Burgess Hill Cricket Club held their end of season dinner and awards night last Saturday at Mid-Sussex Golf Club to celebrate another season of success and progression.
There was plenty to celebrate with First XI captain Tom Trowbridge cleaning up, taking the League and Club batting awards as well as First XI player of the year.
New signing Dan Strange marked a successful first season with the Club grabbing Club bowler of the year for best average whilst Hugh Warmisham won the League bowler award for most wickets.
Clubman of the year was well deserved for Club umpire John Billinghay and Matt Charman was the outstanding fielder of the year.
The Second XI had their most successful season since joining the Sussex County League finishing second in Division 3 with a record points total and Ben Hopkins was the stand out all-rounder of the team deservedly scooping the team’s player of the year award.
Similarly the Third XI also had their best ever finish in the Mid-Sussex League and Grady Pummell and Bobby Barnes shared player of the season recognition.
Joe Hartley scooped Fourth XI player of the year and there were youth team awards for Ryan Jackson and Mason Foley with Ben John winning the overall Youth player of the year award.
The Club has taken great strides on and off the field in the last five years not just at senior level but also at youth level where membership has increased to over 140 young boys and girls to the extent that the Club will enter two girls’ sides next year and a total of ten youth teams. Long standing Youth Development Manager Richard Humphreys, who has overseen this growth personally, stepped down at the end of the year and his achievement was recognised on the night by all in attendance.
Next season the Club plans to begin its Coaching Pathway Initiative which will help take the number of Level 2 qualified coaches within the Club to 11 allowing every youth team to be managed by a qualified coach.
To do this requires an investment of over £1,600 and to raise this money the Club has embarked into a government matched-funding campaign - Grow Your Tenner. More details can be found at www.burgesshillcc.co.uk if you would like to donate.
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