2011 was a ground-breaking and hugely successful season for Underriver. For the first time in the club’s history, we joined a league and we made several improvements to the ground to meet the challenge. The square was overhauled and sightscreens and new equipment were purchased. Although we have struggled to raise a side on Saturdays in the past, competition for places suddenly became fierce. The team were nothing short of outstanding, winning 15 matches and losing only one – the last game of the season, when half of the side were on tour in Portugal. We duly achieved promotion and next season will see us facing some very competitive opposition. There were brilliant individual performances, notably by Nick Watson who managed to score 404 runs in two matches against Withyham without being dismissed, setting a club record for highest score in the process. Congratulations, too, to David Close for his thrilling batsmanship and impressive organisational skills in raising the team, and his father David for liaising closely with the league officials. Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of the landmark season was the emergence of several young players – one of the reasons for playing league cricket was to satisfy their desire to play must-win cricket and now almost half the side are under 20 years old. The tour of Portugal was also a highlight. For a second time we were royally entertained at the Oporto Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club, who insisted on making us drink lots of port over long lunches in a bid to make us take our eye off the ball. Their ruse only worked once. We are now taking down names for a tour of Minorca in September 2013. Finally, a plea. We still have a busy Sunday programme playing friendly cricket, but numbers have suffered because of the league commitments, so if you know anyone who is interested in playing for Underriver, in league or friendly games, please put them in contact with the club.