Draycott’s tennis, bowls & cricket champions

Well, Draycott-in-the-Moors may not be large, but it is certainly the home of champions, sporting-wise.
In the summer sports of tennis, cricketing and bowls, the district’s sides have done us proud this summer…

On top in tennis
It was almost a clean sweep in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire City & Suburban Tennis League  for the Draycott first teams (based at Draycott Sports Centre). Draycott claimed 3 of the 4 titles!

In doing so the men took the C&S Men’s 1st and 2nd Division Championships as well as the one already won in mid-August by the Draycott Ladies in their division.
It’s been another great year for the club. The only low point came in the final match of their season when victory would have assured the men of the Staffordshire Tennis League Premier Division championship too, but a close match saw them lose out on the title to the eventual champions, Wolverhampton.
However, on a high note, the club’s exciting young prospect Elliott Farmer, who is a first-team member despite being just 14 years of age, qualified for the prestigious ‘Road to Wimbledon’ finals for the second year in a row.

Bring on the bowls
Sue (‘Skippy’) Stepek couldn’t contain her excitement when she filed this recent report to us…
“Come Saturday 1st September – and you could sense that something special was in the air in Cresswell, at our home green on Blythe Park (better known as the theatre of dreams!).  Spectators arrived early to claim a greenside view for the match that would make or break our season; it was a sensational, tingling atmosphere.
And the day lived up to expectations: Checkley Bowls Club A Team achieved promotion to the First Division of the Uttoxeter & District Bowls League after a hard fought victory over one of their closest rivals, Sudbury.
And another something very special happened:  Eric Worsdale won his final game – which meant that he finished the season with a 100% record. He left the green to a terrific and much deserved round of applause!”

Checkley Bowls team

Some of the successful 2012 Checkley A Team – Eric Worsdale, Les Hawley, Alan Lewis, Peter Stepek and Graham Hill.

Well done to the lads & ladies – the club had a fantastic season, which was wonderfully rounded off this week when they also took the Crutchley Cup in an exciting final.

(It’s an historical oddity that the Cresswell-based bowls team are called Checkley, as they have always played in Cresswell.)

Cricket ladies a go go
It’s hats off to the ladies at Blythe Cricket Club (whose ground is in Cresswell). Early on, the women’s XI soon shot to the top of Div 2 (North West) of The Midlands League, and didn’t let go.  Congratulations to them – now crowned as this year’s division champions, with promotion assured.
Astonishingly the club member with the highest average score this year is a woman – Beth Blackshaw. This may be a first at Blythe. Beth finished the season with an astonishing average of 62 runs per game.

Asif Hussein

Asif Hussein, Blythe’s overseas player, scored nearly 700 runs across the summer. Like the rest of the team, he was sponsored by Cresswell’s Zest Restaurant

The men’s team did not disgrace themselves either, with steady if occasionally erratic performances seeing them finish mid-table in the NSSCL Division 1A.
Batsman Tom Lowe has put in a great shift this season, and could possibly yet score more than 1000 runs for the season; all he needs is 42 runs on Saturday (8th September), which is the last day of the season.

Sport … for you too?
So, honestly, some fantastic results all round this summer in Draycott…

And don’t forget: all these clubs, despite their successes, want new members all the time, so. If you feel competitive sport is for you, then they want to hear from you now!

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