'Norwich CEYMS' Norfolk U14 Season Report 2014

'Norwich CEYMS' Norfolk U14 Season Report 2014

‘Norwich CEYMS’ Norfolk U14 Season Report 2014


The U14 age group plays in the ECB Cup against major first class counties, such as Middlesex, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex - a tough set of fixtures.


One of our first matches saw us hosting Middlesex at Barton Turf.   Opener Stephen Moyse batted positively, scoring 38 from 49 balls faced.   Oscar Binny and Luke Marchant added 73 for the seventh wicket before Binny finally departed for a magnificent 64, and the innings closed on 190-9 after 45 overs. However, despite three sharp catches and new keeper Tom Poole putting in an excellent debut performance, Middlesex’s batsmen were ultimately too strong, and they reached their target in the 39th over.


Scoring 190 against Middlesex was highly pleasing, and we also scored 183 against Cambs,164 v Oxfordshire, 181 batting second to beat Dorset, 196 against Oxfordshire, and 249 -3 against Suffolk.  Individual batting highlights were Oscar Binnys 64 v Middlesex, 63 v Dorset,  62 v Suffolk, Kieran Peters 68 v Cambs, Alfi Coopers 64 v Suffolk, and Matt Bint’s 56 no v Suffolk.  Oscar ended up with 317 runs at 35, Matt Bint scored 189 runs at 23, and Coops 164 runs at 23.


Our bowlers performed well all season.  Our seam bowling was solid, with Oscar Binny and Luke Marchant bowling with pace and control throughout the season, ably supported by George Angier and Alex Gray.  Luke’s 5 wickets against Hunts was the fast bowling highlight of the year, and Luke ended with 11 wickets at an average of 25.


We had a wealth of spin bowlers to choose from: Cameron Marrable performed particularly well in the ECB Cup taking 5 wickets against Sussex, 4 wickets against Herts and 4 wickets against Suffolk.  He was the second highest wicket taker in the country at U14 level, and he ended with 18 wickets at 14 runs per wicket.  Kieran Peters bowled well-flighted off-spin with great control to take 12 wickets at 25. Joe Flatt’s bowling improved steadily through the season, and he particularly impressed with   2 -23 against Sussex, and 3-28 against Essex.  Andy Carver and Alfie Cooper also offered leg-spinning option to give the skipper headaches to choose from.


We toured at Bromsgrove, and had a tough first day against Oxfordshire.  On day 2, Dorset won the toss and decided to bat.   Luke Marchant and Oscar Binny bowled quick opening spells.  Kieran Peters then bowled well, taking two wickets.  Alfie Cooper, took 3-29 in 9 overs including another swift stumping by the effervescent Poole. 180 is always a tough target to chase. Stephen Moyse and Tom Poole opened the batting, adding 54 for the first wicket, Oscar Binny scored 63 before Tristan Caley included three powerfully hit fours in his unbeaten 27 to lead the side to victory.  


On day 3 of the festival. Laurie Ollerton and Matt Bint put on 46 in 10 overs against Cardiff.  Marrable added 32, punching the ball through the leg side with great power. Alex Gray helped add 52 for the last wicket giving a total of 196.  Skipper KP turned quickly to spin, and Cam Marrable struck in his first over, Kieran Peters then bowled his third excellent spell of the week, with 9 overs, 15-3. Cardiff finished well short, giving us two victories out of three on tour.


Probably our best ECB performance of the year was against Suffolk.  Stephen Moyse and Alfie Cooper put on 100 for the first wicket, before Moyse was out caught for 45, while Coops went on to add a sparkling 64. Bint added a half century as did Oscar Binny as Norfolk posted 249-3 in their 45 overs.  Suffolk made a positive start in their reply, adding 49 for the first wicket in only 10 overs. However, it was the four-pronged spin attack that pegged back Suffolk and brought wickets. Cameron Marrable was the pick of the bowlers taking 4 - 55. In the end, Suffolk reached 223-9 after 45 overs, and Norfolk had won the fixture by 26 runs.


All in all , a great season: playing 12, winning 5, losing 5, and 2 rain affected matches when we were in a decent position. Thanks to all the coaches, parents, scorers for all their support. It was pleasing that four debutants performed well and integrated well in to the team.  Finally, all our players contributed to wins at some point of the season. Tour was tremendous fun and we look forward to next year.  

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