Wiltshire Cricket

Achievements of 2017 celebrated at Wiltshire Cricket Awards evening

The annual Wiltshire Cricket awards evening took place on Friday 15th September at the Ceres Hall, Devizes and saw our district, county and OSCAs awards presented. In attendance to present the awards was Katie George who played for the Southern Vipers in the 2017 Kia Super League, including appearing in the final against Western Storm.

The evening commenced with the presentation of individual performance awards. These are awarded as follows:

  • For county boys under 10s - 13s and all county girls age groups - For 50s and 4 wicket hauls
  • For county boys under 14s and older - For 100s and 5 wicket hauls

2017 Individual Performance Awards

  • Sam Ashman, county boys under 10s - 4-9 v Oxfordshire
  • Nicolas Viljoen, county boys under 11s - 80* v Somerset, 56 v Oxfordshire, 66* v Jersey
  • Freddie Higton, county boys under 11s - 4-31 v Oxfordshire
  • Kit Blomfield, county boys under 11s - 6-1 v Jersey
  • Tom Spencer, county boys under 12s - 79 v Gwent
  • Ben Howgrave-Graham, county boys under 12s - 73 v Dorset
  • William Green, county boys under 12s - 52 v Dorset
  • Matthew Garrod, county boys under 12s - 50 v Cardiff and Vale
  • Harley Sandford, county boys under 12s - 84 v Cardiff and Vale
  • Joshua Norgrove-Gray, county boys under 12s - 4-28 v Cardiff and Vale
  • Sam Giddings, county boys under 13s - 51 v Millfield School, 97* v Gwent, 93 v Buckinghamshire
  • Benji Tucker, county boys under 13s - 51 v Oxfordshire
  • Stuart MacDougall, county boys under 13s - 50* v Dorset
  • Isaac Ashman, county boys under 13s - 69 v Gwent, 70 v Camarthenshire
  • Toby Kershaw, county boys under 13s - 70 v Somerset
  • Freddie Fenton, county boys under 13s - 4-44 v Millfield School
  • Will Maloney, county boys under 13s - 7-6 v Buckinghamshire
  • Christopher Monelle, county boys under 13s - 5-9 v Gwent
  • Katie Dolman, county girls under 13s - 54* v Cornwall
  • Isla Thomson, county girls under 13s - 54* v Dorset
  • Emily Smith, county girls under 13s - 4-20 v Dorset
  • Edward Wade, county boys under 14s - 106* v Gwent
  • Lily Day, county girls under 15s - 66 v Dorset
  • Lily Day, county girls under 15s - 5-2 v Herefordshire, 4-7 v Cornwall
  • Henry Smith, county boys under 17s - 112 v Berkshire
  • Rosie Pembroke, county girls under 17s - 59 v Worcestershire
  • Lucy Farrant, county girls under 17s - 65 v Worcestershire
  • Melissa Story, county girls under 17s - 79* v Dorset, 56* v Cornwall, 64* v Dorset
  • Lily Day, county girls under 17s - 4-20 v Dorset
  • Melissa Story, county girls under 17s - 4-25 v Dorset

Also being presented throughout the evening were our annual Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards (OSCAs). These are awarded in recognition of the volunteers whom our clubs simply couldn't do without. The winners in each category will now go on to represent Wiltshire at the national OSCAs event which will take place at Lords in October.

2017 OSCAs winners

  • Young Volunteer - Rhys Merriman
  • Get the Game On - Paul Wilson
  • Officials - Helen Dolman
  • Hearbeat of the Club - Kevin Thompson
  • Leagues - Chris Sykes and Paul Rowson (Wiltshire Youth Cricket League)
  • Lifetime Achiever - Ed Davies (runners up - Andy Short and Dave Roberts)

We will be focusing on the efforts of our OSCAs winners in the coming months through our Clublife feature

As well as the presentation of our county awards, the evening was also an opportunity to celebrate distrct cricket. District Cricket in Wiltshire is an important part of our player pathway. For the past six years we have run coaching programmes for under 10s, 11s, 13s and 15s in each of our five districts. This coaching programme has then been followed in the Spring with trials to select district squads for the summer matches. In 2017, the summer matches included:

  • T12 festivals at the start of May
  • A series of round robin league fixtures throughout the season

For this winter and in to next summer our district programme is chaning slightly. The new structure will see 4 district at under 10s, 11s and 13s followed by a North/South programme at under 15. We hope this new structure will provide a fresh identity for district cricket and we look forward to seeing it in operation.

2017 District Winners

T12 Festival winners:

  • Under 10s – KENNET
  • Under 11s – WEST WILTS
  • Under 13s – WEST WILTS
  • Under 15s – NORTH EAST

Round Robin winners:

  • Under 10s – KENNET
  • Under 11s – WEST WILTS
  • Under 13s – NORTH EAST
  • Under 15s – NORTH WEST

An added feature of this year's awards evening was an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful achievements across Wiltshire in our first year of delivering All Stars Cricket. The results nationally have been good, but in Wiltshire in particular they have been fantastic as 28 clubs have delivered the programme with 766 5-8 year olds across the county taking up the game in 2017. The programme will return in 2018 and the years to come meaning the future of cricket is in good hands.

On the evening we invited the All Stars clubs in attendance to come up and be recognised for their invaluable contributions to this exciting new initiative.

As the evening came to an end it was time to recognise our players of the year in both the girls and boys age groups. The girls season saw success at different points for all age group teams. Firstly, the under 13s enjoyed victories over Cornwall twice, and Herefordshire at home to finish with three wins from their eight matches. At under 15 level there were some fantastic results and a consistent flow of wins throughout the season as we recorded seven victories across our twelve matches. At under 17s level the results were even better; nine wins from twelve matches – a very impressive return. Unfortunately at senior level, we didn’t manage to record so many wins but overall the performances across the age groups represents a fantastic season for the female game in Wiltshire, and with increased investment coming from ECB to deliver more women’s participation initiatives, together with the profile raised by the success of the England Women’s team and the Kia Super League it means that the women and girls game is in a very good place.

Girls county age group players of the year

  • Girls Under 13s – Emilia Powell 
  • Girls Under 15s – Lily Day 
  • Girls Under 17s – Melissa Story 
  • Women – Lucy Farrant

Within boys age group cricket, results were positive with results looking as follows in terms of completed matches:

Under 10s – 3 wins in 10 matches

Under 11s – 9 wins in 10 matches

Under 12s – 4 wins in 8 matches

Under 13s – 2 wins in 5 matches

Under 14s – 3 wins in 9 matches

Under 15s – 2 wins in 5 matches

Under 17s – 3 wins in 7 matches

Overall, 26 wins from 54 matches is a great effort, but more importantly Wiltshire performs well thanks to a lot of talent but also hard work from players and coaches alike. Wiltshire Cricket thanks everybody who has participated in representative cricket this year, either as a player, parent or coach/manager.

Boys county age group players of the year

  • Under 10s – Sam Ashman
  • Under 11s – Nicolas Viljoen
  • Under 12s – Ben Howgrave-Graham
  • Under 13s – Sam Giddings
  • Under 14s – Edward Wade
  • Under 15s – Jayden Atkinsin
  • Under 17s – Ollie Slade

Julia's House Raffle

Another aspect of the evening was a raffle in aid of our charity partners, Julia's House. At our 2016 awards evening we spoke about how Julia’s House were in the process of raising the money to open the first and only children’s hospice ever in Wiltshire.

A year on and thanks to the incredible work of the charity and its many supporters and donors, Julia’s House is now open, following registration and inspection by the Care Quality Commission, meaning care can now be offered to children in the hospice as well as at home throughout Wiltshire.

However, despite the hospice being home, Julia’s House is still almost solely reliant on fundraising and donations to meet the running costs of the hospice and with that in mind we thank all who bought a raffle ticket on Friday.

Wiltshire Cricketer of the Year

The final and most prestigiour award of the evening was for our cricketer of the year. This year's award went to Melissa Story. At under 17 level, she finished the season in the top 20 runs scorers across the country in the Under 17s competitions, with 310 runs at an average of 44.29. She also took 11 wickets at an average of 13.64.

In August alone, Melissa’s stats were:

  • Six matches played
  • 257 runs @ 128.5 with three fifties.
  • 7 wickets @ 12.85 with 1 four wicket innings

What has changed for her this year?  Belief……..Belief that she can perform at County level and enjoying playing the game.  And batting for a long time…

In the 1st XI game against Cornwall at Chippenham, she shared a fifth wicket partnership with Lucy Farrant of 102 in a game that ended as a tie.  The pair batted together again against Dorset at Calne and shared a 7th wicket partnership of 82 in a 44 run win.  Melissa and Lucy shared a third large partnership in the return game, adding 77 runs for the 5th wicket in a 4 wicket win with five overs to spare.

Over 400 runs in all 1st XI and Under 17s competitions, 16 wickets, three 50 run partnerships, one 100 run partnership.

It has been a great year of Melissa Story