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Summary of 2017 season

The 2017 season has finished with Henley crowned as Division 1 champions, having led the division for the last 13 weeks. Second placed Oxford were 58 points behind

The crunch match at the bottom between Great & Little Tew ended with a 10 wicket win for Horspath, meaning that Great & Little Tew joined Burnham in relegation to Division 2

In Division 2 the crunch game was Thame Town vs Aston Rowant, with Thame Town needing to win to ensure promotion. Thame Town won by 19 runs but Aston Rowant gained enough bonus points to finish as champions with Thame Town promoted in second place

The second wicket partnership of 313 between Bruce Friderichs (150*) and Rob Viney (128) against Reading became the highest partnership for any wicket in HCPCL history. The old record of 312* for the first wicket between Craig Haupt (200*) and Andy Sabin (100*) in 2001 still stands as the Division 1 record

Great Brickhill ended the season with their first win in HCPCL but they were relegated along with Reading. Dinton won Cherwell 1 and Wokingham won Thames Valley 1 and so both clubs are set to rejoin HCPCL - Wokingham after 8 seasons out, Dinton were last relegated in 2015

Rain forced the abandonment of 7 matches in each division and the cancellation of 1 match in Division 1 and 2 in Division 2

Toby Davidson, the Tring Park scorer, has now scored 233 matches in the HCPCL, leaving him two behind all time record holder Ian Thompson

John Reed has now achieved the highest number of completed matches (231) umpired in the HCPCL as well as passing 200 Division 1 games (207 at end of season). Don Brooks became the umpire with most appearances in Division 2 reaching 177 completed matches, he also passed 200 completed matches reaching 208 at the end of the season. Note: Umpires statistics have historically only counted games that passed the minimum number of overs to constitute a match so abandonments are excluded along with cancellations. All other records appear to use any game that start

A summary of the season averages is below. Qualification for batting is 8 completed innings, >= 200 runs and an average >= 20. For bowling the qualification is 15 wickets

Division 1 batting

Most runs, best average, most 50s - Lloyd Sabin of Banbury with 847 runs at 70.58 with a top score of 99 but 9 fifties

Highest score and most hundreds - Michael Roberts of Henley with a top score of 160 not out (a new club record) and 3 league hundreds, making 793 runs at 52.87

Division 1 bowling

Tom Nugent of Henley took the most wickets with 40 at 15.75

Best average, best figures, best economy - Joe Thomas of Great & Little Tew with 34 wickets at 15.24 including 8-51 off 22.3 overs against Oxford at Jordan Hill, with only 2.94 runs per over across 176 overs

Max Uttley of Finchampstead had the best strike rate with a wicket every 25.05 balls

Muhammad Haroon took 37.5% of the wickets taken by Burnham

Samad Fallah of Oxford bowled 198 overs, 42 maidens and took 3 five wicket hauls to top those categories

Division 2 batting

Most runs, most hundreds - Gamindu Kaniskha of Thame Town scored 752 runs with 3 hundreds and 3 fifties at 53.71

Rob Viney of Amersham topped the averages with 721 runs at 65.55, with a hundred and 6 fifties

Doug Aris of Great Brickhill had the highest score in the league with his 167 not out in the last game of season as Great Brickhill achieved their only win

Matthew Rance of Chesham scored the most fifties with 7

Division 2 bowling

Most wickets, best figures, most 5 wicket hauls and highest percentage of team wickets - Anupam Sanklecha of Shipton-under-Wychwood who took 63 wickets at 10.56, including 8 wickets for 8 runs off 6.2 overs against Reading. He took 54.78% of all the team wickets as well as scoring 608 runs at 43.43 with a hundred and 5 fifties to top the club batting

Matthew Warner of Chesham had the best average with 15 wickets at 9.27

Chris Peploe of Datchet was the most economical bowler at only 2.01 runs per over

Will Pendered of Aston Rowant had the best strike rate with a wicket every 19.35 balls

Maduka Liyanapathiranage of Amersham bowled 242.3 overs (just one more ball than in 2016) for his 43 wickets

Wesley Morrick of Aston Rowant bowled most maidens, 63 of his 209.1 overs