'Shell' Norfolk U15 Boys Results 2015

'Shell' Norfolk U15 Boys Results 2015

Shell Norfolk U15's Results 2015

(Scorecards available to view at the bottom of the page)

Norfolk U15 v Cambs U15 at Manor Park, 17th June 2015


Cambs 231-5 in 45 overs
Norfolk 189-10 in 43.4 overs

Norfolk Under 15 side did well to restrict a strong Cambridgeshire side to 231 in 45 overs, and to take 8 wickets. Adam Pitchers took two wickets on debut, and there were wickets too for Luke Marchant, Oscar Binny, Cam Marrable and Joe Flatt. Fielding was pretty good too.

There were positives to take from the batting too. Several of the batsmen who got out early looked to be batting very fluently, and looked more than good enough for their bowlers. We scored 189 runs, and saw good runs for Luke Marchant (56), Kieran Peters (37), Stephen Moyse (21) and Tom Poole (20).

Although we would have liked to start the season with a win, this was a good warm-up match, with 8 wickets being taken, and 189 runs being scored.


Norfolk U15 v Herts U15 at Barton Turf, 24th May 2015

RAINED OFF - Norfolk 159-5 in 40 overs

Norfolk hosted Herts U15 in their second fixture of the season under grey skies at Barton Turf. Luke Marchant skippered the side in the absence of usual skipper, Kieran Peters, and promptly won the toss and elected to bat.

After the early loss of Stephen Moyse, Alfie Cooper and Oscar Binny put on a great second wicket partnership of 73 to take the score up to 84 from only 18 overs. Cooper was then given out LBW for 35, bringing Old Buckenham’s Matt Bint to the crease. Binny kept the scorebox ticking over with 6 fours and a magnificent six which cleared the score hut, and looked certain to reach 50, when he holed out to long off from the tricky Herts off-spinner Latham. Matt Bint added a secure 21 not out, building good partnerships with Luke Marchant and Tom Poole.

The rain, as forecast, then fell and an early tea was taken. Sadly, no more cricket was played, and the game abandonded, with Norfolk having hit 159-5 in 40 overs, and looking to be in a strong position.

Thanks to Ashmanaugh and Barton Wanderers for hosting the game at their beautiful ground, with especial thanks to Rob the groundsman, and the magnificent catering team who looked after players and parents so well.


Norfolk U15 v Suffolk U15 at Woolpit CC, 25th May 2015 (ECB Royal London Cup)


Norfolk 216 in 49.4 overs
Suffolk 217-6 in 49.1 overs

The first game of this year’s ECB U15 Royal London Cup took place at Woolpit CC on Monday 25th May with Norfolk travelling to local rivals Suffolk, with the game held at the picturesque EAPL ground of Woolpit CC. Kieran Peters won the toss and chose to bat for Norfolk. Opening the batting were Alfie Cooper and U15 debutant, Tyler Murphy playing up from the U14 county side. Suffolk’s Ed Goddard bowled really well to take three early wickets, and soon Norfolk had stumbled to 36-6 in the ninth over.

Norfolk captain Peters then played a magnificent captain’s inning for his side. He batted for 3 hours to craft a patient 102, his first century for the county. Kieran was particularly strong through the leg side, placing singles and twos into the gaps with great precision. He first built a great partnership with Hethersett and Tas Valley’s Tom Osborn, also on debut, with the pair adding 41 for the 7th wicket. 24 was then added with Tristan Caley before Tom Poole, the Swardeston wicket-keeper, came to the crease and the pair added 68 for the 9th wicket – Tom Poole’s 27 was Norfolk’s second highest score of the day. Kieran then really started to accelerate, putting away the bad ball ruthlessly, and looking totally untroubled in defence. ABW;’s George Angier strode in as No 11, with an air of utter calm, and played over after over to support Kieran as the captain secured his maiden county century.

So Norfolk finished on 216 all out from 49.1 overs – an astonishing recovery from 36-6. Suffolk had 50 overs to outscore Norfolk, and they made a great start, with A Oxley and F Atkins adding 74 for the first wicket. For Norfolk, Halvergate’s Adam Pitchers beat the bat on several occasions, and the three other seamers of Oscar Binny, Luke Marchant and George Angier all bowled well without success. Angier 10 overs went for only 24 runs, to add to his earlier heroics with the bat. Then skipper Peters came on to bowl an excellent spell of 10 overs of off-spin , taking 3-34 which got Norfolk back into the game. Alfie Cooper also bowled 9 overs of accurate legspin, taking 2-42, and all the bowlers performed well to keep Suffolk scoring well below the 4 per over they needed. Wicket-keeper Poole kept for 50 overs without a single bye, and the Norfolk fielding was excellent throughout.

With 5 overs to go, Suffolk still needed 45 runs for victory, and only 4 wickets left standing. Suffolk, however, had Jack Hobbs batting at no 6, and he played an innings that his namesake of 100 years ago would have been proud. Hobbs hit 58 not out from only 60 balls, and in the final 50th over, he hit the winning runs and secured an important victory for his side.


Norfolk U15 v Hunts U15 at Manor Park (Horsford CC), 7th June 2015 (ECB Royal London Cup)


Hunts 268-6 in 50 overs
Norfolk 189-10 in 43.4 overs

This was our second ECB game of the year. Norfolk U15 lost the toss, and Hunts chose to bat under a bright blue skies at Manor Park. Oscar Binny and Adam Pitchers opened the bowling, and both beat the outside edge in a good opening spell. In the third over, the Hunts opener edged to slip and Cooper took a regulation catch. Sadly, that brought together C Parnell and J Smith who then added 142 for the second wicket. They batted really well, stealing singles, and forcing twos whenever possible. Eventually Alfie Cooper broke the partnership, and Kieron Peters bowled well to take 4 wickets at the end, but the damage had been done by then, and Hunts went on to score 268-6 in their 50 overs. All our bowlers had bowled reasonably well, and we fielded tidily, but Hunts batted really well. A special mention to Matt Hendrie who bowled well on debut.

Given that this was an excellent batting track, the total was not unsurmountable. But, we lost wicket regularly and were dismissed in 38 overs for only 110. Only Oscar Binny (56*) and Stephen Moyse (11) made double figures. Oscar batted really well, but ran out of partners eventually. A disappointing day, and lots to ponder before our next game away at Middlesex.


Middlesex U15 vs Norfolk U15 at Highgate School, 21st June 2015 (ECB Royal London Cup)


Norfolk U15 87-10 from 39.4 overs
Middlesex U15 88-5 from 15 overs

The fixture was moved at short notice to Highgate school. Sadly, a deluge of rain fell the previous day on to an uncovered pitch, and the wicket was very damp and green. Norfolk lost the toss and were inserted. Wickets fell regularly, with their opening fast bowler, N Rasakulasuria, taking 5 wickets. Matt Bint showed stout resistance, scoring 24, but surviving over 90 balls. He was later well supported by Tom Poole, Joe Flatt and Cam Marrable. Somehow, Norfolk crawled to 87, but it had looked at one point that we would be skittled for much less.

Middlesex soon found that it was very difficult to bat on the wicket. Early wickets for Marchant and Pitchers and soon Middlesex were 55-5. But, Middlesex had decided to attack everything, and their positive approach paid off, and they rattled off the target in 15 overs.

Norfolk U15 v Kent U15 at Horsford, 28th June 2015


Norfolk 159-6 from 40 Overs
Kent 162-5 from 35.3 Overs

The match was reduced to 40 overs rain delayed the start and more was expected later. Kent Cricket Board Under15 won toss and decided to field. Norfolk scored 159-6 in 40 overs. Stephen Moyse batted well to score 43, while Binny 36, Ollerton 19 and Peters 16 all contributed to the total but this never looked enough on a wicket which was good for batting.

This fact was even more evident as Kent began to bat where they scored freely throughout the innings in the pursuit of the total. All of the bowlers struggled to restrict the scoring despite Joe Flatt bowling well to take 2-29 and Kieron Peters 2 wickets and Luke Marchant 1. In all fairness Kent batted well and reached the target with four overs to spare and were worthy winners.

Norfolk U15 v London Schools U15 at Sprowston CC, 5th July 2015


Norfolk 192-6 from 30 Overs
London Schools 146-9 from 30 Overs

Norfolk U15 entertained London Schools at Sprowston CC. Early rain meant a delayed start, but we eventually started a 30 over game with Norfolk winning the toss and batting. Each Norfolk U15 game, someone makes a good contribution with the bat; Stephen Moyse and Oscar Binny last week and Alfie Cooper, Luke Marchant, Matt Bint and Tom Poole have all put in good performances in our early games.

Today, the new ball, and some decent openers, caused difficulties again for our top order. However, we had two great middle-order partnerships. Tom Osborn and Tristan Caley put on 62 for the 5th wicket, then Kieran Peters and Laurie Ollerton put on 92 for the 6th wicket, with Kieran top-scoring with 56 runs from only 40 balls. We ended up with 192 from only 30 overs in this rain affected match.

London Schools threatened at times, but we bowled and fielded well, and ultimately restricted them to 146-9 in their 30 overs. George Angier was the pick of the bowlers taking 2-27 in his 6 overs. It was pleasing to see Sam Tinkler make his debut at U15 level, bowling with real pace and taking a wicket. Cam Marrable, Joe Flatt, Kieran Peters and Tristan Caly all bowled well too. Laurie Ollerton kept tidily, conceding no byes, and taking a swift stumping.

Norfolk U15 v Middlesex U15 at Greshams School, 5th August 2015
(ECB Royal London Cup)


Middlesex U15 280-8 off 50 overs
Norfolk U15 251-7 off 50 overs

Norfolk Under 15s entertained Middlesex at Greshams School, on Wednesday 5th August, in the latest round of the ECB Royal London Cup. Middlesex are currently top of the ECB League, and visited Norfolk after thrashing Hunts and Suffolk on the two previous days. The Greshams pitch and new pavilion provided a magnificent setting for this fascinating encounter.

The first class county won the toss and elected to bat. George Angier of AB Wanderers steamed in from the top end, and soon had Cracknell caught by Alfie Cooper. Meanwhile, Vauxhall Mallards’ Luke Marchant bowled a tidy opening spell up the hill, and also caused the Middlesex early batsmen some difficulties. Cameron Marrable, also of AB Wanderers, then replaced Marchant, and soon beat the bat of the advancing Shukla and Swardeston’s Tom Poole whipped of the bails with his usual efficiency. There was then a terrific third wicket partnership between Ferreira and Scott, which took Middlesex up to 102-2 off only 20 overs which threatened to take the game away from Norfolk U15s.

Skipper Kieran Peters then brought himself and Oscar Binny on to bowl. The Horsford duo bowled tidily, with Binny taking one wicket, while Peters managed to take 4 wickets with his usual well-controlled and intelligent brand of off-spin. A terrific catch from Marchant in the deep, and a superb one-handed catch by Poole, and suddenly Middlesex were 155-6. Marrable took another wicket to plunge Middlesex to 163 for 7, and at 189-8, Norfolk were right on top. A catch was then taken off Angier, potentially match-winning before the umpire called no-ball, dashing Norfolk hopes. However, Amin survived and scored a superb 75 and, disappointingly, the ninth wicket pair then added a partnership of 91. So Middlesex ended on 280, with Peters having taken 4-38 of 10 overs.

The Middlessex total was substantial, but Norfolk were confident they could reach the target if they batted well. The Middlesex opening bowlers,Teesdale and Rasakulasuriar, were both quick and swung the ball alarmingly. Cooper and Moyse departed early, before Old Buckenham’s Matt Bint was joined at the crease by Oscar Binny. These two batted beautifully, with Bint whipping anything on his legs through the on-side with great power and precision, while Binny drove the pitched-up ball hard, and rocking back effortlessly to pull the occasional short ball. Matt Bint eventually departed for 55, with the pair having added 115, and the score having risen to 144-3. Laurie Ollerton played some classy drives before departing, and then Binny was joined by Peters.

Norfolk had now reached 177-4 of 40 overs, so Norfolk required 100 runs off the last 10 overs with 6 wickets remaining. The score progressed well, but then Binny was eventually dismissed for an outstanding 88 off only 98 balls, against a strong Middlesex attack. Peters continued to bat well, and was joined by Thetford’s Tristan Caley, who hit the ball hard and straight for his 14 runs off only 8 balls, and then Luke Marchant. Peters went on to score an unbeated 36 off only 28 balls. But, the return of the opening bowlers made the last 10 overs difficult, and sadly Norfolk fell just 29 runs short. Well-played both teams.

Kent U15 vs Norfolk U15 at The Mote CC, Maidstone, 9th August 2015
(ECB Royal London Cup)


Norfolk U15 226-6 off 50 overs
Middlesex U15 224-4 off 50 overs

After a narrow defeat to Middlesex last week, the Shell UK Norfolk U15 team headed to the historic Mote CC ground at Maidstone in Kent to take on another First-Class county in the ECB Royal London Cup. The faded splendour of the Mote CC had provided the setting for the great Colin Cowdrey’s one hundredth first class hundred in a bygone era, and it looked a real picture as Norfolk set about the mighty Kent.

Kieran Peters won the toss for Norfolk and elected to bat, unsurprisingly, as the temperature soared and the wicket and outfield both looked inviting. Laurie Ollerton of Sprowston CC and Stephen Moyse of Brooke CC opened the batting, and had almost added 50, when Moyse was most unfortunate to be run out “backing up”. Matt Bint was equally unfortunate to be given out caught off what appeared to be, to some observers, a clear bump ball! Ollerton went on to score an excellent 43, driving and cutting the ball through the off side with some style. He was soon joined by Horsford’s Oscar Binny, who added 45 runs off only 50 balls, before also being run out attempting a dangerous second run. Ollerton was then stumped, advancing down the wicket to Kent’s spin bowler Evans, but sadly missing the ball in the process. Skipper Peters added a brisk 55 runs, with valuable additions from Tom Osborn and Tristan Caley, before Vauxhall Mallard’s Luke Marchant came in at number 8. Marchant timed the ball beautifully, hitting six crisp 4s in a delicious 34 not out, to close the innings on 226-6.

Kent started very confidently. They added 150 for the first wicket with Moen adding 89 and Divekar 54, and skipper Peters used 6 bowlers trying to find a wicket from somewhere. Eventually, AB Wanderers left-handed wrist-spinner, Cameron Marrable, came on to bowl his best spell of the season so far. Moen kept blocking but, eventually, the ball dipped and span out of the dust, clean bowling the Kent batsman. Then Divekar attempted a risky second, and Hethersett and Tas Valley’s Tom Osborn hurled in a great throw and the Kent batsmen was run out – 154 – 2.

Kent should still have won easily given their excellent start. They needed 70 runs off the last 12 overs with 8 wickets remaining. But Norfolk, to their credit, never gave up. All the bowlers maintained great discipline, and the fielding was excellent. It fell to George Angier and Oscar Binny to bowl out the final few overs. Angier bowls fast medium for AB Wanderers, and it was him who took two wickets to again slow the run rate. With two overs to go, Kent were odds on favourites to win, only needing 17 runs, and with 6 wickets remaining. Angier kept his nerve and conceded a miserly 6 runs, and so Kent would just need 11 to win. But Oscar Binny bowled a beautiful final over and, with one ball left, Kent needed a boundary for victory. The final ball was quick and seamed away from the bat into Ollerton’s gloves, and a famous victory was secured. Kent were beaten by Norfolk by 2 runs.

Norfolk U15 v Suffolk U15 at Old Buckenham, 12th August 2015
(ECB Royal London Cup)


Suffolk 121 all out in 42 overs
Norfolk 125 for 4 in 19.5 overs

The Shell UK Norfolk U15 side entertained Suffolk U15 at Old Buckenham CC in the final ECB Royal London Cup game of the season on Wednesday. The pitch was damp and green and, when Suffolk won the toss, Norfolk captain Matt Bint (standing in for Kieran Peters) feared the worst. Astonishingly, the Suffolk captain, Fergus Atkins, elected to bat – a decision he was about to regret.

Sam Tinkler, playing up from the Norfolk U14 side, opened the bowling with genuine pace, beating the bat consistently and taking two wickets. Tinkler took the vital wicket of Jack Hobbs, the scourge of Norfolk in a previous match, with a ball that shaped away, only to nip back off the seam and send the middle stump cartwheeling out of the ground. However, it was George Angier of AB Wanderers who produced a classic spell of seam bowling, maintaining a metronomic line and length, and achieving movement both in the air and off the pitch- all of which was far too good for the Suffolk batsmen. Oscar Binny, Joe Flatt, Cam Marrable and Alfie Cooper all bowled well, conceding few runs and snapping up occasional wickets, but it was Angier who was the star of the show, taking a career-best haul of 10 overs, 3 maidens, 5-33. Suffolk ended up on 121 all out after 40 overs.

Norfolk approached the run chase aggressively, with Laurie Ollerton and Stephen Moyse opening the batting after their good opening partnership against Kent at the weekend. Moyse nicked a good ball from the Suffolk opening bowler M Richards, but Sprowston’s Ollerton scored a sharp 28 off only 29 balls, before the second wicket fell at 56. Matt Bint, who plays his cricket at Old Buckenham helped add 52 for the second wicket, and a further 20 for the third wicket batting with Oscar Binny. Bint played some beautiful drives, as well as his trademark forcing shots through midwicket in a well-constructed 26. Tristan Caley then joined Binny at the crease, and was soon straight driving the Suffolk spinners back over their heads, before trying one too many and getting caught at deep mid-off. Hethersett and Tas Valley’s Tom Osborn came in at 6, and again batted very well, waiting for the bad ball, but punishing it ruthlessly. Binny and Osborn put on 28 for the last wicket, with Horsford’s Binny ending on 24 not out and Osborn on 22 not out. Norfolk had won by 6 wickets. Thanks to all at Old Buckenham CC for their hospitality.

Tour Report - NCB U15 2015 (Sussex)

The Norfolk U15 side toured Sussex in 2015. They were based at the excellent 4* Arora International hotel in Crawley. They played 4 games at a range of splendid locations including Preston Nomads CC (a beautiful and wealthy club nestled beneath the South Downs), Blackstones (the Sussex Cricket Academy base) and Hurstpierpont College.

Monday 17th August

Norfolk played the Bermuda national U17 side on the first day of tour.  Kieran Peters won the toss and elected to bat.  Laurie Ollerton and Luke Marchant opened the batting and got us off to a good start, with Laurie going on to make 34. Matt Bint came in at 3 and scored a magnificent unbeaten 88 in another great partnership with Oscar Binny who added yet another fifty to his county record.  Norfolk ended on 219 for 3 after 40 overs.

George Angier opened the bowling for Norfolk and he produced yet another electric spell for the county side, taking two wickets in his first over, another two in his second over, and five wickets in all.  Soon Bermuda were reeling at 10-6 as they struggled to adapt to the English conditions. However, they did recover, with one batsmen scoring an entertaining 77. The Norfolk bowlers did keep chipping away and with Luke Marchant taking 3 wickets and Cameron Marrable 2 wickets, Bermuda were eventually bowled out for 156. The game was played in a great spirit.

Tuesday 18th August

Our second game was against the Guernsey U16 side, and the venue was the Sussex CC Academy ground at Blackstones. Guernsey won the toss and batted.  George Angier and Oscar Binny opened and bowled well, with Oscar taking 3 wickets for only 19 runs. Our spinners then came on to bowl with Kieran Peters taking 3 wickets, Cameron Marrable 2 wickets and Alfie Cooper 2 wickets also. Guernsey reached 140, before being dismissed in the 37th over.

Stephen Moyse and Luke Marchant added 36 for the first wicket, with Luke adding 27 off only 40 balls. Matt Bint added a brisk 30, and Tristan Caley smashed an entertaining 16, before Oscar Binny (31*) and Alfie Cooper (9*) saw the side home with overs to spare.  An excellent performance, especially from our bowlers, to restrict Guernsey to a below par score, and then an efficient batting performance.

Wednesday 19th August

We played Oxfordshire back at Preston Nomads on the Wednesday.  We won the toss and batted, with Laurie Ollerton and Cameron Marrable opening the batting.  Cam was bowled by a quick yorker, and Matt Bint joined Laurie at the crease.  These two batted very sensibly, adding 57 together, and taking the score to 75 at nearly 4 an over. However, wickets then started to fall steadily, and the scoring rate started to stutter. We looked to be heading for a score of 120 or so, but Luke Marchant came to the crease at no 8 and added 33 off only 23 balls, and took our total up to 146. Joe Flatt did get his pads on today, but George Angier missed a straight one and the innings was over. The total didn’t look enough, but it was, at least, a total to defend.

Oxfordshire started confidently, but when their opener smashed a square cut off Oscar Binny, he probably didn’t expect Luke Marchant to dive full-length and pouch a one-handed catch. Adam Pitchers bowled an accurate and quick spell, causing several of their batsmen to jump around nervously.  Kieran then clean-bowled their other opener, and the game was back on.  Joe Flatt bowled well without luck, but when Alfie Cooper was brought on, he took a wicket with his first ball. With the score at 84- 4, and the weather closing in, both sides sensed the chance of victory.  Luke bowled a very tight spell, conceding only 3 runs from 4 overs, and when Kieran took his second wicket, the game started to turn our way.  Alfie then got a third wicket, with Tom Poole taking a swift stumping and at 120-6, Coral stopped taking bets on a sure-fire Norfolk win.  Sadly, the rain then became heavy, and the game was abandoned.

Thursday 20th August

Norfolk played a strong Sussex side at Hurstpierpont College for their last game. The wicket and outfield were both wet, causing the start to be delayed by an hour.  Skipper Kieron Peters won the toss again and decided to bat. Laurie Ollerton and Alfie Cooper opened the innings, and added 42 for the first wicket in 10 overs, before Ollerton was dismissed for 22.  Cooper went on to score an excellent 46 before being given out LBW.  Meanwhile Matt Bint scored an unbeaten 45, and Oscar Binny smashed 42 from only 31 balls, to get our score up to 162.  Sussex reached 99-3 in their reply before the rain fell and the match was abandoned with honours even, with two wickets for Marchant and one wicket for Adam Pitchers.

The boys had a highly successful and enjoyable tour.

pdf Norfolk U15 v Cambs U15 17th June 2015 Scorecard.pdf

pdf Norfolk U15 v Hunts U15 2015.pdf

pdf Norfolk U15 v London Schools 5th July 2015.pdf

pdf Norfolk U15 v Kent U15 28th June.pdf

pdf Middlesex U15 v Norfolk U15 June 2015.pdf

pdf Norfolk U15 v Kent at The Mote 9th August 2015.pdf

pdf Norfolk U15 v Suffolk U15 12-8-2015 Scorecardr.pdf

pdf Norfolk U15 v Bermuda U17r.pdf

pdf Norfolk U15 v Guernsey 18th August Tour.pdf

pdf Norfolk U15 v Oxfordshire - Sussex Tour.pdf

pdf Norfolk U15 v Sussex U15 2015.pdf

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