21st October 2021

Luke Sellers, Our Director of Cricket Reports...

The future looks bright for Cheltenham CC after their young guns dominated the club’s end of season awards.

Six teenagers took home silverware on a night when the challenges faced by our men’s teams in 2021 were put to one side to celebrate individual achievements.
New recruits Max Trotman and Max Shepherd both received 1st XI awards as did their Gloucestershire Academy teammate Stan Brown. Spinner Shepherd, who joined from Bourton Vale at the start of the year was named Player of the Year and Bowler of the Year for a stand out first season that saw him take 24 wickets at an average of 22.46 and chip in with a number of useful innings. Top runscorer Trotman was Batsman of the Year and Brown picked up the Performance of the Year award for his devastating spell of 5-12 and unflappable 28 not out v Downend. Brown was also named Under 18 Player of the Year.

It was a similar story in the 2nd XI where two more players marked their first season at the Vic with silverware. Another teenager – paceman Ziarmal Niazi was named Player of the Year and Bowler of the Year for a stellar year where he took 21 wickets at just 15.67. The batting award went to the man who scored more league runs than anyone else in the whole club in 2021 – Mohammed Ul-Rahman. The aggressive right-hander scored 338 2nd XI runs at a strike rate of over 100 and also made his debut for the 1st team. The Performance of the Year was awarded to allrounder Aled Howell for his superb 63 and 4-15 v Westbury-on-Severn.

Third team skipper Prakash Sathya led from the front in 2021 and was recognised by his teammates as Player of the Year after finishing as both the leading runscorer and top wicket taker. He also scooped the Batsman of the Year award for a consistent season where he made 266 runs at 24. The Performance award went to another youngster, Amanveer Singh Jagdey who scored the club’s only senior hundred of the year, a masterful 101 v Corse and Staunton 2nd XI. The Bowler of the Year went to another young prospect, legspinner Billy Cropper, who enjoyed a breakthrough year, taking regular wickets and making his 2nd XI debut.

The night also offered a chance for the players to say thank you to the people behind the scenes that are an integral part of the club and give so much to support our senior teams. These included our scorers Geoff Trett, John Hunt and Adrian Blazey and groundsmen Paul Staddon and Dave Waterston. Thank you gentlemen!

The final prizes of the night were the Don Perry awards – named after the club’s former long-serving captain and presented to the two people (over 18 and under 18) who deserve recognition for their efforts off the field. The Under 18 winner was Amith James who gave up his time to help coach the club’s juniors on the Allstars programme. And the senior Don Perry award went to Prakash for his hard work as 3rd XI captain, Under 13 boys coach and serving committee member. Prakash also created an online net booking system for the club to help it meet its Covid requirements at the start of the season and has now taken on the additional role of fixture secretary - a thoroughly deserving recipient!
Director of Cricket Luke Sellers said: “It was wonderful to spend an evening celebrating the many brilliant individual achievements of the 2021. The fact that the awards were dominated by our young players shows that the future is bright and I am excited to see how this talented group of youngsters continue to develop and drive the club forward.
“I think it also says a lot about the welcoming, inclusive nature of our club that a number of the award winners only joined this year. The individuals themselves rightly take the plaudits but I don’t think they could have performed at the level they did if they hadn’t felt supported and valued by their new team mates.

“Finally, I would like to say a personal and heartfelt thank you to the three Saturday captains, Nick Evans, James Schofield and Prakash Sathya. In a challenging year they have been outstanding in their commitment, patience and man-management.”