Youth Cricket Update

We had another successful All Stars programme with over 70, 5 to 8 year olds taking part in the 8 week course. They even had a visit from Twinkle!

We also had over 25, 9 to 11 year olds taking part in our inaugural Dynamos programme.

U9 – Thanks to the volunteering from Chandru, Pavana, Indu and Nirmal with guidance from Arthur, the Under 9’s had a season full of matches. There were some wonderful individual performances and the players had a great time coming together as a team. Kudos to the entire team as they finished the season with only one loss, a timely reminder for the players that fielding is as important a skill as batting and bowling!

U11 – Due to the organisational skills of Manager Steve Hurt, the age group managed to enter 3 hardball teams this season with an 11 a side team and 2 pairs teams playing a total of 23 matches. The 11 a side team won their OCB league pool thanks in part to a mighty 132 runs from Dylan Parkinson and 11 wickets and 8 wickets from Joe Joyce and Fabian Hurt.

They even squeezed in a “T18 Parents vs Players” fixture where the parents managed to secure a win in the last over.

The 11 a side team are also pleased to announce that The White Bridge Clinic in Kidlington will be sponsoring them in the 2020 season.

U13 Boys – The Under 13 pairs had a great season, topping their league pool and making the semi-finals, where they lost a competitive match to Charlbury, they also played 2 thrilling matches with the girls U13 team. The team have mostly played together for a couple of years – also topping their group at U11 last year, and this experience showed in their teamwork and sportsmanship.

Most of the players will have another season of U13 next year, but until then they have joined up with the other boys U13 teams to compete in the new 35 over Oxfordshire league. This will give them some great experience as they progress towards eventually representing the OCC senior teams.

U13 Girls – The team played in the mid-week pair’s competition which consisted mainly of our U13 girls playing in the boy’s competition – with the occasional u11 boy supporting if we were short. The girls gave it a good go and it went to the final match against Banbury to decide who made the final.

Unfortunately after some great fielding and bowling there was some aggressive running and batting which meant we lost too many wickets and Banbury won a game we could have had. It was a great experience overall and showed our girls’ team is just as strong as many of the boy’s teams in the county. We will be back next year!

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