Reports are coming in that GCC Batsman of the Year 2009, Chris Lewis, is still giving his acceptance speech.
Following a lacklustre meal at The Miller of Mansfield venue in Goring, Lewis was presented with the gong following a superb season with the bat. His speech began around 10.45 on a cold Friday in November having been unanimously selected by the GCC Committee, backed up by impressive first team league stats.
An emotional Lewis began thanking his team members, friends and family on the night, and is currently thanking the residents of most of West Berkshire. With a clear commitment to The Club, the GCC Old Guard are concerned that Goring might be putting out an extremely strong team this year. ‘Goateed’ Club Chairman Toby Tomlinson commented “Chris is a great batsman…and wicket-keeper…and not so bad with the ball either. The trouble is, he’s a nice guy too. It’s changing times here right now and it seems as if Chris is going to be an important part of our future”.
With the 2nd XI on a well-deserved sabbatical for two years, Lewis has set his sights on the other awards for which he could qualify. “I’m struggling with how I can get the non-playing award, but I do have a plan. I hear the Academy might need some coaching support…”. Lewis went on to describe how he makes “a mean egg sandwich”, given the opportunity.
Competition will be tough in the 2010 season, however, with some other key names committing themselves to GCC’s future successes. “It’s Tim Deeks I worry about”, said Lewis, “he’s a little younger and a little quicker than me. I only hope he’s reaching that difficult age where girls and beer become more important than cricket”. Lewis then re-enforced his nice-guy image by going on to thank the residents of Lower Basildon and Streatley for letting him travel through their villages to get to the ground.