Pinner Cricket Club has taken inspiration from England’s pulsating World Cup performances and broken records this season with its first and second teams.
The club’s first and second teams were both crowned champions of their respective divisions for the first time in their history.
In addition to the on-field achievements, the club has successfully raised over £3,100 for their chosen charity of the year, Prostate Cancer UK.
The second team had the league win wrapped up with three matches to spare in mid-August, while the first team won the Chiltern and Mid Bucks Premiership at Pinkneys Green CC on September 7 to ensure their spot in the Saracens Hertfordshire League next season.
The first team were only promoted to the Chiltern Premiership last year.
Despite a slow start, losing the first game of the season at the Montesole Oval, the team went from strength to strength, winning eight of the last 10 games to finish ahead of Littlewick Green on the number of wins as both teams finished level on 400 points.
It was the resilience of the team and a never say die attitude that won it.
They were under the leadership of Daniel Langan (with 29 wickets) with top drawer performances from Raahul Aggarwal (440 runs and 47 wickets), Rohitesh Dharwan (431 runs), Ravi Pandya (341 runs and 16 wickets), Sal Moeeniddin (232 and 21) and Felix Hoh (23 wickets).
The second team performed exceptionally well and cantered to the title by over 100 points.
Winning 12 games from 14 and only losing once in 2019, the team led by Rob Bonneywell were so dominant that only one team weren’t bowled out by Pinner.
Top performances with the bat came from Saif Khan (427 runs), Akshay Dhanda (282) and Simon Pilsbury (243), whilst the bowling was led again by Rob Bonneywell (31 wickets) and Varun Gopalkrishnan (22 wickets).
This year Pinner cricketers have been wearing shirts bearing the Prostate Cancer UK logo and several fundraising events were held, including a 250km bike ride to Amsterdam by Rob Bonneywell, and a charity cricket match against a Morrant Chilterns Cricket League XI.
The club also held a family fun day, which was proudly sponsored by Ace Delivery Solutions and the Pinner Association.
The summer is now hurtling towards its close but work never stops at Pinner.
They are now planning for 2020 with their move to the Saracens Hertfordshire League.
The club remains open throughout the winter with indoor nets starting in January.