Cricket Club - Semester 1 Report 2016-17
Saturday 28 January 2017
As is usually the case for the club, Semester 1 is something of a quiet one for the most part, with the brunt of the effort being put into training for the season ahead. However, the term began with the fantastic news that the 1st XI had been promoted to BUCS Northern Premier B for only the second time in the club’s history! This, along with preparations for the club’s upcoming tour, saw us bring in a valuable member of coaching staff in Iain Stewart, one of the best coaches in Scotland, who put the squad through their paces and got them training extremely hard on all disciplines of the game.
On the competitive side, the club participated in BUCS Indoor Cricket, fielding two teams for the first time in its history. The competition was held over three Saturdays (one in October, the other two at the beginning of December); and the first game of the tournament saw the two St Andrews teams come up against each other. After an extremely entertaining game, the 1st XI came out on top by 45 runs, with a blistering knock of 53 from Robert Chadwick sealing the game, despite a heroic counter-attacking 41 from Tom Hales. However, the 1st XI could not quite keep the momentum going, losing an extremely tight game to Aberdeen by two wickets, with the 2nd XI suffering a similar fate!
Unfortunately, due to the timing of the remaining two weekends clashing with exams, the rest of the tournament saw the 1st XI and 2nd XI miss several key players, therefore not being able to win another game. This was a huge shame for all involved as previously the games have been held in February when availabilities are far better! Rumour is, however, this will be changed for next year allowing us to have a proper crack at the title!
The club continues to grow exponentially on the social scene as well, with incoming Social Reps Toby Jones and Edward Preston Bell hosting regular fantastic social events. The end of term Christmas dinner was extremely well attended, and was preceded by the club’s annual EGM to vote on the incoming 1st XI Captain. This was won by Caspar Everett, who shall be continuing his tenure after staying undefeated last year. Time will tell if he can repeat the feat!
January sees the club embark on its biannual tour, with the squad heading off to the beautiful shores of Cape Town. This promises to be a fantastic experience for the 14 members going, as the trip will include six matches against high-quality opposition, providing the perfect preparation for competing in BUCS Premier B in Semester 2. Amongst the extra-curricular activities included are wine tasting in Stellenbosch, shark cage diving (followed by a surf lesson…), and a game drive in one of the region’s beautiful game reserves.
This has been a hugely successful semester for the club. Having won every fixture in the Summer 2016 season and won the BUCS Northern 1A League, the club had to face Edinburgh University in a Premier League play off match. The first weeks of the semester were filled with intense preparation.
The play off was competed on University Park on 1st October. St Andrews won the toss and fielded first, dismissing Edinburgh for a score of 85 in 29 overs. The team concluded a hard-fought victory with a batting reply of 86-2 in just 21 overs. This result sees the side promoted into the BUCS Premier North, playing at the highest level of university cricket.
The rest of the semester has been spent preparing, alongside our coach Iain Stewart, for the season ahead. We have had some indoor success, winning two fixtures at the BUCS Indoor Competition at Chester-le-Street, Durham. We have participated in Cricket Scotland tournaments against a host of Scottish clubs. This was a great opportunity to introduce our new members to cricket and there were some excellent performances to match.
Off the field we have taken steps to build the club and its activities. In September we coached an ‘introduction to cricket’ session for 40 women and girls at Fife’s new development centre for women’s cricket in Falkland. This was repeated in November with an indoor session in Cupar. Next semester the programme will come to the University Sports Centre in St Andrews with club members running a six-week outreach programme for the local community.
In order to support transport and equipment costs, the club ran a baking social and bake sale, raising valuable funds. We have maintained close links with alumni, with one of our past members representing USA Women’s Cricket in September.
Next semester we will look ahead to our playing season, implementing our training plans and going on a pre-season tour.
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