Junior cricket have successful season

For the most part a very successful season.  All the coaches emphasized how much the junior players enjoyed their contributions to the teams.  There were many success stories both for teams and individuals which were detailed at another very enjoyable Presentation Evening.

Thanks must be given to all the coaches and those parents and senior players who assisted them but especial mention should be made to Jonny Lea who took over managing the U11 team after Jonny Firth decided to move on.

The U15s had an excellent season under their manager/coach, Ken Gailey finishing 2nd in the league and runners-up to Ormskirk in the Cup.
Charlie Byrne, Isaac Lea, Angus Gailey and Lucas Jones represented Sefton with Isaac also in the Lancashire Development squad.  The strength of the team lay very much in the batting with Charlie Byrne and Isaac Lea both scoring over 350 runs.
Pleasingly from a club perspective, most of the U15 squad played in senior cricket at some stage of the season.  Charlie, Isaac and Angus played regularly in the 2nd team and also had 1st team experience.
As many of the squad are at the lower end of the age group we should have a particularly strong team next season.
Paul Parker’s U13s had a thoroughly enjoyable season competing in a range of competitions. The top run scorer was Patrick Dutton with 190 and the most successful bowler was Thomas Parker with 19 wickets including 4 for 10 of 4 overs.
The highlight of the season was winning the Ainsdale CC floodlit tournament where the side beat Formby, Ainsdale and Northern.
Of the 20 players in the squad four Patrick Dutton, Ethan Fletcher, Oliver Meadows and Thomas Parker represented Sefton, whilst Patrick and Oliver also played in the Lancashire U12 team.
Having started the season in uncertain fashion Jonny Lea took over the manager/coach’s role and helped he U11s to have a highly successful season winning both the League and the Merseyside Youth Cup by beating Burscough in the final.
Special mention should be made to the bowling of Teddy Reed and Charlie Scott and the batting of Joe Johnson and Sam Regan.

Overall the future seems to hold great promise for the junior section.  We have again already booked St Bedes in Ormskirk for winter nets which were well attended and productive last year.

We hope that, in 2015, we will be able to enter an U18 team in the League.  The lack of one in the last two seasons has meant the young players are deprived of competitive cricket once they become 15.  This has serious repercussions for the Club as a whole as there is obviously a grave danger that they will go elsewhere or simply give up playing cricket.