As the sun sets on another successful Cricket season, it's time to tally up the scores and see who contributed the most and who added the most to their growing reputation as a Ricky legend. And it certainly was a good one, with the 1st teams Champions again, jumping 2 divisions, and the 2nd and 3rd teams still waiting on news as to whether they did enough to warrant a promotion.
Overall, the top run scorer at the club was Raz Khan with 693 runs at an average of 38.5. That included 5 half-centuries and his first ton for the club. The only other player to go over 500 runs was Ali Shah with 534. He also scored his maiden club 100 and hit an astonishing 16 maximum's. Many in a winning cause for the 2nd XI. The top run scorer in the 1st XI was Toqeer Hussain with 422 runs at 46.89 and he also hit his first 100 for the club. It was a vintage year for centurions with 1st team Captain Ibby Hanif smashing a whopping 124* to take the prize for the best score of the season.
It's also worth mentioning two youngsters who came mighty close to 3 figures. 15 year old Yash Ruparelia with 90* against Boxmoor and 16 year-old Harvey Blackwell with 95* against Wooburn.
In total the club scored 11,348 runs in 2019 whilst conceding just 10,955. A resounding win !! In total 112 players represented Rickmansworth in 2019
In the All-time legend tables, Raz went past 4000 runs, Shammi, Ibby, Bobby and Taz rushed past 2,500 and Adeel Usman made it to 1,500 for the club.
In the Bowling there was only one winner in 2019 with Cookie taking 40 wickets. Faizan and Majid both took 31 and Azhar Shah 27 to give the 1st XI bowlers a clean sweep of the top 3 places. Fascinatingly Cookie, Majid and Faizan bowled the same number of balls between them by a difference of 19. So they shouldered a lot of the bowling as a unit.
Aamir Ishaq had the best bowling average in the top 20 with 18.25. Hanuman with 6-15 was one of only 3 players to take a 5 wicket haul all summer. An amazing statistic in what was batting friendly conditions everywhere.
For the legendary status, Cookie sailed past 100 wickets to join the elite group (125). And so did Brett Harvey (109 wickets) in his last season with us. Adeel Usman and Rushil Sharma both went past 50 wickets for the club.
And so ended another vintage year. The bat was on top for most of it and we only lost one game to the rain. And we go again in 2020.