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The season ended with Gunnislake mid table, winning exactly half and losing half our games. The one striking thing from my point of view was as lack of close matches. So we lost by more than 100 runs on four occasions, but also won three by a similar margin. Highlight of the year was a home victory against title hopefuls Liskeard. Team availability was better than 2018, although only five players were present for a majority of games. Averages are given below.
The new partnership with Callington Cricket Club worked well, with three young players helping strengthen the side as well as bring the average age down somewhat. Thanks to Kai Murray-Dustan, Ben Alford and JJ Brenton. An unbeaten maiden half century from JJ was perhaps the stand-out individual performance of the season, but they all contributed well at different times. We look forward to a continuing partnership next season.
The AGM and presentation evening is being held on Friday 8th November at Callington Cricket Club, news of award winners to follow. Late bookings still being taken!
After the season ended we were pleased to receive confirmation of a grant from Cornwall Council’s Community Chest. Councillor Dorothy Kirk awarded us a grant of just over £400, which has been spent on a major renovation of the square. The renovation work was under the guidance of Ian Mill, and involved scarifying, spiking, over a ton of topsoil, reseeding and fertilising. All managed despite unhelpfully wet weather.
And so as some of us think ahead to next season, what does the future hold? We look forward to closer links with both Callington and Yelverton Cricket Club, whose third team use our ground. It would also be good to have a stronger core of regular players available most weeks. Part time is also OK (we are recreational club!), but early information an availability is always helpful. We also need a few more players to step forward to help run the club. There is a lot going on behind the scenes; the slick match day experience (hmm..) requires help in a variety of areas. Anyone fancy taking over as captain if I continue to organise the team selection?!