MARTINSTOWN Cricket Club's recent annual club dinner was an opportunity to celebrate the successes of the 2017 season and look forward to the next season.

The event however was tinged with sadness at the passing away of club president, Brian Canniford. Founding member John O'Brien gave a moving speech in honour of Brian, highlighting the friendship and support he gave the club. Brian will be greatly missed.

The club, whose first XI compete in the Dorset Funeral Plan Premier league, had a positive season in 2017 and this was reflected in the awards, with Teddy Andrews winning batsman of the year and debutant Mike Kennedy-Barnard picking up bowler of the year.

Skipper, Ed Nichols, won the all-rounder award and was also recognised for his achievement in making his full Dorset debut.

Brian Canniford's Spirit of Cricket went to club captain, Matthew Rimmer. Rimmer also won the coveted players' player award.

Nathan McNab won the young player award, over a number of contenders, showing the pool of young talent that is within the club.

Paul House won the chairman's award for all his sterling efforts and a second trophy went to Teddy Andrews for most sixes.

Linda and Martin Williams won the clubman award for their outstanding efforts during the season from running youth teams to support on Saturdays.

Finally Tony Jacobs and Charlie Durant shared the champagne moment for their vital last-wicket partnership for the second XI that saw victory over Blandford.

The club are gearing up for the 2018 season with adult training starting on Friday, February 23 at Thomas Hardye School (7.30pm). Indoor youth training has already commenced.

In other news the extension of the pavilion is well underway as the club continue to strive to have one of the best facilities in Dorset.

The club are always on the look out for new players of all ages. Contact or visit the club's website for more information.