Junior Cricket News
U11 Review of 2013
The 2013 season turned out to be very good for Hayfield U11s. We had a strong squad of boys and girls with a good ability to field a side with batting and bowling in depth for each of the nine fixtures. We only lost 3 this year which meant that we just missed out on playing in the cup knockout. We also played in the Derbyshire Cup for the first time which proved to be a learning opportunity for all.
In terms of individual performances we had regular double figures from Joe Wyatt, Charlie Craig, Harry Howarth, Jacob Noakes and Alex Aitken. Our younger batters from the U10 age group also did their bit by contributing positive batting scores on a regular basis. This is a fundamental platform on which to build for the future.
In terms of bowling, we continue to produce teams that have 8 good bowlers and as such keep the pressure on the opposing batting side all through their innings. In particular this year, our 3 regular U10s, Sam Bickley, Hayden Brownsword and Sam Moss produced controlled bowling performances, resulting in a good haul of wickets. This is the foundation for yet another U11s team with 8 good bowlers in 2014. Combine this with promising U9s from last year who have been working hard in the nets during the winter, and I expect a strong bowling team once more this year.
Finally to name the U11s player of the year. I have decided to award this year to the player who produced probably the best U11s innings in the last few years. We were playing Hawk Green at home and both teams were pushing for a top spot in the league half way through the season. On paper it looked like Green had the better side with county players and in particular a very aggressive quickie. This batter took on the quick bowling very bravely and without fear, playing shots very freely, even though he was hit regularly on the body. In a tight match with Hayfield batting second, he steered us to a famous victory. The high point of the innings was a glorious flick off his legs for 6 into the pavilion crowd, just missing the scorer's head (yours truly). He ended up with a match-winning innings of 24 in 4 overs. This year the U11 player of the year goes to Harry Howarth.
U15 Review of 2013
Looking back on last year we can be pleased with the results, especially as this year's side was last year's U13s; next year should be easier as other sides lose their older boys. The team has improved, especially some of the younger players, but I must remark on the improvement shown by Jake Young with his excellent fielding and bowling, Simon Fraser with his all-round performances, and Anthony Thorpe who continues to improve and develop despite his tender years.
The coaching on a Thursday was not a great success, due to bad weather early in the season and subsequently U17s playing on Thursday evenings. This must be resolved for next year.
We hope to introduce Winter Coaching from January through till March at Chapel Leisure Centre or Thomas More School, Buxton, with the coaching staff from Derbyshire County Cricket Club plus help from senior players, which should allow us to give one-to-one coaching for any boy or girl who is interested in developing their skills.
In closing I would like to thank all the parents for their help in finding transport, teas and general support in organising the side.