate in the deserved success which the 1998 season brought.

On the playing front, the personnel largely remained the same, however, the addition of Stuart Taylor and Carl Gamble undoubtedly improved the ground fielding which in previous seasons had maybe been one of the weaker areas of the side. Stuart Taylor's perseverance and commitment throughout the season epitomised the team spirit which prevailed in the changing room, after being given the responsibility for opening the batting, Stuart was unable to capitalise on the undoubted talent which he had displayed in the winter nets, however, after a string of good performances for the 'C' Division Team he was able to contribute some useful innings during the latter stages of the season.

Whilst discussing the batting, Ollie Edwards, Aaron Shankar, Geoff Oliver and Phil Ottaway all contributed with useful knocks throughout the season. One innings which particularly springs to mind was the belligerent '84' which Phil Ottaway scored against Cramlington, Phil followed this innings with a dogged '50' against West Wylam, therefore, displacing the myth that his 'railway sleeper of a bat' had lost its middle.

The main stays of the 1st XI batting were Messrs. John Jessop and Andrew Morgan. Both batsmen used different techniques to accumulate their runs, John Jessop talked the opposition bowling attacks into submission and then proceeded to contribute a healthy '404' runs for the season. In considering all of John's innings, the '76' which he scored against Northern Electric was undoubtedly a match winning knock in which was a very closely fought game. Unlike Mr Jessop, Andrew Morgan accumulated his runs with his usual calmness befitting a man of his experience, however, it has not gone unnoticed by the team that Andrew readily sacrificed his wicket when approaching the half century mark and hence it was felt by the majority of the team that he had reneged on at least four jugs of beer, much to the dismay of Andrew Crawford.

In concluding the analysis of the 1st XI batting, one innings which remains in the memory is that of John Gardner's at Morpeth in the Barlow Cup. Playing a Morpeth XI boosted by the presence of their left arm Australian 'quickie', John opened the innings and preceded to dispatch the Australian to all corners of the ground and in true 'Decker style' the normal opening partnership of the 1st XI were told in no uncertain terms how to deal with opposition opening attacks in the future.

The 1st XI bowling attack was headed by myself, John Gardner and Jeff Oliver with able support provided by Ollie Edwards. As in previous seasons Jeff Oliver topped the bowling averages with 39 wickets at an average of 8.44, Geoff s best bowling of 7-17 against Whitley Bay undoubtedly won that game as we had been dismissed for '93 all out'. John Gardner's bowling performances consistently improved throughout the season, the last three games of the season against Cramlington, Hebburn, West Wylam produced 17 wickets for John including his best figures of 7-36 against Cramlington. In analysing 'Decker's' bowling it was noted by a number of anonymous members of the 1st XI, that John seemed to perform better when carrying an injury. If John turned up on the morning of the game with a limp or not fully fit, the omens were good for a five wicket haul.

On a personal note when I took on the role as 1st Team Captain I wondered how the responsibility would affect my ability to take wickets, on reflection I would confess that I only took half the number of wickets which would have reasonably been expected of me had I not been Captain. Joking aside, I enjoyed a successful season in 1998 and this was reflected by the 54 wickets which I captured, the 9-37 I achieved at Northern Electric was a personal best and gave me great satisfaction. The subsequent celebrations proved to be particularly expensive and I still have no recollection of what happened after 8.30 p.m. on the particular night in question.

In securing the championship the 1st XI also managed to defeat Clara Vale in the final of the Barlow Cup. The performance in the final was in line with those that had secured our day out at Stobswood, and I was particularly pleased by both the commitment of the team and the support which we received from the Club on the day of the final itself. The highlight of what was a splendid day was the sportsmanship which prevailed between both sides and I am sure that you will echo my thoughts in wishing Clara Vale all the best for their coming season in the Premier League.

Finally, I would just like to say that it was a pleasure to captain the 1st XI during the 1998 Season and hopefully the success that was enjoyed will continue in 1999 and on the completion of the forthcoming season we will have secured our place in the Premier League for the Millennium.

Match Review

Date Opposition Venue Result Score Opp Score Best Bat Score Best Bowl Figures
24-Apr Clara Vale Away Won 14 Runs 132 118 A.Morgan 28 J.Oliver 4-25
09-May Northern Electric Home Won 7 Runs 125-9 118 D.McGregor 22 D.McGregor 9-37
23-May Ellington Home Won 62 Runs 215-5 153 O.Edwards 44* J.Oliver 5-37
25-May Whitley Bay Away Won 26 Runs 93 67 J.Jessop 53* J.Oliver 7-17
30-May Morpeth Away Cancelled            
06-Jun Cramlington Home Cancelled            
13-Jun Hebburn Home Abandoned 41-5 130-7 A.Morgan 9 D.McGregor 3-39
20-Jun West Wylam Away Lost 10 Runs 93 103 J.Gardner 19* J.Oliver 3-38
21-Jun Monkseaton Home Won 2 Runs 138 136 A.Morgan 40 J.Oliver 4-40
27-Jun Bates Cottages Away Cancelled            
04-Jul Clara Vale Home Won 2 Runs 127-9 125 J.Jessop 35 D.McGregor 5-48
18-Jul Northern Electric Home Won 10 Wickets 104 101-9 J.Jessop 76* J.Oliver 5-31
25-Jul Monkseaton Away Won 51 Runs 153-8 102 J.Oliver 32 J.Gardner 6-45
01-Aug Ellington Away Won 46 Runs 186-8 140-8 A.Morgan 41 D.McGregor 5-46
08-Aug Whitley Bay Home Lost 4 Wickets 140-6 141-6 S.Taylor 29* D.McGregor 3-53
15-Aug Morpeth Home Won 3 Wickets 149-7 147-8 A.Morgan 42* D.McGregor 3-42
22-Aug Cramlington Away Won 175 Runs 244 69 P.Ottaway 84 J.Gardner 7-36
29-Aug Hebburn Away Won 9 Wickets 61-1 60 J.Jessop 42 J.Gardner 5-18
05-Sep West Wylam Home Won 105 Runs 196-5 91 P.Ottaway 50 J.Gardner 5-40
12-Sep Bates Cottages Home Cancelled            
                   
 Cup Matches                
16-Jul Gosforth Golf Home Won 100 Runs 156-1 56 J.Gardner 98* J.Oliver 3-10
09-Aug Clara Vale (Final) Neutral Won 9 Wickets 68-1 64 J.Jessop 26* D.McGregor 7-34

Partnerships

Wkt Score Batsman Score Batsman Score Opposition Venue Date
1
104*
J.Jessop
76*
J.Oliver
21*
Northern Electric Home 18-Jul
4
98
P.Ottaway
50
A.Morgan
46
West Wylam Home 05-Sep
5
76
O.Edwards
44*
A.Crawford
42
Ellington Home 23-May
3
67
A.Shankar
26
P.Ottaway
84
Cramlington Away 22-Aug
3
59
J.Jessop
35
A.Morgan
27
Clara Vale Home 04-Jul
4
58
A.Morgan
41
O.Edwards
37
Ellington Away 11-Aug
1
57
J.Jessop
42
J.Oliver
13*
Hebburn Away 29-Aug
3
54
J.Jessop
43
A.Morgan
43
Ellington Home 23-May
4
54
P.Ottaway
84
S.Taylor
19
Cramlington Away 22-Aug

 

Batting Averages

Name
M
In
No
Runs
HS
50
Avge
A.Morgan
13
12
2
330
46
33.00
J.Jessop
16
16
2
404
76*
2
28.86
P.Ottaway
7
6
0
153
84
2
25.50
O.Edwards
11
9
3
141
44*
23.50
A.Shankar
9
9
1
141
29
17.63
S.Taylor
14
13
3
156
29*
15.60
J.Gardner
14
10
1
115
26
12.78
J.Oliver
15
15
3
139
32
11.58
 
K.Crerar
7
5
4
33
21*
33.00
C.Gamble
8
6
1
86
42
17.20
M.Robinson
3
2
1
17
10
17.00
R.Bell
16
12
3
96
21*
10.67
A.Crawford
11
10
0
96
42
9.60
D.McGregor
15
9
1
59
22
7.38
D.Strong
1
1
0
5
5
5.00
G.Bradley
3
1
0
4
4
4.00
J.Monkhouse
3
2
0
1
1
0.50
J.Varley
7
1
1
0
0*
-
C.Barlow
1
P.Barlow
1
N.Davison
1

 

Bowling Averages

Name
Over
Mdn
Runs
Wkt
Best
5w
Econ
Avge
J.Oliver
143.1
42
329
39
7-17
3
2.30
8.44
D.McGregor
237.5
61
582
53
9-37
3
2.45
10.98
J.Gardner
177.5
53
467
33
7-36
4
2.63
14.15
M.Robinson
4
0
23
2
1-6
5.75
11.50
O.Edwards
44
5
103
6
2-10
2.34
17.17
G.Bradley
22
6
51
1
1-11
2.32
51.00
K.Crerar
29
1
120
2
1-20
4.14
60.00
A.Shankar
5
0
15
0
0-15
3.00
-
J.Varley
1
0
2
0
0-2
2.00
-

 

Catches

Catches  
8 A.Morgan
7 J.Jessop, S.Taylor
6 D.McGregor, J.Gardner
4 J.Oliver, A.Shankar, C.Gamble
3 A.Crawford, O.Edwards
2 K.Crerar, P.Ottaway
1 J.Monkhouse, M.Robinson, N.Davison

 

Wicket Keeping

Name
Mch
Ctch
Stm
Bye
Total
R.Bell
16
10
72
10