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Gips’ Season 40 Awards & Breakdown (extensive)

30 December

Season 40 Awards

FC
BAT
Bernie 1184 @ 91.1 (Prem top run scorer & 3rd ave.)
Chief 803 @ 80.3 (Prem 5th best ave.)
Orme 744 @ 106.3 (Prem 2nd best ave.)
Frikkie 720 @ 120.0 (Prem best ave.)
Burm 669 @ 60.8

BOWL
GGj 41 @ 16.7 (Prem leading wkt taker)
Gilbs 39 @ 15.1 (Prem 2nd highest wkt taker)
Khan 32 @ 15.8
Mickle 20 @ 18.4
Matthews 19 @ 15.9

OD
BAT
Orme 789 @ 157.8
Chief 787 @ 87.4 (league best ave.)
Burm 748 @ 93.5
Bernie 536 @ 107.2
Frikkie 463 @ 115.8

BOWL
Gilbs 35 @ 10.9 (league leading wkt taker & best ave.)
GGj 32 @ 16.9
Matthews 24 @ 13.8 (league 2nd best ave.)
Khan 24 @ 24.1
Mickle 19 @ 20.1

BT20
BAT
Orme 485 @ 80.8
Bernie 411 @ 137.0
Chief 303 @ –
Frikkie 270 @ 67.5
Burm 203 @ 67.7

BOWL
GGj 14 @ 21.3
Mickle 12 @ 17.7 (league best economy rate)
Gilbs 10 @ 31.5
Matthews 7 @ 30.0
Khan 7 @ 34.4

Best Figures: Matthews 7-9 (FC)
Highest Score: Kidd 421* (FC)

PLAYER OF THE SEASON
In our most successful season ever, having reached the holy grail of the FC Premiership title and combining it with title wins in both our OD and BT20 leagues as well as reaching the cup quarter final we’re honouring our 10 key players their own press release in a countdown to the PotS (as well as honouring the other 15)…

Gipsies Season 40 Champions

S40 Player of the Season: The medalists

25 players get appearance medals:
Billie ‘the’ Kidd – 500 runs in 4 inns before being sold with Lachie to keep club afloat (£1.5m each). Billie’s beautiful Gips career totalled 9843 runs in 5 seasons. He left as the clubs 8th top run scorer.
Lachie Realeboha – 22 wickets at 9.9.
Zamar Masood -One inns: an important 29* to ensure full batting pts in 1st FC game.
Alex Creighton -6wk stint yielded 131runs @26.2 (including key 29* at no.8 to set up narrow early win v eventual runners up).
11 squad players: Ed Judge, John van der Pluijm & Karl Mcandrew, Harish Paresh, Barnabas Abdikadir, Dennis Polkinghorne, Dhruv Duggan-Palmer, Travis Saville, Blair Saich, Ian Saayman, Fred Dunn, Vic Fernandes & at age 50, the man whose vision years ago made today’s achievements possible, our father, Alvin ‘Stardust’ Zibi.

Top 10…

S40 Player of the Season: 10th – Camron Mickle

Age 31
51 wkts @ 18.9 + 123 runs @ 41.0

Scottish international all rounder, signed in pre-season for £480k to replace Oluoch (£1.3m). Sold for £400k in penultimate game of season after having sewn the 3 titles up.

BT20 (9 matches)
12 wickets at 17.7
Best 4-12
Only batted once (1)

OD (13)
19 wickets at 20.1
Best 3-14
1x5fer
Only batted once (0*)

FC (7)
20 wickets at 18.4
Best 4-29
122 runs at 61.0
Camron Mickle

S40 Player of the Season: 9th – Dannie Matthews

Age 34
50 wkts @ 16.8 + 290 runs @ 96.7

Cost £400k in wk5, replacing Lachie, 30 (£1.5m)

Found superhuman inside self in back to back OD & FC games in wks 10/11 to win both FC & OD titles.
7-14 devastated OD title rivals. Defeat would’ve seen them level. Win put us 8 clear with 4 to go.
7-9 (9-52 match) v FC title rivals put daylight between us + them.

BT20
7 wkts @ 30
DNB in all 7

OD
24 wkts in 10 matches @ 12.8 inc. 7-14 in top of table clash, removing all of the top 6.
2x5fer.
Only had 1 inns but scored match-winning 102* from 113 to save us from 48-4 & see us win by 4 wkts with 4 balls to spare

FC
19 wkts @15.9 including 7-9 in top of table clash to reduce title challengers to 49 all out and put us on course for title.
1x5fer
188 runs @ 62.7
1×50
Dannie Matthews

S40 Player of the Season: 8th – Nathaniel Frikkie

Age 34
1453 runs @ 103.8

Cost £171k pre-season, replacing Lucky, 30 (£1m)

BT20
270 @ 67.5 inc. 72* from 46 in remarkable inns where he played himself in for 1st half before entering beast mode. 1st 22 balls yielded 25 runs. Next 24 saw him score 48, a mode-switch without which we wouldn’t have gone on to pinch the title on nrr in the last game of the season.
2×50

OD
463 @ 115.8. Only out 4 times in 12 inns with role to boost total if batting 1st or see us home if batting 2nd.
5×50

FC
720 @ 120. Again the rock who was often not out at end of inns. 4 not outs in 10 inns complete his impressive set of averages. Found ourselves 3 down for 43 and 76 in the 2 inns in 1st game v main title rivals. He steadied ship with 50s in both inns as we went on to win
3×50
3×100
Nathaniel Frikkie

S40 Player of the Season: 7th – Saiful Khan

Age 29
63 wkts @ 21.5

Mr Consistency. Reliable throughout. Rarely the match winner but always dependable. Khan has been with us since his teenage years and to see him grow with us and gain the ultimate reward at age 30 is fitting.

BT20 (10 matches)
7 @ 34.4
Best 1-16

OD (22)
25 @ 24.4
Best 4-7

FC (10)
32 @ 15.8
Best 5-1
1x5fer
Saiful Khan

S40 Player of the Season: 6th – Eric Burmeister

Age 32
1620 runs @ 73.6

A solid season for our Zimbabwean international, ’the Burm’. Forming half of the formidable opening pair alongside ‘the Bern’. His match winning 108* from 99 balls in matchday 2 against rivals Susses Snowman put us on course for our 100% season of 14 wins from 14.

BT20 (11 matches)
203 @ 67.7
Best 115*
1×50
1×100

OD (15)
748 @ 93.5
Best 108*
5×50
2×100

FC (9)
669 @ 60.8
Best 215
5×50
1×100
Eric Burmeister

S40 Player of the Season: 5th – Fraser Orme

Age 33
2018 runs @ 112.1

Signed in wk5 for £229k, replacing Kidd, 31 (£1.5m). An outstanding addition to the team. Marked his arrival with 176* on debut. Held the team together in our darkest hour, the 6th FC game when we were reduced to 189 all out. Would have been so much worse without his 73. We went on to draw against the eventual runners up.

BT20 (8 matches)
511 @ 85.2.
Best 84
5×50

OD (15)
1244 @ 155.5
Best 176*
3×50
4×100

FC (7)
744 @ 106.3
Best 185*
2×50
3×100
Fraser Orme

S40 Player of the Season: 4th – Keith Gilbert

Age 31
84 wkts @ 15.3

The spearhead of our attack, Zimbabwe international Gilbs took the opening wicket no fewer than 16 times this season. Leading wicket taker in OD with 35 in just 14 games. Vital match figure of 8-74 in the round 4 FC win against eventual runners up. Hs FC total of 39 bettered the 36 he’d taken for us in the 2 previous seasons. Without Gilbs taking the

BT20 (11 matches)
10 @ 31.5
Best 3-25

OD (14)
35 @ 10.9
Best 6-7
2x5fer

FC (9)
39 @ 15.1
Best 6-4
3x5fer
Keith Gilbert

S40 Player of the Season: Third Place – Bernard Conaghan

Age 31
2131 runs @ 101.5

Key contributions in most of the crunch matches and scoring big runs in all competitions, our Ireland international Bernie is a real treasure.

BT20 (9 matches)
411 @ 137
Best 128*
3×50
1×100

OD (15)
536 @ 107.2
Best 126*
3×50
2×100

FC (11)
1184 @ 91.1
Best 249
5×50
4×100
Bernie Conaghan

S40 Player of the Season: Runner Up – Greg Grewcock

Age 30
87 wkts @ 15.7

Pipping Gilbs to the leading wicket taker spot by 3 wickets in all competitions, captain fantastic has led the team impeccably in all formats. When the 15 season-plan was written with the aim of winning the FC title, this was the first season in which we’d targetted the trophy. GGj’s attacking captaincy style means he pulled it off whilst also lifting 2 other trophies in the process.

BT20 (11 matches)
14 @ 21.3
Best 5-25
1x5fer

OD (23)
32 @ 16.9
Best 4-15

FC (10)
41 @ 13.0
Best 5-18
3x5fer
Greg Grewcock

S40 Player of the Season: WINNER – Joshua Tshifhiwa

Age 31
1893 runs @ 99.6 + 101 catches & 21 stumpings

For the 5th successive season it’s ‘The Chief’ who takes the top award. A monster with the bat at number 3 and solid as a rock behind the stumps, there wasn’t a single game where Chief wasn’t in the heart of the action. His 122 dismissals in a season are a career best, coming at the perfect time for the glorious Gloucester Gipsies.

BT20 (11 matches)
303 @ – (not dismissed all season)
Best 63*
2x50s
13 catches
2 stumpings

OD (23)
787 @ 87.4
Best 165*
3×50
4×100
51 catches
11 stumpings

FC (10)
803 @ 80.3
Best 198
3×50
3×100
37 catches
5 stumpings
Joshua Tshifhiwa

The First Class Premiership winning matches breakdown:

Holders Hmmm and Interrupting Cow were identified as the main rivals.

FC 1 – lost toss – DRAW
GGj 5-61 1st inns, LG 316ao.
Burm, Bern, Chief & Kiss all scoring 70s or 80s as we reached 361-5 declared.
Mickle 4-29. Gilbs 3-38. LG 200ao.
68-1 at close, 88 short of victory.

FC 2 – lost toss – WIN inns & 673 runs (bot bash)
Polkinghorne 6-2.
Paresh 190. Kidd 421*. Frikkie 251.
Lachie 5-1.

FC 3 – won toss – WIN 9 wkts
3 each for Khan & Matthews. Fiveheads 153 all out.
Burm 58. Bernie 85. Frikkie 55*. 280-4 declared
3 for GGj. 140ao.

2 wins and a draw before going in to the crunch 4 games versus our main rivals for the title. Our aim was to come out with 2 home wins and 2 away draws.

FC 4 – lost toss – WIN 59 runs
Interrupting Cow were top of the league with 3 wins from 3.
Lost toss. Reduced to 43-3 and 93-4 before recovering to 240-6 declared. Chief 47. Frikkie 56. Matthews 42. Mickle 37*. Creighton 29*
Interrupting Cow 139ao. GGj 5-18. Gilbs 3-27.
Gips 183-5 declared. Burm 66. Frikkie 53*. Mickle 23*
IC 225ao. Gilbs 5-47. Khan 4-50.

Part 1 of our target achieved – home win v IC. On to the away game v Hmmm, looking to secure a draw

FC 5 – lost toss – WIN 156 runs
Having seen off Interrupting Cow last round, Hmmm were now seen as the main threat to our title challenge and we had a double header against them here.
Lost the toss against current Premiership champions. Bernie 162. Chief 122. Orme 78. Frikkie 105*. Matthews 53*. Declared overnight on 559-5 with the draw secure, now we could push for a bonus win.
Bowled them out for 254. Khan 4-54. Mickle 3-39.
50* for Burm & 51* for Bernie as we raced to 101-0 declared, setting them 406 to win in 119 overs.
GGj 5-42. Mickle 3-36 as we bowled them out for 250.

Having won the away game we knew a draw at home would be enough, but still wanted to win so went for a 200 run declaration first innings should we lose the toss again. Indeed we did lose the toss…

FC 6 – lost toss – DRAW
Interrupting Cow had a surprise defeat against LG the previous week so for the third week running we had a top of the table clash.
Didn’t make it to our declaration, falling 11 runs short. 189ao. Only Orme (73), Burm (40) & Matthews (33) troubling the scorers.
Fought back well enough by bowling them out for 285. Mickle 3-49. Then Burm and Bern batted beautifully to get us to the close of day 2 at 97-0 and leading by 2 runs. With the wicket improving the draw was now the only result so Hmmm rested their main bowlers for day 3 and we batted out the day to rest ours as well.

FC 7 – lost toss – WIN 239 runs
With Interrupting Cow having got back to winning ways the previous week, this was our 4th top of the table clash in 4 matches!
Bern 70 from 257 balls in an Atherton-style dig in heroic innings in treacherous conditions. 92 from 201 for Chief. 249-5 overnight …declared.
A wicket each for Gilbs, Khan & GGj removed the top 3 before Matthews wen’t bezerk again*, taking 7-9 to reduce IC to 49 all out and set up a win.
*He had devastated our OD title rivals in similar style 5 days earlier with 7-14. A defeat would have seen them draw level with us at the top. Instead we were 8 clear and on course for the title. The 7fer here had the exact same effect. For one week, Matthews found the superhuman inside him which won us both titles!
We then got 242-8 declared with 75 for Bernie and 66 for the Chief.
5-41 for Gilbs, 3-48 for GGj, and 2-41 as Matthews finished with match-winning figures of 9-52.

We lost the toss in all 4 of these crunch matches but still managed to come out with 3 wins and a draw, which was better than what we had targeted. Next up were a resurgent and recently strengthened Fiveheads side who had won their last 3 FC games. A win would secure the title with 2 games to play.

FC 8 – won toss – WIN inns & 29 runs. TITLE SECURED
184ao. Khan 4-38.
280-2 declared. Bernie 139*. Chief 118*.
67ao. Matthews 3-7. Gips in sumptuous form. At the same time as Manchester City were wooing the footballing world, demolishing all that stood in their way, the Gips were doing the same in the BT world.

FC 9 – won toss – WIN inns & 338 runs (bot bash).
Gilbs 6-4. Duggan-Palmer 4-0.
Orme 182*. Judge 83. Abdikadir 87*.
Gilbs 4-0. GGj 3-1.

FC 10 – lost toss – WIN
Los Galactico seemed afraid to face us even though we were now 3 players short having let go of Mickle, Matthews and Frikkie. With no reason to rest players was it an act of cowardice that they left their top players out?
LG 20ao. Khan 5-1
Gips 801ao. Burm 215. Bernie 236. Orme 185*. Judge 69.
LG 175ao. Saich 4-116. Judge 3-55.
That made it 5 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat in our 8 matches against LG. The one defeat was in the opening game of the previous season when our over attacking declaration just 2 wickets down in our first innings saw us lose by 5 wickets.

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