Coach Barry Baker with the end of season reports for the 12s and 13s……
A first victory of the season at Thurgarton CC was a just reward for the efforts of our Under 12s. We only put the team together at the very last moment with the majority of the players not having played ‘hard’ ball cricket and having had no coaching or net practice with us, and because of the lack of nets were only playing matches for most of the season. So to finish on a winning note was very pleasing and provides the coaches with something to work on for next season. A win by 10 runs with skipper Blake Southwell leading from the front claiming 3 wickets for 1 run and Joe Rock top scoring with the bat.
Two comfortable victories in the Newark League in the past week for the Under 13s over Bottesford CC and Belvoir CC will probably see them finishing as Runners Up in a League they could probably have won easily, if the coaches had not rotated the batting and bowling line ups to provide opportunities for all squad members to gather experience. The only time the U13s fielded their most competitive line up they beat Bingham CC to win the Cup Final. Bingham, to whom we lost narrowly in the League, remain unbeaten and will probably win the League. The U13s were very competitive in a strong Nottingham League and will probably finish in the top four and can look back with pride on the progress they have made as individuals, and collectively, suggesting that a number of them have every chance of becoming future KCC 1st XI players.
The win against Belvoir CC gave plenty of room for optimism for the future with eight of the regular U13s not playing. Oscar Brown the stand in skipper opened the innings with a classy 35 before retiring and with Alex Newell who normally bats at 7 or 8, together they put on 55 for the opening partnership before Alex was bowled for 25, on a night when Leggy was having a night off with his long suffering wife after her return from holiday in Italy, and Christine Viggers made her debut as a scorer. In at number 3 was Liam Stevenson, no 11 in the previous match now showing what he could do as he raced to 35 and retirement with a busy and entertaining knock, leaving Oscar Malik (also normally bats around 7 or 8) at 21 not out and Gregor Cameron 1 not out as KCC completed their overs with a formidable total of 136 for 1 wicket.
The young players recruited from the U12 squad for the evening who didn’t get a bat were given the responsibility with the ball and the two stand out bowlers were Tommy Wilson (an Under 10) and Daniel Jones (an U11) who between them bowled a third of the total overs with good flight, excellent length and most importantly straight, in restricting the Belvoir batsmen to a total of 60 for 3 to give KCC a 76 run victory with Oscar Mailk, surely the second best fielder in the entire club after Ben Elliott (in the Presidents humble opinion) pulling off another one of his now big repertoire of spectacular catches when he turned from mid off and ran back at speed to take a hugely difficult chance coming from over his shoulder to claim his ninth catch of the season and dismiss an opener who was shaping like he could have caused some damage.
We have been unable to get dates from our opponents to play the outstanding two fixtures and with the summer holidays now in full swing and the football season on the horizon it is unlikely they will be played. The season closes with Summer Coaching Sessions on Mondays for the next three weeks during which some new players aged between 8 and 14 years, will get the opportunity to join our regular juniors.