'Eastern Voice & Data' Norfolk U12's Season Report 2014

'Eastern Voice & Data' Norfolk U12's Season Report 2014

‘Eastern Voice & Data’ Norfolk U12’s Season Report 2014


Once again I saw this group of players improve their performance as the season progressed.  I have now coached these boys for two years and have watched as they have grown as cricketers and as young men!  The only downside to the season was the number of games cancelled because of bad weather!  This didn’t help in terms of continuity but the quality of these players was never noticeably affected.

Overall we played (or tried to play) 13 matches - 4 were cancelled – winning 5, drawing 2 and losing 2! Both draws took place at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook competition in August where Norfolk had the better end of matches in both games.  Batting first and trying to bowl sides out is a tough call for youngsters and especially when our bowling was not of a high enough standard to create pressure on opposition batsmen. Generally we were too full or too short, and most definitely we were always two sides of the wicket.  Individually, at times, bowlers were more than capable of landing the ball in good areas but collectively we need to improve this area if we are going to be competing with First Class counties over the next few years.

However, on the batting front we were much better.  Seven of the front line batsmen managed to score a half century with two boys going on hit their maiden centuries for Norfolk; captain Dan Hastings and George Harrad.  Both centuries were scored at Holbrook and were of the highest quality.  Generally our batters performed consistently over the season and, as a group, there was always one or two that scored well enough for the bowlers to have something to bowl at.

Individually there are some excellent players in this squad whom I believe will continue to improve as the winter progresses.  Some were rewarded with their County Cap – Hastings and Harrad - others were offered places on the Centre of Excellence programme – Hastings, Harrad, Callum Metcalf, Harry Williams and Will Hollis – and there are still others who should be setting their sights on improving their performance as I know this squad is capable of so much more.  As the strength of opposition increases so will the skill level needed to compete.

Victories over Suffolk, Essex Metropolitan, Huntingdonshire and Lincolnshire twice were insufficient reward for their qualities as players but we would also have been disappointed with the two poor performances we had against Hertfordshire and the Netherlands.

A special thank you to our parents who undertook the demands of scoring, umpiring, match and statistic reporting and tea making, all without complaint!  Dan Hastings also did an excellent job in his first year as captain and led the side well in all aspects of the game.

And finally, many of our squad will be travelling with myself and two other coaches on a 10-day trip to Cape Town, South Africa in February 2015 for a once-in-a-lifetime cricketing experience and we are all looking forward so much to the trip!  Watch this space!


Paul Newman


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