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Hornchurch Athletic celebrate best-ever season
With the season finished and the 1s and 3s crowned as Division Three and Division 11 champions, along with the 2s finishing runners-up in Division Seven it will go down as the most successful season in the club’s history.
Regular readers of this column may have noticed that it has been a few weeks since the last blog.
I joined my brother in a boycott of the Romford Recorder after his dismissal was caught on camera and made back page news!
Our club has never made the back page, Chris gets his leg (yes leg?!?!) stump pegged back and there we are.
Anyway, this time 12 months ago the season finished in a whimper with 1s and 2s facing relegation.
The decision had already been made at that point to apply to the Mid-Essex league and it has been a roaring success.
Whilst the 1st XI are eager to get at some tougher opposition and hopefully continue to win games, the real benefit of our move can be seen in the 3rd XI.
They have done a superb job to win Division 11 and crucially now allow us to try to get a 4th team into the league.
Again, 12 months ago the idea of a 4th team was a pipe dream.
There has been some impressive individual efforts this year.
For the 1s lots of people have contributed with bat and ball, but it has been most pleasing to see youngsters like Michael Gooch and Addison Davis back at the club and doing so well. I’m sure there will be even more to come next year.
In the 2s John Coates and Nathaniel Bastin have previously been nothing more than 3rd teamers. But with the team winning games they were able to bat with confidence and both men scored big.
In Nathaniel’s case it was good to see all his hard work in the nets rewarded. And of course, Stuart Whitaker.
Not only did he make a double ton but has scored consistently well throughout the year.
The 3s has been a real team effort led superbly by Mark Spellar with able support from young guys such as Steve Hunt and Charlie Peters and old heads like Greg Coates and Neil Roe.
Things we have learnt this year;
*Every ground we played at this year was better than Low Hall Farm.
*Be careful wearing sweatbands near Dillon Phillips.
*Liam Porter will ‘lose his head’ if he doesn’t get any tea.
*You meet the weird and wonderful ‘Mad Dog’ if you end up in Tillingham. He’s the one batting in the Hockey goalkeeper’s helmet?!
*James Coote is a very good and very fast bowler.......... As long as he has had a quiet Friday night!
And finally, never get too far across your stumps in front of the camera or your humiliation will be spread across the back page of the Romford Recorder!
Christine Ohuruogu and Mo Farah have been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.