Martin Saxon reports.
The Cheshire Women’s Cricket League was delighted to welcome Lauren Winfield as the special guest at its annual end-of-season presentation dinner, held this year at Hazel Grove Golf Club.
Before presenting the prizes, she told the audience how a ‘journey’ towards the 2017 World Cup win began after the England team’s disappointing exit from the World T20 in 2016. From that point, everything was geared towards the following year’s World Cup, and the England opening bat spoke at length about how the team put themselves in a position to challenge for honours once again, but also explained how they bounced back from setbacks such as losing an ODI in the West Indies via a horrendous collapse, and even losing the opening match of the 2017 World Cup campaign.
For the fifth time in the nine years since the League adopted the current awards format, Appleton’s Emma Barlow won the Division One batting award. She also shared the Division’s fielding award with Didsbury’s Hannah Jones, who also won the T20 bowling prize.
Barlow and Jones weren’t the only ones to receive more than one award either. Not only did Alison Smith captain Wistaston Village to the Division Two title this year, but she also had an outstanding personal season, finishing top of the batting and bowling rankings in Division Two, and coming second in the fielding category.
Kate Coppack scooped a bowling award in the league and a batting award for T20, as well as being chosen as the Coach’s Player of the Year for the Cheshire senior county team.
Another recipient of two awards was Chester Boughton Hall wicketkeeper Nic Capes.
Dawn Prestidge was second or third in as many as four of the CWCL performance award categories, but did not manage to bag a first place. However, Cheshire captain Prestidge did pick up the award for the county side’s Players’ Player of the Year, in a year when Cheshire hopefully started a revival in their fortunes by winning Division 3B of the county T20 tournament.
Players from nine different clubs received individual performance awards, but there were none for league champions Oakmere, whose successes this year really have been a team effort, with many different players contributing. For the first time in recent years, the Division One lead changed hands on a dramatic final day, and after Chester Boughton Hall’s four-run defeat by Didsbury, Oakmere were able to clinch the Championship by completing a seven-wicket win over Appleton.
There was one prestigious award for a member of the Oakmere club however when John Bone won the President’s Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Cricket in Cheshire. John has umpired many League matches over a long period, and has served on the League Committee as Umpires & Scorers Representative, as well as acting as a selector for the county side.
Many thanks also go once again to Di Totty and Alan Thomas for organising yet another superb event, and at the end of the formal part of the evening Di and Alan were presented with gifts to acknowledge their contribution to League Dinners over the years. This year’s event marked ten years since the first presentation dinner, held at The Tytherington Club in 2007. The CWCL likes to think of itself as a trailblazer in women’s club cricket, and believes it may be the only women’s club league that hosts a formal presentation dinner, not to mention the only one that runs three T20 competitions alongside the main league, and the only one that has a league representative eleven.
INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE AWARDS
|BATTING – MOST RUNS||BOWLING – MOST WICKETS||FIELDING – MOST CATCHES & RUN OUTS||WICKETKEEPING – MOST CATCHES & STUMPINGS|
|DIVISION 1||Emma Barlow (Appleton)||Sammi Short & Kate Coppack (both Chester BH)||Emma Barlow (Appleton) & Hannah Jones (Didsbury)||Nic Capes (Chester BH) & Gaby McKeever (Stockport Trinity)|
|DIVISION 2||Alison Smith (Wistaston Village)||Alison Smith (Wistaston Village)||Megan Cureton (Oxton)||Katie Bennett (Wistaston Village)|
|DIVISION 3||Rachel Warrenger (Hawarden Park)||Alex Wilson (Woodley)||Nicole Baker-Tunney (Stockport Georgians)||Maz Linford (Didsbury 2nd XI)|
|T20 COMPETITIONS||Kate Coppack & Ali Cutler (both Chester BH)||Hannah Jones (Didsbury)||Emma Royle (Stockport Trinity)||Nic Capes (Chester BH)|
|League Championship||Oakmere||Chester Boughton Hall|
|League Division 2||Wistaston Vilage||Leigh|
|League Division 3||Stockport Georgians||Didsbury 2nd XI|
|T20 Divisional Competition||Chester Boughton Hall Deemons||Stockport Trinity Fire|
|Knockout Cup||Chester Boughton Hall Deemons||Didsbury Swordettes|
|Development Knockout Cup||Didsbury 2nd XI||Stockport Georgians|
Cheshire WCCC Coach’s Player of the Year: Kate Coppack
Cheshire WCCC Players’ Player of the Year: Dawn Prestidge
President’s Award (Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Cricket in Cheshire): John Bone
Tea Cup (Club with best matchday catering): Leigh