1st Place - £75 Cricket Direct voucher – Justin Rose – Pie Chuckers Get All The Luck – 13,987 points
2nd Place - £35 Cricket Direct voucher – Josh Wells – Name’s On The Board – 13,968 points
It was a case of slow and steady winning the race as the season unfolded, with Justin Rose and Josh Wells the frontrunners throughout the campaign, with the former pipping the latter to the title by just 19 points in the final week of the season, 13,987 to 13,968 respectively.
Honourable mentions go out to Sam Hawes’ Shaweshank Redemption with 13,579 points, Ed Clark’s Who’s Got The Dove with 13,452 points and Sam Walter’s F**k Your Pull Shot with 13,161 points, completing the Top 5 as the only teams to go past 13,000 points.
Propping up the table was Andy Charlton’s Team Lego – though he did start midway through the season and finished still not all that respectful 34th in the Second Half of the Year competition – and the less said about Sam Johnson’s Tuggers or Ben Roper’s The HalfTrackers the better…
April saw a shortened programme of games, with Charlie Douglas-Hughes’ The Dunster Tan-Lines winning the month on 449 points, ahead of Luke Robinson’s Wickets For Days on 427 and Ben Morris’ Morro’s XI on 419.
In May it was Sam Hawes that led the way on 2,542 points, with Josh Wells (2,392) and Justin Rose (2,280) following closely behind. June was topped by Neale Dakin’s Pond Life on 4,047, Harry Pritchard’s Mo’ Has A Ruler on 3,924 and then Josh Wells on 3,828.
July was close between Josh Wells (3,184), Sam Water (3,142) and Ed Clark (3,101) and August saw Ed making a run for the lead (2,446) ahead of Sam Walter (2,407) and Justin Rose (2,371).
The consistent appearances in the top three continued for Rose, he finished second behind Sam Hawes (2,293) in September with 2,292 point, with Lauren Hume’s Literally The Only Girl In the Club [Disclaimer: Not an accurate team name] in third with 2,099 points.
Going into the final week of the season, Wells held a 226 point lead over Rose, but it all changed as a result of the final game of the campaign, the NECL XI vs Eight Ash Green. Wells went in to this 127 points ahead, scoring 39 in the game through Josh King and Goush Raviendran. Rose however took 185 points thanks to his captain josh King, Callum Hansey and Adam Morris to take victory.
Second Half of Season Prize – £25 Cricket Direct voucher - Sam Walter – F**k Your Pull Shot – 7,600 points
Sam Walter’s second half of the season saw off competition from Justin Rose (-28 points) and Josh Wells (-239 points) to take the second half of the season crown. His position here was 4 places better than his overall finish.
Chris Rayner’s Cones saw the highest leap in the second half of the season, 13 places better than his overall finish. At the other end of the scale, Taylor Nicholson’s Got The Runs finished 7 places worse off.
Best Team Name – Signed Phil Tufnell book – David Baalham – The Master Batters
The Best Team name went down to a public vote between:
1) David Baalham’s ’The Master Batters'
2) Charlie Douglas-Hughes’ ’The Dunster Tan-Lines'
3) Taylor Nicholson’s ‘Got The Runs'
4) Matt Cooper’s ‘Lacking Star Stile'
With The Master Batters running out the winner with 41% of the vote.
Thanks to all that took part, we will be running this again next year with the option to pay online as unfortunately not all entry fees were received, meaning the number of prizes handed out has been reduced slightly.
We will be in touch with the winners shortly.
Cal and Ed