Preston Nomads Junior Section Update – June 4th, 2019
Welcome to the first round up of the 2019 season for the Juniors at Preston Nomads CC. Here at Nomads, we are very proud of our Junior section, helped by a legion of great volunteers working hard to deliver a first-class cricket environment for our youngest members. Under the guidance of Director of Junior Cricket, Chris Fletcher, our juniors and their parents, enjoy the Friday night training sessions and playing matches, as many hands make light work to produce a very special product indeed.
We believe that the most important thing about junior cricket is participation of many and we are striving to increase our membership in this key area. Our exciting upcoming World Cup Cricket Fun Day on June 9th (for U12s) is an excellent opportunity to showcase our capabilities and our fantastic home facility at Fulking. We hope that you have booked your place at firstname.lastname@example.org and are looking forward to the experience.
Participating and having a great time on the cricket field either in training or playing matches is key to us here at Nomads. We encourage all our players to improve their skill sets, team spirit and cricketing etiquette, which fosters competition and brings excitement! We are keen for our Junior Section players to progress into our Senior cricket both here at the club and beyond.
Here’s a round-up of the Junior Section season so far:
U9s – Managers Peter Forsythe and David Symes Sunday mornings 9.30am
It was a case of try and try again for our U9s. After a couple of losses everything went right on Sunday (June 2nd) when beating Rottingdean at home in a very exciting match by 6 runs. Huge congratulations to all involved. Peter F explained: “The two earlier games could have gone either way for our youngsters. But this match was as exciting as it gets as we scored 281 (pairs cricket) with some fantastic cricket shots played, not all from the Geoffrey Boycott technique handbook! Rottingdean got off to a flyer, but some great bowling and two run outs we defended until the last ball. Our young players were ecstatic running around like they had won the World Cup!’
The next U9 match is June 16th against Southwick at 9.30am.
U10s Manager Joe Munro Saturday mornings 9.30am
The U10s have had three losses, but there has been plenty of improvement in all aspects of the game for this young squad. Despite great fielding against St Peter’s away (June 1st), a flurry of Nomads wickets saw our hosts win a tight game. Joe said: “Losing wickets in the final over meant we ended on 233 chasing 268 (pairs cricket) - so some work on defending the straight ones! But great work in the field and a marked improvement on the previous games.” Our Vice Chairman Andy Smith was looking on and said: “As long as they enjoyed it and are improving that’s fine.”
The U10s are in action on June 15th at home against Brighton and Hove.
U11s Manager Tom Hutchinson Sunday mornings 9.30am
Extras, extras, extras! At any level of cricket giving away extras, or too many extra can easily spoil what could have been a great day. After two losses our U11s travelled to St James’ on June 2nd and put in a fantastic effort in a close game. The hosts scored 146 and in an excellent chase both Zabi and Sami retired with 25 runs as we finished on 100 runs.
Tom said: “Still lots to work on in training, we scored almost the same as St James’ batting wise but conceded 30 more extras!”
The U11s are back in action on 16th June 16th away at St Peter’s.
U12s Manager Rob Kusel Monday evenings 6.00pm
It’s starting to turn into a sensational season for our U12s with seven wins from seven and top of the league! Rob and Louis Venter have really drilled their players and always set up interesting training sessions. Rob said: “We have six or seven boys in the Sussex Pathway so we bat quite a long way down. There is a great team spirit and the boys enjoy their cricket!”
U13s Manager Julian Musto Thursday evenings 6.00pm
Our U13s have an ECB Cup game June 5th (Lewes at home) and a league game on the 6th against Burgess Hill at home.
Three great league wins saw the U13s top the table before losing to Ditchling on May 23rd. Manager Julian said: “Ditchling are a very strong team, but we are confident we can be competitive in the league this season. We are excited to be playing in the ECB Cup match where we might have to freshen up the team. Hopefully we can progress to the next round!”
U14s Manager Nav Patel Tuesday Evenings 6.00pm
Our U14s have had a mixed set of results and mid-table after two wins and two losses. The last game at Hurstpierpoint on May 28th turned into a heartbreaker as they lost off the final ball of the match! As Nav suggested: “With 78 off our 16 overs showed we were up against some quality bowlers and it will be a good learning experience. We then went on to lose off the last ball after giving away overthrows on the previous delivery. It was a great performance from the team against strong opponents.”
The U14s are next in action on June 11th against Newick away.
U15s Manager Danny Poyning Monday Evenings 6.00pm
It’s been a tough start to the season for our U15s. There have been two league cancelations which is always disappointing, plus there have been two Cup losses, but there was a great win against St Peter’s on May 6th.
Things picked up when the U15s beat Lewes in the league on June 3rd. Danny said: “The best moment was Patrick Sessions opening the bowling. He has worked so hard and listened to all the coaching advice on a Friday night and he’s reaping the rewards!”
Director of Junior Cricket, Chris Fletcher said: “Our volunteer coaches and managers have been doing a fantastic job and don’t forget they started all this hard work back in February at our indoor winter nets.
We’re also privileged to have the coaching services of Nav Patel and Harrison Ward. These guys, along with Shamir Shafi and club captain, Dan Phillips are top quality, current players, who our juniors really identify with. We hope to get more of our senior players involved as the season progresses.
We are also fortunate to have linked up with Andy Sellins again. With my input, he’s driving our girls’ section which we hope to grow over the summer and then really get a good programme going over the winter, to hopefully enable us to enter into some league matches in 2020.
Our grounds and facilities are superb, so thanks to Brian and his team for all their work. And then Friday nights wouldn’t be the same without Jan Smith and her team serving up some fabulous food and with Maggie making sure we can wash it down with something from the bar!”
Bowman said ‘Our Junior Section is motoring through season 2019, it’s hard to imagine that the league season will all over by the third week of July! We have around eight weeks of intense cricket to be played. I have seen a few Junior games this season and have been impressed with the talent and cricket skills on show and look forward to getting out there and seeing more games soon’
Good luck to all Preston Nomads Juniors in the up-coming fixtures!
Colin Bowman - 04/06/2019