Harpenden look to build on success in 2010
CRICKET: Club Chairman Steve Hewlett reminded everyone at a well supported Harpenden CC AGM this week that 2009 was a season to remember. This was confirmed with the award of Club of the Year from the Saracens Hertfordshire League in recognition of the
CRICKET: Club Chairman Steve Hewlett reminded everyone at a well supported Harpenden CC AGM this week that 2009 was a season to remember.
This was confirmed with the award of "Club of the Year" from the Saracens Hertfordshire League in recognition of the achievements of the 1st, 3rd & 5th XI's in winning their respective division titles. Harpenden has never known a season like it and Hewlett praised everyone involved from the players to the coaches, back-room support, scorers and groundstaff.
There was also a special mention for Simon Caunce who is to step aside as head of the tremendously successful Marketing/Social committee after overseeing a number of events during the summer concluding with a black tie dinner at Harpenden Golf Club with special guest Middlesex captain Shaun Udal and a congratulatory message for the club from Honorary Life Member and Aussie great, Shane Warne.
Director of Cricket David Doyle and 1st XI skipper Ben Frazer laid out their plans for the 2010 campaign in the Home Counties Premier League including upgrading some facilities at the home ground on Harpenden Common plus potential signings for the 1st XI squad involving a possible exchange arrangement with the Frankston club from Victoria, Australia.
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A clear priority for next year is to compete strongly in what many regard as the highest quality league in the South of England.
Another significant theme for the evening was the development of the Colts section with Rupert Garrett looking to improve not only results but also the quality of coaching on offer to young cricketers, the supply of young players in to the senior sides and an increase in the number of Harpenden Colts being recognised by the county.
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It is also planned to continue the development of relationships that the club has started to build with some of the schools in the local area. The Colts section had 220 players this year including a newly formed girls' team and Garrett's targets for next year remain ambitious.
On the playing front, 16-year-old James Latham was awarded the young player of the year with Navin Pancharatnam receiving an honourable mention in the same category.
The performance of the year was produced by 17-year-old Sam Jones with 77 and 8-17 in the same match against Hatfield Hyde III and Jones will be looking to emulate Frazer who was voted the club's cricketer of the year.
The peerless Nick Lamb won the batting award with Frazer taking the bowling honours whilst wicket-keeper/batsman Chris Bennett-Baggs had a breakthrough summer and was voted as the most improved player as well as the best fielder.
The club membership elected to retain all of the league captains from this season en bloc with Frazer keen to encourage the young element in the 1st XI with opportunities to skipper matches on Sundays next year and to try and build on a promising semi-final place in the County Cup competition.
Finally, Hewlett drew attention to the club approaching its 150th anniversary due in 2013 and eloquently put forward a vision for a working party to consider how to make the most of this landmark event, mobilising support and awareness of cricket in Harpenden whilst looking to leave a legacy for future generations of local cricketers to be proud of.