'Friends of Norfolk Youth Cricket' Norfolk U11 Boys Results 2015

'Friends of Norfolk Youth Cricket' Norfolk U11 Boys Results 2015

'Friends of Norfolk Youth Cricket' Norfolk U11 Boys Results 2015

Team Picture (Right)

Back Row: Jonty Black, Harry Nunn, Tom Wicks, Cameron Tasker, Sam Utting

Middle Row: Charlie Barber, William Bowman, Ben Ashford

Front Row: Simon Black (manager), Jonah Wicks, Ben Wilcox (Captain), Freddie Fairey, Lohitashva Kannan, Lewis Denmark (coach)

Essex vs Norfolk – Sunday 17th May – Felstead School (Essex)


Essex 131-5 from 40 overs

Norfolk 132-9 from 35 Overs

Norfolk's U11 cricketers started their season with a nail biting win against a very strong Essex side. Essex batted first and were restricted to 131 for 5 in their 40 overs with Harry Gallian (51 not out) and Huzaifa Umer (28) top scoring. Norfolk's bowlers kept the pressure on throughout with William Bowman (3 for 14) and Charlie Barber (1 for 17) leading the way. Debutant Tom Wicks picked up the other wicket.

A cultured but aggressive 26 from opener Sam Utting set the tone for Norfolk's reply and meant they were always ahead of the run rate. However the loss of five wickets for just 13 runs soon had the visiting supporters and players on the edge of their seats. Captain, and man of the match, Ben Wilcox then calmed the nerves with a well-crafted 51 including partnerships of 26 (with Jonah Wicks), 18 (with Harry Nunn) and a fantastic 34 (with Tom Wicks) but with 15 runs still needed he was bowled. Undeterred Tom Wicks capped a memorable debut by steering the side home (with Charlie Barber) with just one wicket and five overs to spare.


Norfolk vs Suffolk - Tuesday 26th May - Halvergate (Vauxhall Mallards CC)


Norfolk 184-9 from 40 Overs

Suffolk 104-9 from 40 Overs

Norfolk made it two wins out of two as they comprehensively beat their Suffolk counterparts by 80 runs at sunny Halvergate on Tuesday. Norfolk batted first and posted a challenging 184 for 9 in their 40 overs  thanks to some excellent batting at the top of the order from Tom Wicks (29), man of the match Freddie Fairey (59) and captain Ben Wilcox (28).

After tea Norfolk's bowlers, supported by some brilliant keeping from Harry Nunn, turned the screw. Whilst the wickets were shared across six bowlers Cameron Tasker (5-2-14-1) made a good impression on debut and William Bowman (5-2-4-0) and Jonty Black (4-3-3-0) bowled with fantastic control to give absolutely nothing away in the middle of the innings. For Suffolk Will Bailey made a very patient 28 off 95 balls and Harry Rennell added some energy with a swift 15 to leave the visitors on 104-8 at the end.


Norfolk vs Nottinghamshire – Thursday 28th May – Stow CC


Norfolk 158-4 from 40 Overs

Nottinghamshire 92-8 from 40 Overs

Norfolk U11s continued their perfect start to the season by comfortably seeing off Notts at sunny Stow. Notts, their second first class county opponents in three games, were expected to provide a really tough test for the Norfolk youngsters but as with the win over Suffolk earlier in the week the foundations were laid through some fine top order batting. Norfolk posted a strong score of 158 for 4 in their 40 overs. Black set the tone with a run a ball 19 before Tasker (32 not out) shared a partnership of 41 with Fairey (20) and an unbeaten partnership of 72 with captain and man of the match Ben Wilcox (49 not out). J.Daft (4-1-6-0) and H.Latif (5-1-9-0) were the pick of the Notts bowlers.

Notts' reply started in dreadful fashion with Wilcox taking a caught and bowled in his first over and a Tasker/Wilcox run out in the third over leaving the score 11 for 2 after just 15 balls. Notts then lost wickets regularly with C.Barber's spin tying the visitor's in knots eventually finishing with (6-2-16-3). Whilst Wilcox (4-1-13-2) and Fairey (8-1-13-1) were the other wicket takers all the Norfolk bowlers maintained a tight line and a miserly economy rate. Notts through Purnell (21 not out) and Owen (13) offered some careful if late resistance. Norfolk won by 66 runs as Notts finished on 92 for 8.


Suffolk vs Norfolk – Sunday 8th June 2015 – Sudbourne Hall (Suffolk)


Suffolk 66 All Out

Norfolk 67-5 from 24 Overs

At the delightful setting of Sudbourne Hall Norfolk's U11 cricketers beat their Suffolk counterparts by 5 wickets with 16 overs to spare to maintain their perfect start to the season. Suffolk started well with Bailey and Francis-Smith compiling a patient 36 for the first wicket but the introduction of man of the match Harry De-Coteau Spring (8-2-21-3) and Jonty Black (5-2-6-2) tore the heart out of their batting line up including an astonishing reflex catch by Freddie Fairey. Not to be outdone Charlie Barber (5-3-3-3) and Will Bowman (2-0-6-2) rattled through the remaining batsmen that meant Suffolk had slumped from 36-0 to 66 all out in the space of just 16 overs.

Norfolk seemed to start brightly but then lost both openers (Lohit Kannan and Tom Wicks) with only 13 on the board. Cameron Tasker and Freddie Fairey appeared to have settled the Norfolk ship before Fairey was run out with the score 21-3. Tasker (21 n.o.) and Jack Austin then put on 40 but with Norfolk needing only 6 for victory Austin was bowled quickly followed by Ben Wilcox who got a "shooter" which left Tasker and Black to score the winning runs. Norfolk finished on 67-5.

Hertfordshire vs Norfolk – Sunday 14th June 2015 – Knebworth Park CC (Herts)


Hertfordshire 164 All Out

Norfolk 88 All Out

Norfolk's perfect start to the season came to an end on Sunday against a very good Hertfordshire side. Norfolk won the toss and looking for early wickets in overcast conditions put their opposition in. Herts through Oldham and Mumford immediately seized the initiative with their stylish but aggressive batting punishing anything short or full and raced along at over 6 an over. The introduction of Jonah Wicks and Norfolk's man of the match Will Bowman (4.2-1-10-1) stemmed the flow of runs with Wicks (5-0-16-2) making the break through. Black (5-0-21-2) and Barber (8-0-32-2) kept up the pressure with De-Coteau Spring (3-1-4-2) thanking some excellent Utting catching and fielding for his somewhat flattering figures. Oldham and Kureshi top scored with 31 for the home side.

Norfolk's reply started in positive fashion but all the batsman found it hard to score at the required rate. The top order all made good starts with Fairey (18) and Utting (12) looking most assured. Will Bowman's (14 n.o.) courtesy of a six and two fours provided some late and much needed entertainment for the travelling supporters.


First Tour Match – Norfolk vs Lincolnshire


Norfolk 235-5 from 46 Overs

Lincolnshire 70 all out.

Norfolk made a perfect start to their 4 day tour in the idyllic surroundings of The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook convincingly beating Lincolnshire by 165 runs. Norfolk batted first with Sam Utting (64) making his maiden county 50 and Lohit Kannan (33) putting on 91 for the first wicket. Utting then had a 40 run partnership with the stylish Tom Wicks (25). When Austin went cheaply with the score on 143-4 in the 30th over Norfolk were in a controlled if not dominant position. However this set the stage for a Freddie Fairey (60 not out) masterclass creating partnerships of 42 with Black and then an unbeaten 50 partnership with Captain Ben Wilcox. Norfolk finished on 235 from 46 Overs.

Lincolnshire's reply never really got going thanks to excellent pace and spin bowling. Norfolk opened the bowling with Will Bowman (4-1-5-0) and man of the match Jonah Wicks (6.1-1-14-5) who were supported by no less than 9 other bowlers. Ashford, De-Coteau Spring, Austin and Barber picking up the remaining wickets. Whilst Pravan Pothula (13) offered some early resistance at the top of the Linc's innings no other batsman reached double figures. Jonah Wicks cleaning up the tail taking 3 wickets in 7 balls including an excellent diving catch from the ever tidy keeper, Harry Nunn.

Second Tour Match – Norfolk vs Northumberland


Northumberland 173-9 from 46 Overs

Norfolk 175-7 from 46 Overs

In their second match of their Royal Hospital School tour Norfolk won off the last ball in a nail biting encounter with Northumberland.

Northumberland batted first and initially struggled to score making just 47 off their first 20 overs thanks to some tight bowling from Wilcox, Fairey, Barber, Ashford and Black. However, two good partnerships between Dover (34) and Roys (20) and then Dover and Gardiner (22) based on excellent running and punishing the bad ball moved the total to 173-9 off 46 overs. Whilst the Norfolk bowling and ground fielding was tight the catching was not up to the usual standard with a number of straightforward chances going down.

Norfolk's reply stuttered with Nunn, Ashford and Tasker all looking good before losing their wickets for 19. Tom Wicks and Ben Wilcox then appeared to be in control before Wicks (14) dragged on. Ben Wilcox (23) and man of the match Freddie Fairey (61 not out for the second match in a row) put on 37 to leave the score at 75-5. When Black fell at 85-6 Norfolk were beginning to rue those dropped catches however a fantastic immensely mature partnership of 78 between Sam Utting (34) and Freddie Fairey took the score to 163 before Utting fell. 12 needed off 3 overs with Northumberland's "death" bowling looking in control. A nervy couple of overs meant Norfolk needed 9 off the last over, Fairey needed to be on strike, 5 scrambled singles with Austin scrambling for his life.....3 to tie, 4 to win and Austin leaves a ball outside off stump thinking there was still an over to go....the umpire signals wide the players sprint 1, they scramble back for the second oblivious to the ball ever so gently trickling over the boundary....Norfolk won by 3 wickets....just.

Third Tour Match – Norfolk vs London Schools


Norfolk 205-9 from 46 Overs

London Schools 209-3 from 33.4 Overs

In their third game of the Minor counties cricket festival at The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook Norfolk came up against a very good London Schools team.

Norfolk batted first and were indebted to a fantastic 122 from the captain and man of the match Ben Wilcox for their creditable 205-9 total. Such was Wilcox's dominance he conjured partnerships of 56 with Jonah Wicks (10); 31 with Harry Nunn (7); and 44 with Harry De-Coteau Spring (0).

London Schools reply got off to a flying start thanks to some excellent batting and some ill-disciplined bowling. Whilst they scored 209-3 inside 34 overs thanks to Umer (51 not out), Ul-Hassan (39) and Usman (48 not out) Norfolk gave everything in the field and even tried one-over spells for bowlers to unsettle the batsmen, sadly the ploy only slowed rather than stopped the onslaught.

Fourth & Final Tour Match – Norfolk vs Cleveland Schools Cricket Association


Norfolk 201 All Out from 44.3 Overs

Cleveland 110 All Out from 31.2 Overs

In their final match of the minor counties festival Norfolk signed-off with an emphatic 91 run victory against the previously unbeaten Cleveland.

Ben Wilcox followed his century from the previous day with a cultured and flawless 66 including another half century partnership with Jonah Wicks (20). Man of the match Harry Nunn (50) celebrated his maiden county half century punishing anything short - his energy seemed to sap the life out of the Cleveland bowlers and it was something of a surprise when he fell just after reaching his milestone. Ashford, Barber and Bowman added some late order runs.

Despite an early wicket from Will Bowman, Cleveland's reply rattled along at 5 an over thanks to some short bowling and excellent batting from Vagadia (39). The introduction of Ben Wilcox removed Vagadia for the second wicket thanks to a De-Coteau Spring catch with the score on 57 in only the 12th over. However, the double bowling change of Charlie Barber (8-1-26-3) and Jonty Black (5-2-10-1) supported by excellent fielding turned the run tap off with their first 6 overs conceding just nine runs and producing outstanding caught and bowled wickets for each bowler. A fine Tom Wicks run out and a signature Nunn stumping signalled the end with Ben Ashford and Sam Utting taking the last couple of wickets.

Don Topley, ex- Zimbabwe coach and Essex cricketer, presented Norfolk captain Ben Wilcox with a Piri-Piri bat as reward for being the top run scorer during the festival, he scored 235 runs at an average of 78.

Norfolk vs Northants – Sunday 23rd August – Great Witchingham CC


Norfolk 181-7 from 40 Overs

Northants 128-5 from 32 Overs

Norfolk U11's attempt to make it three wins out of three against first class counties was thwarted by a late downpour with only 8 overs to go. Norfolk scored 181-7 in their 40 overs and had Northants 128-5 after 32 overs when the heavens opened.

Norfolk won the toss and elected to bat with significant contributions from Jonty Black (32), Tom Wicks (28), Harry Nunn (24) and Sam Utting (20) supported by late flourishes from Ben Ashford and Jack Austin (both 16 not out). Norfolk's innings was based on excellent running between the wickets including an all run 4 (Wicks and Black) and punishing the bad ball. Sam Smith (4-1-8-2) was the pick of the Northants bowlers.

The Northants reply got off to a flying start before Will Bowman broke through with the score on 16 thanks to a sharp Tom Wicks catch, followed just two runs later by a Tom Wicks run out. Despite these early wickets the visitors were on 39 after just 8 overs before the introduction of spin, in particular Charlie Barber (6-1-14-0), stemmed the flow of runs. Once Ben Wilcox broke the 58 run partnership between Oscar Watson (65 not out) and Om Ganetra (13) the game seemed to be in Norfolk's favour. With the required run rate climbing to 6.75 an over with just 5 wickets left the rain, despite the best efforts of the umpires, put an end to what was looking to be an exciting finish.

The Norfolk U11 squad (Ben Wilcox, Ben Ashford, Jack Austin, Charlie Barber, Jonty Black, Will Bowman, Freddie Fairey, Lohit Kannan, Harry Nunn, Harry De-Coteau Spring, Cameron Tasker, Sam Utting, Jonah Wicks and Tom Wicks) finished the season having played 12, won 7, lost 3, with 2 no results due to the rain.

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