Youth XI

Youth Season Review 2015

 

YOUTH SECTION

 
Zak Sinkinson writes: "2015 was a very promising year for the whole youth structure. All but one team finished in the top three of their respective leagues, with our U15s gaining promotion back to the premier league, where they will hopefully stay for a long time."

 

The U9s won two regional tournaments and reached the semi-finals of the county tournament. All the players deserve credit for their contributions to the team.

 

The U10s beat Walmley and Sheldon Marlborough, but narrowly lost to Moseley and Kings Heath, and they, too, deserve great credit for their contributions. The U11s found their new regulations difficult, and didn't win a match until June, after competing against some strong competition, which included Moseley Ashfield and Walmley. They are looking forward to 2016.

 

The U12s enjoyed an almost unbeaten season, after victories against Lyndworth, Dorridge, Earlswood and Weoley Hill. Unfortunately they were not at full strengh against Knowle & Dorridge and Hampton & Solihull, and paid the price. Overall they finished third in a very competitive league. Raghav Motwani scored 82 runs in three games, being dismissed just once. Abhinash made 68 runs and Sam Webber was the leading wicket taker.

 

The U13s finished third in the premier division, with notable victories over Kenilworth Wardens, Walmley and Nuneaton, losing only to Bedworth and Olton. Suyash, Aadil and Emil Ali were all prominent, Emil hitting an impressive unbeaten 86 at Walmley.

 

The U14s, a new side, won two and lost one of their games, beating Kings Heath and Moseley, but losing to Olton. George Webb took 6-21 against Moseley, and all the other members of the team contributed well.

 

Finally, the U15s were unlucky, with three games abandoned to the weather and two matches cancelled by the opposition. However, after losing to Stratford-upon-Avon, they chased 130 to win at Four Oaks Saints, Oliver Lawrence and Karan Bharaj hitting half centuries. We totalled 263-2 in 20 overs in our last game, Saihej Mangat and Varun Sinha both scoring their maiden club centuries. Then disciplined bowling restricted Handsworth to 134, a victory which secured promotion.

 

Zak wishes to thank the whole managing team for their invaluable input, as he looks forward to 2016.

 

Alan Wild, Hon Secretary

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