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A Season of Transition

The curtain came down on the 2017 season for what was another successful campaign for the club.

For the 1st team it wasn’t to be another treble of Premier League and 2 cups, as they had to settle for a solitary County Cup win and being runners up in the league. This return would be seen as amazing for any other club in the league. There were some memorable achievements for the team, under the fledgling leadership of new skipper Sunny Patel and vice-captain Charlie Page Morris.

 

KCC Men's 1st Team

 

Both Sunny and Charlie are products of the outstanding KCC junior academy and are the first to graduate through the ranks to the top roles. Under their leadership there was regular game time for a large number of talented juniors as the transition towards the next generation takes shape.

 

It was gratifying to see that the talent pool is ever strong as players such as Harrison Norton, Harry Pounds, Jon Butler, Bhav Patel and Tej Thakkar all proved that they have the ability to play at Premier League level at least.

 

KCC Ladies' Team

 

There were also solid seasons for our 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams under more new leadership in Luke Spence, Kev Messenger and Simon Munden.

Elsewhere, there was a good season for KCC Ladies as they continued to develop rapidly and won their first trophy by landing the winter Indoor League title before finishing 2nd in Division 4 of the outdoor league.

 

The emphasis has always been on youth at KCC and there was competitive cricket and skills training provided for hundreds of youngsters from ‘Kwik Cricket’ upwards. This development of talent is critical to future success and we are grateful to our army of volunteer coaches under Junior Chairman Mark Senior who put so much time into delivering such excellence.

 

Outside of our own cricket the club continues to be the venue of choice for a number of prestige events and 2017 saw us host national finals from Under 15’s through to over 50 age groups, British University finals day and a T20 tournament featuring international players. We were also a venue for a visit from England Ladies players Lydia Greenway and Jenny Gunn who hosted a coaching masterclass as part of a tour which saw the Ladies World Cup and ICC Trophies take their place at KCC, providing great photo opportunities for eager fans!

 

The club has remained a focal point of the local community and once again we hosted a successful village sports day in May which provides a showcase for all of our local clubs and associations to provide taster sessions for prospective new members. Whilst our Pavilion Function Rooms continue to attract increasing numbers of bookings from the general public for a range of private social events.

 

We are always on the lookout for new players, volunteers, sponsors or social members. Please contact us to find out more. In the meantime we wish all friends, players and sponsors a happy and prosperous Christmas and New Year.                       

 

 Tim Neal

Issue 397
December
2017


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