Babbacombe Cricket Club's Awards Night 2023
On the crisp evening of Saturday, November 11th, 2023, Babbacombe Cricket Club gathered at Walls Hill, the heart of their cricketing endeavors, for a momentous occasion - the first-ever combined end-of-season awards for both the colts and seniors sections. Hosted by the charismatic Paul Bates, the event was a celebration of cricketing achievements, camaraderie, and the promise of a bright future for the club. 
The evening commenced with an opening address from the absent Cricket Manager, Ron Thomson, who, though regretfully unable to attend, sent his heartfelt apologies. Chairman Nick Goodwin also shared a few words, setting the stage for an evening that would unite the club in celebration. 
 
The junior awards stole the spotlight initially, shining a light on the emerging cricketing talents within the club. Coaches Henry Stubbs, Will Backholer, and Nathan Snape played a pivotal role in presenting the awards, highlighting the dedication and progress made by the young cricketers throughout the season. The prestigious Steve Redding Trophy for Junior Player of the Year was rightfully awarded to Jacob M, showcasing his exceptional skills and commitment to the sport. 
 
Following the junior awards, an impressive buffet was laid out, providing a delightful interlude for all attendees. It was a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of the colts and energise for the senior awards to come. 
 
Young Babbacombe cricketer collecting their award
The event culminated in the presentation of the senior awards, recognising the standout performances across all teams. Club Person of the Year was rightfully awarded to Will Backholer, reflecting his significant contributions to the club. 
 
The 1st XI awards saw Josh Thompson named Player's Player as well as the Batting award, and Ben Passmore claiming the Bowling award. The 2nd XI awards highlighted Billy Alcock as Player's Player, Dan Machin excelling in Batting, and Dom Passmore leading in Bowling. The 3rd XI awards recognised Will Backholer as Player's Player, Rajesh for Batting, and Reuben Niles for Bowling. 
 
The evening was a resounding success, thanks to the efforts of organisers Rob Redding, Henry Stubbs, and Nathan Snape. As the curtains closed on the 2023 season, Babbacombe Cricket Club stood united, ready to embark on the journey towards the promising season of 2024. 
 
Josh Thompson & Will Backholer with their collection of cricketing awards
Junior Awards Overview: 
 
Steve Redding Trophy (Junior Player of the Year): Jacob M 
Best Newcomer: Piers 
Most Improved: Niamh 
Coaches Award for Attitude: Isaac 
Perfromance Awards: Fred & Jacob C 
 
Will Backholer collecting his cricket award from chairman, Nick Goodwin
Senior Awards Overview: 
 
Club Person of the Year: Will Backholer 
 
1st XI 
Player's Player: Josh Thompson 
Batting 
Winner: Josh Thompson 
Runner Up: Tim Goodwin 
Bowling 
Winner: Ben Passmore 
Runner Up: Josh Thompson 
 
2nd XI 
Player's Player: Billy Alcock 
Batting 
Winner: Dan Machin 
Runner Up: Billy Alcock 
Bowling 
Winner: Dom Passmore 
Runner Up: Joshimon 
 
3rd XI 
Player's Player: Will Backholer 
Batting 
Winner: Rajesh 
Runner Up: Seth Williams 
Bowling 
Winner: Reuben Niles 
Runner Up: Will Backholer 
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