Dyrham & Hinton make it a double double
Dyrham & Hinton CC have done the North Somerset Cricket League 'double' for the second succesive year
Following on from pavilion renovations in the winter of 2006/7, preparations for the winter of 2007/8 started during the 2007 season when the club started organising fund raising events to raise money to build an extension to the pavilion to house all the club's ground equipment at the club¹s ground in the scenic village of Doynton.
An auction, some quizzes, duck races and a drive to bring in some corporate sponsorship from local businesses led to the target being met and the two month project completed during the NatWest CricketForce weekend in April, just in time for the start of the season.
The club had set a high benchmark in 2007, the 1st XI completing the league and cup double and remaining unbeaten during the 2007 season, and the 2nd XI winning Division 4 and gaining promotion to division 3.
The club which also runs a social midweek and Sunday XI, had in 2007, thanks to Bill Mitchell, restarted the youth section of the club. The U13 and U15 sides have joined the Bristol & District Youth League, providing opportunity for cricket to the local, rural, community.
In 2008 the club's success continued. The investment has paid off on the field as the 1st XI retained their North Somerset Cricket League Division One title and the 20/20 KO Cup, again remaining unbeaten during the 2008 season.
The unbeaten run now streaches back to Auguest 2006 and totals 39 games in league and cup.
The highlights were:
- League record - DHCC scored 412 for 2 off 40 overs v Exiles (Bath), a league record, and the game was won by 321 runs, another league record.
- Batting - Martin Millard ended the season as the club's leading run scorer with 737 runs at an average of 53. This placed him 1st in the NSCL 1st Division runs list. He was assisted by Richard Elliott (356 at 30) and Kevin Sibley (473 at 47). The sensation of the season was new recruit Graeme Webb who's 356 runs came at an average of 71 and a strike rate of 160. Grame's efforts secured important bonus points for the D's on more than one occasion.
- Bowling - Skipper Andrew Lewis (off spin) ended the season as the club's leading wicket taker with 29 wickets at an average of 9 and an economy rate of 2.9. This placed him 1st in the NSCL 1st Division wickets list. He was assisted by Richard Elliott (18 at 15), Matt Garland (16 at 13), Rob Cullingford (13 at 17) and Kevin Sibley (13 at 16).
- The fielding effort was led by wicket keeper Dan Brown who finished the season with 13 dismissals (8 ct and 5 st), this placed him 1st in the NSCL 1st Division wicket keepers list.
- The 2nd XI, led by Neil Garland, achieved their target of consolidating their position in division 3.
In the 20/20 KO Cup, the 1st XI beat Bath CC on Bank holiday Monday, to secure the throphy for the third year on the trot.
The youth section continues to develop, and the club has committed to fund the training of four further coaches during the winter of 2008/9, along with funding one member of the 1st XI on a groundsman's course as individuals personal development is dovetailed with the needs of the club.
Dyrham & Hinton Cricket Club joined the North Somerset Cricket League in 1994 in Division 9 and were first promoted to Division 1 when they won Division 2 in 2004.
The club entered a 2nd XI into the league in 1999 and they played in Division 3 in 2008. The club won it’s first major silverware in 2006, beating Bath CC in the final of the NSCL 20/20 cup. The 1st XI won Division 1 in 2007 and 2008, and the 2nd XI won Division 4 in 2007.
The club successfully defended the 20/20 Knock Out Cup to complete the double in 2008 and remain unbeaten in all competitions in 2007 and 2008.