Club DInner 2018 - A fitting finale and feast at Fulford

Report by Phil Gilbank

Club Dinner 2018A packed house celebrated a season of remarkable success as Woodhouse Grange CC held its annual dinner at Fulford Golf Club on Friday.

Over a hundred players and supporters reflected on the summer of 2018 which saw the first team lift two Premier League trophies, the seconds promoted into Division One as champions, the 3rd XI also promoted as runners up, and the young 4th XI having their best season for several years.

There were three big presentations on the night. The Alasdair Swann Scholarship Trophy, given in memory of the club's driving force for so many years, went to 16-year old quick bowler Tom Burdett, who will now receive a winter's specialist coaching. And it became a double family occasion when his father, Mike, received a special presentation for a remarkable 30-year career as the first team's wicket keeper-batsman.

The clubman of the year award was also a family affair, going jointly to Mike and Sheila Suddaby for their long and dedicated service, Mike as groundsman and Sheila in several other off the field roles.

The dinner was both entertaining and informative, with new captain, James Finch, and director of cricket, Steve Burdett, giving a question and answer session, with Finch relating the highlights of his career, the 2018 season and his thoughts on the current squad and the future. There was certainly plenty to celebrate, with the 1st XI winning its first major trophies since becoming a Premier League outfit in Yorkshire's reorganisation of the county's club cricket structure.

Woodhouse beat York at Scarborough to become the league's Hunters T20 Blast champions in July, then added the Rudgate Cup, the 40-over knockout trophy, on the last day of the season to end the summer on a high. In addition, their excellent form saw them push York all the way in the Yorkshire Premier League North, having to settle for runners up when the title decider game was washed out.

Tom Quinn's 2nd XI did even better in Ebor Division 2, going through the season unbeaten with 18 wins and four draws from 22 games to win the title by 33 points from a strong Bridlington outfit.

Marcus Smith's 3rd XI have often struggled in recent seasons, but they also had a great league season thanks to an allround team effort, winning 15 of their 22 games, more than any other side in the division, to finish runners up in Galtres Division 3 behind a powerful Stillington lineup.

And Steve Ainley's 4th XI, than gives so many youngsters a first taste of senior cricket, had their best year for some time to finish mid table in Ebor Division 4. There were also a host of top team and individual performances from the club's junior section.

The team presentations had already been made in the clubhouse at the end of the league season. Individual awards went to:

1st XI: Player's player: Andrew Bilton; Most improved: Tom Young.

2nd XI: Player's player: Rob Daniel; Most improved: Dan Durkin.

3rd XI: Player's player: John Gilbank; Most improved: Harry Cooper.

4th XI: Player's player: Ted Baty; Most improved: Joe Britain.

U15s: Batsman Dan Tingle; Bowler Josh Matthews; Fielder: Arlo Miller; Most improved: Freddie Bowers; Champagne moment: Harry Jackson.

Photo: First team captain James Finch with the league's T20 and Knockout cups, joint clubman of the year recipients Sheila and Mike Suddaby, Alasdair Swann scholarship choice Tom Burdett, and long service award winner Mike Burdett.