Aldwick Cricket Club players and officials gathered to celebrate a promotion-winning 2012 season and look forward to the challenges of the 2013 campaign.
At their annual presentation evening, Aldwick try to honour the current top players while also recognising people who make important contributions to the running of this successful club, past and present.
With this in mind, chairman Jim Smith asked all present to remember Alan Rogers, who recently passed away.
Alan’s father was chairman of Aldwick (1951-57) and the younger Rogers played from 1950 to 1983 and was president from 1984 to 1999.
A nice coincidence saw the night’s first award to Alan’s former regular team-mates, Mick Fredricks and John Heredge. Both retired in 2012 from the club after giving 50 years’ service.
Since 1962, they have fulfilled numerous roles as players and officials with Fredricks retiring as treasurer and Heredge as president.
Newly-elected president Dave Robinson joined Smith on the stage to present the rest of the night’s awards.
The undisputed star of the night was Joel Lodge, who picked up six trophies including club best batting average (63.05), best batting aggregate (820), first XI best batting average (87.33), player’s player and most man of the match awards.
Another success of 2012 was bowler Nabid Rahman, whose average of 8.48 per wicket easily won him the club best bowling average award and first XI best bowling average cup.
Ollie Smith deservedly won a bowling award for his massive 67 wickets in all games and Andy Burtenshaw best bowling performance for a spell of six for five.
Youngsters were also well represented with Louis Paul picking up his most improved player of the year, best colt (aged 15-17) and most catches in all matches, shared with Chris Redman.
Other prize-winning colts were Alex Cooper with the second XI’s best average, 38.67, and best overall colt aged 12 to 14 Josh Sargeant.
Aldwick have been practising hard in the nets since the new year and will continue with outdoor nets at the Felpham Oval.
Last weekend they had a NatWest-backed day devoted to a clubhouse spring clean and ground maintenance chores.
The club run four weekend teams and one midweek team and has an annual week-long tour which this year is to the Isle of Wright.
With 110 fixtures all told already confirmed, it’s going to be a busy campaign. Anyone interested in joining the friendly and ambitious club should call chairman Jim Smith on 07901 755782 or 01243 267041 or email Jamesjmb2011@hotmail.co.uk