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Unforgettable, unique season for Workington PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Sunday, 06 November 2016

Workingon trophies.jpgWorkington cricket club celebrated a remarkable season when members gathered for the annual presentation night at the Valentine Ground.

Eight competitions were entered by the club’s three teams and they had six trophies to show for their efforts.

Pride of place went to the first team who completed a superb treble – winning the North Lancs Premier Division title, the Higson Cup and the County Cup.

The thirds chipped-in with two trophies, the Cumbria League and the Burton Cup and the seconds had the Sowerby Cup to add to the collection.

In a warm tribute, North Lancs League president and former long-serving secretary Colin Bickerstaff sent a message to the club saying: “I’ve seen the photograph, which must be unique, of all the trophies won by the Workington club in 2016 and I am positive it has never been done before and probably will never be repeated.

“Your club has always played cricket in the way it was meant to be played, and so  it was always a pleasure to umpire your games. Carry on the good work.”

The individual awards were as follows: 1st XI batting average - Matthew Gorley; 1st XI bowling - Matthew Lowden; 2nd XI batting - Callum Sutton; 2nd XI bowling - Ben Scott; 3rd XI batting - Jamie Lihou; 3rd XI bowling - Matthew Grainger. Workington cricket winners.jpg

Andrew Ireland, who has returned to the club after a spell with Durham, picked-up two trophies – one for Players’ player of the year and the other, the Shepley Rose Bowl for best Under-21’s player.

The Ike Southward Memorial Trophy, presented by his son Mark, was for the best performance by a junior in a senior team and went to Kieran Hull. He made the top-score of 36 in the Sowerby Cup final and it proved crucial in Workington 2nds success as it had been a low scoring game.

Kieran, a pupil at Sedbergh School, is being tipped for a successful career in the game and shouldn’t be long in following elder brother Lewis into the first team.

The Clubman of the year was shared by Keith and Caroline Miller for their work around the club. Ike Southward Trophy winner.jpgKeith is the apprentice groundsman to Ken Reed while Caroline does quite a few bar shifts and helps out with teas. 

Trophy for outstanding Innings of the year went to Callum Sutton for his 209 for the seconds at Millom while the outstanding bowling performance of the year was by Adam Chambers (6-11 v Cleator.

The top picture shows the six trophies on display which were won by the Workington club this season.

Middle picture has the individual trophy winners, left to right - Gary Ireland (representing son Andrew Ireland), Ben Scott, Matthew Lowden, Adam Chambers, Matthew Gorley, Callum Sutton and Kieran Hull.

Alongside Mark Southward (right) presents his father's Cup, the Ike Southard Memorial Trophy to highly promising youngster Kieran Hull. 

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