Romsey Town played in the CCA Junior 3 league this year. The fixtures and averages are both available and a full report will be posted here soon.
After an almost perfect season of last year in which we won the Junior 4B league, it was almost inevitable that this season would be a bit of let-down by comparison. Certainly victories didn't come as easily or regularly in Junior 3, but by the same token we won as many league games (6) as we lost. The natural result of this symmetry was that we ended up smack-bang in the middle of the league table - indeed, we were so perfectly mediocre that we'd have needed 2 more wins to have gone up to fourth or two more losses to have dropped as far as sixth.
The high-point of the season was the 137 run defeat of Weston Colville, our fellow promotees from Junior 4, and the only team to beat us last year. We batted first and scored 277/1 as both Nick Clarke (113, the second highest innings for Romsey) and Rod Dennis (100*) made centuries and then Russell Woolf took 7/41 (the second best bowling figues in club history). Despite these two fantastic innings, neither Nick nor Rod even went close to topping the batting averages, however, as Andy Owen had one of his best ever seasons: 380 runs at 95.00, and another well-deserved batting award. Given that Andy also nabbed 14 wickets at 23.64 and took 11 catches, it was no surpise that he also won the players' player of the year award and the newly instigated scorer's award (based on Nicky Mellish's post-match assessments). It wasn't quite a clean-sweep for Andy, though, as was (gasp!) third in the bowling averages behind Daniel Mortlock (21 wickets at 17.71) and Russell Woolf (13 wickets at 13.77), who thus got his fourth bowling award.