Season 2009/2010 could not have started better with the team winning the first 3 games and sitting in the top 4 on the ladder. There were promising signs that we could go a long way into the season. Solid performances with both the bat and the ball and plenty of enthusiasm in the field made the Saracens a worthy adversary for opposition teams.
However, the team’s promising early season form was difficult to maintain due to a combination of injuries and player unavailability after the x-mas break.
The team didn’t finish off the season well, losing games that were very winnable.
In the end, we narrowly missed out on a finals berth (finished 10th).
The competition was incredibly close this season with just 1 game separating teams 3-10. The lesson to be learned is that little things can matter a lot. Winning just one more game would have made a huge difference to the outcome of our season.
Although it was disappointing to miss the finals, there were a number of positives to come out of the season. Many of our young players gained value opportunities and experience and this bodes well for the future.
In terms of individual performances, Waqar Dawood had an excellent season taking 19 wickets @ 16.16. He also contributed with a batting average of 30.33.
All rounders Ravi Sujanani and Kaushal Karunasena also enjoyed solid seasons.
And youngsters Kuna Parwani and Aditya Kanthan showed a glimpse of the future with improved performances that they can hopefully build on next season.
This was my last year as captain of the Saracens. It has been a pleasure and an honor to lead the team over the past 2 years. Thanks to everyone for your support and I wish the new captain the best of luck. I'm sure that the squad will continue to develop and improve in the coming season.
- Matt Collins