Will’s World: Sudbury Cricket Club’s Will Shropshire rounds up the season

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AND, just like that, it is all over for another year.

In Another Country by Julian Mitchell, the lead character, Guy Bennett, is asked: “You must miss something?”. He replies: “I miss the cricket...”

And that is the worst thing of all about winter. Cold, dark, wet, we don’t mind but within a couple of weeks we will miss cricket, we will be pining for it again, however much we may bemoan it after a long summer.

Season 2012 finished with Paul Harris striking a blistering 39 in the Suffolk Cup final on Sunday, including dispatching Suffolk skipper Justin Bishop for a huge six, but it was in vain as we fell 30 runs short.

I think that is the fifth time we have lost to Bury in a cup final in the last 15 years and the league wins over the last couple of years still don’t make up for a bit of silverware glory, maybe next year.

Memorable bits from 2012... Well, it was the wettest summer on record with 40 per cent of weekend fixtures called off before July, 80 per cent of the women’s games called off and nearly 90 per cent of junior games.

But enough of the gloom. The thirds got promoted to Division Six under Harry Wright and the seconds finished in their highest-ever spot, third in Division Three.

Although they lost the last game to Halstead on Saturday, it was because having heard their chance of promotion was over Charlie Holt didn’t bat, even though we needed just two to win.

We were 15 points behind second place by the end of the season, but with a win on Saturday it would have been three (just six more wickets or 150 runs across the season) and our seconds took Melford and Copford, both very good first XI sides, to the wire.

Congratulations to our neighbours Melford on their promotion, two years running they have risen under the leadership of Gareth Boon and we wish them well in Division Two.

Other memorable bits for me... Adam Mansfield scored three back-to-back centuries at the start of the season and until Toto brought the rains down he was in absolutely stunning form.

Ben Hyett has become a force to be reckoned with, spinning his way into a permanent spot on the teamsheet for the firsts and he took another four wickets on Saturday, while new boys Ben Taylor, Adi Dhage and Matt Hills all made huge impacts at the club, strengthening the depth of player talent we have.

Cricket Week provided the change in weather we all hoped for and 400 people across four days enjoyed lunch in the marquee among some hot cricket action.

This year saw the development of the programme for East Anglian Premier League match days.

For 50p a time, spectators can keep abreast of the league developments, find some searching information about Sudbury players and find out what is happening behind the scenes at the club, while Phil Halliday yet again drove the junior section forward as he and his army of coaching volunteers keep the conveyor belt of cricketers rolling with 100 signed-up juniors.

So roll on 2013 when a group of players will be attending a pre-season ‘fitness’ camp in North Wales, pitting their skills against the Gogs of Colwyn Bay and Llandudno in preparation of the new season.

Let’s hope it gets here soon.