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After Saturday's final game of the season is was time for Isham CC to say farewell to Devon Singh-Parhar - our Overseas Player for the 2016 season.
Devon finished the season with 34 League wickets @ 27.47 with a best of 7-33 against Desborough Town. He also made many valid contributions with the bat, finishing with 356 runs @ 25.43 His top score was 94 not out against Burton Latimer.
Everyone at the club wishes Devon all the best for the future after an enjoyable summer representing Isham CC.
Isham says goodbye to Devon
2016 Season Comes to a close.
It will not be remembered as a vintage year for our senior sides but, in the end, 2016 turned out alright.
Following on from last year’s title push, the first-team began the season in decent fashion. Victory in four of the first six matches suggested cause for optimism in the months ahead. However, that proved to be about as good as it got with only three more wins coming in the remaining matches. That included a last-day success at Wellingborough Indians which finally secured Division One status for 2017 after a few months of looking nervously over our shoulders.
Tim Robinson was the leading run scorer on 417 with our New Zealand import Devon Singh-Parhar adding 356 runs to the 34 league wickets he took. Second on the wicket-taking list was Andy Law with 33 but there was not a great deal of back-up beyond that and the ability to bowl sides out will be something that needs working on for next year.
There were hopes of an appearance at the County Ground in the Twenty20. However, a loss to Thrapston in the last eight meant we missed out on a finals day place.
The seconds had a more comfortable passage through the season as they won five, lost seven and ended up in Division Six’s middle ground. Skipper Ben Reid once again led from the front in terms of run scoring and his 349 was some way ahead of Ian Kelland (259) and Jim Lyon (250). The undoubted highlight, however, was a maiden league century for 15-year-old Dominic Barritt. His unbeaten 101 against Mears Ashby will almost certainly be the first of many more tons to come in Isham colours.
Shaun Wills was the leading wicket taker claiming 35 victims while Peter Skerrett marked his debut season at the club with 20 wickets.
The Zingari, under the leadership of Kishor Parmar, won and lost in equal measure as they finished ninth in Division 13. They continued to give our youngsters every chance to play senior cricket with some notable performances being put in. Among those were Ethan Kerr’s 20 wickets at an average of 16.5 and maiden league fifties for Chris Giles and Ben Cox.
The Sunday side narrowly missed out on promotion from Division Four of the Rutland League and had a lot of fun along the way.
Devon Singh-Parhar, Olly Brown and Dominic Barritt all scored over 400 runs with Peter Short claiming the most wickets (21) ahead of Brandon Hawker (19) and Marcus Telford (17).
So while the year may not go down in the record books as one of our finest, there were still plenty of positives to be taken.
Hopefully the building blocks are there to make 2017 bigger and better.
Dom Barritt 101 not out