Improved Greenies drunk on success

They used to have a reputation as the boozy club whose drinking levels were a greater priority than games won, but the Heineken-sponsored Greenies have just completed their most sober season and results changed accordingly.

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Wetherell, left, received his award from Ivan Burges.
Photo: Ron Shillingford

Oh, the antics and banter is still strong. That will never go, but now both Greenies cricket sides have a more competitive edge and that was reflected by the vast improvement in team fortunes.

Maybe it’s because they formed a women’s team this year and the girls are keeping them more in line.

Nevertheless, at the club’s annual dinner and awards event at Deckers on West Bay Road on Saturday night, there was a lot to celebrate and applaud.

As usual, the Deckers food was exquisite, cooked by Chef Ron. It included spicy jerked calamari, basil crusted baked brie, mushroom and cider smoked chicken potstickers as starters. That was followed by a Deckers main course of lamb, salmon, lobster, shrimp and chicken all on one plate with a splendid assortment of sauces and spices which would bowl any cricketer over.

Greenies Too came second in the league, their best achievement ever. Highlights came mainly from the batsmen with Ian Rotsey scoring 61 not out, Matthew ‘Texas’ Walker 70, Scott Watson 64, Simon Wetherell 58, Craig Scott 53 and Richard Swale-Thomas 52.

Swale-Thomas also hit a magnificent 60 in the 20/20 competition and Rotsey got an unbeaten half century.

In the bowling department, there were five wicket hauls by Josh Brown, Dave McGrath and Chris Troskie.

Best Greenies Too team performance was when they snatched an improbable victory on tour in Cayman Brac, said skipper Swale-Thomas who is stepping down after two seasons.

‘We know we’re not the best team but we definitely have the most fun,’ Dickie said. ‘Ultimately, we had a great season and long may it continue. Someone please put in a late bid for the captaincy otherwise it’s going to be Texas!’

Walker had the best batting figures and Troskie was the best bowler.

Women’s captain Catherine Gallant said: ‘We only won one game but we still did well in our first season. At least we have the best batting partnership of 135 runs.’

Carmel Harms will be the new women’s captain next season. The best woman batsman was Wiki Hitchman and Harms was the best bowler.

Rotsey got an award for coaching the women.

Wetherell, the club’s president, got the Ken Spraggon Award for his great service to Greenies.

Tom Stephens, the Greenies captain, said of their improvement: ‘Last year we were fourth in the 20/20 and last in the league. This year we were third in 20/20 and second in the league.

‘We worked harder and practiced more and our five game winning streak was the highlight. That was broken by the ‘narrow loss’ to Prison in the final game.’ (Prison actually annihilated Greenies.)

Josh Brown got the Andre ‘Blacks’ Blackwood memorial award and Clot of the Year for both teams was Kerry Tucker, the straight talking Aus who joined Greenies in January only knowing that ‘it involved cricket and lots of alcohol’.

Wetherell summed up the evening beautifully by saying: ‘The number of people who want to join Greenies speaks volumes for itself.’