History of Lavant Cricket Club

A decade of performance tables

Alex has compiled a decade of Lavant performances to create 2010-2019 batting and bowling averages for each player. There are no prizes for guessing who has topped the run and wicket taking leader boards if you have played for the club for a few years. Apologies if there are some missing performances.

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Batting Performances 2010 – 2019

Bowling Performances 2010 – 2019

2020 Awards

The 2020 season was severely curtailed by the pandemic. No awards will be made this year. All this season’s averages will be included in the 2021 awards.

2019 Awards

The annual awards were presented at the Club Dinner, photos can be seen here and the all important club averages for the 2019 season, courtesy of Sheila’s wonderful scoring can be found here.

Best bowling figures, Lee Russell
Highest batting score, Danny Berkley
Duck award, Ian Rawnsley
Doubles snooker award, Kieran Nash, Chris Smith

Bowling award, Lee Russell
Catching award, Steve Brooker
Best scorer, Sheila Portsmouth

Batting award, Steve Brooker
All rounder award, Danny Berkley
Major Dick Scratchley Clubman award, Rob Bradley

2019 Snooker Tournament

Apparently, being good at snooker is a sign of a mis-spent youth. Judging by the performances in this year’s Club snooker tournament, Lavant’s players must have been paragons of virtue! Nevertheless, this year’s contest was keenly fought on a round-robin basis by a select five pairings. As usual there was a strong hand of Burfords, including defending champions Peter and Dan, whilst Ellen followed her sister Fiona last year in partnering Robin in a rolling pair with Richard. David was paired with “Skip” and newcomer Chris Smith joined Kieran. Resident Southbourne Club veterans Keith (a sometime LCC player) and Malcolm completed the field.

Going into the last round three pairs were in contention, including the defending champions Peter and Dan going for a hat-trick of titles, but it was Kieran and Chris who closed it out on count-back by virtue of having earlier won their contest with runners-up Keith and Malcolm. Peter and Dan were left with the consolation of the highest aggregate potting over the tournament.

Once again thanks are due to the Southbourne Club for hosting and for Alan and Peter for putting the event on and organizing some food.

2018 Awards

The annual awards were presented at the Club Dinner, photos can be seen here and the all important club averages for the 2018 season, courtesy of Sheila’s wonderful scoring can be found here.

Best bowling figures, Peter Hudson
Highest batting score, Dave Maclean
Duck award, Jim Blanch
Doubles snooker award, Peter and Dan Burford

Bowling award, Alex Burford
Catching award, Steve Brooker
Best scorer, Sheila Portsmouth

Batting award, Dave Burford
All rounder award, Ian Rawnsley
Major Dick Scratchley Clubman award, Steve Brooker

2018 Lavant Hall Quiz

Peter, the winning captain of the Lavant Hall Quiz night, has written a victory post

Three teams from LCC took part in the Lavant village hall annual quiz this year, ably supported by some Skulking Loafers and the Burford family. It was a closely contested event, with the team spearheaded by our Chairman, Robin, coming 4th, with the other 2 club teams tying for first place. On countback [Duckworth/Lewis], Dave Burford , Lee Russell and other Loafers, the prematch favourites,… came second having picked a ‘wrongun’ for their joker. This left the team of Richard Wigmore, Skip Davies, Andy Skynner and Peter and Daniel Burford victorious, to take home the winners’ wine. The annual quiz raises funds for the village hall, and was well supported, with some 12 teams taking part. The club has a history of participating and doing well.

2018 Snooker Tournament

Thanks to all those who participated in the 2018 tournament, which saw defending champions, Peter & Dan, retain their title by the narrowest of margins over Southbourne Club “residents” Keith & Malcolm, although both teams could be said to be playing on home turf. This year’s contest, packed with former champions, was particularly close, with five of the six teams still in contention going into the last round of the round-robin format. Robin & Alan suffered from lack of a settled side, having to bring daughter Fiona off the bench, whilst the classic mix of youth and experience, in the guise of Keiron & Dave, did not quite click on the night. Free-potting Steve & Ian entered the last round in the lead, but had no answer to the attritional style of Andy & Richard (think Arsenal at Stoke), although they did have the consolation of both the highest aggregate potting points and the highest game score.

Thanks to Alan & Robin for putting the evening on and organising some food. For the anoraks amongst you, the gory details are attached.

2017 Awards

The annual awards were presented at the Club Dinner, photos can be seen here and the all important club averages for the 2017 season, courtesy of Sheila’s wonderful scoring can be found here.

Best bowling figures, Danny Berkley
Highest batting score, Danny Berkley
Duck award, Alex Burford
Doubles snooker award, Peter and Dan Burford

Bowling award, Ian Rawnsley
Catching award, Alex Burford
Best scorer, Sheila Portsmouth

Batting award, Steve Brooker
All rounder award, Dave Banks
Major Dick Scratchley Clubman award, Phil Allen

2016 Awards

The annual awards were presented at the Club Dinner, photos can be seen here and the all important club averages for the 2016 season, courtesy of Sheila’s wonderful scoring can be found here.

Best bowling figures, Dave Banks
Highest batting score, Danny Berkley
Duck award, Alex Burford
Doubles snooker award, Kieran Nash, Dave Burford

Bowling award, Dave Banks
Catching award, Danny Berkley
Best scorer, Sheila Portsmouth
Chairman’s award, Alex Burford

Batting award, Steve Brooker
All rounder award, Ian Rawnsley
Major Dick Scratchley Clubman award, Graham Dale

Averages from previous years

Winners of the Downland Cup 1991

Back Row: Clive Reeve (Umpire), Steve Brooker, Dave Hazleden, Peter Burford, Dave Banks, Robin Burford, Ray Carter
Front Row: Peter Lovegrove, Ken Sheppard, Jeff Smith, David Burford, Rob ‘Laurie’ Lawrence

Lavant Win Plate Final at Hove, September 1989

On 21st September Lavant won the Derek Johnson Plate in the Selsey Village Championships at the County Ground in Hove when they beat Exeter Cavaliers by 16 runs. The Burford brothers, who are still playing for Lavant, were part of the winning team ably supported by the Drinkwater family. The press cutting can be seen here.

Lavant players fined 12d for playing cricket on Sunday

In 1628 the Archbishop’s Peculiar Court fined ten East Lavant men, one of them a systematic adulterer to boot, 12d (5p in today’s money) for playing cricket instead of going to church. The players had to make a public confession in front of the vicar, churchwardens and congregation. Full details of this and other transgressions of men playing cricket on Sunday in and around Chichester can be found here.

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