As we approach the final few weeks of the 2021 season (where has the time gone?) we’re in a fantastic position as a club with several trophies already secured, and more still to play for.
Pictured below the first eleven recently lifted the Tyneside Charity Bowl after a close contest against Morpeth. The standout performance on the day was undoubtedly Kyle Coetzer’s 113 not out from 68 balls. Max and Mohsin led the team brilliantly throughout the midweek competitions, demonstrating excellent leadership skills and match awareness to steer us to victories in some tight games along the way.
Our brilliant second team lifted the Banks Bowl last weekend in a dominant display. Will Archbold continued his prolific season with an all-round performance, supported by the equally impressive Joe Anderson. Congratulations to Andy, Matt and the team. Three more trophies still accessible to this squad, in what could be a tremendous year.
I must also pay tribute to some phenomenal individual accolades for the season. Rohaan Aatif has surpassed the 1000-run mark for the year which is testament to the hard work he puts in – you’ll find Rohaan either playing cricket for the Hill or practicing in the nets, should you wish to congratulate him.
In addition, Haydon Mustard has enjoyed a great season, recently impressing with two centuries for Northumberland following a spell away representing the North of England at the prestigious Bunbury Festival. Haydon has also performed well in the midweek cups for the 1XI, playing a big part in our progress in both competitions.
The consistent Peter Jones has produced another fine season with 61 wickets so far, tracked closely by Safiun Bhuiyan and Mohsin Mukthar, with 54 and 51 respectively.
There are plenty I have missed within this post, and they will be recognised in the post-season captain’s reviews.
Last, but by no means least, I am delighted to learn that Kyle has extended his stay at the Hill for a further 2 years. Kyle has also surpassed the 1000 run mark, in what has been another stellar season. Despite his obvious talents on the pitch, Kyle has supported Barry Pearson and his team in the development of our club in recent years. It’s easy to see that progress when we consider how many of our juniors are now fully established within our senior teams. We’re very lucky to have a player, coach and person like Kyle at the club, and I wish him every success both for the Hill, and in what could be an exciting winter of cricket with Scotland.