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Sponsored by Hutley’s Caravans and GCS Alarms.
www.stosythcc.com  
DOUBLE CHAMPIONS!


(Text from Mark Shuttleworth)
St. Osyth Cricket Club have just completed the most successful season in the Club’s history. The First Eleven won Division One of the iri Piri North Essex Cricket League for the first time ever. It is only the second time in the 35 year history of the league that the winner has come from Tendring District, and some 24 years following the last local winner with Elmstead CC’s victory in 1987.
The First Team will next year compete in the prestigious Piri Piri North Essex Cricket League Premier Division, alongside the best clubs in southern East Anglia.


The actual moment of Victory. 2.09 pm Sunday 25th September. Scott Fraser hits the ball for one run, to make St. Osyth North Essex League Division One Champions for 2011.


The challenge will have to wait for seven months now, the Club at the moment are content to look back on a season to savour and celebrate the fantastic accomplishments of an outstanding year.
The Club’s annual Awards Night was held at the Ocean Bar, Clacton, on Friday 14th October and the following awards were made for numerous exceptional achievements:
Dennis Peirson Batting Cup: James Handscombe
Dennis Peirson Bowling Cup: Scott Fraser
Jack Bareham Fielding Cup: James Bean
Digby Shuttleworth Cup for Young Player of the Year: Jake Sawford
Norman Hazell Cup for Most Improved Player: Nick De’Ath
R&R Contractors Shield for Best 2nd XI Batsman: Scott Fraser
Bob Scott Shield for Best 2nd XI Bowler: James Handscombe
President’s Cup for Clubman of the Year: Dean Williams
Chairman’s Shield for Best Individual Performance: Chanaka Vithanage
Captains’ Trophy: Ross Evans
In addition to this, all the Colts players who appeared for St. Osyth in 2011 received commemorative medals, at an event widely supported by all the families and friends of the players.
There were many fantastic individual performances that, put together, made this the best year ever for the Club. Foremost amongst these were:
Scott Fraser 1,355 runs and 63 wickets.
James Handscombe 1,184 runs and 41 wickets.
Chanaka Vithanage 1,098 runs and 44 wickets.
It takes an exceptional year for one player to make 1,000 runs in a season, to have three players achieve this feat, and to take 148 wickets between them, is truly fantastic!
There were many other notable contributions as well, for example, Nick De’Ath having an outstanding debut season as First Eleven wicketkeeper.
It must also be remembered that two key players, Sean Hennessy and James Bean, each had six week lay-offs due to injury and Sam Hennessy, one of the main strike bowlers, missed half the season away at university.


St. Osyth Cricket Club First Team.
Piri Piri North Essex Cricket League Division One Champions 2011. Front Row (L to R) Dean Williams, Sean Hennessy, Chanaka Vithanage (Captain), James Handscombe, Scott Fraser. Back Row (L to R) Alex Hennessy, Lahiru Gamage, Ross Evans, Nick De’Ath, James Bean, Jason Lloyd.


For both teams to go through their seasons with only two defeats each is a remarkable feat and the players would be their first to add their thanks to all those who made such a splendid year possible.
The Club would like to record its grateful thanks to the joint principal sponsors, GCS Alarms and Hutley’s Caravans. Their support and assistance across the past two years has been vital to the Club’s success. Lynn Hennessy and Liz Fraser have provided the most wonderful teas for players, officials and supporters across the year. Their hard work and culinary prowess is very much appreciated.
Groundsman Craig Scott has worked hard in difficult conditions, drought at the beginning and end of the season and much rain in between, to produce consistently good pitches, which have scored high marks from umpires and visiting captains alike. He has also masterminded a £2,000 investment in re-laying the cricket square immediately post season to bring the standard of pitches up to those required for Premier Division cricket next year.
Thanks must go to the captains, not just on the field, but most importantly in their role as selectors. Although the teams have enjoyed great success, selection is rarely an easy or straight-forward matter and thanks must go to Sean Hennessy, James Handscombe, Chanaka Vithanage and Scott Fraser for the probable thousand or so e-mails, texts and phone calls made across the summer to get the best possible teams out.
Special thanks must go as well to Dean Williams and Nick Shuttleworth, who between them undertake the enormous administrative burden that goes with playing and organising cricket. It is down to their conscientious efforts that year after year St.Osyth is one of a tiny band of clubs who never receive fines from either of the leagues in which they compete.

Although the Colts team may not have matched the open-age teams in their playing success, they have had a good year, with a huge development seen in both the players’ skills and aptitude to the game. There is much hope and promise for the future from St. Osyth’s young cricketers, keen in the future to emulate the current senior teams’ successes.
The growth and development of youth cricket would not be possible without the hard work from the Club’s coaching team, most ably led by Bryan McManus. Special thanks must go to Bryan, Chanaka Vithanage, Jason Lloyd, Laura Rhodes and Scott Fraser for the long and dedicated hours put in to offer sporting opportunity to the young people of St. Osyth.
The Club has not only spent time developing cricket in a club environment at Cowley Park. Across the summer the Club has dedicated 280 hours of coaching in seven local schools, including St. Osyth Primary, as part of the national charitable Chance to Shine programme. The Club is one of just 13 across Essex entrusted with this most important task.


The Home Ground at Cowley Park, St Osyth.


And so the curtain drops on a happy, successful and memorable year. All at the Club are luckily only too aware that complacency breeds failure, and that all the hard work and effort will need to repeated all over again if 2012 is going to go some way to match the heights attained in 2011. For the moment however all are content to enjoy the moment and reflect contentedly on a job well done.

For further information on cricket for children and young people please contact Bryan McManus on 01255 474949, 07719 124067 or at bapmcmanus@aol.com  
For further information on open-age cricket please contact Mark Shuttleworth on 01255 820495, 07775 854154 or at mshuttleworth@msn.com  
On-going news, details and information will always be found on the Club’s website www.stosythcc.com  and also on the Club’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/St-Osyth-CC  

FORTHCOMING EVENTS:
Friday 4th November 2011 St. Osyth CC to receive Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship Division Seven Champions Cup at League Dinner at Hintlesham Golf Club, near Ipswich at 7.30pm.
Saturday 4th February 2012 St. Osyth CC to receive Piri Piri North Essex Cricket League Division One Champions Cup at League Dinner at Colne Valley Golf Club, Earls Colne at 7.30pm.
Saturday 21st April 2012 Start of the new cricket season.
Mark Shuttleworth.
Chairman.

M.J.T.
12/10/11


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