I n 2013 our strong youth support continued with over 100 players signing on, enabling us to again field teams at U9, U11, U13, U15; although the U17 we’re unable to raise a team due to restricted numbers, these players largely playing adult cricket.
The youth teams were entered into the following leagues;
- U9 – Various friendly Kwik Cricket festivals
- U11 – Wiltshire Youth Cricket League (WYCL)
- U13 – WYCL and Bath & District League (B&DL)
- U15 – WYCL and Bath & District League (ChipMarsh)
- U17 – WYCL (experimental U18 league, intended to be combined ChipMarsh team)
The teams finishing as follows;
- U11; WYCL Division 2 – 7 / 7 [W1, L6]
- U13; WYCL Division 2 – 5 / 5 [W0, L6, C1] B&DL – no official results available
- U15; WYCL Division 2 – 9 /9 [W1, L8] B&DL (ChipMarsh) – Narrowly beaten in the final at Bath’s Cricket Ground
- U17; N/A
The weather throughout the season was more favourable than the previous year with the majority of Friday night training sessions going ahead.
The annual U9 cricket Festival was a great success, with the U9’s also attending a number of other clubs festivals which I know the players thoroughly enjoyed.
Youth cricket very much depends on the support and dedication of parents and those involved with the club, therefore I would like to give special thanks to the following individuals;
- U9 – Nick Vellacott, Steve Morris, Colin Sinkins, Graham Tanner (and ?)
- U11 – Wayne Pascall, Henry Trutch, India Newman and Jo Hiam
- U13 – Jane Christie, Jeremy Bond and Will Pascall
- U15 – Annabelle Heap and Andy Griffiths
- Jonathon Burnstone (Child Protection Officer and Fixtures Secretary) and Belinda Burnstone (BBQ Management)
- And all the parents who were involved with coaching, umpiring, scoring, cricket lunches and ferrying players to and from matches.
The youth honours in 2013 went to;
- Batting - George Smith
- Bowling - Tom Morris
- Batting - Hamish Walker
- Bowling - Hamish Walker
- Batting - Calum Burnstone
- Bowling - Cameron Walker
MCC youth players continued to represent the club at Wiltshire & Gloucestershire County and District level, which is excellent considering the size of the club.
In 2014, following feedback from those involved in youth cricket, it has been decided to enter teams predominantly in the B&DL, moving away from the longer WYCL weekend format.
Graham Bond, MCC Youth Secretary