The curtain has come down on the 2018 season - a season that both teams would describe as a mixed bag and with missed opportunities.
The First Team finished 8th in the league as the positive start fizzled out and led to several defeats at the end of the season. The highlights included beating run away league winners Hundhill Hall at Garmil Lane in the early part of the season. That was to be Hundhill's only loss of the league season. However, defeats against Allerton Bywater and Pollington (twice), who were both in the relegation places at the time, really hurt Nostell, who should probably have finished higher. In the cup, the 1st team beat Horbury Bridge and Garforth on their way to a Quarter Final defeat to Hensall, which was a high scoring thriller! Hensall's 280-5 was only defended by five runs.
The Second Team finished 3rd in the league, behind run away winners Hensall and Askern Welfare. The inability to beat both sides who finished above them is the sole reason for finishing third, with great results against the rest of the league. The season came to an abrupt end, with only 4 games taking place after 20th July, due to free weeks, teams conceding and the weather. In the cup, the second team made it to T20 finals day after winning one and losing one in the group stage. They bowled superbly against Crigglestone in the semi-final but couldn't back that up with the bat and were knocked out.
To mark the conclusion of the 2018 season, the awards have been handed out. The winners are listed below:
Paul Dalby ran away with the batting award this year, averaging 43.75 from 10 innings, with a high score of 89.
Paul's best innings of the season was at Ackworth, where he scored 64 on a tricky pitch with Nostell chasing 117 for victory. Paul scored quickly in a partnership of 80 with Craig Bond, effectively winning the game.
Despite not been available for all Nostell games, Usman Bashir had a great year with the ball. He claimed 25 wickets at just 8.92 each from 73.5 overs throughout the season.
Uzzy was often the go-to bowler for Thickett, taking a 4 wicket haul on 4 occasions and taking 16 wickets in his final 4 appearances. He achieved his best of 5/39 against Hensall.
How does someone who can't catch win the fielder of the year!? Well, butter fingers Simmo took the first team award in 2018.
The stats show that Simmo took 5 catches in 2018, but 4 of these were when wicket keeping. He only took one outfield catch and it was probably the hardest of the lot, taking a steepler away at Newton Hill. Simmo's willingness in the field and pace to chase on the outfield won him the award.
There is nobody in the cricketing world that doesn't know Lincoln Steele doesn't care about awards; but that doesn't mean he doesn't deserve them!
Lincoln was Mr Consistent with the bat throughout 2018, averaging 22.86 and having his best season with Nostell since records began. His opening partnership with Craig Bond was actually made to look a little useful as the season progressed.
Dale Johnson was the leading run scorer for Nostell seconds during 2018, contributing 246 league runs at 20.50, with a high score of 60 away at Normanton.
Dale was the most consistent batter throughout the season and often held the innings together after the early loss of wickets. Despite his mishaps when running, Dale passed 20 on 6 occasions throughout the season.
Mitchell was the main man during 2018, taking more wickets than 2017 despite playing fewer second team games! In the league, Mitchell took 27 wickets at 11.07 each from 111 overs.
There would have been even more wickets for Mitchell but he was called into the first team during the second half of the season, but he still did enough to win the award.
Chris Slack won the fielding award for the second consecutive year, following another impressive year behind the stumps. At the half way stage of the season, Slack was leading the league's dismissals award, but fell short as games were called off.
The year was challenging for Slack, who often had to turn to second string bowlers or loan players to fill in overs and spent a lot of time chasing the ball down the leg side.
Slack's consistency and improvement with both the bat and the gloves made him a surprise winner of the second team players' player award.
The skipper held a vital role in the middle order, often batting with the top order and the tail! Slack had his best season for runs and dismissals during 2018, including a top score of 42 with the bat and 19 keeping dismisals.
The clubman of the year is often an unsung hero and the 2018 winner is no different. Lisa Thickett is often down at the club helping out.
Before the 2018 season began, Lisa was on hand to help paint and improve the interior of the clubhouse and is regularly down cleaning and tidying. She often helps on a matchday too, providing/ helping with the teas or scoring for the 1st Team. A thoroughly deserving award winner.
The performance of the year award is voted for by the Nostell committee and the 2018 winner was Matt Mitchell, for his T20 bowling spell for the 2nd team vs Ryhill.
Mitchell's figures read 4-4-0-4, and included a triple wicket maiden in his opening over. A truly staggering performance in a T20 game, that set Nostell up to cruise to victory.
The cricket club would not run without the help of volunteers and club members.
The club would like to reserve special thanks for Tony Hince and Adrian Longbottom (Umpires), Eric Jubb (Mowing the field), Dave Tarbatt (Car Boot supremo), Jamie Buttery (Groundsman) and all that helped with cricket teas throughout the season.
Josh Thickett wouldn't have expected to play for the first team during 2018; but that it something he ended up doing on 5 occasions! Josh was the man who filled in when the first team had a last minute drop out and Kris did not want to disrupt the second team.
Josh let nobody down with his enthusiastic fielding and was only required to bat in 2 of the 5 games, which included a 0*. When Josh was not in the middle, he was often the first team scorer.
The second team fielder of the year award was a two horse race between the winner and Jacob. This award was given as a recognition of how far Jacob has progressed with his fielding.
Jacob took two catches in 2018 plus returned the ball for a successful run out at Sykehouse. Jacob's general fielding is also very good and his bullet arm is now one to be feared as he continues to improve.
Jack played 10 second team games during 2018 and bowled a total of 36.3 overs. The most impressive performance came in a tough game away at Hensall, where Jack recorded figures of 4/28.
Jack bowled superbly in a 7 over spell, his longest and best bowling spell for Nostell.