Kiwi Kelly breaks Downham Market club record

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Chairman Chris Dungay welcomed a large gathering to the 2015 Downham Town Cricket Club presentation evening.

In his opening remarks he said the club had experienced injuries to key players. Despite this both the senior teams had finished fifth in their respective divisions of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance.

But as a result of the required strengthening for those two teams, the third XI suffered, and only five games were played.

Hopefully the situation will improve in the newly formed Norfolk League (West) Division Four in 2016.

The Youth Section had flourished from a base of 15 members to well over 50, mainly due to the efforts of Niel Wynn and David Grady and their helpers.

Club captain, Duncan Lanchester, thanked the chairman, Don Rowell for his continued fund raising, the tea ladies and their helpers, scorer Jo Barnard, the assistant groundsmen and social secretary Ash Corbett.

He said the 2015 season had not been the success of previous years due to factors such as losing Alex Stuart for the whole season, and Addam Todd who missed the first half with a dislocated finger.

Stuart is due to go under the knife shortly and hopefully will return in 2016.

Overseas player Nick Kelly broke club records for his batting with a league aggregate of 1,126 runs, which included four tons and six half centuries, and an average of 86.62, slightly less than his fellow countryman Steve Murdoch who averaged 92.09 in 2009.

He also captured 35 wickets with his ‘slow left armers’ and held onto 10 catches, which helped the club to fifth in the Premier table, the lowest position for over a decade.

Kelly addressed the gathering and wished the club every success in the future.

The club had won the West Norfolk Indoor League and Mundford Cup, with the Bernard Matthews Midweek Cup final on Sunday against Hethersett and Tas Valley.

Wynn (under 12’s), Grady (U14), Corbett (2nd XI) and Lanchester, assisted by Robert King (1st XI) announced the season’s award winners.

These were (Batting, Bowling, Merit) – U12: Owen Stacey, Owen Dewing, Josh Brooks. U14: Fraser McManus, Jack Dewing, Dylan Morris. 2nd XI: Jason Porter, Robert Hooton, Ian Simmonds. 1st XI: Patrick Yates, Josh Stuart, Duncan Lanchester. Young Player of the Season: Fraser McManus. All the participating Youth Section players received medallions presented by Sally Gooderson.