Somerset Disabled Cricket Club had a fantastic 2016 season.
They went undefeated for the months of May, June and July; finishing top of the South West Division of the Super 9’s County Cricket League. The league comprised of home and away fixtures against Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire and, apart from poor weather preventing the home leg of the Dorset fixture taking place, the team won every game. Having finished third in their group in the 2015 season, it was a fantastic achievement to come back so strong this year.
Much of this success can be attributed to the fantastic team spirit that was present from the very first winter training session at the start of the year and remained a constant presence in their games. There were also a number of significant contributions from individuals. Of note, skipper Kieran Cosens amassed three half centuries and youngster James Mayled scored two half centuries in his first season as an opening batsman. James Redwood and Russ Young also contributed consistently with valuable runs for the side. Young also displayed fantastic ability behind the stumps and took 11 wickets in just five appearances as wicket keeper. With the ball Nick Dean led the charge with a splendid return of eight wickets at an average of just eight. Whilst Samuel Guy was just behind him with seven wickets at an average of nine.
Following this successful campaign, the team earned themselves a place in the National semi-finals, which this year took place at Kidderminster CC in early August. Their opponents on the day were London and South East Division winners, Essex.
The day was a fantastic occasion with both semi-finals taking place side-by-side; a real showcase of the high quality cricket taking place in the Super 9’s League. Both the Somerset and Essex teams came into the day in confident mood on the back of very successful showings in their respective regional competitions.
Put into bat, the Somerset team set about getting a good score on the board as Mayled and Cosens both retired with 50* to their names. At the end of their 30 overs the side had amassed a strong score of 183 for three. The Essex batters came out strongly and the opening pair each raced to 50 before the Somerset team had really got to grips with their innings in the field. Despite their best efforts to turn the tide towards the back end of the Essex innings, the damage had already been done and Essex reached the winning post with three overs to spare.
Despite the disappointment of not having a place in the national final this season, all of the players and coaches now look back on the season as an extremely successful campaign. The most promising aspect of the summer was that the younger players and those that have only joined the club in recent years made significant contributions throughout.
Off the field the newly formed Somerset Disabled CC Committee has taken very positive steps to ensure the day-to-day governance of the Club is as good as it can be whilst also ensuring that disabled cricket will continue to flourish in Somerset in years to come.
Super 9′s County Cricket League 2016 Table – South West Division