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2005 

A good season all round for the club saw the First Eleven, under the astute captaincy of Andy Luck – put in a valiant effort to win the division for the first time since 1973, but the final push fell short, and instead we took second place to champions Irthlingborough. For the first time for many years we only lost one game all season – a remarkable effort.

The bowling department was led again in traditional Wollaston style with the spinners doing most of the damage. The “Three Spinning Musketeers” Chris Perry, Harmit Bahra and Simon Parsons took 102 wickets between them for a combined average of less than thirteen.

And if spin is already a tradition at Wollaston, Nick Shelton’s runs are going some way towards that status. In a season cut short by injury he still managed to score 372 runs at an average of 53.14. He has now scored 71 fifties which means that if he maintains his average of about 5 per season he should reach a Century of Fifties before not too long! Nick’s aggregate was only bettered by eighteen year-old Liam Bates who, in only his second full season for the First Eleven, scored 402 runs at an average of 28.71.

After relegation the previous season the Second Eleven were happy to consolidate in the top half of Division Three, and in his second season in charge skipper Darren Laughton at last won a home game! In all, seven victories were achieved with John Pike leading the wicket hunt with 41 to go with his 250 runs, and old campaigner Rex Boddington scored 549 runs - proving once again that in cricket terms having “a good eye” and instinct, are more important than good legs.

Mark Ralph returned to the Club like a white tornado! He batted just 3 times for the Seconds, scoring 242 runs at an average of 121, with a highest score of 90, before promotion to the elite and 84 in his first game. He finished up with a total run tally of 446 in 9 completed innings.

Our man from Sydney, opening bowler Jeff Connon is possibly calling it a day and going home. Although at the time of writing it is not definite. Jeff has been a real asset to the club both on and of the field. His elevation to the dizzy height of Bar Manager at London’s Groucho Club saw him regularly discuss the merits of reverse swing with the showbiz glitterati but his attempts at securing Russell Crowe as our overseas player have now sadly been abandoned. We wish him well - whether or not he is a “Wollaston Boy” this season.

It may be that we have another overseas player this season. It is a tricky thing to organise and does take a lot of working out. We thought we had got it sorted last season until Fredrik dislocated a shoulder in the buffet car on the way up from London. Those meat pies do take a bit of handling!

Finally, it is farewell to the “old” pavilion. Built around 1960 as a refreshment room and bar, changing rooms were added in 1989.Now we have finally moved out and into “Pavilion Mark lV “ the 46 year old structure is coming down. Many an opposition bat has been thrown in anger within its hallowed walls and hopefully our new home will witness the same level of un-happiness in our rivals’ sanctuary.

                         FINAL LEAGUE POSITIONS 2005

DIVISION ONE

P

Won

D6

D2

NR2

Bat

Bowl

Points

Irthlingborough

22

13

3

2

2

36

86

408

Wollaston

22

12

4

2

3

43

77

394

Burton Latimer

22

11

2

1

3

49

77

366

Old Northamptonians ll

22

9

6

2

3

49

75

350

Rothwell

22

6

4

4

3

32

75

265

Isham

22

6

3

1

3

44

67

257

Kettering T

22

5

4

3

2

43

72

249

Wellingborough Town

22

5

5

5

3

38

64

248

Great Oakley

22

4

3

1

3

28

65

199

Weekley & Warkton

22

4

2

3

2

28

54

184

S & L Corby

22

2

2

6

3

30

66

166

Overstone Park

22

0

1

9

2

18

51

97

 

DIVISION THREE

P

Won

D6

D2

NR2

Bat

Bowl

Tie

Points

Loddington

22

10

2

4

3

53

71

350

Thrapston

22

8

6

3

3

56

80

344

Rushden ll

22

8

4

3

3

48

76

320

Wellingborough Indians

22

8

2

3

3

54

77

315

Wollaston 2nd

22

7

4

2

2

62

76

310

Kempston Hammers

22

7

3

3

3

63

64

1

307

Brigstock

22

8

2

1

4

44

72

298

Gt Bowden

22

8

0

5

4

43

72

293

Rushton ll

22

7

2

2

3

57

64

273

Wicken

22

6

1

1

3

48

64

1

256

Sharnbrook

22

3

4

2

2

58

57

177

Raunds

22

1

1

2

5

46

61

147

 

                       RESULTS

FIRST ELEVEN

Opps

WCC

Result

Opponents

runs

Wkts

runs

Wkts

Rothwell

H

157

for

7

158

for

7

Win

Isham

A

110

10

111

3

Win

Wellingborough

A

136

9

117

9

Draw

Weekley

H

139

10

143

1

Win

ONs

A

NR

Overstone

H

148

8

188

7

Draw

Burton

A

113

9

114

9

Win

Gt Oakley

H

167

10

180

7

Win

S & L

A

175

9

176

5

Win

Irthlingborough

H

126

8

202

4

Draw

Kettering

A

134

10

135

0

Win

Rothwell

A

143

8

225

8

Draw

Isham

H

206

6

209

3

Win

Wellingborough

H

155

7

210

9

Draw

Weekley

A

87

10

91

3

Win

Ons

H

155

2

153

10

Lost

Overstone

A

13

1

0

0

NR

Burton

H

57

10

60

0

Win

Irthlingborough

A

223

6

177

6

Draw

S & L

H

130

10

201

9

Win

Gt Oakley

A

NR

Kettering

H

84

for

10

200

for

8

Win

 

SECOND ELEVEN

Opps

WCC

Result

Opponents

runs

Wkts

runs

Wkts

Gt Bowden

174

for

7

193

for

6

D

Rushton ll

220

for

7

231

for

8

D

Rushden ll

74

for

10

230

for

6

W

Thrapston

217

for

8

185

for

9

D

Raunds

rain

48

for

4

A

Sharnbrook

204

for

8

196

for

9

D

Well Indians

163

for

8

191

for

4

D

Brigstock

223

for

8

226

for

9

D

Kempston

234

for

9

235

for

5

W

Loddington

146

for

10

147

for

2

W

Wicken

210

for

6

208

for

8

L

Gt Bowden

150

for

10

151

for

9

W

Rushton ll

261

for

2

258

for

10

L

Rushden ll

113

for

10

268

for

8

W

Thrapston

166

for

8

165

for

10

L

Raunds

253

for

6

85

for

10

L

Sharnbrook

140

for

10

144

for

3

W

Well Indians

75

for

7

72

for

10

L

Loddington

121

for

4

117

for

10

L

Kempston

231

for

5

227

for

10

L

Brigstock

52

for

2

166

for

6

A

Wicken

87

for

10

180

for

10

W

 

       FIRST TEAM BATTING AVERAGES 2005

Inns

N.O

Runs

H.S

Ave

N. Shelton

11

4

372

84*

53.14

M. Jones

11

3

257

62

32.13

M. Ralf

9

2

204

84

29.14

L. Bates

16

2

402

75

28.71

H. Bahra

10

3

171

34

24.43

R. Boddington

3

0

67

49

22.33

A. Luck

10

3

154

35

22.00

T. Hudson

15

3

260

87

21.67

S. Driver

16

3

280

40*

21.54

C. Perry

11

4

137

26

19.57

M. Shelton

10

1

126

53

14.00

J. Connon

7

2

51

27

10.20

………………………

S. Parsons

6

5

44

31

44.00

S. Musgrave

3

0

111

60

37.00

J. Pike

1

0

27

27

27.00

M. Carter

6

1

49

27

9.80

 

         FIRST TEAM BOWLING AVERAGES 2005

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wks

Ave

Best

C.Perry

216.4

84

466

39

11.95

6 for 30

S.Parsons

107.3

23

314

24

13.08

4 for 26

H.Bahra

178.2

39

522

39

13.38

6 for 47

A.Luck

42

5

137

9

15.22

4 for 40

J.Connon

178

29

613

24

23.00

4 for 32

S.Driver

84

26

230

10

25.54

2 for 13

J.Pike

14

3

41

1

41.00

1 for 33

S.Musgrave

36

5

129

2

64.00

1 for 26

M.Jones

12

6

17

3

5.66

3 for 10

T.Hudson

6

2

12

1

12.00

1 for 12

M.Carter

4

1

17

1

17.00

1 for 17

D.King

3

1

9

0

……...

0 for 9

M.Ralph

2.1

0

12

0

………

0 for 12

L.Bates

4

1

7

0

………

0 for 7

M.Shelton

1

0

2

2

1

2 for 2

 

       SECOND TEAM BOWLING AVERAGES 2005

BATTING

Inns

N.O

Runs

H.S

Ave

M.Ralph

3

1

242

90

121.00

M.Carter

9

2

215

60

30.71

R.Boddington

18

0

549

74

30.50

D.Laughton

17

1

467

69

29.19

B.Hanson

16

0

437

93

27.31

B.Summers

6

0

127

52

21.17

J.Pike

16

4

250

37

20.83

A.Johnson

8

1

144

35

20.57

J.Bannard

16

1

293

56

19.53

A.Ward

16

6

177

34

17.70

M.Shelton

5

0

83

72

16.60

N.Dawson

13

6

85

11

12.14

A.Silsby

15

2

128

39

9.85

P.Jones

14

0

130

20

9.29

D.Ward

11

10

13

6

13.00

H.James

4

1

19

8

6.33

N.Perry

1

0

4

4

4.00

J.Perry

2

0

4

2

2.00

S.Parsons

1

1

25

25

25.00

F.Raith

1

0

0

0

0.00

Na.Dawson

1

0

0

0

0.00

L.Sibley

1

0

70

70

70.00

J.Lavin

5

0

31

17

6.20

M.Brown

1

0

13

13

13.00

M.Fowler

2

0

25

21

12.50

 

       SECOND TEAM BOWLING AVERAGES 2005

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wks

Ave

Best

J.Pike

198

47

583

41

14.22

7 for 30

P.Jones

35

7

134

7

19.14

5 for 29

D.Ward

189.4

28

682

33

20.67

5 for 17

A.Ward

210.1

34

823

39

21.10

5 for 14

N.Dawson

173.20

45

655

24

27.29

4 for 19

S.Parsons

11.00

4

43

1

43.00

1 for 43

J.Lavin

34.20

6

162

6

27.00

2 for 68

A.Johnson

8.00

0

60

0

….

0 for 19

J.Bannard

1.00

0

10

0

….

0 for 10

D.Laughton

2.00

0

14

0

….

0 for 14

M.Brown

1.10

8

0

0

….

0 for 8

M.Carter

1.00

0

9

0

….

0 for 9

F.Raath

5.00

0

34

0

….

0 for 34

FIRST TEAM

September 17th 2005 is where it all ended for me as First Team Captain – runners-up to Irthlingborough. Disappointment or content at finishing second?  That was the question I asked myself in the following weeks. My conclusion being total disappointment for not achieving what I had set out to do many years earlier, and although I will always look back and wonder what could, or maybe should, have been. Before I review the season I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the Club members that I have had the honour to skipper over the years. There are far too many to mention individually, but I would like to share with you some of my favourite memories from each year. 

1998: John Lavin took three hauls of 4 wickets in my first four games as captain, which put us up to top of the division after just one month into the season.

1999: Darren King’s 5 for 0 in seven balls at Burton Latimer and Nick Shelton’s unbeaten 122 at Overstone.

2000: Matt Jones’ maiden First Eleven century against Isham, Steve Musgrave’s 106 at Overstone and Nick Shelton’s 149 at Corby.

2001: Marcus Shelton’s 112 at home to Isham, Harmit Bahra’s 6 for 48 versus Desborough and centuries for Nick Shelton and Steve Musgrave, also against Desborough

2002: John Pike’s 5 for 20 at home to Rushton, Marcus Shelton’s club record 171 at Kettering and Matt Jones’ 126 against Irthlingborough.

2003: Chris Perry and John Pike’s seven wicket hauls against Overstone and O.W.s’ respectively.

2004: Jeff Connon’s 8 for 28 at Weekly, Simon Driver’s unbeaten 88 at Irthlingborough and Marcus Shelton’s 119 at Isham

2005: The Tim Hudson (87) and Liam Bates’ (75) partnership of 154 v Irthlingborough and Mark Ralph’s 84 at Rothwell in his first game back after three years.

There have been many more great individual efforts – for which I thank you all.

This is how last season went…………….. 

Rothwell home. So we started the season against our newly relegated “old enemy”, and for them it was down with a bump!

Thanks to Harmit’s 5 for 60 they only managed 157 and with 48 runs each from our “old” and “new” openers, Nick and Liam, we were off to a fine start. However, 83 for 1 soon became 143 for 7 with just two overs to go but fortunately Harmit saw us over the winning line with just one ball to spare.

Isham away.Once again the mighty Isham failed to impress us as Simon Parsons and Harmit Bahra bagged 4 wickets each. Liam hit another forty odd and the win was ours.

Wellingborough away, and a bad day all-round. Very dull, and generally depressing, although despite this we hung on for the draw.

Chris Perry did ok, taking 5 for 13. 

Weekley at home proved no match and with Chris, three wickets and Harmit four we restricted them to just 139. This was easily achieved with Nick (60) and Tim Hudson (46) scoring the bulk of the runs. Three runs from our first three games! Here we go!

But the winning sequence is broken. Overstone at home is drawn. We post 188 for 7 (M. Jones 62) and they hang on at 148 for 8 with the skipper taking 4 for 42.

Back to winning ways at Burton, After three wickets each for Simon Parson’s and Chris we only have to chase 114 to win, and Nick’s 41 allied to Harmit’s 23 not out sees us home.

A Great game at home to Oakley sees us declare at 187 in 46 overs.

Our Aussie Steve Musgrave records another 50, Simon Driver 37 and Chris takes 6 for 30. Gt Oakley 167 all out.

At Corby’s 175 (Harmit 6 for 47) proves inadequate and our solid run chase sees us home with Muzzy (60) again amongst the runs.

Our biggest game of the season so far – Irthlingborough at home. We declare after 46 overs at 202 for 4. Bates 75 and Hudson an outstanding 87. The Townies hang on at 126 for 8.

We travel to Kettering full of confidence and the Town feel the full force of the village cricketers. The hosts only manage 134 with Chris Perry taking 5 for 32. Liam with 64 and Nick not far behind with 60 knock off the runs with all wickets intact.

A visit to Rothwell - a bad toss to lose, but, a good day for Mark Ralph. He is back in the First team with a bang – blasting 84 from just 78 balls. We declare on 225 for 8 but Role do not attempt to win – finishing on 143 for 8.

Isham at home and a lovely batting track. They set 206 for 6 and we knock them off for the loss of just 3 wickets in 37 overs. Matthew Jones and Simon Driver are both unbeaten on 53 and 40 respectively.

Wellingborough visit the village and hold out for a draw. Our 210 for 9 (Rex 49 Marcus 53) proves too much for them.

At home again and third place Burton slip from 32 for 1 to 57 all out thanks to Jeff Connon’s 4 for 32 and Chris’s 3 for 3. We easily knock them off for 2 wickets. Nick unbeaten on 30. Burton go home early to sulk (again!)

With the run-in to the season end, this is the big one! Irthlingborough away. After winning the toss I was confident of beating the current leaders and Evening Telegraph’s much talked about Championship favourites. However, despite a top spell of bowling from Simon Driver (2 for 35 off 12)  they post a good total of 223 for 6. After a fine opening stand off 99 between Liam and Nick we slip 177 for 6 at the close with the latter unbeaten on 84 – a fine stubborn innings that didn’t merit a mention in the ET report – but it certainly did mine! Unfortunately, due to injury, this turned out to be Nick’s final game of the season.

With only three games to go, we had to win them all to take the title…

After losing the toss to visiting Corby we recorded a decent total of 201 for 9 with Matt Jones contributing 55. At 124 for 5 with just 7 overs to go it was looking like another frustrating draw with the title race all over. But no, we dug deep and with Simon Parsons 3 for 6, yours truly 2 for 1 and Chris Perry 4 for 22 we bowled them out and took maximum points with just 12 ball remaining. An amazing game!

After a damp trog up to Great Oakley, last week’s joy turns to despair as the rain ensures no play and only two points, but worse was to come – Irthlingborough somehow managed to play – and won. The title belongs to them.  I was frustrated and totally gutted, after eight years as captain my best chance of winning division one for the Club had been snatched away without the chance of being able to do anything about it.

We entertain Kettering without the possibility of winning the division, so we reverse the batting order for a bit of fun. However, we still rattle up 208 for 8 and our visitors are skittled out for just 84. Simon Parsons followed up his 31 with 2 for 9 and wickets each for Jones, Hudson and Carter.

At this point I would like to take the opportunity to tank my very special scorer, Lesley Underwood for all the hours of effort, John Hodges for all the pitches he has lovingly prepared and everyone else who has helped me make my journey over the past eight years easier.

I would also like to wish our new skipper Harmit Bahra all the best for the future, certain in the knowledge that he will have a great set of players to captain.

 

Many thanks.                                                                   Andy Luck

 

SECOND TEAM

April arrives and at last I something apart from shopping to do on a Saturday. After the disappointment of taking the team down the previous season, I was eager for us to bounce back to form as quickly as possible.

The week leading to our first game was nic3e and easy; we had selection on the Monday and although that’s the part of captaincy I don’t enjoy, I picked what I felt was a team capable of beating anyone in the division.

By the end of the week the umpires’ and scorers’ were in place and I was looking forward the getting started.

Saturday arrived, kit is packed, batting order finalised and I am enjoying an athletes’ fry-up. Just before I leave the phone rings. It’s 10.15am and it is a rather sheepish Andy Luck telling me that our overseas player is still in London, which means that I lose our number three batsman – here we go again, the season has started!  Pass me another sausage Ange!

We get going well enough despite losing the toss for the first three games (no jokes please!) we achieved three winning draws.

Our first win came in week 4 against our cheerful rivals from Rushden. After our batsmen had smashed them to all parts, racking up a healthy 230, the bowlers took over and dismissed them for a miserly 74. Adrian Ward claimed the first “fifer” with the excellent figures of 10-4-14-5. The beer really tasted good that night.

After another couple of draws we travelled to Brigstock and probably my most nervous game as skipper. Although I lost the toss again we went on to amass a very respectable 226 for 9 declared. Yes, DECLARED!  Rex Boddington stroked 49 before “making room to cut” the fast bowler (!) but the star of the show was Mark Ralph who, in his first game for Wollaston in three years, blasted an awesome 81. Thankfully his bragging was slightly curtailed when, along with Paul  Jones, he managed to get himself out to a GIRL!

They got off to a flying start but after some great spin bowling from the Wards’ our hosts still  needed  75 runs from the last 6 overs. “No worries” I thought. I was wrong! As John Pike prepared to bowl the final over they needed 12 with 2 wickets still in hand. After scoring eight of the first 5 balls they needed a boundary (as Boddo helpfully pointed out) unless of course they managed an “all run 4”. Thankfully neither happened and we earned a few points for a high scoring draw. But I learnt that day that when Rex suggests declaring , the best reply is a polite “ **** off!”

Our confidence was growing by now and we were starting to climb the league. Two more wins on the trot – including an eight wicket hiding of league leaders Loddington, really put us in contention.

Unfortunately for us this is where the wheels came off our title challenge. 

We were well beaten by Wicken despite a fine opening stand of 121 between Rex (74) and Brian Summers (52) and they easily knocked off the runs with ten overs to spare.

Two good wins were overshadowed by complete thrashings at the hands of Rushton and bottom team Raunds. We managed to get our revenge over Sharnbrook to make up for the “tea incident” (see Brett for details) with a very  good win. J.P second fifer of the season completely destroyed their top order and a steady 51* from Mark Carter saw us home.

Despite that moral boosting win our chances of promotion were now slim. A combination of poor pitches away from home and difficult selection due to availability saw us loose our next three games. To rub it in, our penultimate game was abandoned due to the weather.

The final game of the season was away at Wicken. We posted a good score of 180 on what can be described at best as a tricky wicket. Marcus Shelton led the way with 72 in his final game before retiring. We all hope he changes his mind on that decision.

David Ward got injured whist batting (I think it was the shock of hitting a cover drive for four!) so we took the fields with only two regular front line bowlers. After 10 overs thing deteriorate further when Pikey was also forced to stop bowling due to injury.

However, the next 25 overs was dream stuff as Paul Jones, in-swinger extraordinaire, took 5 for 29, Nick Dawson 4 for 19 and Jamie Perry 0 for 19 not only restricted our opponents but dismissed them for just 87 ! This for me summed up what this club is all about.

A very enjoyable Second Team celebration drink in the Boot followed the victory where Jonah, the Dark Destroyer of Wicken took 3 shots for every wicket he took. He had finally shaken off his GOBAG tag. (Got out by a girl). 

We finished the season in fifth place in what I consider to be a very competitive league for a second eleven.

It was a great all-round team effort with everybody contributing during the season. I only hope some of us “young-uns” can knock Boddo of the top of the batting perch.

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their help and patience over the last two seasons. Captaining you all has been a great honour for me and because of your support it was, for the most part hugely enjoyable. I only wish I could have taken the team back up to where I took over.

I would like to wish new skipper Brett Hanson the very best of luck for the new season and thank everyone once again for their help.

                                                            Darren Laughton. Second Eleven Captain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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