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Stag News The newsletter of Newbury Cricket Club.

Issue 35, December 2014


Top players this season

C Rosier (U11)
A Garg (U11)
J Middleton (U13)
G Davis (U13)
D Jones (U13)
Will Davis (U15 / 2nd XI / 3rd XI)
Michael Seath (U15 / 2nd XI / 3rdXI)
Amalka Naimanage (1st XI/2nd XI)
Sat Pal (1st XI / 2nd XI)
John O'Sullivan (2nd XI)
Kevin Mills (1st XI)
Charlie Anstey (1st XI)

Top Stories

Captain Marvel steps down after 19 glorious years

As you are no doubt aware, Newbury Cricket Club legend Charlie Anstey has decided the time is right to relinquish the first eleven captaincy after 19 consecutive years at the helm. To put this amazing service to the club into perspective, current first team regular Luke Gregory wasn’t even born when Charlie first took up the reins.

Stag News would like to dedicate this edition of the newsletter to the great man, a driving force behind the club both on and off the field over the past two decades, and an inspiration to many, not least this Editor.

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On the field, Charlie has led from the front scoring over 10,000 runs at an average of 31 and taken 863 wickets at less than 16 runs apiece. However this is only part of the story. Charlie the captain always balanced a brand of fiercely competitive cricket with upholding cricket’s traditional values of sportsmanship and fairness. With a talent for spotting and nurturing talent in the club, he brought a number of faces from obscurity to first team prominence. Like all truly great captains / managers, he has re-built squads over time and led Newbury to Division 3 titles in 2003 and again in 2011.

It is a tribute to Charlie’s popularity and a recognition of what he has done for Newbury Cricket Club that there was such a great turnout of players past and present to honour him after the final game of last season. This was even more remarkable considering he only announced he was stepping down seven days beforehand! Some of the video dedications sent in by former players and shared on the night can be viewed below.

Charlie has also stepped down from the club’s management committee. His enthusiasm, dedication and sheer work load will be sorely missed. Never afraid to make tough decisions regardless of how popular they would be perceived, the club was always at the front of Charlie’s decision making.

Although Charlie is taking a step back from both captaincy and the running of the club, we are fortunate that he has committed to playing on. He will be a key member of new first eleven captain Kevin ‘Bomber’ Mills’ squad this coming season and we can be assured that he will offer Kevin his full support and also continue to do more than his fair share of work for the club off the pitch.

Ed Uden - Editor of Stag News

Charlie Anstey - 1st XI Captain for 19 years

Charlie's stats so far and still counting...
  • Over 10,000 runs at an average of 31 !
  • 863 wickets at less than 16 a piece !
  • Won the Division 3 title twice (2003 and 2011)
  • Won the 'Clubman of the year' award (almost every year!)

Video dedications to Charlie

Messages sent by former players and well-wishers

Message from our new Secretary

I am both excited and nervous about taking on the role of Honorary Secretary at Newbury CC. Excited because it’s a club that I love and have been part of for nearly 20 years now and is a club that I am proud to be a member and an officer of. I’m also nervous because Charlie set the standard when it comes to professionalism and attitude in this role and this will be difficult to replicate. The club’s members should also share my nervousness as Charlie took on so much that wasn’t part of a normal Secretary’s role and as a club we will ALL have to stand up and take more on, as my work commitments and location mean that I can’t do as much as Charlie did, but I’m sure that the club will pull together as it normally does.

In terms of my role, it’s really all about keeping things going in terms of administration and making sure everyone contributes to the cause, and it’s therefore fortunate that planning, organising and communicating are strengths of mine (according to my latest appraisal at work!), so I’m sure I’ll do OK, just don’t compare me with the great man just yet!!

I love this club and really want to make sure that we have a sustainable and enjoyable future for when I can’t play any more, and this was the main reason that I took the role on as I want to shape the future of the club and the only way I can ensure that this happens is to be part of the decision-making committee, if any of you feel the same, feel free to come on board next year?

Finally, if anyone would like to ask me any questions about my role or suggest better ways of keeping the club going, I’d be more than happy to hear from them.

Paul Monger

Message from our new 1st XI captain

I am honoured to have been voted in as 1st team captain for the coming 2015 season. It’s not going to be an easy task following on from Charlie’s brilliant stint, but I will be giving it everything and look forward to playing with you all next season.

Having been with the club since 13 years old I have worked my way through junior and adult sides before breaking into the 1st team 8 years ago. On stepping up to Captaining the side I have some new ideas and want to ensure we continue to develop the youth section by bringing players into the side as and when they are ready and continue to ensure youth players have a pathway to the 1st team, as I believe this is key to the future and success of Newbury Cricket Club.

Obviously I won’t trying to change to much too quickly as I am inheriting a great side who ever since I started playing are a joy to play cricket with and always play the game in the right spirit. I am always contactable on my personal email and would welcome any ideas or suggestions you may have.

Happy Xmas and see you @ nets!

Kevin Mills

Message from our new 2nd XI Captain

I am honoured to have been voted in as the new 2nd XI captain. After joining the club from Hungerford at the age of 14 I was able to learn the game more from the very best here at Newbury CC. I gradually made my way through all of the junior ranks and into the senior sides. Starting off as a young, vociferous and feisty fast bowler I have managed to mature my game over the years and am now beginning to transform into being a batsman with control. I feel the change was noticeable especially when I was given the opportunity to open the batting for the 2nds.

As a young member of the club I will be hoping to work very closely alongside the junior section in the development of some new talent. I am sure I can always depend on our senior respected vice captain John O'sullivan for support throughout the season. If anybody has any fresh ideas please don't hesitate to get in contact either by email or drop a text 07774319422 and I will reply straight away.

Hope you all have a good X'mas and let's bat on after tea.

Brad Alton

Club Open Day 2014

Newbury CC Open Day went ahead after a delayed start despite the best efforts of Friday’s rain, with entertaining demonstration matches from the junior and senior teams, the later going down to the last ball. In a game reduced to 25 overs a side, Ben Robinson anchored the A team’s innings with a fine 48, but the score was restricted by a devastating spell of four overs 4 for 8 from Kevin Mills.

The target of108 looked easily within reach as B team openers Ed Uden (30 retired not out) and Luke Gregory, (24) put on 52 for the first wicket. But Charlie Anstey had Gregory caught and bowled, and then dismissed Alton with the help of a fabulous reaction catch by wicket-keeper and third team captain Dave Chapman. Simon Digweed kept his nerve with a sensible 21 not out to bring the target within reach, but he couldn’t strike the required 6 off the last ball to win, so honours were approximately even.

Nick Fitzwilliam and Paul Monger put on an excellent barbecue to give the illusion of summer, and thanks must also go to Starbucks for providing coffee, and to Emma and Sarah for their beautiful cakes.

Paul Monger presented the player of the season awards to the 2013 winners Charlie Anstey, Paul Mason and Matt Bartlett, with the junior awards going to Poom Narongpun in our U11s team, Oliver Smithson and Michael Seath sharing the award in our U13 team. A fierce battle on the slip cradle ladder was won by Simon Digweed, while Josh Harris carried off the Smashing Sixes title with a massive 94 metre strike, easily beating Kevin Mills’s 81 metre record from last year, with Arun Sinha in second place on 79 metres.

Thanks to Jeanette Smith and Sandy Rosier for running the second hand kit stall, and to Martin Walker and Steve Gregory for all their hard work organising publicity and the junior match.

Special thanks also goes to Neil Rider of Serious Cricket, our official Club Kit partners, for the magnificent display of our 2014 collection.

We are always looking for new players, members and supporters. For more information, you can email us at

Download our latest information pack.

Recruitment Drive for 2015

Message from our Recruitment Officer

As recruitment officer for 2015, I am asking all of you to help me to bolster our membership next year. Please ask your friends, family, co-workers and anyone else you may think will be interested in playing for NCC in the forthcoming season.

Think of how well we would have done as a club last season, if we had a pool of another say 10 to 30 members to call on. We will enjoy our Saturdays much more if we are turning out three strong teams competing well in each respective league every week and prevent headaches for the three new captains, trying to get 11 players on a Saturday morning! Ideally we want people who can play every week, but we all know that's not possible with holidays, family commitments, etc, and I think it's important to emphasise that as a club, we are happy for people to play when they can (although as I said, ideally we want them to play as much as possible!).

I will be sending out an email in the new year to remind you all and will attach a poster which you can print out and pin up on your office notice board or anywhere you feel may have a chance of attracting a new player.

Nick Ferguson - Recruitment Officer, NCC

Another good season for our juniors

2014 saw the junior section field teams at U11, U13 and U15 level. We very much hope that we will be able to do so again in 2015. Nicole Beesley completed her Certificate in Coaching Young Children (6-13) with assistance for funding coming from Get Berkshire Active and the Project 500 Initiative. Neil Milne attended a one day course to become a Coach Support Worker. Sadly Mark Rowlands decided he could no longer continue as coach to the U15s towards the end of the season after a difficult run of results. I want to thank Mark for all his support and effort in his time as coach and his hard work in preparing the pitches.

I envisage 2015 being a year of transition in all aspects of junior cricket locally with the changes to the county set up and funding issues and the knock on effect that this will potentially have for the Berkshire Youth Cricket League with the possibility there will be no cup competitions next season and a reduced number of divisions. With Luke and Nicole away at university the season is likely to be in full swing before they return home for the summer and with Mark standing down we have reduced coaching resources as we head in to 2015. I am grateful to the parents who recently attended a Junior Section meeting which resulted in a number of pledges of support and help for next year. A copy of the presentation I made to the meeting is to be circulated to all parents, it is not too late to become involved and I would appreciate hearing from anyone who would like to assist in the running of the Junior Section.

2015 will see me give up the role of Junior Coordinator at the end of the season after ten years of 24/7 cricket from January to September I feel it is time to let someone else take over the running of the Junior Section. So if there is anyone reading this who would consider taking on the role there is the opportunity to shadow my final year. Thank you to all who have assisted me over the years and to my long suffering wife Carrie.

Stephen Gregory - Junior Section Coordinator and Coach

U11s - a season of two halves!

The season started with a win against Mortimer West End, where in a Newbury total of 84 for 5, only 15 were scored with the bat! This was followed by a disciplined bowling and fielding performance by the team to restrict Mortimer to 78-5 and take the win by 6 runs.

The good start to the season was continued with wins over Finchampstead (by 6 runs), Kidmore End (by 24 runs) and Sonning (by 7 runs), leaving Newbury joint top of the league at the end of June.

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The second half of the season saw Newbury winless and on the wrong side of some heavy defeats. Replying to Hungerford’s formidable total of 95 for 5, we faltered to 19 for six and looked dead and buried. However a great knock of 30 by Aarav Garg and some assistance from the tail got us close at 87 all out, but not enough to avoid our first defeat of the season.

There then followed some heavy defeats at the hands of Shinfield (by 7 wickets), Purley (by 10 wickets in just 9 overs), Theale & Tilehurst (by 96 runs) and finally Bradfield (by 7 wickets).

Callum Rosier did a fantastic job of leading the side from the front with 11 wickets and four scores of over 25. Aarav Garg contributed with three scores of over 25, Aditya Singh looks a really good spin bowling prospect and Daniel Hyde and Angus Milne both look like they have bright futures as wicketkeepers.

A great effort from the whole team and thanks to Neil Milne, David and Sandy Rosier , Paul Monger and Ed Uden for their support and help during the season.

John O'Sullivan - U11 Team Manager

U13s - a year of exceptional performances!

Wow what a season we had. Mind you had anybody said to me we would almost make the Div 2 knockout semi -finals immediately after our first game of the season I wouldn’t have believed them but that is exactly what happened. Knocked out of the cup in the preliminary round against Hungerford having bowled them out for 67 we ended up losing by 37 runs. What a turnaround though we played a further seven games in the league winning five of them finishing second to Thatcham in Div 2 West who went on to be Div 2 Berkshire Champions. Our defeat at the hands of Thatcham in the last game sadly denied us the Div2 West title and ultimately the opportunity of making the knockout semi finals by 0.18 of a point by virtue of Wargrave’s better average.

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We scored over 100 no less than five times including 142 twice in consecutive games, amassing a seasons total of 805 runs. Joe Middleton and Guy Davis formed the best opening partnership I think the junior section has seen in many a year scoring personal totals of 163 and 148 respectively. Joe scoring 138 in a run of five games without losing his wicket and Guy retiring not out four times. Daniel Jones provided the explosive supporting act with 119 runs also carrying his bat four times and ending up with the highest average of 59.5.

As a bowling unit we took 55 wickets at a cost of 710 runs bowling three sides out and almost doing so on a further two occasions. The stand out performer being Daniel Jones with 10 wickets including an amazing 6 for 10 in four overs only three of the runs coming from the bat. Every bit as good as Sharif’s 6 for 39 in 2011. Close behind were Ethan with 8, Poom with 7 and Sam Middleton with 6 wickets each. Not surprisingly Daniel headed up the bowling averages followed by Sam Middleton and Guy Davis.

Caps were awarded to Joe Middleton, Guy Davis and Daniel Jones. All three were nominated for the County and District trials but sadly none were selected to train in the new development set up.

A big thank you goes to the parents for their constant and valued support throughout the season and particular mention goes to Phil Davis, David Gale, Shelagh Gale and Tony Hall for taking on the responsibility for scoring, umpiring and providing refreshments. Thanks also to Luke for his enthusiasm and assistance in helping me train the team.

Stephen Gregory - U13 Team Manager (and Junior Section Officer)

U15s - the team with a great potential

It seems to me that with the experience they gained this year (they will all still be eligible next year) Newbury U15s will be a strong side in 2015. Although this year they mainly found themselves in losing positions, in many cases this can be attributed to the greater size and experience of older opposition. Our principle bowlers – Michael Seath, Matt Smith, Olly Smithson and Will Davis all showed they can be hard to bat against, with Smithson in particular able to swing the ball late and both Matt Smith and Will Davis showing great promise as leg-spinners. Michael Seath also took plenty of wickets, but his accuracy set him apart from the rest as consistently economical. Both he and Smithy went on to take five-fors for the senior third eleven, while Will Davis enjoyed some success bowling for the seconds.

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But as batsmen we were often outplayed due to an inability to hit the ball hard enough, and a lack of awareness and match tactics. I saw signs of that changing towards the end of the season. Matt Comber and Will Davis were exceptions to the point about not hitting the ball hard enough, Davis in particular breaking a windscreen in the car park at Northcroft and Comber showing how good he can be with a fifty for the thirds. But they both need to learn when to graft and when to hit: sometimes that went wrong in both directions.

However, the team has many other up and coming cricketers – Manav Narayanan and Matt Manners both have potential that will see them playing bigger parts next year, and all the rest play the game with an attitude of enthusiasm, team spirit and a keenness to learn that is testament to the excellent coaching and organisation they have had during their time as Newbury juniors. The club will be working hard over the winter to find a management team to allow the team to enjoy the successful year they deserve next season.

Charles Anstey - U15 (stand-in) Team Manager

1st XI recover after poor start

Rather like last year the first eleven made a relatively poor start to the season, failing to put runs on the board and narrowly missing out on games we ought to have won. In particular we managed to get Falkland 2s nine down having only scored 72 ourselves and dropped a difficult chance to dismiss their number eleven.

On the other hand, maybe as a result of being under relegation pressure, we finished very strongly and ended up in mid-table. Like everyone else in the club we suffered from patchy availability. We are short of a new ball strike bowler, especially with Rajeev being only partly fit for most of the season, and Kevin Jeffery Jnr having given up cricket. I hope both those things turn out to be only temporary.

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Arun Sinha joined and made a very good start as a pacey seam bowler, but he left again half way through the season, and while a few of our batsmen, in particular Amalka, Surya and Andrew Douglas kept making medium sized scores, even they, along with the rest of us, showed inconsistent form and too often we had no major match winning innings so I think we are a top order batsman short too. Neil Farrow was by far our classiest batsman, and when he made runs we looked like a totally different side.

You can only field the players who are available of course and I would like to thank my team mates for another season of wonderful team spirit and effort, even if this year we fell a little short of the competitive standard we like to set ourselves.

As most of you know I did not stand for re-election this year either as secretary or first team captain. I owe a great deal to my fellow committee members and to all the players who have played under my captaincy all these years, and who have alternately put up with me, supported me, disagreed with me, encouraged me and most of all simply turned out every week with an enthusiasm for the game that has made playing cricket for Newbury so worthwhile.

Charlie Anstey - 1st XI captain for 2014

Another enjoyable year for 2nd XI

When I started to look back in terms of writing this report, the first thing I asked myself was whether or not this season was a good, bad or indifferent one, and I eventually reached the conclusion that it was a good season. The reason I can confidently say this is because, when I was waiting for others to arrive at the club on a Friday evening ahead of the season, I called into Simon Mayo’s Radio 2 show and when he asked me what the season would bring, I was reluctant to say anything else other than "hopefully mid-table" as I really thought that, for various reasons, we’d struggle this season.

Therefore, to be 3 weeks to go and still to be challenging for promotion, and more importantly, beating the other top clubs in the league regularly, means that 2014 was successful in terms of what was achieved versus expectation and for other reasons too that I’ll document.

We started the season slowly, called off on Matchday 1, but Matchday 2 saw a thrilling victory against a weak but determined Maidenhead and Bray, who we saw off in the 100th over of the game thanks to a 3rd Will Davis wicket. Will Davis’ contribution, plus that from Will Seath and Russell Bartlett in that game, was a sign of things to come with the junior members of our team performing really well throughout the season, which was great to see.

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That said, the first win wouldn’t have been possible without the runs we put on the board and this is where we relied on our older statesmen, in this instance this was Heath Messer (sadly only to play once in 2014) and Bil E Beaumont (sadly, for me, only to play a couple of 2nd XI games, as he was in the 1s most weeks).

Rain again ruined Matchday 3 and the following week saw a welcome return to run scoring for both John O’Sullivan and Simon Digweed as well as a cameo from Sat Pal with the bat, but a loss to Wargrave, who eventually finished second, mainly due to their opener carrying his bat and steering them through with an over to go.

We then didn’t play very well for a few weeks, going down to sub-par performances against Royal Ascot and Kew, both who would finish significantly lower than us in the table, and also to Finchampstead, the only notable performance in these 3 weeks was Bobby Vynatheya’s 52 not out during in innings when we were 40-8 at one stage!! When Matchday 8 was rained off, we found ourselves near the bottom of the table and lacking confidence.

Something clicked on 5th July though and between then and Matchday 15 saw a run of 7 unbeaten weeks, which included great performances from Paul Mason (99 vs. Bagshot), John O’Sullivan (84no vs. Bagshot), Mongs (50 vs. Theale and Tilehurst and 53 vs. Royal Ascot), Sat Pal (5-27 vs. Bagshot) , Martin Walker (7-26 vs. North Maidenhead and 5-38 vs. Royal Ascot), Will Seath (5-12, inc. hat-trick vs. Kew) and Brad Alton (83 vs. Royal Ascot).

This great run was eventually brought to an end as we chased down a game against Finchampstead, which we could have drawn if we had not been trying to win, this included a great knock of 57 from Josh Harris. It only proved to be a slight setback however, as we polished off the last 2 games against Chiswick and Latymer and Theale and Tilehurst to finish up with played 13 (5 cancelled!), won 8, lost 5.

The last 2 games saw more great performances from Russell Bartlett (5-40 vs. Chiswick &Latymer), Paul Mason (67 vs. Chiswick & Latymer) and finally an impressive spell of 7-6-1-4 from Matt Corne on our last day of the season. It’s been a real pleasure to mention so many different names in the highlights above and I would like to end this by thanking everyone who played for me, sometimes at short notice, including a special mention to Steve Bartlett, who helped out at the last minute on a couple of occasions. I’d also like to thank Charlie and Dave for their help during the season, Roly for the pitches and finally, to Jonno, who again skippered in my absence.

Paul Monger - 2nd XI captain for 2014

3rd XI - down but not out

Looking at the final Division 8A table which shows a season with only 2 wins and relegation to Division 9A courtesy of a ninth place finish suggests that 2014 was a disastrous year for Newbury’s third eleven.

However, as we all know tables and statistics don’t always tell the full story and there are plenty of positives to take from this difficult season.

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  1. Only one game was forfeited despite consistently low playing numbers across the senior section (and in grass roots cricket generally it should be added). This is an achievement in itself and reflects the heroic efforts of Dave Chapman & Ben Robinson getting teams out on a regular basis in difficult circumstances.
  2. The contribution from our junior players was encouraging and augers well for the future. Matt Comber was the only third eleven player to score over 100 runs during the season, Michael Seath led the bowling averages with 23 wickets at less than 15 apiece with a miserly economy rate of just 3.0 runs per over. Matt Smith, our talented young spin bowler was the next highest wicket taker with 12 wickets at an average of 19 including a match winning 5-24 against local rivals Falkland. Matt Manners, Will Davis, Will Seath, Daniel Jones and Harry Bodin also contributed well and have bright futures at the club.
  3. The team spirit within the squad never faltered in spite of poor availability and some heavy losses.
Performances of note include:


  • Dan Haresnape’s match winning 89 not out against Eversley
  • Fitzy’s 75 at home (short boundaries!) in the draw against Falkland in August
  • Matt Comber scoring 52 not out away at Falkland in June
  • Sam Gaskin scoring 72 runs in only 3 innings before unfortunately moving away from the area
  • Dave Duncan scoring a fine 48 against Yateley in the penultimate game of the season


  • Michael Seath’s two 5-fors (5-50 against Windsor; 5-30 against Finchampstead)
  • Matt Smith’s two 5-fors (5-24 against Falkland; 5-79 against Royal Ascot)
  • Mike Cullum took 10 wickets at a average of 18.9 including 4-29 against Cove Academy
  • Will Davis bagging 8 wickets at 14.13 including two 3-fors


  • Seven wicket away win against Falkland in June
  • Six wicket win away against Eversley in July
  • Last wicket pairing of Matt Smith and Will Davis holding out to secure a draw at Finchampstead in July

Dave & Ben have both now moved out of the area and the 3XI captaincy reins now pass into the safe hands of club stalwart and former second eleven skipper Paul Monger. Under Mongs’ leadership we can be sure that third eleven cricket next season will be competitive, enjoyable and where junior talent will continue to flourish.

Ed Uden - Editor, Stag News

Indoor league update

Newbury go into the Christmas break in third place of Division 2 in the Serious Cricket indoor league with a record of played five, won three and lost two. Since being heavily beaten in the opening game when missing talismanic captain Paul Monger, the team have gone from strength to strength as they have got to grips with the specific skills and subtleties of the indoor game.

Josh Harris has led the way with the bat scoring heavily at the top of the order and skipper Paul Monger has been the team’s stand out bowler supported well by regulars Ed Uden and Will Davis.

A total of 13 players have played in the five games pre-Christmas and every game has been great fun. Juniors Will Davis and Will & Michael Seath have all contributed well and we hope their form will continue into the summer.

Games are played on Wednesday evenings at Serious Cricket’s Dummer centre near Basingstoke and Newbury’s campaign re-starts on 7th January. If you are interested in playing, please contact Paul Monger (07747564491 or

Grounds equipment replacement Greenham Common Trust and GiftAid

Newbury CC is seeking to raise £2,350 towards replacement or refurbishment of essential grounds equipment to continue to provide excellent sporting facilities for local people including community groups and children.

Any donation that you make will be supplemented with the same amount by Greenham Common Trust and GiftAid will be added. As an example, a £10 donation will become £22.50 (£10 Greenham Trust topup + £2.50 GiftAid).

So please donate generously to keep your favourite cricket club in top shape.

Make a donation

AGM Roundup

The following members were elected onto the management committee at this year's AGM.

Secretary: Paul Monger
Chairman: John O'Sullivan
Fixtures Sec: Martin Walker
Treasurer: Ed Uden
Junior Officer: Steve Gregory
1st XI Captain: Kevin Mills
1st XI Vice Cap: Ed Uden
2nd XI Captain: Brad Alton
2nd XI Vice Captain: John O'Sullivan
3rd XI Captain: Paul Monger
3rd XI Vice Captain: TBD
Mark Previte
Nick Fitzwilliam
Mark Previte
Rajeev Hanabe

Indoor nets - 2015

Junior Nets will be on Thursday evenings between 6pm and 8pm at Newbury College, starting on 5th February and through to 30th April, apart from half-term (February 19th) and the Easter weeks of 9th and 16th April. Exact times for age groups will be confirmed nearer the time, but it is likely that the Under 11s will be at 6pm and Under 13s and younger Under 15s at 7pm.

Senior Nets (including the older Under 15s and Under 17s) will be on Thursday evenings, between 8pm and 10pm at Newbury College, starting on 12th February and through to 23rd April, with no breaks in between.

A view from the river-end

NCC Social News

Congratulations to Amalka Naimanage and Nilu on the birth of their baby boy.

Ahead of the game in social media

As most of you are aware, we have a thriving social media environment for the club, from the play-cricket website which our illustrious Rajeev Hanabe has looked after for the most part over recent years. If you have visited the site in recent months, you will agree that our club website is amongst the best in the league, if not the county and beyond. Input from the captains and others within the club has also helped to make the play-cricket site something to be very proud of and long may it continue. If you’ve had your head down a hole however, what are you waiting for? Get over to the club's website and check out what it’s all about.

Turning to the other social media sites we have, namely Twitter, Facebook and TeamApp (the club’s mobile app), we’ve gone from strength to strength on this also. In little over 18 months @newburycc has over 1,350 followers, with well over 2,600 tweets being sent by the club in that time, covering our daily online ‘newspaper’, live match updates and other topics of interest. Through our social media efforts, the club has welcomed local firms and businesses as valued club partners, details of which are shown on our play-cricket site, as well as our club fixture book. We are hopeful that these partnerships will continue for the seasons to come, whilst welcoming more of the community to the club. Remember, being a fully paid up member of Newbury Cricket Club gives you access to Club Partner benefits, details of which can be found online or through the fixture book. If you are unsure what these are, get in touch with the committee.

Our Facebook page is also another way in which the club keeps members and followers up to date with all things NCC, mirroring our Twitter account and updates. Finally, our launch of the Newbury CC TeamApp on iPhone, Android and online, has also been received well, although take up has been a little slow from the membership. Don’t forget, if you do not have a smartphone, you can still get the mobile app on your laptop or PC. More details are again available through our other social media sites, or by contacting Walks directly.

Thanks goes to all those who have added content on to our Social Media sites and for making it all part of the NCC experience.

Martin Walker - Twitter ninja and Fixture Secretary

Briggsy – Desk Top Processing Superstar

As Stag News moves with the times onto website based technology, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Stuart Briggs (a former 3XI captain for those that don’t know him) for all the sterling work he has done in producing the first 34 editions of the Newbury Cricket Club newsletter.

Supporting firstly Charlie and then myself, his DTP skills and willingness to spend hours of his own time have been invaluable in getting out editions of Stag news over more than ten years.

Thank you Briggsy!

Ed Uden - Editor of Stag News

Club averages 2014

Junior teams

Under 11 batting stats will be updated here shortly....

Under 11 bowling stats will be updated here shortly...

# Player Innings Runs HS Average
1 J Middleton 8 163 31* 54.33
2 G Davis 8 148 32* 37.00
3 D Jones 6 119 37* 59.5
4 M Gale 8 62 19* 10.33
# Player Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Average
1 D Jones 16.0 0 64 10 6.4
2 E Baker 23.4 1 124 8 15.50
3 S Middleton 17 1 70 6 14.00
4 G Davis 15 3 70 5 14.0

Under 15 batting stats will be updated here shortly....

Under 15 bowling stats will be updated here shortly...

Senior teams

# Player Innings Runs HS Average
1 Amalka Naimanage 13 251 68 20.92
2 Neil Farrow 8 248 77* 35.43
3 Andrew Douglas 10 226 41 25.11
4 Ed Uden 15 218 33 14.53
5 Charlie Anstey 16 198 52 12.38
6 Suryaprakash Sastry 9 188 52 20.89
7 Rajeev Hanabe 11 129 33 18.43
8 Kevin Mills 11 96 22 8.73
9 Mike Beaumont 7 85 52 12.14
10 Luke Gregory 8 76 25 10.86
# Player Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Average
1 Charlie Anstey 182.2 34 604 46 13.13
2 Kevin Mills 206.1 51 583 43 13.56
3 Rajeev Hanabe 104.1 20 345 21 16.43
4 Arun Sinha 53.0 9 176 13 13.54
5 Matt Corne 24.0 4 116 6 19.33

# Player Innings Runs HS Average
1 John O'Sullivan 10 292 84* 36.5
2 Paul Mason 5 204 99 40.8
3 Brad Alton 10 174 83 24.86
4 Paul Monger 6 124 53 31.0
5 Sat Pal 4 111 48 27.75
6 Simon Digweed 4 104 51 26.0
7 Martin Walker 8 84 15 10.5
8 John Duncan 4 70 35 23.33
9 Austin Keep 6 51 23 10.2
10 Nick Fitzwilliam 3 50 32 16.67
# Player Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Average
1 Sat Pal 79.4 14 246 19 12.95
2 Martin Walker 99.1 18 262 19 13.79
3 John Duncan 23.5 3 97 9 10.78
4 Sandesh Gala 45.3 4 188 9 20.89
5 Will Seath 52.0 5 153 9 17.0
6 Russell Bartlett 53.2 4 221 9 24.56
7 Ahmed Khan 32.0 3 83 5 16.6

# Player Innings Runs HS Average
1 Matt Comber 10 105 52* 11.67
2 Ben Robinson 9 87 24 9.67
3 Michael Seath 10 77 24 7.7
4 Sam Gaskin 4 72 33* 24.0
5 Joel Gregory 4 59 31 14.75
6 Will Seath 3 41 29 13.67
7 David Chapman 6 40 18 8.0
8 Matt Manners 6 28 14 4.67
9 Robin Bartlett 3 23 10 7.67
10 Matt Smith 7 18 7* 4.5
# Player Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Average
1 Michael Seath 112.2 18 342 23 14.87
2 Matt Smith 48.0 2 228 12 19.0
3 M Cullum 44.5 11 189 10 18.9
4 Will Davis 28.2 1 113 8 14.13

Berkshire League Tables - 2014

Final standings in Berkshire Cricket League - Divisions 2 West for U11, U13 and U15 teams.

Hungerford CC - Under 11 9 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 180
Bradfield CC, Berks - Under 11 9 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 164
Purley on Thames CC - Under 11 9 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 151
Theale and Tilehurst CC - Under 11 9 4 4 0 0 0 1 0 16 8 124
Mortimer West End CC - Under 11 9 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 14 9 103
Kidmore End CC - Under 11 9 2 5 0 0 0 2 0 10 9 99
Newbury CC - Under 11 8 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 7 5 72
Shinfield CC - Under 11 B 7 1 5 0 0 1 0 0 20 5 45
Sonning CC - Under 11 B 8 0 5 1 0 2 0 0 12 10 22
Finchampstead CC - Under 11 Kestrels 7 0 6 0 0 1 0 0 11 8 19
Thatcham Town CC - Under 13 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 5 132
Newbury CC - Under 13 8 5 2 0 0 0 1 0 7 2 129
West Ilsley CC - Under 13 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 11 9 120
Purley on Thames CC - Under 13 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 7 9 116
Mortimer West End CC - Under 13 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 106
East Woodhay CC - Under 13 8 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 16 9 85
Theale and Tilehurst CC - Under 13 8 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 11 10 61
Hungerford CC - Under 13 8 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 10 9 59
Bradfield CC, Berks - Under 13 8 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 6 7 53
Finchampstead CC - Under 15 Falcons 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 127
Kidmore End CC - U15 Kites 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 125
West Ilsley CC - Under 15 7 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 9 5 114
Sonning CC - Under 15 7 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 9 7 96
Pangbourne & Whitchurch Juniors CC - Under 15 7 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 18 7 70
Henley CC - Under 15 7 2 3 0 1 1 0 0 12 7 64
Thatcham Town CC - Under 15 7 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 12 7 29
Newbury CC - Under 15 7 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 12 8 20

Thames Valley League Tables - 2014

Final standings in Thames Valley Cricket League Divisions 3A, 7A and 8A.

HURST 18 6 5 3 0 4 21 10 309
WARGRAVE 18 6 3 2 4 3 22 22 275
ROYAL ASCOT 18 3 6 1 6 2 38 22 262
WOKINGHAM 2 18 5 2 3 5 3 44 33 256
FALKLAND 2 18 3 4 2 6 3 31 30 237
NEWBURY 18 4 2 2 8 2 36 40 230
PURLEY-ON-THAMES 18 2 3 2 8 3 34 34 199
HENLEY 3 18 1 3 2 7 5 42 36 198
EVERSLEY 2 18 3 2 3 8 2 36 32 197
THEALE and TILEHURST 18 1 1 0 13 3 33 40 139
CHISWICK and LATYMER 3 18 4 5 2 3 4 43 18 295
WARGRAVE 2 18 4 7 1 2 4 13 13 294
MAIDENHEAD and BRAY 3 18 5 3 3 3 4 33 24 270
FINCHAMPSTEAD 4 18 4 3 3 5 3 50 27 258
NEWBURY 2 18 4 4 0 5 5 29 11 255
ROYAL ASCOT 3 18 4 0 4 6 4 44 27 212
NORTH MAIDENHEAD 3 18 4 3 1 6 4 16 20 207
BAGSHOT 3 18 2 0 1 11 4 45 42 165
THEALE and TILEHURST 3 18 1 1 0 11 5 10 29 132
KEW 4 18 0 3 1 9 5 17 25 111
YATELEY 3 18 8 4 2 0 4 10 9 327
WOKINGHAM 4 18 5 5 2 2 4 16 14 283
WINDSOR 4 18 5 3 3 3 4 30 22 278
READING 4 18 3 3 3 5 4 26 21 223
EVERSLEY 4 18 1 5 3 6 3 27 24 210
FINCHAMPSTEAD 5 18 2 0 2 8 6 40 36 181
COVE ACADEMY 18 3 0 2 6 7 25 23 173
ROYAL ASCOT 4 18 3 0 3 8 4 40 25 168
NEWBURY 3 18 0 2 2 8 6 12 33 120
FALKLAND DEVELOPMENT 18 1 0 2 7 8 25 24 87