One Broker Norfolk Boys U15 Season Report 2018

One Broker Norfolk Boys U15 Season Report 2018One Broker Norfolk Boys U15 Season Report 2018

Season Summary

Won: 8
Lost: 6
Cancelled/Abandoned: 2

The Norfolk under 15 boys team, sponsored by OneBroker, had a mixed season overall winning 4 out of 8 ECB competition matches with 2 lost to the weather and 2 lost outright. In addition, we won 2 out of 4 friendlies and 2 out of 4 T20 games.

Highlights were hundreds for Louis Hart and Will Woodhead, both against Cambridgeshire, and Daniel Bint’s 7 for 16 against Hunts. Jack Robertson was outstanding both with the bat and behind the stumps all season. Jack achieved the feat of being selected for the South and East squad for the Bunbury Festival held at Millfield School. Toby Duncan narrowly missed out. The ‘new boys’ Jack Gibson, James Bridges and Adam Ward all acquitted themselves well and Daniel Bint provide to be both an astute and inspirational captain It was a credit to him and all of the boys that team spirit all season was strong.

On the downside we had perverse bad luck with the weather, losing our easiest fixture on paper against Hunts and potentially a title deciding fixture with Sussex to the elements in a season where the sun seemed always to shine. A quirk of the ECB under 15 rules is that all rained off games cannot be re organised for some unaccountable reason. In addition we had not one but two tours called off, a real shame as the boys, many of whom have played since under 10, were looking forward to a final away trip as a team together.

We started the season with 4 friendlies, beating Suffolk and Lincs and losing to Northants and Berkshire. The Suffolk game was notable for an outstanding bowling and fielding display enabling us to defend 132. The losses both exposed our perennial weakness in rotating the strike against good spinners and also in saving singles in the field. Buzz Kemp bowled particularly well in the friendlies, taking 8 wickets.

The league games started with a comfortable win against Cambridgeshire at Hockwold. This did not look likely after we won the toss and subsided to 28 for 4 but Louis Hart immediately looked at home and stroked a chanceless 104. Our score of 310 for 9 was embellished with a maiden 50 for Jack Gibson and a quick fire 38 from Jack Robertson. In response Cambs were always struggling and were bowled out for 200.

We were rudely brought back down to earth with a heavy defeat against Sussex at Mattishall. Their top 3 batsmen all scored quickly and heavily, having won the toss, as our attack had an off day. However we responded well with probably our best display of the season at Potters Bar on a boiling day against Herts whom we have struggled to beat over the years. Having won the toss we batted first scoring 234 for 7 thanks mainly to 58 from Will Woodhead and 73 not out from Jack Roberston. In response, a disciplined display in the face of the an early onslaught allowed us to restrict Herts to 184 all out with Toby Duncan taking 3 wickets.

We maintained our form with a return win over Cambs notable for Will Woodhead’s 129, 40s for Robertson and Gibson and 3 wickets apiece for Bint and Duncan. Hunts were then blown away at Ingham by Daniel Bint’s pace which meant we required only to chase 110.

At this point we had it in our hands to win the league if we won our last 2 games. However, as mentioned, Sussex away was rained off after a long journey and, with no possibility to re arranging the fixture under league rules, our chances were over. As such, our final league game against ~Herts at Old Buckenham was a bit of a damp squib and a loss by 3 wickets flattered us a little as Herts lost a number of late wickets chasing 191.

Thanks to the grounds which hosted us so well – Hockwold, Mundford, Ingham ( at short notice), Old Buckenham and Mattishall. Thanks also to the coaches – Chris Brown, Tom Davies, Aaron Watson, Jason Reynolds, Steve Goldsmith and Neil Taylor.

Tony Bailey - Norfolk Boys U15 Manager

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