2011 was the Tigers first season, and it was a successful one, especially in tournament play, and gave us a solid base to build on in 2012. Our first competitive outing was the Firstball tournament, a baptism of fire from which we emerged with 2 wins, a trophy, and a lot of credit, though our first league game on the following Tuesday established a pattern of under performing after tournaments that carried on all year (perhaps there really is something in that fitness lark after all).
We played well in the first half of the league season before fading a bit in the second half as the standard of opposition got better and we suffered a couple of injuries to important players, but we played well again in the last couple of weeks and the experience we gained will stand us in good stead in 2012.
We reserved our best performances for tournaments. After our initial success at Firstball we also won the 2 one day Red Rose Tournaments, contested mainly by 3rd division teams, and produced some really strong performances at the Leeds and Manchester tournaments, turning over some higher division teams and giving some others a fright along the way.
All in all we had a very successful and enjoyable time, made all the more enjoyable by several sophisticated evenings of witty conversation and gentile repartee (usually hosted by the ever generous Ellie and Adam - rumours that they hosted these events purely so they didn't have to worry about getting home afterwards should be treated with the contempt they deserve !) and can look forward to more of the same in 2012.
|Batting Champion (Male):||Sam||Batting Champion (Female):||Kate|
|Players' Player (Male):||Adam||Players' Player (Female):||Kate|
|Captain's Player (Male):||Alex||Captain's Player (Female):||Sharon|
|Home Run Champion:||Richard||Memorable moment:||James /
There were 2 particular moments in that game that gave us the win and in the end the Judges couldn't separate the two of them so the prize is shared ! The first was the double play instigated by James in the bottom of the 7th that took us into an 8th innings when it looked like we were going to lose in the 7th. The second was Martyn's bases clearing homer in the top of the 8th that set up the win.