North Maidenhead CC have been commended for the ‘spectacular’ turnaround they have achieved in this year’s Thames Valley Cricket League (TVCL) fair play table.
The club’s 2nd XI finished bottom (165th) last year while their 3rd XI was ranked 156th, however the 2nds have overcome their disciplinary issues to finish third in this season’s table – a rise of 162 places.
The team earned an average points score of 9.00 out of 10 per match, missing out on top spot and a £1,000 prize by just 0.06 points.
North Maids’ 1st XI also improved to 84th with a respectable score of 7.72.
The club did not run a 3rd XI.
Club secretary Asjid Asghar said the club was ‘proud of the remarkable achievement’, adding: “We appointed Simon Foster as director of cricket who oversaw an initiative to instill a new culture in line with the vision we have for the club.
“Under our chairman Peter Prior, we have done an tremendous amount of work behind the scenes in getting North Maidenhead firmly back on the map.
“We have secured the long term future of the club through formation of the Summerleaze Community Interest Company, improved facilities (disabled access, extension, new showers, access, parking, new nets, electronic scoreboard and general landscaping), been promoted to Division 1 under club stalwart Majid Khan and renewed our ECB Club Mark Accreditation.”
He added: “We now have the committee and governance in place to take this club forward both on and off the pitch.”
TVCL chairman Raj Patel wrote to North Maids with his congratulations for their rise up the
“Last year your 2nd XI came bottom,” he wrote.
“You have in the space of one season overseen a spectacular turnaround for this team and a rise of 162 places.
“I would like to commend not only your committee, but also your players who have worked hard to improve the image of your club.
“Personally I am delighted.”
Tring Park 4ths and Bagshot 3rds both finished with a points score of 9.06 and will share the £1,000 top prize.
The team with the best record in each division wins £100.
Among other local clubs, Wooburn Narkovians 1sts, Cookham Dean 3rds and Marlow 2nds were joint 11th with 8.56 points. Wooburn 2nds were also highly placed in joint 16th.
Elsewhere, White Waltham 1sts and Taplow 1sts were joint 23rd with 8.39, Boyne Hill 1sts joint 65th with 7.89, Windsor 1sts 87th with 7.67 and Wargrave 1sts 90th with 7.63.
Marlow 1sts came joint 92nd with a score of 7.61, Cookham Dean 1sts joint 124th with 7.22 and Maidenhead & Bray 1sts 144th with 6.89.
Cookham Dean 4ths were bottom (168th) with an average of 4.67, a score which was adversely affected by being penalised points for forfeiting matches.
The full list can be viewed on the TVCL website.