Captains comments: The league season started with so much promise after the success’ of 2015. The first two matches were both disappointingly lost in the final over of the match. The first match of the season away to Compton & Chandler’s Ford was lost by 3 runs and the following week we lost again in the final over to Overton by 1 wicket. This was followed by another narrow defeat to Littleton & West Hill before St. Mary’s put together a run of 4 victories which pushed St. Mary’s up towards the top of the table. Before a disappointing defeat to Odiham. From this point a single victory over struggling OTs & Romsey before St. Mary’s succumbed to a series of humiliating defeats to Twyford, Silchester & Herriard. At Twyford we shipped a record 388 runs for just 2 wickets followed by collapsing to 5 for 5. The following week defending a decent total against Herriard we only managed one wicket and then against Silchester we only managed to score 51 before losing by 10 wickets. In three matches the bowlers managed just 4 wickets in 89 overs a tough time for the bowlers and their figures.
Our poor form was not helped by some very poor fielding. Personally I dropped two catches and two difficult chances and only held only one catch, this is symptomatic of the fielding across the team which did not help the struggling bowlers. All season we only managed two 5 wicket hauls, firstly Amit Sapkal taking his first 5 wicket haul for St. Mary’s taking 5-21 and Keith Waldock taking a career best 7 for 14 in the final match against Oakley.
For the batting, with the exclusion of Tom Lee’s three 50’s things were not that much better. Amit (60), Russell Hawkins (53) and Veeru Pokola (63) were the only others to pass 50. Tom’s 85 being the highest score of the season.
Well there is always next season.