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Lintz Cricket Club

Season Reviews 1992 to 1998

 

1992

Following a very successful season in 1992 with the 1stXI finishing runners-up to Shotley Bridge and the 2ndXI winning Division B, we look forward to another year with confidence and interest.

Much of the interest will, no doubt, focus on the proposed restructuring of the League in 1994, and we hope that the outcome will be satisfactory and beneficial to all present member clubs and to those who may wish to join.

A sad loss to us all was the death of Gordon Baker Snr., a highly respected Umpire for many years standing and also a long standing member of the Club.

Our Congratulations go to Don Robson and Bob Jackson, recently appointed President and Vice President of the League. Their efforts over many years have ensured a strong and respected League.

We are sure that Geoff White and Bill Graham, Chairman and Vice Chairman, will continue to uphold the strong traditions of the League.

Cricket Clubs are built on voluntary effort and it is with regret that the Treasurer, Mr Frank Smith, has decided to retire after 32 years. His loyal and magnificent efforts have been truly appreciated by all at Lintz CC and his decision to continue on the Management Committee has been well received. Well done and many thanks Frank.

 

1993

1993 was a disappointing season for the Club following the successes of the previous season, despite some outstanding individual performances, and we look forward to the coming season with determination and confidence.

A big loss to the Club is the decision by David Nevin to join the professional ranks with Leadgate, as he has given great service to the Club and is a determined and enthusiastic player of great ability.

Following the decision of the previous League Officials and Appeals Committee not to seek re-election, after the decision of the majority of member Clubs not to support the restructuring of the League and the protection of the North West Durham League Clubs, we wish their successors well and hope they will maintain the standards that have been the hallmark of this League for many many years.

Congratulations to Shotley Bridge, Sacriston and Bill Quay on their Championship successes in 1993 and all at Lintz CC are looking forward to meeting old and new friends during a dine and sunny summer of 1994.

 

1994

The league and Cup successes  of the 2ndXI were a great boost for the club and players.

It is not stretching the imagination too far to liken the championship success to a brilliant win by a thoroughbred of the turf in a Classic race. Lintz 2nd XI tucked in comfortably behind the leaders until mid-June before hitting the front and sprinting for the winning post to outstrip the field by a huge 24 point gap. One cannot ignore the contribution of Bob Cook as ‘jockey’, for his personal performances exactly mirrored the pace set by the team. It was mid-June when he began scoring runs with such powerful consistency that he averaged 64 from 27th August; he took 50 wickets in 12 matches from mid June until 27th August; that was the date when the championship was assured – and he promptly got off “the horse”! it was a fitting climax to a career with both Lintz and Durham County. Robert Cook is a player of respect and renown, a fast bowler who has troubled the best and a man of integrity and modesty. Happily he will continue as Club Secretary and his service to the Club and the game is greatly appreciated by all of us.

The First XI gained some excellent victories but lacked the consistency shown by the Second XI. They are determined to being their undoubted ability to reap greater rewards in 1995. Gordon baker was the leading run scorer with over 700 league runs and there were some valuable contributions from the Clennell brothers and the not out specialist McConnell topping the batting with an average of 35. Our thanks go to Vaux Breweries for the continued sponsorship of the League and our congratulations go to Don Robson and Bob Jackson upon their recent appointments as Patron and president, respectively, of the League.

 

1995

To follow

 

1996

Last season was a heartening one in so much as the Juniors of Lintz were the most impressive performers. The Under 15 squad was the most successful winning the Cameron Shield in most convincing fashion and going on to represent the Tyneside Senior league against Darlington where, unfortunately, the side had an uncharacteristic evening and lost.

The Under 18’s were the ‘nearly team’, they were joint winners in Group ‘A’ and lost the play-off against Burnopfield, they lost the semi-final of the League Cup, the semi-final of the Willis Elliott Cup and in the final of the Friarside Cup. At Under 13 level, the squad was very young indeed and will be wiser and better for the experience of a tough season.

Apart from performing well at their own level, Junior players excelled in the senior teams and none more than Gary Christie who finished eighth in the Division ‘A’ bowling averages in his first full season at senior level. Anthony Ward also made a first team place his own after some fine knocks in the seconds.

The 1stXI were unfortunately void of consistent batsmen with only Stuart Clennell featuring in the League averages. Added to that the side missed the budding talents of the Innes brothers, owing to football calls at each end of the season. Lee has 452 runs at an average of 34 and Gary had 310 at 25. It was mainly the bowling of Graeme Clennell, Michael Edmunds and Gary Christie which turned some difficult looking matches into exceptional wins resulting in fifth place in the League table.

A young squad made up the 2nd XI and a respectable fifth place was a credit to all involved. Their time will come in the next few years.

 

1997

After becoming the ‘nearly men’ in 1996, Lintz Under 18’s progressed dramatically in 1997 to win the league, League Cup, Friarside Cup and the Willis Elliott Trophy. The youngsters deserve great credit for an outstanding season during which they maintained a 100 per cent record. Gary Christie continued his good form and, along with brother Michael and Anthony Ward, represented the league at Under 25 and Under 18 level respectively.

The Under 15’s finished runners up in the Cameron Shield and represented the league in the Sun Life of Canada Cup before losing to Durham City in the regional final. The Under 13’s were vastly improved upon the previous season and finished fifth in the League. Altogether it was a very encouraging performance from our grass roots cricketers.

In contrast the senior teams found consistency difficult in a season plagued by poor weather and indifferent form. The 1st XI did produce many fine performances and, on their day, were a match for any team in the league. Lack of consistency could not be levelled at Stuart Clennell,. He finished eleventh in the league batting averages and scores 5 consecutive League fifties between 31st May and 12th July, the last being an undefeated century. Graeme Clennell enjoyed another  successful season with both bat and ball and is among the top four amateur all rounders in the league. Anthony Ward and Gary Christie built successfully upon their Junior form with superb contributions for the 1st XI.

The 2nd XI had a very tough year and really only found success toward the end of the season when senior players availability improved. The youngsters of the team will be much wiser for the experience.

 

1998

One of the most difficult things about setting high standards of performance over such a long period of time is maintaining them.

This has been such a disappointing season for Lintz in that our 1st XI failed in so many cases to compete with opposing sides in both league and cup competitions. We are then faced with two options in evaluating our season. We can either dwell on the negatives, ie our most disappointing league position for well over a decade and a humiliating batting collapse against Consett; or we can write the season off as an exception to the rule and build on the positive experiences. The simple truth for any cricket club is that survival and progression are dependant upon a positive and forward thinking management team who can analyse all aspects of performance and use this information to raise future achievement at all levels. It is with this philosophy in mind that we must pay credit to individual and team achievements that took place in the 1998 season. The highlight of the season was the 2nd XI League Cup victory in July against Swalwell, which was inspired by a match winning individual performance by Neville Harrison. Second team performances were enhanced throughout the season by some excellent individual contributions from David Nevin with both bat and ball, The first team continue to be grateful to all rounder Graeme Clennell who continues to be a match for the finest players in this League in all aspects of performance and he was duly voted 1sty teams ‘Players’ Player’ for 1998.

As far as the Juniors were concerned, this years Lintz youngsters could never match the ‘four title’ winning side of 1997, but to their credit, all our Junior sides continue to compete with the most competent sides in the League and show progress in all aspects of the game. The development of these young people in a great priority of the club and will continue to be an integral part of its aims. Where we perhaps have to look at our provision in the future is in assisting older juniors in their progression to 1st XI cricket. Some of our players have found this transition difficult without midweek Junior cricket and the confidence that runs and wickets can bring at the level.

When we consider the number of people who remain so loyal to his Club in all aspects of its day to day operations we would be negligent to be anything other than optimistic for 1999.

 

 

1999

Last season was a remarkable turnabout after such a disappointing season as that of 1998. A renewed confidence that flowed through the first team spread to the rest of the players in the club.

Major factors in the turnabout were the return to the club of David Nevin and Lee Innes; Gordon Baker back again as Captain; and that the players who comprised the 1st XI for the majority of league matches were all nurtured through the Junior ranks at Lintz - a fact of which we are all very proud. The 1stXI pushed for league honours until the closing stages of the campaign and finished a creditable third. They were rewarded for their efforts with an AM Brown Cup Final victory over a strong Leadgate side.

Special mention should be given to Gordon baker who, even before the season had started, used his unique brand of enthusiasm and optimism to rekindle the spirit of the team after the previous demoralising season. Gordon led from the front and his 888 league runs included 2 scores of 150 within a fortnight against Greenside.

The 2ndXI was a nice blend of youth and experience. They had a steady season under the captaincy of Chris Jones and finished fifth. James Murray had a fine season, finishing top-third of the averages with 476 league runs, and Neville Harrison contributed 558. The 2ndXI fielded some Under-15 players who made their places on merit as the season developed, and Duncan Batty, a regular for a few seasons, progressed to the 1stXI.

The Juniors gave a good account of themselves. The Under-18's finished runners-up, defeated finalists in the Willis Elliott Cup and semi-finalists in the Friarside Cup. They were ably led by Michael Christie who is making a name for himself at league and county level as a fine wicket-keeper. The side included many Under-15 and Under-13 boys which bodes well for our Junior cricket for the next few years. The Under-15's, owing to lack of consistency, finished in fourth place. The Under-13's suffered from bad weather, having five matches called off, and finished mid-table. Among notable performances for the Juniors were five stumpings in a match by Michael Christie, a century by Paul Lumley, and 'hat-tricks' by Richard Moody and Paul Forster.

Everyone at Lintz is looking forward to being part of the new structure that can only be a step in the right direction for our local cricket.

 

 

 

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