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NOVEMBER 2011 NEWS

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27/11/11 -

YOUNG WILS CALLS TIME ON BROOMFIELD

Marc Wilson will not be playing for Broomfield in 2012 after confirming he has moved to the George. Marc who played 323 games for Broomfield joined us from the Wernley in May 2007 aged 17 and enjoyed success during his five seasons at the club. Marc had been expected to leave Broomfield since rumours emerged in October of a move to West Bromwich Labour. His resignation email thanked everyone at the club for their support but cited that to improve his game further he must test himself at the highest level and that the time was right for a new challenge.

“Young Wils” as he became known to team mates joined in May 2007 and initially only played in the West Bromwich team whilst still turning out for the Wernley in all other leagues. His Broomfield debut came at home against the Bell Inn, a game he won 21-19. A full transfer was completed a few weeks later and a W&W debut followed on 7th July where he won 21-16 away at the Greville Arms in the Alliance team. He was promoted to the W&W Premier team after three consecutive wins in the Alliance and made his first team debut aged 17 at West Bromwich Labour winning 21-17. In the 54 W&W Premier matches that followed he would go on to feature in 53.

2008 was by far the most successful season that Marc enjoyed with Broomfield. He clocked up 87 games, the most he would play for us in one season and recorded a 69% win rate, again the best he would achieve out of his five seasons with the club. He won the club averages in three teams: W&W Premier, Smethwick ‘A’ and the Dudley. He retained the Club Handicap which he won in 2007 and ended the season by winning the West Bromwich Individual Merit on M&B. 23 single figure wins were recorded in 2009 by Young Wils and he had now firmly established himself as one of the top six bowlers in the club. The Club Championship remained a tough challenge as Marc went out in the second round for the third season running, he did not enter the competition thereafter. Competition success did come in the Oldbury League Gerald J Wilson Pairs, winning the event with Daniel Chilton.

Times changed for all of us in 2010 and leaving the Broomfield green saw many of the players lose confidence and suffer a dip in performance. Nevertheless Marc still maintained his accustomed level of performance and his end of season win rate of 68.7% was actually an improvement on 2009. In a bid to keep his interest in the club Marc took on his first roles for Broomfield in 2011, these being the Oldbury ‘A’ captaincy and a place on the committee. His captaincy was a success with the Oldbury finishing 3rd in Division 1 just four points off a runners-up place. Three away wins and no home defeats were a great achievement considering it was Broomfield’s first full season at Portland Road. On the green Marc has now explained that he had stopped enjoying the game and the further the 2011 season progressed the more he cut a frustrated figure. Their were glimpses of the old Marc Wilson at times, notably his opening burst at home to Great Barr against Andy Dugmore, his comeback at number 12 away on Ward End Cons and when last on the green against the Greyhound but more often than not it was obvious to all that this competitive and confident player had lost his way at the club.

His statistics don’t lie, winning 65% of his games (210 / 323) from 2007 to 2011. One third of his victories were single figures and his win rate on Broomfield was 81% (103 games). At The George Marc will join three former Wernley team mates in John Emery, Chris Lambert and Mark Atkins. Not many have made the move from Broomfield to the George but two that did were Ollie Newman in 1988 and Peter Nichols in 2002. We wish Marc the very best of luck at his new club and thank him for the contribution he has made to Broomfield.

League
Played
Won
Warwick & Worcester
89
55
Smethwick
79
51
Oldbury
68
44
Dudley
24
16
West Bromwich
23
18