The Club runs a highly successful Youth section and organises Cricket for 7-year-olds up to Under-17s. A season rarely passes without significant success in either league or cup competitions.
Another exciting year for the youth section at OBWCC
At Under 9s, Annette Cousins has done a wonderful job and brought through some great young boys and girls, many of whom have already started playing with the U11s and have performed very well, Charlie Vaughan, Ben Hawkins and Jacque Plessier have shown a lot of promise and should develop further next year.
At U11 we have progressed very well through the season, and but for a bit of panic in the last over in a thrilling game against Bristol, where we lost by 1 wicket, could well have collected some silverware this year in the Knockout Cup. Oliver Meadows, Kunal Barman, Ewen Yates all continued to show us that they will be good cricketers in the future, as did James Corderoy who batted excellently this year and has worked very hard at improving his game. We also saw in Oliver Harris, James Haralambos, Matthew Nott, Auden Barnes, Kris and Alex Syrpis some excellent performances that when they all play well together they can be a match for any team at their age group. Lastly Harriet Sylvester has played excellently this year, growing in confidence the more she played, keep up the good work next season.
Turning to the Under 13s, we have some excellent players at this age group and they did very well to get to the U13s League final this year after an excellent league season and a great display against Hambrook U13s. Unfortunately a very young team (everyone of the team can play in the U13s team next season) lost a close final to a good Bishopston side, but I was very pleased to see so much improvement across this age group this year, and they must continue to work hard over the winter to progress even further, there is no reason why they can’t have another successful year next season. Too many players to mention them all here – but looking forward to seeing more of them playing in the adult sections next season.
The Under 15s season didn’t ever seem to really get going, being knocked out of the cup and league very early on. However, we have much to look forward to next season, Hamish Macgregor, Ben Miller and Alfie Newton and Ed Roxborough will be joined by Ben Harris, James Tregaskis and Tom Thornycroft from the U13 age group and have the makings of an excellent team capable of competing with most sides, and with a favourable draw we could do very well.
What has been thrilling to see this season, was the youth players performing so well in the adult sections, playing with their natural freedom and make some telling contributions which is so exciting to see. Henry Andrews has taken plenty of wickets at 4th XI and his bowling has improved consistently through the season, Alfie Newton has shown us that he is not only a good batsman but can bowl some excellent slow left arm spin, Hamish Macgregor, Ben Miller and James Tregaskis have all shown us what good batsman they are and we have some promising wicket keepers in Finlay Yates and Ben Harris. In addition we have seen glimpses of what can come next year with some good scores of 20+ in the 4th XI from Finlay Yates, Freddie Vaughan and Henry King – more to come from these boys and others next season, exciting times for them and the club as the next generation of players begin to emerge.
Alex Harris – Youth Team Co-ordinator