The Bradninch Cricket Club 2014 awards evening was a roaring success, and roaring in more ways than one!
Roaring in terms a great time had by all and roaring in terms of the fires that the evening’s meal, superbly put together by PIPERS FARM.
Forty-nine sat to enjoy the two-course meal on seven tables. After a delicious meal the speeches were launched by chairman Derrick Foan who issued an impassioned plea to players to ‘stick with the club’ to help mount another promotion bid after the past season’s bid to return immediately to the top-flight of the Francis Clark Devon League failed by a small margin.
The chairman was followed by 1st XI skipper Tim Piper, delivering his final speech before he sets off to play at pastures new in 2015, after which ‘Pipes’ saw to the presentation of the 1st XI awards with Dan Hardy lifting the batting honour, Ross Acton the bowling award and ‘Roscoe’ also returned to collect the BCC Players’ Player of the Year award.
Next to speak was 2nd XI captain Bryn Jones who gave a superb and eloquent rendition of his side’s woes in the past season! This brought great laughter and interaction with the audience!
Bryn then saw to the 2nd XI awards and he was presented with the batting honour whilst Phil Chappell, another who is now off to pastures new and we thank him for his long service, got the bowling award. Bryn Jones was then presented with the Ken Salter Trophy in recognition of him being the ‘2nd XI Player of the Year’.
President Roy Nott presented the playing trophies and then did similar to present ‘Lifetime Service to BCC’ awards to three individuals which were announced by chairman Derrick Foan. Mark Stanbury, Chris Dean and Simon Bailey all received these awards.
The chairman returned to oversee other awards. Bernadette Kent was honoured for her work as scorer with the 1st XI, Alan Dowrick received a bottle of scotch for his services in support of the 1st XI tea-time grounds work and also received a box of chocolates for his wife Julie who has looked after 1st XI teas in the past season, who sadly was taken poorly the day before the awards and so unable to attend.
The chairman concluded the playing awards by presenting the BCC fielding award – this was won by Joe Webb who was not present, but 1st XI skipper Tim Piper received the award for Joe and Will Birley was presented with the Young Player of the Year award and last, but most certainly not least, the Dick Fogden Award which is presented annually to a person, or persons, who Jane Fogden feels worthy of receiving the award, handed out for outstanding service to the BCC cause, This year the Dick Fogden Trophy was presented to Simon Bailey.