Great Barn Farm Norfolk U14 Boys Match Reports 2018

Great Barn Farm Norfolk U14 Boys Match Reports 2018

Great Barn Farm Norfolk U14 Boys Match Reports 2018

(Please scroll down to view the match reports from the 2018 season. Pictures are available to view view the links at the bottom of the page)

Norfolk U14 vs Nottinghamshire U14 - Sunday 6th May 2018 - North Runcton CC


Norfolk U14
- 139 All Out
Nottinghamshire U14 - 140/3

In the first of their two warm up games before they commence their ECB league campaign Norfolk Great Barn Farm U14 lost to Nottinghamshire at the sun drenched North Runcton.

Norfolk won the toss and elected to bat with Freddie Fairey (15) and Lohit Kannan (20) building a patient 35 run opening partnership. Norfolk then lost wickets at regular intervals with Joe Wicks (22 not out) and Jonty Black (18) helping the Home side post 139 all out.

Nottingham’s reply got off to a slow and steady start putting on 41 for the first wicket (Davis 15; Stentiford 32) before debutant Luke Bettridge bowled Davis. Notts then progressed to 85 before Jonty Black struck twice in three overs to give give the hime side a glimmer of hope with the score on 93-3 thanks to two good catches from Freddie Fairey and Ben Wilcox. However, the batsmen then accelerated as the fielders began to wilt to complete a convincing 7 wicket victory.

Jonty Black (18 runs and 4-1-10-2) was named Norfolk’s man of the match.

Norfolk U14 vs Lincolnshire U14 - Sunday 13th May 2018 - Saham Toney CC


Norfolk U14
- 278/7
Nottinghamshire U14
- 167 All Out

Great Barn Farms Holidays Norfolk U14 got back to winning ways with an emphatic 111 run victory over Lincolnshire built on excellent batting partnerships and tight bowling and fielding. As ever, huge thanks to Saham Toney for hosting, providing an excellent pitch and providing a great welcome.

Despite some overnight rain Norfolk won the toss and elected to bat. Cameron Tasker (59) and Lohit Kannan (21) set the tone with an excellent 59 run opening stand before Kannan fell caught and bowled to Cook. Sam Utting (9) and Tasker moved the score to 91 before Utting was out. Tasker and Ben Wilcox (64) kept the momentum going with another 50 plus partnership before Tasker. Whilst fell Tom Wicks and Will Bowman fell cheaply, Joe Wicks (50 n.o.) and Wilcox produce yet another 50 stand before Wilcox fell. Jonty Black (13) and Wicks added 44 runs before a one handed catch accounted for Black. Harry Nunn (7 n.o.) rotated the strike beautifully to allow Wicks to complete his 50 off the penultimate ball.

There 50 plus partnerships and three batsmen scoring 50s meant 278-7 was nothing more than the hosts deserved and always looked to be an imposing target.

Will Bowman’s opening spell of aggressive pace and good variation in length (9-2-12-1) set the tone with Luke Bettridge (4-0-31-0) relishing the opportunity to open the bowling. Lincolnshire lost their first wicket for 7 thanks to a good diving catch from Sam Utting. Ben Wilcox then clean bowled P. Cook to leave the visitors 22-2. Already behind the run rate and batting to survive Harry De-Coteau Spring (10-3-25-3) led the charge with a beautiful spell of leg-spin supported by Cameron Graveling (10-3-35-1) and Charlie Barber (3-0-25-1). In amongst the trial by spin Jonty Black made two run outs (backward point to to the keeper, Harry Nunn and then backward point to the bowler, Joe Wicks) before Sam Utting claimed the final wicket. Ben Conroy (40) and Alex Cook (40 n.o.) top scored for the visitors.

Whilst Harry De-Coteau Spring (10-3-25-3); Cameron Tasker (59) and Ben Wilcox (64) were all strong contenders, the man of the match was Joe Wicks for his maiden county 50.

Norfolk U14 vs Middlesex U14 - Sunday 17th June 2018 - Stow CC


Norfolk U14
- 192/9 from 50 overs
Middlesex U14 - 194/8 from 39.5 overs

Great Barn Farms Holidays Norfolk U14 entertained Middlesex in their first ECB league match at the delightful setting of Stow CC.

Having won the toss on an overcast morning Middlesex’s decision to field paid early dividends as both Norfolk’s openers (Cameron Tasker and Freddie Fairey) fell with the score on 11. There then followed an excellent 84 run partnership between Lohit Kannan (32) and Ben Wilcox (54) which was full of sensible shot making and good running. It was somewhat of a surprise when running indecision gifted Middlesex the wicket Kannan. Norfolk then had a series of 20 or so run partnerships (Will Bowman (25), Jonty Black (15)), in addition to an entertaining 16 run last wicket partnership between Charlie Barber (12*) and Harry De-Coteau Spring (7*) to post a final total of 192-9. Nathan Fernandes (10-2-28-2) was the pick of a well disciplined Middlesex’ bowling attack.

Whilst Norfolk’s 192 always looked 30 runs light a blistering opening spell from Will Bowman (5-2-17-3) had the visitors on the back foot courtesy of two clean bowled (the first sending the middle stump cart wheeling) and a good catch by Luke Bettridge. Fernandes and Noori then combined to produce a fine 82 run partnership full of watchful defence and punishment of the bad ball. Cameron Graveling and Harry De-Coteau Spring ensured Middlesex never got ahead of the run rate. Luke Bettridge made the breakthrough thanks to a sharp catch behind the stumps by Harry Nunn (Fernandes (44)). Sensing their opportunity Bowman was brought back into the attack and immediately trapped Rajasansir thanks to a sharp catch at point by Black. In a game of small margins a couple of mis-fields and two dropped catches turned the match in Middlesex’ favour. When Graveling bowled Imman to leave the visitors 141-6 Norfolk were in with a chance. A spirited partnership between Noori (72) and Bulathsinhala (28*) looked to clinch the match before De-Coteau Spring struck thanks to a Nunn stumping to make it 185-7 followed by another sharp catch by Nunn off Kannan (190-8) to introduce some final nerves.

Great Barn Farms Holidays Norfolk U14 man of the match was awarded to Will Bowman.

Suffolk U14 vs Norfolk U14  - Sunday 24th June 2018 - Framlingham College


Suffolk U14 - 176AO from 47 overs
Norfolk U14 - 179/6 from 37.4 overs

Great Barn Farms Holidays Norfolk U14 beat Suffolk by 4 wickets at the sun drenched setting of Framlingham College.

Suffolk won the toss and elected to bat and adopted a swashbuckling style from the off. Burkett hooked Bowman for 6 off the first ball only for Bowman to return the favour and bowl him with the first ball of his next over. On a fast outfield with short boundaries Harper cantered to 28 before the introduction of spin tore through the top and middle order (Harry De-Coteau Spring 10-5-16-3; and Cameron Graveling 10-3-27-3) to leave Suffolk 98-7. Some entertaining hitting by Towers (38) at number 10 gave Suffolk a semblance of respectability moving the score to 176 with Joe Wicks taking the final two wickets courtesy of two Ben Wilcox catches to complete a flawless Norfolk fielding display.

Norfolk never looked like being challenged by the run rate with Freddie Fairey (44) and Cameron Tasker (18) laying excellent foundations to allow Lohit Kannan to build a patient 41 to which first Ben Wilcox (15) and then Sam Utting (38 of just 31 balls) hammered home Norfolk’s advantage. It was a shame that just when Utting looked to have a fifty within his grasp he was trapped LBW by Hitchen. Jonty Black (8) and Kannan looked to have sealed the game before both fell with just two runs required. Harry Nunn despatched his third ball for 4 to complete a deserved 4 wicket victory with more than 12 overs to spare.

Great Barn Farms Holidays Norfolk U14 man of the match was Harry De-Coteau Spring for an excellent spell of spin bowling.

Surrey U14 vs Norfolk U14  - Sunday 1st July 2018 - LSE Sports Ground, New Malden


Surrey U14 - 231AO from 48.5 overs
Norfolk U14 - 193AO from 46.3 overs

Great Barn Farms Holidays Norfolk U14 rue missed chances in losing to Surrey by 38 runs.

The morning did not start well when keeper Harry Nunn was unable to travel and then coach Micky Piggott and player Harry De-Coteau Spring were involved in a car break down that meant they arrived after the match started. Undeterred Norfolk made a good start when replacement keeper Joe Wicks who had an excellent day behind the stumps took a good catch off Ben Wilcox to make the breakthrough. A Wilcox catch off Will Bowman reduced Surrey to 29-2. De-Coteau Spring then snared Evemy thanks to a Tom Wicks catch to leave the game finely poised at 60-3. Lloyd (81) was dropped twice in three overs in his 30s and essentially provided the back bone for Surrey’s innings. To their credit Norfolk stuck to their task with some disciplined bowling and terrier like fielding and were rewarded when Surrey slipped from 156-3 to 166-7 thanks to wickets for De-Coteau Spring (2) and Cameron Graveling (2). Just when it looked like Surrey were going to be skittles out some excellent rearguard batting combined with some less than clinical bowling allowed Surrey to post 231 with Tom Wicks, Bowman and a Jonty Black run out accounting for the final wickets. De-Coteau Spring (10-0-33-3), Graveling (10-0-54-2) and Wilcox (7-9-25-1) were the pick of the bowlers.

Norfolk looked calm and composed as Freddie Fairey (40) put on 27 for the first wicket with Cameron Tasker (7) and 34 with Lohit Kannan (10) for the second. Kannan’s dismissal highlighting the fine margins on which games are won and lost - Evemy holding on to an excellent catch not dissimilar to the two Norfolk put down. With Fairey and then Utting falling in relatively quick succession Norfolk were reduced to 82-4 before Bowman (53) and Wilcox (38) had Surrey in the back foot only for Wilcox to fall with the score 135-5. Joe Wicks (21 not out) followed his excellent keeping with a run a ball 42 partnership with Bowman before tight margins again thwarted Norfolk as Bowman was narrowly run out. With Norfolk behind on the run rate Surrey’s death bowlers bowled an excellent line and length with intelligent fields to complete a 38 run victory.

Great Barn Farms Holidays Norfolk U14 man of the match was Will Bowman for an excellent 53 runs with the bat and aggressive bowling (8-1-36-2).

Norfolk U14 vs Essex U14 - Sunday 15th July 2018 -
Cromer CC


Norfolk U14 -
211AO from 48.4 overs
Essex U14 - 212/1 from 33.4 overs

Great Farm Barns Holidays Norfolk U14 were well beaten by Essex in their latest ECB league match, at the idyllic and ever welcoming Cromer CC.

Norfolk won the toss and elected to bat with Freddie Fairey and Lohit Kannan putting on 49 for the first wicket before Fairey lofted a drive to deep mid-wicket. Whilst Ben Wilcox batted delightfully for a well-deserved 50 Norfolk lost wickets at regular intervals, largely getting themselves out having laid the foundations for building an innings. Norfolk were eventually bowled out for 211 in the penultimate over thanks to excellent cameos from Tom Wicks (24) and Charlie Barber (16). Their total always looked to be at least 100 runs short of a competitive target on a lightening fast Cromer outfield.

Whilst a combination of tight bowling and intelligent field placement meant Norfolk’s batsmen regularly found the fielders rather than the gaps their Essex counterparts had the canny knack of finding the gaps. Norfolk’s bowlers stuck to their task but needed a slice of luck to help their cause. McKenna, who was dropped on 20 and 34, made the most of his luck to score an unbeaten 107 with Umer (69 not out) sealing victory inside 34 overs. Charlie Barber took the lone Essex wicket thanks to a good Freddie Fairey catch. Whilst Norfolk’s ground fielding remained something to celebrate, the old adage, catches win matches seemed to sum the differing fortunes up well.

Ben Wilcox was named Norfolk’s man of the match.

Suffolk T20 Competition 2018 - Friday 20th July 2018 - Framlingham College

Norfolk U14 vs
Bedfordshire U14 (Semi-Final)


Norfolk U14 -
210/4 from 20 overs
Bedfordshire U14 - 174/5 from 20 overs

Great Barn Farm Holidays Norfolk U14 were runner’s up in Suffolk T20 tournament hosted by Framlingham School.

In their semi final Norfolk took on Bedforshire and set an imposing 210-4 in their 20 overs thanks to a Freddie Fairey masterclass (113 not out including 18 fours and 3 sixes) supported by a belligerent 50 (7x4s, 2x6s) from Will Bowman. With so many runs to play with Norfolk captain, Ben Wilcox, was able to use 9 bowlers with Will Bowman and Harry De-Coteau Spring the pick of the bunch. Luke Bettridge with a wicket with the final ball of the innngs thanks to a boundary catch by Jonty Black. Bowman (2) and Wilcox (2) were the other wicket takers with catches by Ben Ashford, Bettridge and Charlie Barber.

Norfolk won by 36 runs, with Fairey being named man of the match.

Norfolk U14 vs 
Hertfordshire U14 (Final)


Hertfordshire U14 - 157/0 from 20 overs
Norfolk U14 - 134/6 from 20 overs

In the final Norfolk met Hertfordshire. Hertfordshire batted first and set 157 thanks to a solid batting display by their top 5 (Caslake 45 and Cutler 37 leading the way). Will Bowman and Harry De-Coteau Spring bowled with accuracy and proved a constant threat however, the remainder of the bowlers found it hard to maintain consistent pressure. Norfolk’s reply started poorly with Joe Wicks, Tom Wicks and Ben Wilcox all falling cheaply. Whilst behind on the run rate, 51 off 10 overs, Bowman (64, 6x4s, 3x6s) and Fairey (39) grasped the initiative and gave Norfolk some hope. Sadly when Fairey fell with the score at 97 and then Bowman at 118 the remaining batsmen struggled to clear the boundary with the innings closing on 134-6. Tom Graves and Oli White were the pick of a disciplined Herts attack.

Will Bowman was named Norfolk man of the match.

Norfolk U14 vs Cambridgeshire U14 - Sunday 29th July 2018 -
Norwich CC (Postwick)


Norfolk U14
- 70AO from 15.4 overs
Cambridgeshire U14 - 74/3 from 21.3 overs

Norfolk U14 sponsored by Great Barn Farm Holidays lost their latest ECB match against Cambridge in a bizarre game of mixed fortunes.

Norfolk raced to 22-0 after just 14 balls before the rain intervened. After a lengthy delay and a reduced 30 over game Norfolk subsided from 31-0 to 70 all out with Freddie Fairey’s 27 off just 16 balls the only highlight against an innocuous medium pace attack. Richard Bramley’s 6-2-16-4 was only tarnished by an unnecessary run out of the non striker when running in to bowl.

Chastened by their sub par batting Norfolk bowled with fire and accuracy. Will Bowman yet again proving almost too hot to handle 6-1-10-0, Cameron Greveling 5-2-9-2 and Luke Bettridge 3.3-0-13-0 being the pick of of the attack supported by some really good ground fielding. Cambridgeshire were forced to work for every run and eventually reached their total for the loss of three wickets in the 22nd over.

Kent U14 vs Norfolk U14 - Sunday 5th August 2018


Norfolk U14
- 228AO from 49.3 overs
Kent U14
- 232/5 from 41.3 overs

Norfolk U14 sponsored by Great Barn Farm Holidays lost their latest ECB match against Kent in a game dominated by individual high scores on both teams.

Norfolk won the toss raced to 57 before Tasker, who’d looked in sublime form, ran himself out for 34. Ben Wilcox (32) and Freddie Fairey then put on 72 for the second wicket before Wilcox fell to an excellent catch at mid-wicket. Fairey continued to dominate useful partnerships with and Sam Utting (14) and Jonty Black (16) before finally falling just 15 short of a well-deserved century. Just when Norfolk looked like they were going to post a competitive total they were undone by three direct hit run outs leaving them all out for 228 in the final over. Ethan Roche was the pick of the Kent attack (8-1-32-2).

With Will Bowman, their talisman pace bowler, absent due to illness Norfolk needed an early breakthrough. An excellent opening partnership of 76 between Ealham (23) and Neiwoudt (43) seemed to swing the match Kent’s way only for both to fall within the space of two runs. Whilst Smith (7) failed to post a decent score he provided an excellent foil for Kokkiligadda to help produce 52 runs for the third wicket. Whilst Kokkiligadda was given a life on 60 he went on to make a classy 90 and essentially steer Kent towards their total. Once he fell there was a definite nervousness about the home side’s batting – a definite case of what might have been. Whilst all the Norfolk bowlers did well, it was great to see the three spinners take centre stage (Cameron Graveling 10-2-40-2, Harry De-Coteau Spring 10-0-45-2, Charlie Barber 4-0-21-1).

Freddie Fairey was named Norfolk’s man of the match.

Norfolk U14 vs Hertfordshire U14 - Sunday 12th August 2018 - Halvergate CC


Hertfordshire U14
- 198AO from 46 overs
Norfolk U14
- 170AO from 47.3 overs

Norfolk U14 sponsored by Great Barn Farm Holidays finished their ECB league season with a disappointing loss to Hertfordshire at Halvergate.

Hertfordshire won the toss and elected to bat and were immediately on the back foot when first Will Bowman and then Ben Wilsox struck to reduce the visitors to 25-2. Cameron Graveling then struck with successive balls to make it 55-4 and then Wilcox took two in successive overs to make it 69-6. When Graveling took his third to make it 87-7 Norfolk looked in the ascendency but an excellent 95 run 8th wicket partnership between Kureshi (45) and Bailey (53) aided by some lax bowling and fielding allowed Herts to post 198. Only two good runs outs (Graveling and Bowman) acted to save Norfolk’s blushes. Cameron Graveling (10-3-22-3) was the pick of Norfolk’s bowling attack.

Norfolk started positively with Cameron Tasker and Freddie Fairey putting on 38 for the first wicket before Fairey was out for 16. Tasker and Wilcox added a further 37 before Wilcox fell for 15. When Tasker fell one short of a deserved half century swiftly followed by Sam Utting (9) with the score 100-5 the home side faced an uphill struggle. Will Bowman and Joe Wicks looked to compose a controlled and measured partnership before Bowman (11) fell swiftly followed by Tom Wicks (4) to leave the score 131-7. Joe Wicks and Luke Bettridge advanced the score to 153 before Wicks (28) fell to a forward diving catch by the keeper. Whilst Charlie Barber (6) and Harry De-Coteau Spring (6 not out) showed a never say die attitude the innings and Norfolk’s hopes ended when Bettridge was bowled for an entertaining 14.

Cameron Graveling was named Norfolk man of the match.

A season that promised so much fell victim to crucial dropped catches and a lack of consistent intensity. After a week’s break the player head off to Yorkshire for a tough end of season tour.

A huge thank you to our sponsors, Great Barn Farm Holidays, our amazing parents and supporters who’ve supported us through thick and thin, and the Norfolk Cricket Board coaches (Micky Piggott, Mike Jones, Neil Taylor and Luke Caswell), the clubs that have provided such great hospitality (Saham Toney, North Runcton, Cromer, Stow, Norwich, Halvergate) and the umpires without whom we could not play.

Simon Black - Norfolk U14 Boys Manager

2018 Photos

U14 - Lincolnshire - Team Photo.jpg

U14 - Lincolnshire - Wilcox, Tasker & Wicks.jpg

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