Aldwick set for new cricket campaign

Aldwick CC's 2013 trophy winners
Aldwick CC's 2013 trophy winners

Aldwick celebrated their 2013 season with their traditional dinner and presentation evening, this year held at Seasons, the Bognor FC clubhouse.

Last summer, the Saturday first XI under skipper Joel Lodge’s guidance achieved promotion to division three of the West Sussex Invitation League and the second XI narrowly failed to make it a double for the club losing out on promotion by just one place.

Stars of the evening were Grant Wilson (eight awards) and Alex Cooper (six). Wilson’s haul included most wickets (69), players’ player, man of the match (11 times) and his incredible eight wickets for nine runs in a match earned him awards for best bowling and champagne moment.

Young Alex Cooper has come a long way in a short time and was rewarded for his efforts and enthusiasm with two club batting awards - best average and best aggregate (1,015 runs for the season). Another youngster competing with the demands of adult cricket is Adam Robinson, who deservedly won the most improved young player plus two other awards.

Awards were presented by club chairman Jim Smith and president David Robinson, who thanked everyone for attending and said 2014 would be important for the club with the progress of the first XI and planned major improvements to the clubhouse.

Players were on duty the next day - and from 8am - to clean and repair the club’s facilities as part of the NatWest-sponsored CricketForce day.

Aldwick run five sides and play at the Felpham Oval - there are two Saturday league sides, two Sunday teams and one midweek t20 team.

Club captains for 2014 are: Saturday 1st XI Joel Lodge; Sat 2nd XI Matt Robinson; Sunday 1st Ollie Smith; Sunday Acorns Dion Sampson, Midweek Ian Guppy.

With one of the largest fixture lists of any club in the area - around 100 matches in total - the club are always looking for new talent of any age, male or female.

If you are interested, contact chairman Jim Smith on 07901 755782 or at jamesjmb2011@hotmail.co.uk - or come along to nets on Sunday mornings at Arundel Castle Cricket Club (10am to midday), or wait until the weather gets better and come to outdoor nets at the Felpham Oval towards the end of April.

The club have numerous social events through the year and continue a 30-year unbroken run of touring. This year’s destination is the Isle of Wight, with games lined up for six consecutive days on the island. See aldwick.play-cricket.com