One campaign too many at the end of a busy year? Poor squad selection? Injury to star batsman Hugh Pemberton? Or simply a failure to adapt to the indoor game? All theories as to why CtC’s indoor season provided a somewhat disappointing end to what has otherwise been a very positive year for the club.
Fresh off the back of a hugely enjoyable LMS season and with the anticipation of tour in late October, enthusiasm was high in the CtC ranks. This was further boosted by Eric ‘the beef thief from Neath’ and Rhys/Rees B(h)rennan from And That’s Stumps, plus the signing of long term target Guy Skinner on a winter contract from the Philanderers/ Dulwich.
After a tricky opening loss to eventual finalists Australia, in which we struggled with the laws somewhat, we embarked on a five match winning charge taking us to the top of the league in mid November. Individual highlights would include but not be limited to Cassels with the bat, Eric with the ball and some good all round performances from Hammo.
Sadly however the wheels fell off… dogged by poor availability in late November as ‘silly season’ began to rear its ugly head, we slumped to heavy defeats against Coral, Australia and Frogpoles slipping from first to 5th and missing out on the playoffs. Overall an enjoyable autumn, even if mostly due to the excellent fare served at Needos, rather than on field performances.
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