Damp pitches prove tough for Augusta Street men
GRIMSBY Town's three senior sides all finished in mid-table positions as a rain-ruined 2012 season came to a close.
The first XI finished eighth in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League after an inconsistent season.
Like many sides Town's batsmen struggled to perform on damp pitches.
Eighteen-year-old Harry Warwick was Grimsby's leading batsman as he finished with 570 runs at an average of 40.71. Warwick will spend the winter with Melbourne side Traralgon CC and, hopefully, challenge for a place in Lincolnshire's 1st XI when he returns home.
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Grimsby's struggles with the bat offered 14-year-old Jack Wilson the opportunity to spend time at the crease and he scored 274 runs with a top score of 64.
Town's bowlers were put under pressure as their batsmen failed to post decent scores, but at times they bowled well as a unit.
Fast bowler Carl Taylor was the top wicket-taker with 29 victims and Lee Charlton and Johannes Diseko the most economical of the regular bowlers.
Wicket-keeper Jim Morgan took 21 catches and three stumpings.
Grimsby retained the Knockout trophy which remains a hugely popular Monday night event. Their league form, though, was disappointing as they managed only four outright wins during the season.
Town's second and third XI's offered several young players the opportunity to play senior cricket. Medium-pacer Tom Thompson took five wickets for the second XI at Scunthorpe Town and fellow Under-15 Bailey Mawer showed good promise as an all-rounder.
Grimsby's juniors benefited from the opportunity of playing in the adult leagues as the Under-15 side were the club's most improved team and the Under-13s made it to the cup final, although this game will be held over until 2013 because of the poor weather.
Joe Baker, 14, performed well for Grimsby's second XI and represented the county throughout the season, as did Jack Wilson.
Brendan Volley had a good season with the bat, producing an impressive display of hitting to score a maiden century against Outcasts and then finishing the campaign with 93 against Nettleham second XI.