Test star celebrates Sidbury promotion season
- Credit: Sidbury CC
Former Welsh cricketer Robert Croft, who played both Test and One Day Internationals for England, helped Sidbury Cricket Club celebrate their promotion-winning season in style.
Celebrating league success for the third straight season, Sidbury CC recently enjoyed a wonderful black-tie evening. You would be forgiven for not knowing much about the unassuming little club, the beautiful ground tucked away behind the Millennium Green deep in the village, could easily go unnoticed, but the club has been building in recent years.
Since re-introduction into Devon League Cricket, Sidbury has developed its Senior team and will be looking forward to F Division Cricket next year. They have established a small junior section, running an U14 Mixed team and U15’s Girls. The Girls placed second in the Devon Festivals and entered a Women’s team into the League, so there was much to celebrate.
In true Sidbury style, the event was homegrown, held in the Village Hall, co-ordinated brilliantly by Josh Reed and hosted expertly by Chairman Chris Fitzhenry with wonderful support from many others, notably Ed Chester & Mark Bishop, who put together a fabulous menu and provided top quality cuisine.
Between the three-course dinner and the live band, there was time for some Awards.
An honorary life member award went to Mark Bishop, recognising the work Mark has done for many years, not to mention the countless hours on the ground in recent seasons.
Player of Year went to Ed Chester, excelling with both bat and ball, achieving an astonishing feat by managing to feature in Devon’s Top 10 Honours Board in both disciplines, 174 with the bat & 7-11 with ball.
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Clubman & Players player, Alex Paget, as well captaining the side, found form at the right time, playing a number of vital innings to help secure the League. The Bowler Award went to Damien Armes and Batsmen to Dave O’Connor, both showing incredible consistency throughout the season. Soren Hall took the Most Improved Award and is showing heaps of potential for the future
The club will be looking to build on its recent success both on and off the field, as it commemorates its 50th year in 2022.