2023 Season Review

The First XI may have ended the season with a narrow defeat to Woodford CC, but that didn’t dampen spirits as they comfortably avoided relegation, finishing in 8th in a very tight Division One. Only 25 points separated The Squirrels from 3rd Place Stockport Trinity and there were lots of positive performances that can be taken into next season. Throughout the season 25 different players were used by the First XI and everyone that made an appearance made an impact. Ever present throughout the season were the spin twins Lloyd Sykes and Panneer Ganesh and this certainly benefited the side. The First XI also had a fantastic run in the cup this year as well, qualifying from the group stage to progress into the shield, where they narrowly lost in the semi-final by 1 wicket in a thriller against Bunbury.

The Second XI ended the season in defeat but also still had plenty to celebrate. Following on from promotion last season, and with several players making the step up to First XI, there were some concerns it may have been a tough season. However, the step up in the higher division proved to be no problem as they finished comfortably in 6th place on 210 points, with 9 wins, 9 defeats and 4 rained off. A fantastic achievement for the team. They also had a strong cup run, progressing to the 3rd round before they were defeated by a strong Macclesfield Side. Throughout the season, the Seconds were able to use 34 different players, which provided Captain Conniff with a welcome selection headache most weeks.

The Third XI celebrated an extremely successful season, remaining unbeaten throughout, in some very competitive games which provided players the chance to spend time in the middle and improve their form, or gave players who missed out on Saturday selection valuable game time. They had several close games, including their final game of the season in which they fought back after a strong start by Didsbury to win by just 3 runs. Throughout the season, the Third XI were able to field 28 different players, another positive for the club. 

See below for this season’s top performers (League and Cup Cricket 1st/2nd XI) :

First XI Batting:

  1. Panneer Ganesh – 536 Runs 
  2. Elan Murugan – 490 Runs
  3. Adam Dixon – 273 Runs

Second XI Batting:

  1. Amith Bharat – 323 Runs 
  2. Pranay Kumar – 320 Runs 
  3. Aswin Vijay – 286 Runs 

Third XI Batting:

  1. Aswin Vijay – 205 Runs 
  2. Ganeshkumar Elanchseran – 129 Runs 
  3. Naveen Pranesh Gururajan – 126 Runs 

First XI Bowling:

  1. Panneer Ganesh – 45 Wickets 
  2. Lloyd Sykes – 37 Wickets 
  3. Amal I K – 19 Wickets 

Second XI Bowling:

  1. Mohd Faisal – 39 Wickets 
  2. Sediq Jamal Meya Khan – 28 Wickets 
  3. Naveen Pranesh Gururajan – 27 Wickets 

Third XI Bowling:

  1. Siddharthan Chidambaram – 13 Wickets 
  2. Amal I K and Daniel Joyson – 8 Wickets 
  3. Parmesh Gajjar – 6 wickets (+1 vs Wilmslow)

Fielding – All sides:

  1. Vignesh Selvam – 19 Catches 
  2. Aswin Vijay and Naveen Pranesh Gururajan – 11 Catches 
  3. Elan Murugan and Toby Rowe – 10 Catches 

High Score – All sides:

  1. Amith Bharat – 95 2nd XI vs Middlewich CC 2nd XI 
  2. Elliot Rowe – 88* 2nd XI vs North East Cheshire CC 3rd XI 
  3. Amith Bharat – 88* 2nd XI vs Warrington 3rd XI 
  4. Ethan Harding – 73* 1st XI vs Stockport Trinity 1st XI 
  5. Ethan Harding – 71 1st XI vs Barnton 1stXI 

Best Bowling – All sides:

  1. Panneer Ganesh – 5/20 1st XI vs Bunbury 1st XI 
  2. Mohd Faisal – 5/21 2nd XI vs Knutsford 2nd XI 
  3. Panneer Ganesh – 5/22 1st XI vs Wirral CC 1st XI 
  4. Sediq Jamal Meya Khan – 5/27 2nd XI vs Macclesfield 3rd XI 
  5. Amal I K – 5/33 1st XI vs Bunbury CC 1stXI

Best Partnerships – All Sides:

  1. Elliot Rowe and Ciril Matthew – 125 2nd XI vs NE Cheshire 3rd XI
  2. Toby Rowe and Panneer Ganesh – 106 1st XI vs Barnton 1st XI 
  3. Amith Bharat and Oli Warner – 105 2nd XI vs Middlewich 2nd XI 
  4. Ganeshkumar Elanchseran and Madhan Ganapathy – 85 3rd XI vs Timperley 6th XI 
  5. Panneer Ganesh and Elliot Rowe – 83 1stXI vs Stockport Trinity 1st XI 

A massive thanks must also go out to all of our volunteers who have helped to make this season a success for all of us, and making sure we are able to play cricket each and every week.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Working Parties which take place on Saturday 23rd and Saturday 30th September with both starting at 10:00am. 

Another upcoming date to look forward to is Friday 24th November, where we will meet at Wilmslow Rugby Club for the Annual WCC Club Dinner. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage all of you to bring family and friends to celebrate the successes of this season. Ticket details to follow soon.