During the Summer break three RHS boys played vital roles in a successful season for the Mistley CC 2nd XI. Drew Felsted, Josh Allday and Toby Allday joined a side that won 7 of the first 10 games and their impact on the team was immediate.
A win away at Ipswich and East Suffolk saw Drew score his maiden half-century for the club as they collectively scored more than half the runs off the bat; this proved to just be a precursor of what was to follow.
As Mistley entered a crucial run of games against clubs at the top of the league, Josh embarked upon an incredible series of four consecutive 50s which earned him a number of votes for the Player of the Season award.
Toby was also making a name for himself as he repeatedly provided the team with a platform to build on opening the batting with a variety of partners.
By the end of the season the three boys had seen Mistley win their final 11 games to be crowned champions on the final day. Josh scored 322 runs from 8 innings at an average of 46, his seemingly effortless ability to accumulate runs quickly, along with near perfect timing, proving too much for the opposition.
In turn Toby scored 252 runs at 42, showing a temperament belying his years as he passed double figures in every innings and protected his wicket superbly.
Drew’s opportunities with the bat were limited, partly by the Allday brothers, but he scored 99 runs, averaging 33, and in his 7 games took 9 catches and 4 stumpings.
There was even time for elder brother Ben Allday to show his class in a cameo appearance at Clacton!
As well as the impressive statistics above, what the scorecards do not show is the wider contribution to the team made by the boys. All three fully bought into what the side was trying to achieve, in turn providing other players with a renewed sense of belief that success was possible. Their fielding was exemplary, and the way they became such vital team members is testament to their hard work, commitment to the cause and understanding of what it is to be part of a team.
Captain Phil Palmer said: “It was a pleasure to have them in the side and I look forward to experiencing that again many times in the future!”