Norfolk U15's 2014 Season Report 2014

Norfolk U15’s 2014 Season Report

Back in December we picked a squad of 14 boys all of whom had played together the previous year in the U14s age group. The work ethic in the group sessions through the winter was very good and the team spirit was second to none.


During the season we  played 11 matches won 6 and lost 5, you may well think  that’s not the greatest return but I have no doubt the  playing standards and  skill levels  were much higher this year and we certainly improved collectively on the previous season. This, without doubt helped us get over the line in matches that went down to the wire. 


A disappointing opening match against Berkshire in a pre- season friendly did not give us the start we were looking for. However, we  soon managed to bounce back beating Hertfordshire at Gresham’s  by 1 wicket in a close encounter in which  Aaron Dhesi held his nerve to hit a six in the last over, nine wickets down, to clinch the match. A beautifully timed run chase built around a 50 from William Rogers .A very good team performance against a team who I felt were the strongest in our group. Unfortunately A loss in the next game against Cambridgeshire brought us once again back to earth.


We managed to win the following three matches a convincing win against local rivals Suffolk in which Charlie Grisley returned figures of 4 for 11 a well-constructed 50 from Tom Harris and some good hitting at the end of our innings by Alfie Woodrow got us up to 250, far too many for Suffolk. Two more consecutive wins against Hunts a Twenty over affair at Fakenham, again strong hitting by Alfie Woodrow enabled us to post a winning score. The following week, the return fixture, another win for Norfolk, posting 236, which I felt was an above par score considering the conditions, a patient 61 from William Rogers helped us build the total. In the second innings we made heavy work of it, with below par fielding and bowling we gave Hunts a chance and they came very close, but fortunately we held our nerve and they ended up three runs short.


The following match was arguably the group decider a win against Cambridgeshire and we were almost certainly through to the finals. Restricting them to 192 with Charlie Grisley taking 4-44 we were certainly in with a chance, however in reply at 88 for 6 the loss of early wickets, the run chase became very difficult, but some strong batting from the late to middle order helped us finish just three runs short. Once again Cambridgeshire proved to be the thorn in our side.


Another emphatic  win in the next game against Suffolk in which  Aaron Dhesi shone with the bat scoring 87 ,  and 4 for 22 for  U14 squad member Camarron Marrable.


Our final group match saw us travel to Hertfordshire, I felt the toss was crucial in this match and unfortunately we lost it, we were asked to field, the opposition posted 223 on a pitch that was getting slower and lower and we could only manage 175 despite a 46 not out from Charlie Grisley and 33 from wicketkeeper Thommo Yarham.


The last game of the season, a friendly against Lincolnshire saw Norfolk completely dominate, bowling Lincolnshire out for 106 with outstanding bowling figures for Alfie Woodrow of 4 for 9.   A fitting end to an enjoyable season.


On a personal note I’ve enjoyed the role as manager, had much satisfaction passing on my experience and knowledge, and watching the boys mature towards senior cricketers. It would be wrong to say there has not been a time when it’s been quite frustrating, but generally the lads have had the desire to play well, they have all listened and they have all been good people to be around.


Unfortunately this season will probably have been the final time the boys will all play together, some will have been involved since U10s and they will have all shared together the highs and lows cricket can bring, but from my own experience they will have made good friends, had some good laughs   and enjoyed all the positives being involved in county age group cricket can bring and I wish them all the best in the future.


Finally, I must once again thank Bernie Everrett for all his help over the season and all the parents for their contribution into helping everything run as smoothly as possible.

 

Carl Rogers



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