Silver Boot Awards 2016
Friday the 28th October saw the annual Silver Boot awards dinner organised this year by Les Cooper who won the prestigious award for 2015.  Outcasts from near and far met up initially at The Bridge Tavern, Radcliffe, for a pre dinner drink and a short extraordinary meeting - see separate minutes.  We then moved on to the Armaan Restaurant, the venue for the dinner itself.
Twenty Outcasts sat down for their meal, and Les had done a great job running off slips that showed what everyone had ordered in advance.  A good thing too, as I guess more than one club member had forgotten.  Everyone had a range of starters, mains and side dishes, and there was a good deal of sharing as we tucked into very acceptable Indian cuisine.  The service was quick, efficient and friendly, and the Cobra Beer flowed freely (except we had to pay for it!).  At £35 per head including drinks and tips, most Outcasts felt they'd had a good deal.  The only problem was, the place was so packed with chatting patrons that it was impossible to hold our usual presentation ceremony.
Fortunately, Chris Truesdale had gone out to reconnoitre the surrounding area for suitable bars or pubs, and had found an ideal location at the Lock Keeper, just across the road from the restaurant.  The Outcasts duly decanted to the pub and settled into an alcove all to themselves.  It had been booked by another party, but they hadn't shown up, luckily for us.
Colin went through his usual repertoire, reviewing the key playing record for 2016, including new fixtures and venues; outlining the main personal achievements; summarising the nominations for the Champagne Moment; and acknowledging the main contributors to a very enjoyable season - see attached speaking notes.  We had played 14 games and won 3, including the last match at home, calling on 22 players in the process.  Several new faces had made their debuts for the club, while other relative newcomers had firmly established themselves in the squad.  We were all delighted, too, to welcome back Steve Potter after his 6-year sojourn in Abu Dhabi.  We were all sorry, though, to witness Steve Ramsden's final appearance at Dorset before he hung up his jockstrap.  Pete Taylor played his 400th game for the team in the same fixture.   Jeff Stanton had scored the most runs during the season with 176, while Chris Truesdale had taken the most wickets with 13.
Ably assisted by Paul Graveling, Colin then went through the voting for the three main awards: the Champagne Moment, the Golden Duck, and the Silver Boot itself.   The Champagne Moment was a close run thing between Ant Hobb's game-tying 6 in the match in Dorset, and Scotty's amazing running, diving catch in the last game of the season against Warrington, but Scotty edged it by 8 votes to 6.
Much to his chagrin, Chris Truesdale picked up the Golden Duck with more than double the votes of his nearest rivals.  By general consensus he had done a marvellous job in his first year as fixtures secretary, and that, as well as an impressive playing record, tipped the scales.
There were six different recipients of votes for the Silver Boot for player of the season, but the contest turned out to be a neck-and-neck battle between Chris, again, and Jeff Stanton.  In the end they couldn't be separated with 6 votes each, and the Silver Boot for 2016 will be shared between them.  A full list of nominations and votes is appended.
It just remained for everyone to congratulate the winners, commiserate with the losers, and thank Les for organising a most enjoyable and rewarding evening.

Outcasts Season 2016 in Summary
Speaking Notes
Thanks to my scriptwriter, Les!
Playing Record
Played 14 from an original list of 19 fixtures
Won 3 – Dorset, Chorley Hospitals (Home) and Warrington B.C. (Home)
New venues / Fixtures
  • Bowden Vale CC  (Vale Vikings)
  • Tottington St. Johns CC (Rammy Dads)
  • Winfrith Newburgh (Dorset)
  • Broadbotton CC
  • Widnes CC (Warrington B.C.)
Fixtures against Ramsbottom Traders, Manchester Medics and Brooklands Veterans arranged, too, but the weather intervened. The fixture against Economists at Rostherne was resurrected.
A total of 22 players used including new recruits Jeff, Ethan and Nathanial Stanton and Harvey Hunting.
Derek M, David Walsh and Andy B firmly established themselves into the squad as regulars.
The most notable appearance was the return of Steve Potter since 2012, making his long awaited 200th appearance for Outcasts.
The away fixtures at Bowden Vale, Ashley, Bolton School, Tottington, Broadbottom and Widnes raised the bar for hospitalities
Steve R called an end to his long and distinguished career at Dorset where he was given a guard of honour as he went out to open the innings in his final game for Outcasts.
In the same fixture, Peter played in his 400th match for Outcasts.
Although the win / loss record doesn't look great on paper, there were many positives to the season:-
  • Ended on a high note
  • New fixtures and opposition
  • Several new faces
  • Prospect of building on these foundations for the future

Achievements for 2016
  • Most Runs in the season – Jeff Stanton 176 from 9 Innings.
  • Highest individual score – Jeff Stanton with 42 not out against Chorley Hospitals at home. Ant Hobbs hit an unbeaten 67 at Dorset
  • Most Wickets in the season – Chris Truesdale 13 from 32 overs.
  • Most Wickets in a match – Paul Mooney 5 for 5 off 4 overs at Ashley against Reynolds.
  • Most Catches in the season – Jeff Stanton 5 in 9 matches.
  • Most Appearances – Les 13 from 14.
  • Best Tea provided – Broadbottom CC. (Homemade Game Pie, Homemade Leek & Stilton Pie, Roast Potatoes, Vegetables, Chips and Mash, Selection of cold sandwiches and pies, selection of cakes and homemade rhubarb crumble and cream). Places to play in next seasons fixture there are now being reserved!!
  • Steve Potter for winning the Keith Ambrey golf trophy
Champagne Moment
Nominations for the Champagne Moment this year are:
  • Paul Mooney's 5 for 5 against Reynolds
  • Ant's Boundary 6 when he returned from his retirement to tie the scores against Dorset Dinosaurs
  • Paul Mooney’s stunning overhead catch in the home match against Chorley Hospitals fielding at short cover
  • Paul Mooney’s second, an equally stunning left handed diving catch taken with the ball inches from the ground, in the same match
  • Scott's amazing running, diving catch in the last game against Warrington
  • Chris T for putting together a varied and testing fixture list, including several new opponents
  • Ron for doing his best, with little support, in putting together a social programme
  • Roger for his availability lists, which greatly assisted team selections
  • Peter for his usual, impeccable, scoring
  • Les for inspirational captaincy over a considerable number of years.  His was a challenging role in balancing the desire to win with giving everyone a fair crack of the whip.  He managed this difficult feat with dexterity and aplomb. (It says here)
Silver Boot Awards Dinner  
Champage Moment      
Ant Hobb's 6     6
Paul Mooney's 5 for 5   3
Paul Mooney's diving left handed catch 2
Paul Mooney's overhead catch    
Scott Broadhurst's running, diving catch 8
Golden Duck      
Andy Broadhurst     3
Bob Sproat     1
Chris Truesdale     8
Colin Wood     3
Eric Shufflebotham     1
Les Cooper     1
Paul Mooney     1
Scott Broadhurst     1
Silver Boot      
Chris Truesdale     6
Jeff Stanton     6
Les Cooper     1
Paul Mooney     3
Scott Broadhurst     2
The Stanton Family     1
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