Heanor Town Cricket Club held their annual presentations last week and in his address the chairman, Alan Turner, reflected on a great strides the club made in 2012.
The 1st X1 were runners up in Division 4 North and this led to promotion back to Divison 3. The side was led by the ever-enthusiastic Andy Brear.
The cup victory in the previous season had spurred the side on to great work in the league this time.
There were remarkable performances from 17-year-old Josh Brear, who impressed many clubs. The support role of 17-year-old Corrie Keable with the bat and behind the stumps was very pleasing.
There were other notable performances from many within the side. He also thanked the players and particularly the captain, who also had a good season himself. The move back to a higher league was great news.
The 2nd X1 had a very good season under new captain Chris Moore and they reached the cup semi-final and also were in line for promotion until the last game which went against them and they finished third just three points from elevation.
The developing youngsters in the side also gained a better appreciation of a season-long campaign.
The Sunday X1 lost several early fixtures to the terrible weather but the side developed later and had good days and bad days but it was pleasing as there is more depth in club.
He thanked captain Andy Naylor for his outstanding effort with the young enthusiastic cricketers of the future. Many of the Sunday side also played regularly in the 2nd X1 and they all enjoyed their cricket whatever team they were selected for.
The youth teams of under 15 and kwik cricket had tried hard this year and teams had finished in midtable positions but he was pleased with efforts made by the players, organisers and parents, who were all thanked for their enthusiasm and support.
The wettest summer on record had affected all cricket in the area but everyone knew that the work of the groundstaff of Amber Valley Borough Council and the hard work of Peter Thompson in assisting them produced a ground which came in for praise from visiting teams and umpires.
Mr Turner was enthused by the spirit within the club which appeared to be undimmed and he requested further recruitment at all levels of the club.
2012 had been a very good season but there was no room for complacency and higher standards needed continued effort. The challenge of Division Three was looked forward to for the first team.
He was very encouraged by the way that players and supporters were pulling together for the club off the field and was always enthused by the smiles on faces.
The awards for the 2012 season were as follows;
1st X1 Batting Joshua Brear and Bowling Kevin Barber
2nd X1 Batting Gary Hickinbotham and Bowling Paul Fletcher
Sunday X1 Batting Liam Barlow and Bowling George Moore
The Player of The Year Awards, nominated by the respective Captains, went to Joshua Brear for 1st X1, Paul Barlow for 2nd X1 and Bradley Sharp for Sunday X1.
The Brian Morley award for the Individual Outstanding Performance of the Year was presented to Andrew Mann for scoring two half centuries in consecutive weeks for the club, a feat he had been trying to achieve over the last 30 seasons.
There were also individual awards for all players of the Under 15 team.
The main awards were presented to
Under 15 Batting Liam Barlow, Under 15 Bowling Bradley Sharp.
Most improved player was Liam Foster.
There were also certificates for under 11 kwik cricketers.
In closing, Mr Turner looked forward to cricket in 2013 and hoped the club would continue to improve on the field. He did not doubt the good spirit within the club on and off the field and stated he was pleased to be Chairman of this hard working club.
Special mention was made for the hard work of committee, superb caterers, scorers, fundraisers, sponsors, social event organisers, youth coaches and anyone who tried to make Heanor Town a happy club and a good place to play cricket.
He was keen to extend an open invitation to anyone interested in being part of a vibrant club with some of the best facilities in the county.
Anyone interested in joining the club should contact Andrew Brear on 07971 466441