Awards Nominations

The nominations for this season's awards have been announced. Members should vote once in each category.

The end of season dinner will take place on either Friday 16th oor Friday 23rd September (looking more like Sept 23rd). Please email the Club President to let him know of your preference.

So, the nominations are as follows:

Players' Player of the Year

Alan Lawson
Peter Mellis
Jack McGill
Colin Moffat
Matt Walmsley

Champagne Moment

Bharat Balani v Queen’s Park, Glasgow Green
Often brilliant, often frustrating, it looked, early on, like one half of the Mumbai Indians was going to demolish the entire league. In no one ball was this better exemplified than Bharat’s second wicket in this match. Queen’s Park were coasting to victory when Bharat and Ani took six rapid-fire wickets, including what must be a contender for the perfect ball of the season. Shafiq took a big step down and jammed his bat against his pad, but could only watch dumbfounded as the ball turned from outside leg stump, passed the bat, and hit middle and off. The exuberance of the celebration, of course, befitted the quality of the ball.

Kamran Butt v Queen’s Park, Glasgow Green
Kamran Butt’s first appearance at nets was terrifying for most concerned. He has a penchant for banging them in short and aiming for the head. Unfortunately, on a soft artificial track at Glasgow Green that had the disastrous effect of sitting the ball up nicely for the likes of Fazal Ul-haq who pounded 26 runs off the last over to win a pulsating game against Queen’s Park. (Just to remind everyone 6-6-2-6-6). Not since the days of Phil Wells has a BBC team looked quite so bewildered. Don’t worry Kammy, what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.

Ewan Crawford v GU Staff, Garscube
Throughout the season Peter and Ewan (with Peter as the fall guy) played a little game of run-out tit-for-tat, which began hilariously in the opening match against GU. Having run one, the return throw from the field cannoned off Peter and away from the covering fielder. Not realising this, Ewan turned to take an illegal run off the overthrow. Sadly, for Peter, who was batting comfortably on 34 and knew a dead ball was forthcoming, he committed himself anyway and was run out by some margin. 2-1 Ewan was the final score.

Peter Mellis v Hillhead, Titwood
A calm head at the top of the order is desirable in any team. A calm head, when the Club President has just given your skipper out LBW on the first ball, is fundamental. Step forward Peter Mellis, whose calmness at the non-strikers end veered catastrophically into zen-like paralysis as he nonchantly strolled back to his crease unaware of an enterprising slip fielder who fired in a direct hit run out at the bowlers end. Looking up imploring there was only the umpire's raised finger for company.

Peter Mellis v Weirs & Accies
Back-to-back half centuries did nothing to quench the thirst of Peter Mellis. After grinding out 59 v Weirs, Peter needed instant rehydration and ignoring the applause of his teammates headed straight to the bar, only to have to lambast the barman, Andrew Scobie, for not being quick enough with his pint. By the time Peter had completed 80* in the following match, young Scobie had learned his lesson and a pint was duly waiting. The second was consumed shortly after during the teamtalk.

Ani Vaidya v GU Staff, Garscube
As good as he is, Ani Vaidya has lapses that swing from comedic to tragic in a very short space of time. At the end of a great BBC performance, GU Staff were 102-9 from 19.4 overs, with two need for victory. The final pair dashed frantically for a single from the penultimate delivery and the ball was thrown to Ani for the easiest of run-outs and the chance to grab a glorious victory. Instead of calmly removing the bails, however, Ani’s arm spasmed and he knocked over the stumps with his hand, before the ball had arrived. GU then called a laughable no ball to win the match; Jack howled abuse at everyone; Holmesy negotiated another tie; and the season went downhill from there.

Catch of the Season

Gregor Dean v GU Staff, Garscube
On the boundary with not an inch to spare, Gregor kept his eyes on a ball hammered to long-off by Kharwar, held the catch at head height, and had the presence of mind to keep his heels off the ground to prevent the six. Nerveless stuff.

Jack McGill v Biologists, Titwood
Jack found himself in the odd position of cow corner, having relinquished the gloves to the skipper. Gloves or not, after some frantic back-peddling, his bionic arms extended just high enough above his head to hold this ball on the run and set Ani on his way to his first 4-for of the season.

Peter Mellis v Queen’s Park, Glasgown Green
Mohammed Kamran flashed through extra cover, and - with the ball swerving at pace - Peter took a crucial catch, running in from the boundary. QP’s bombastic left-hander stood at his crease, stunned that his innings was over.

Ani Vaidya v GHK, Old Anniesland
A rare highlight in an otherwise morale-sapping match was a spectacular c&b from Ani who dived behind the non-striking batsman, pushing him out the way with one hand and taking the catch with the other. It’s the fastest he moved all season.

Matt Walmsley v West of Scotland, Titwood
This uppish drive to mid-off, otherwise destined for the boundary, was so casually plucked one-handed out of the air by Matt, he might as well have had a cigarette in his other hand. Come to think of it, he probably did. It didn’t count and Matt took the no-ball decision in the spirit one would expect.

Drop of the season

David Blane v GHK, Old Anniesland
Every so often a drop comes along that seems to defy logic. Every so often it happens to David Blane. Perhaps rusty from a lack of match practice, overwhelmed by appearing at his alma mater, or simply stunned by how comfortably the ball seemed to arrive at catching height, David nonetheless spilled the ball, like alphabetti spaghetti, right down his front.

Tom Cara v GU Staff, Titwood
Almost every bowler had suffered dropped catches early in the season and, in a match riddled with fielding errors, this one epitomised the lot. The most common drop comes from the attempted drive over mid-off or mid-on that instead spoons up into the air and hangs over the fielder for what seems like an age. Customarily, clapping at this one like a seal, Tom found himself on the end of a torrent of abuse from the normally placid Jack McGill.

Michael Hines v Victoria
Difficult to pick between the two almost identical drops from Michael in this match, but our minds are made up by Michael’s own description of the drop off big-hitting Abid Shuja, who topped-edged over the wicket-keeper to Michael at fine leg, whereupon, the ball leaped “out of my hands, onto and then off my face, into my elbow, and then to the ground.”

Jack McGill v West of Scotland, Titwood
It seems only fair that having berated, among others, Tom Cara and Alex Leithead for their fielding aberrations, Jack should as well be nominated for dropping a routine inside edge in the final match of the season at Titwood. Kamran Butt had bowled superbly and deserved more from a player, who - after all - gets a big pair of gloves, but for whatever reason Jack decided he didn’t want to hold the ball and instead inexplicably parried it in front of him and onto the ground.

Peter Mellis v Accies, Titwood
In the same match as Peter Mellis had scored an heroic 80 not out, it is easily forgotten that in the penultimate over of the earlier innings, Peter dropped a routine catch at cow corner at a cost of two runs and a pair of sunglasses. Two more followed on the next ball, then a six, and the Accies opener finished on 93. The margin of defeat was just eight runs.

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