The 2010's Decade in Review
As the decade comes to an end, it's interesting to look back to the journey the club has taken over those 10 years. The decade began with Cricket Leinster (or the LCU as they were back then), restructuring the league from the former Senior, Middle, Intermediate and Junior Format to a new 13 Division, 8 team leagues. The club started the decade fielding 3 different teams - 2 League teams (Division 9 and Div 13) along with the Social team. Halverstown pretty much mirrored the Irish Economy at the time, and as the decade wore on, two league teams quickly became one, tumbling down to the divisions and even the Social team felt the bite, with finding 11 players for a fixture becoming more and more difficult. That is not to say that the club did not enjoy it's success in the 2010's. In 2011, the 2nd Team won the Division 14 League Title. There was then a 6 year gap before the then only league team in the club won the 2017 Division 13 Title.
As with the changeover in the league format at the start of the decade, the new stats system applied by Cricket Leinster began at the beginning of the 2011 season, and the stats you will see below are based on that.
Most Runs - Barry Ashmore. 1370 Runs
Highest Score - Mamoon Rashid. 141 Not Out Vs North Kildare 2016
Most Runs in a Season - Sean Dempsey. 574 Runs in 2012
Top Wicket Taker - Neville Case. 204 Wickets
Most Wickets in a Season - Stuart Gallagher. 52 Wickets in 2012
Most Catches - Hubert Beaumont. 58 Catches
Most Catches in a Season - Hubert Beaumont. 12 Catches in 2018 & 2019
Most Matches Played - Neville Case. 124 Matches
Youngest Player - Terrence Case. Age 13
Oldest Player - Des Drumm. Age 70
Highest Team Innings - 320/5 Vs Wicklow County 2017
During 2010, we also said goodbye to one of our friends and team mates; Alan Ruddock who passed away. Alan was a fantastic captain, who is still remembered fondly in the club, and every year we still play White City to compete for the Alan Ruddock Trophy.
So what holds for Halverstown in 2020's? We have seen our club membership numbers rise to figures not seen since the start of the last decade. There is a new vitality about the club and this is reflected both on and off the pitch. 2020 is the clubs 135th anniversary and it's one that we plan to celebrate in more ways than one. I'm happy to raise a bat and say goodbye to the 2010's. It's been enjoyable and memorable in many ways. But here's to the new decade. The Roaring Twenties.