End-of-Season Awards | 2012

Alongside our traditional Players’ Player and Skipper’s Player awards, this year we’ve added a few extra shots at recognition.

RINGER OF THE YEAR

The contenders:

Ash Harriss (multiple)
Sam Ford (multiple)
Adam Roberts (vs Eastry)
Graeme Moir (vs West Wickham (H))
Dave Gambie (vs West Wickham (A))
John Goss (vs Herne and Almondsbury)
Rich Harriss (vs Kidbrooke)
Lewis Barham (vs HSBC)
Rich Simpson (vs Almondsbury)

Although not quite a runaway winner, ASH HARRISS comfortably claims this award for his sterling efforts with bat and ball, including being part of the first ever Ramblas win.

MOMENT OF THE SEASON

The contenders:

Stitch’s tantrum after dropping a catch vs Old Whitgiftians
Jonny’s catch to seal the win vs Kidbrooke
Felipe asking the umpire for middle stump… then getting bowled on middle stump the next ball vs St Mary Cray
Surrounding the bat to have a five-man slip cordon for Chris’s penultimate over vs Old Whitgiftians
Brad getting barked at by the dog vs St Mary Cray

This was a close-run thing, but STITCH’S TANTRUM proved the winner. The match was more or less over, but a late flurry of wickets could have been added to had Stitch held on to a fairly straight-forward catch. Alas, the chance slipped through his fingers leading him to slap the floor and let out a yelp of anguish. Funny.

CATCH OF THE SEASON

Bense down the leg-side at wicket-keeper vs St Mary Cray
Coops low in front of him at silly point vs Chevening Amblers
Geoff two-handed above his head at mid-on vs St Mary Cray
Jonny one-handed above his head at mid-off vs Old Whitgiftians
Jonny at Cow Corner after Sam had clawed it back to him from the rope vs Norwood

Another tight call, this one goes to JONNY AND SAM AT COW CORNER. Having suffered a pummelling at the hands of the Norwood batters, any chances would have to be taken, and this one was a belter. Sam Ford was stationed on the Cow Corner boundary as another swipe seemed destined for six. However, a shift to his right saw him gather the ball, but also start to lose balance and tumble over the boundary. In a moment of ingenuity, he chucked it to the nearby skipper who snaffled it before Sam fell. Bravo!

GAME OF THE SEASON

vs Kidbrooke (won)
vs Wickham Park (lost on penultimate ball)
vs Chevening (draw)
vs Norwood (fell 12 short of our 231 target)

The result of this vote underlines the mindset of the team. It would have been easy to go for the first (and, to date, only) Ramblas win, but it was the sheer drama of the DRAW WITH CHEVENING that overwhelmingly takes the plaudits. A strong showing with the bat coupled with some quick wickets at the start of the Chevening innings looked like it was a foregone conclusion; but the visitors fought back strongly to need just three from the final over to win. However, an immense team effort restricted them to a draw… although question marks still remain about that last ‘wide’.

INNINGS OF THE SEASON

Laurie Stocks 35 vs Norwood
Sam Ford 51 vs Chevening Amblers
Mark Loughlin 51* vs Wickham Park (away)
Jonny Stocks 84 vs Kent Elite
Ash Harriss 77 vs Priory

It really was a skipper’s innings that clinches this award, as JONNY’S 84 vs KENT ELITE comes out on top. A Ramblas best, the captain hung around admirably in what fast became a grudge match against Kent Elite as his team-mates floundered around him.

PARTNERSHIP OF THE SEASON

Laurie and Jonny Stocks vs Norwood
Rich Harriss and Mark Loughlin vs Kidbrooke
Mark Loughlin and Chris Thomas vs Norwood
Steve Fitch and Geoff Parrett vs Old Whitgiftians
Ian Dacre and Steve Fitch vs Almondsbury

It was a case of brothers in arms for this award, as the century-partnership between LAURIE AND JONNY AGAINST NORWOOD gets the nod. it provided the perfect base for some fantastic middle-order hitting that saw the Ramblas fall an agonising 12 runs short of victory against vastly superior opposition.

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