Hook and Newnham Basics Cricket Club - Formed 1937
Hook and Newnham Basics CC Review 2002
The season started on a sour note. Failure to register our overseas player,
Lloyd Moore, due to a misinterpretation of the registration rules cost the club
all its points gained in the first two games. The good news was that this amounted
to a heady 9 points!
Thereafter, things didn't get much better and by mid-June the club was still
next to bottom with a won 1, lost 6 tally. But there is an ancient local saying
that goes something like "'ook don't show its class till the solstice doth pass".
And so it proved. By winning 6 of its last 8 games, a creditable 10th place
was achieved. Reliable performers in the persons of Keith Lovelock and Dave
Hamer with bat, and Darren Bartlett and "Swanee" Rivers with ball held the team
together. Not to mention Colin Hall who scored a maiden club 100.
The introduction of some younger players in mid-season had a very positive impact
on the team, particularly in the fielding department. Praise is due to our groundsman,
Kevin O'Kelly, for his unstinting dedication to the square and outfield, resulting
in truly enviable playing conditions at Hook, augmented by this year's investment
in new covers and a second set of double sight screens.
The club lost its grip on both the Guy Jewell and Aylward Cups, coming runner-up
in both finals to Hartley Wintney and Finchampstead respectively.