Fixtures this weekend: Sat 1st XI home to Cuckney, 2nd XI @ Caythorpe, 3rd XI home to Whatton and Aslockton, 4th XI @ Keyworth, Sun 2nd XI home to Calverton.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Junior Cricket Review 2013

A review of 2013 by Barrie Humphriss and Carl Knight

Youth Cricket started in early January with winter training being offered to all youth age groups at Bramcote College through to the end of April. The Kwik and Foundation groups trained weekly and the U11/ U12’s hardball groups alternated with the U13/U14/U15’s, with each session lasting an hour and a half. The sessions were again very popular, well attended and well staffed by qualified
coaches who were keen to get the season off to a good start. Once again, we were very fortunate to have Jamie Hart, a former Notts player, who worked with all age groups. During these sessions, Jamie gained his Level 3 coaching qualification and Carl Knight his level 2. Well done, fellas.

At the end of April, 110 youth players registered across the age groups and the youth section was well prepared for the summer. Unlike the previous year when almost half of all summer sessions were lost due to bad weather, we only had to cancel one this year. Furthermore, for the first year in a long time, we continued the summer sessions throughout the school holidays, providing 18 summer sessions instead of the usual 12. All teams managed to play their matches as well, and the only ones not played were due to the opposition not being able to put a team out.

The structural changes which were made in 2012 to better meet the development needs of the young cricketers, continued this season. This involved ending the ‘year group’ approach for younger players and instead having a Foundation group for players who were new or nearly new to cricket (mainly U7 to U9). As players’ ability and confidence grew during the season, a number of players were invited to move to the Kwik group and went on to play in the Kwik season.

Foundation and Kwik
This year, the Kwik season increased from 5 ‘Kwik Sundays’ to 7, and we ended up hosting 3 of these, which all turned out to be played in glorious weather. We put out 2 teams every week – the Squirrels and the Tornadoes - and in total, 32 players ended up taking the field for Attenborough. On the final Sunday at Bramcote, we arranged for 10 of the Foundation group players to have a couple of matches at the end of the ‘official’ Kwik team’s matches, giving the younger ones an opportunity to experience the Kwik cricket that many of them will go on to play in 2014.

Both Kwik teams performed well with several fine team and individual performances, winning 8 out of 12 matches in total. One highlight was 8 year old Jamie Nisbet taking a caught and bowled wicket with his first ever ball in competitive cricket.

Hardball groups – U11 to U15

The U11’s moved up to 8-a-side hard ball, winning 2 of 6 league games played.

The team started the season well with a close win over the under 12s on bank holiday Monday.
  • Regularly played our 8 a side matches with only 2 or 3 year 6 players and often had several year 5 and 4 players
  • Younger players didn’t just make up the numbers but genuinely contributed in matches taking wickets and scoring runs
  • Many of the matches were close often coming down to the final over and even the final ball of the match
  • Fielding greatly improved throughout the season with the boys converting the work done on Friday evenings into matches
  • Batting is done in pairs and running between the wickets, although problematic early in the year improved during the season. All players scored a plus bias in runs (remember 6 runs are deducted if they lose a wicket)
  • Some excellent individual performances but one of the most pleasing aspects was how well the boys played together as a team, supporting each other in the true Attenborough way

Manager’s player – Reece Caine, bowling all rounder, steady batting (17no v Caythorpe incl. 4 x 4s) and took the responsibility of captaining the team leading very well

Most Improved – Brad Greatorex, stepped up from Kwik over the season to be exposed to hardball but took that beyond all expectations by taking wickets (2 for 8 in 3 overs against Carrington) and scoring vital runs

Individual performance –Tom Black 31no v Kinoulton & 22no v Gedling (5 x 4s)

The U12’s (year 7) played 10 matches, winning 4, losing 5 with 1 match abandoned. This included 2 league wins against Ellerslie and West Bridgford. The significance being the 1st league win in two seasons. There were 21 different players who represented the U12’s including 10 younger aged group players ( including Y4’s Brad and Lewis ). Finlay scored 86 runs with an average of 17 and took 3 for 36. Joel scored 55 runs for the u12’s (average 11) and 77 runs for the u13’s at an average of 38 (only out twice in 7 knocks). Will won the outstanding performance award taking 4 for 14 in 4 overs against West Bridgford for the u13 team. Will also captained the team throughout the season.

The U13's played 12 matches winning 3 , losing 7 with 2 matches abandoned. Ben Black starred with the bat scoring 159 runs, averaging over 30 and took 10 wickets. Danyal opened the batting and scored 80 runs and also took 11 wickets to received the most improved player award. Arjun won the individual performance award taking 5 wickets for 9 runs in 3.2 overs against Gedling, excellent spin bowling. For the second season running Billy Jones took a Hat-trick this time against Gedling and Sherwood.

The U15’s Virtually every team we played against had a team full of 15 year olds, with us we only had one, and the rest were younger. They all did what was asked, tried their hardest and give it their best, and confidence certainly grew through the season which showed when the majority of them played senior cricket and did well for the teams they were representing. This year was mainly about experience and getting the lads playing against a better standard of cricket which will only help them throughout the rest of their career.
Although the team did not win any of the 6 games played there were notable bowling performances from George & Will, Mark and Lewis. Batting was dominated by Albert who scored the majority of the teams runs.

2013 season award winners

Foundation Group – Manager’s player of the season – Oliver Kneller
Foundation Group – Most improved player – Jake Southgate
Foundation Group – Best attitude – Jake Robinson

Kwik Group – Manager’s player of the season – Sam Wardle
Kwik Group – Most improved player – Owen Evans
Kwik Group – Best attitude – Lucas Stentiford

U11 Manager’s player of the season - Reece Caine
U11 Most improved player - Brad Greatorex
U11 Best individual performance - Tom Black

U12 Manager’s player of the season - Finlay Meakin
U12 Most improved player- Joel Baddeley
U12 Best individual performance - Will Humphriss

U13 Manager’s player of the season - Ben Black
U13 Most improved player - Danyal Mehrban
U13 Best individual performance - Arjun Basra

U15 Manager’s player of the season - Albert Gardiner
U15 Most improved player - Tom Chapman
U15 Best individual performance – George Barker

U13 players awarded club cap for playing for adult teams : Hugh Shaw, Arjun Basra, Ben Black, Joe Gibson and Billy Jones

Richard Henson Shield - Ben Black

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