MARTIN Hill again claimed best batsman honours at Bredon Cricket Club’s 2017 awards.

Hill, who also won the accolade last season, notched up a batting average of 57.50 in first team league games for the club.

Dominic Fenney, with an average of 17.76, took the best bowler award.

The senior players’ celebration marked a highly successful year for Bredon Cricket Club.

The First XI finished fourth in the Worcestershire County League’s division two, while the Second XI, playing in the division three, also finished fourth.

Prior to the presentation of the annual awards at Bredon’s Hill Close clubhouse, chairman Neil Hall thanked all who had contributed on and off the field over the last year.

He said it had been a highly successful season.

Both the first and second teams had performed well, finishing in commendable positions in their leagues. The Thirds had continued their precious development work with the younger players.

The input of coaching from Tom Walsingham and Andy Stovold had helped develop the skills of both junior and senior players.

Mr Hall thanked everyone for their contributions to off-the-field activities such as the Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017 in May, which in its first year had been a huge success and raised valuable funds for both the club and the Midlands Air Ambulance.

The inaugural Bredon Hill Bash 20-over competition, organised by Jake Denton, landlord of the Crown Inn at Kemerton, had also been hugely popular. It was held on the August bank holiday weekend and scores of families arrived at Hill Close to enjoy a "fabulous day of cricket".

Mr Hall said he expected the club to next year continue working towards its goal of becoming a first-rate social and sporting venue for the area.

There is a celebration for Bredon’s junior players, and their friends and families, at Hill Close on Sunday, September 24, at which more awards will be presented.

Senior players’ end-of-season awards

First team batting: Martin Hill

First team bowling: Dominic Fenney

Second team batting: Jamie Annand

Second team bowling: Simon Riches

Fielding prize: Charlie McVicker

Most enthusiastic cricketer: Sam Draper