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2011 Season Review

 

2011 was been another phenomenal season for the club’s youth section with honours at many levels, over 200 participants and 30 members playing representative cricket at either County or District levels.

I did not believe that we could eclipse our successes of 2010, but have been proved wrong again;

The Seasons highlights include:

U9’s BYCL Semi Finalists

Girls Regional Ladies Taverner Final Winners and ECB National Finalists

U13’s County Cup Winners and Regional Finalists.

U15’s County Cup Winners and Regional Semi-Finalists.

U17’s TCL League, Cup and BYCL Treble Winners

 

We have never had such a cross section of honours before. This level of success must rank us as one of the most successful youth cricket set ups in the South of England and possibly beyond. The people involved have good reason to hold their heads high.

A large number of our youth have also represented the senior club with significant success. JJ Dewes, Dan Lincoln and Tom Potter have represented the Club first XI, JJ taking 5 wickets on two occasions; Dan Lincoln, Dan Marles and Billy Beswick have scored senior XI hundreds and Adam Dewes, Max Uttley and Max Stevenson all have senior league cricket 5 wicket hauls next to their names this year. These are fantastic individual achievements.

I am equally pleased with our efforts off the field this year. We started new relationships with Performance Cricket to provide our coaching, and with them entered an arrangement with The Forest School to refurbish their sports hall and receive preferential booking of the upgraded indoor facility, we delivered a full winter coaching programme for the first time and increased the level and quality of our summer coaching. We also appointed Serious cricket to provide us with a new range of clothing available to all of our members on-line. Both initiatives have been hugely successful and represent significant steps forward in the club’s development. In addition to this Jane Bale has taken the lead on our social efforts in a bid to raise £10,000 for new score boards. I am delighted with the response that we have received and to date we have achieved over 80% of our target. Thank you to all who have participated and donated to this effort which will ensure that the grounds here are fit for cricket for hopefully many years to come.

I would like to thank all the youth committee members, the team managers, administrators and coaches; the sports club and the senior cricket section for their support, the ground staff here who maintain these facilities, and the multitude of parent helpers who enable cricket to be delivered on this scale so successfully. Simply in terms of logistics this should not be underestimated and the youth section should be extremely proud of what it has achieved.

As most of you will already know I am now standing down as Chairman of the Youth Section; I have enjoyed my three years in this role, we have had some amazing results on the field and the relationship between the two sections of the club is closer now than it has ever been. The importance of the Youth section to our long term future is I know evident to you all and I firmly believe that these successes in our youth cricket will lead to a period of strength for the club as a whole in the near future.

 

 

Richard Potter

07968 324101

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