2017 Cricket Season - Nocton finish third in Division 2This was an unusually long season with all teams in Division 2 playing 18 matches and playing right through to the end of September – when the weather doesn’t always lend itself to cricket!
Promoted from Division 3 last season, Nocton won 10 of their games and finished third with 256 points behind Billingborough (285) and champions Scothern (290). We beat both these teams handsomely on the way to third place.
Once again the team owed a huge amount to three players in particular. Captain Dylan Garfoot was the lead scorer in all divisions making 908 runs during the season with 2 centuries, 6 half centuries, a top score of 147 and an average of 65. Vice-captain Mikey Atkinson came 4th in all divisions with 610 runs including 7 half centuries, a top score of 96 and an average of 61. Leg spin bowler Sam Bunn was the number 2 wicket taker in all divisions with 34 wickets at an average of 14.5. He never quite managed a 5 wicket haul but in several games he broke the back of the opposition with 4 wickets. Dylan and Mikey also chipped in with the wickets, Dylan taking 19 and Mikey 17. Dylan’s best was 7 wickets for 3 runs to destroy North Scarle; Mikey’s best was 6 for 32 in a crushing 9 wicket win over eventual champions Scothern.
|Dylan Garfoot, only batsman in the league to make 900 runs|
|… and take 19 wickets|
Sam Bunn, leading wicket taker in 2017
|Mikey Atkinson in action with bat …|
|… and with ball|
The lads got on well off the pitch too. The night before the Aisthorpe match some of the players had a very enjoyable night out in Birmingham! Nevertheless they were at the ground first thing on Sunday, preparing the square and making sure everything was ready. Dylan may have been feeling a bit weary but he still hit his top score of the season, 147. To save energy running up and down the track he decided to hit boundaries which involve no running at all! He hit 18 fours and 9 sixes so he only had to run 21 times during his innings. He followed it up by taking 4 wickets for 8 runs in 12 deliveries to help Nocton to a huge 146 run victory.
We still played half our games with only 9 or 10 players so if anyone fancies trying out their cricketing skills next season there may well be the chance to do so.
Report and photographs courtesy of Jonathan Sides