'Friends of Norfolk Youth Cricket' Norfolk U11's Season Report 2014

'Friends of Norfolk Youth Cricket' Norfolk U11's Season Report 2014

‘Friends of Norfolk Youth Cricket’ Norfolk U11’s Season Report 2014


The under 11 season was in overall terms successful with 6 wins and a winning draw out of the eleven 40 over games played and a win in a 15 by 8 ball over game at RHS when the weather prevented a full match.


However the season did ebb and flow considerably. After 3 initial wins, 2 very comfortable, we were eyeing a very impressive season. However we then hit a bad patch which was initially caused by poor batting and then began to affect our whole game as we then lost the next 4. A couple of these, at least, were wholly avoidable defeats against teams who appeared no match for us on a man for man basis.


We arrived at RHS on a bit of a low but the new environment did inspire us and we managed 3 wins and a draw there. The side really bonded over these 4 days and it benefitted our cricket immensely.


The final match was against a Suffolk side who had only lost one game prior. This was another game where we won 7 out of the 8 10 ball sessions comfortably but nearly threw away the victory in a crazy spell of batting which saw us lose 8 wickets for 30. A game we should have walked was, in the end, only won by the technicality of the pre match agreement to allow all 12 batsmen to bat.


In conclusion, the whole side and a lot of the individuals blew hot and cold this season. There is a lot more capacity in this team in all 3 disciplines of the game and we will be disappointed if our record is not much better next year.


A lot of the victories were won more by good team work rather than individual displays, however both Dan Bint and Nathan Shaw took match winning 5 wicket spells. There were fifties for Jack Robinson and Tom Bailey. Paddy Kelly took the highest number of wickets and Zach Taylor scored the most runs. Louis Hart who often featured strongly with ball, bat and in the field, should also be mentioned.


The boys were a pleasure to manage all season.  Thanks to the Clubs at Saxlingham, Brooke, Old Buckenham, Garboldisham and Horsford for hosting us so well. Thanks to the parents for being supportive all season and providing superb home match teas. Finally thanks to Paul Newman for combining the coaching of the under 12s with the under 11s.



Tony Bailey


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