2014 Youth Finals

A big thank you for those who came to the Finals Day at Garon Park on Sunday 7th. The day was a great success and enjoyed by the all the players and parents and due to this it will now become a permanent venue for the Youth finals.

The 2014 season concluded with congratulations to the following trophy winners:

Age Group Winners Runners Up
Under 11 HADLEIGH Rayleigh
Under 11B BELHUS “B” Rayleigh B
Under 13 RANKINS Belhus
Under 13B SOSEMT “B” Leigh on Sea  B
Under 15 ORSETT Westcliff-on-Sea
Under 15B RANKINS Thurrock B

Coach Education

Course dates for 2014/15 have now been released. Please visit  http://coacheducation.essexcricket.org.uk/ for more information.

The South Board are the Essex Inter District 20/20 Champions

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Having won their group which consisted of the Central and Met Boards they met the North District in the final at Billericay last Thursday.

With a little rain overnight and an 11 am start who ever won the toss would have put the opposition in and The North asked the South to bat first. Rahul Ravi unfortunately got a brut of a ball and was out in the 2nd over. This brought together Praneet  Patel and Harry Lockyer who were careful early on and each rode a bit of luck however when the field restrictions lapsed more gaps opened which they found superbly and their partnership flourished with some great shots that found the boundary. Praneet scored a excellent 57 and Harry an equally good 31 and when their partnership ended in the 15 over they had added 93. This enabled the middle order  to straight away go for their shots which they did especially Will Gibbons and skipper Matt Dobson. The final score of 126 was a very competitive score bearing in mind the large boundaries and slow outfield.

Praneet  and Matt Dobson who opened the bowling did as planed and bowled line and length to keep them well below the run rate and this was carried on by Josh Jones and Matt Pasfield. Then enter Harry Lockyer in the 10th over when they were 41 for 3 and had to “tee off”. With the coach questioning the need for a slip in the circumstances Josh Jones took 2 there and the North had no answer –the only thing that could save them was the approaching thunder storms but with 6 for 12 Harry wrapped the game up in the 18 over before the rain set in.

A great win for a great bunch of boys!

Team:  Tom Baker, Ryan Carey, Sam Coehlo, Matt Dobson, Frank Farrington, Will Gibbon, Josh Jones, Harry Lockyer, Finlay Mackay, Matt Pasfield, Praneet Patel, Rahul Patel

Report by Roy Soilleux

Central u13 vs. South u13 @ Hutton CC

Team:   F Barton, T Casson*†, S Ejaz, C Harris, R Martin, D Mitchell, T Pinkerton, T Redman, H Seaden, N Van Lint, W Wheeler, Z Wilson

The final 40 over game of the season for South. If we win we have a ‘winning season’, if we lose we don’t. Which will it be?

Before the match the Central u13 coach mentioned that over 600 runs had been scored on the wicket at the weekend and he expected the game to be a high scoring one.

We lost the toss and Central decided to bat first. As usual Freddie opened, this time with Dylan as his strike partner. Success arrived early with Dylan getting a wicket in the 2nd over (2-1), Freddie getting one in the 3rd (4-2) and5th (14-3) and Dylan picking up another 2 in the 8th (28-4). Really good bowling from Freddie and Dylan yet Central were still scoring at nearly 4 an over.

Once Freddie and Dylan stood down there was a mini stand until Will picked up a wicket in the 14th over (67-6) and we were working through the team. 91-7 in the 17th over, 127-8 in the 22nd. Although the run rate was nearing 6 an over it looked like we would get Central out for a moderate total.

T Mortlock came out at 9 with CricHQ showing him as averaging 15 with a high score of 8. His coach said he was definitely playing as a bowler not a bat. 88 runs later, from 55 balls, Ted was not out. He had put on 123 runs with J Smith and moved the game to a different level. When we picked up the final couple of wickets Central had accrued 272, mainly from some lusty hitting.

Our normally very frugal Freddie had gone for over 6 runs an over with Dylan being by far the most economical bowler with figures of 8-2-27-4. Clearly a challenging total for us to get but anything they could do we could.

At the break we talked about getting a target requiring 7.32 runs per over and that Central had started at about 4 and accelerated, we could do the same.

Nick and Harry opened and looked pretty comfortable from the off. After 12 overs we were 48 runs for no loss and we were hopeful that they could start to up the run rate. Unfortunately due to a combination of good bowling and sensible field placing it was not to be. We continued scoring at 4 an over pretty much through to the 30th over. Nick and Harry were each out just short of their fifties trying to push on; Taylor and Tommy tried to hit and run everything but it was too little too late.

At the end we scored 191-4 with three players reaching 45 but not making 50 (Harry, Nick and Taylor). Taylor gets a mention for his 155% strike rate; Tommy gets another honourable mention as he was run out pushing for a single whilst his batting partner watched the mis-hit ball go in the air back to the bowler. Who dropped it.

Although the difference in scores shows we were soundly beaten it was really down to Ted hitting consistently and cleanly and our players not really being able to figure out how to bowl and field to him. This is an u13 team after all and at worst this was a learning experience.

Central u13        272 all out
South u13         191-4

Central win by 81 runs.

So the 40 over season ends for us with played 5, won 2 lost 3.

On to the T20s.


A busy week for the u13s with 3 games scheduled. Given the ECB Fast Bowling Directives and the heat this meant some juggling of bowlers. A good job the squad is larger than normal.

Monday 21st July

Netherlands U13 vs. South U13 @ Bacons Oval


Team: T Casson†*, R-D Castle, D March, D Mitchell, M Mohan, T Pinkerton, T Redman, H Seaden, J Spencer, N Van Lint, J Walker, E Ward

On quite a warm day near Bradwell on Sea the Netherlands won the toss and put us into bat. Ryan and Tommy opened and found it hard going – the pitch was slow and low, the outfield very slow. Balls driven along the ground stopped quickly in the stubbly grass, balls hit into the air plugged. Tommy got a delivery that moved around and beat him. Unfortunate but that good ball is always out there. 8-1

Harry came out and worked well with Ryan running in the very hot conditions as the ball rarely made it to the boundary. The scoring rate was pretty slow, Harry got a bit frustrated and was stumped trying to push the score on. 52-2

Unfortunately there was then a small collapse as wickets fell at 61, 63, 67 and 68. Dismissals were LBW, stumped and bowled showing that the batters were having difficulty getting the ball away.

An honourable exception to this was Jess who belted a solid 4 (only the second of the innings) and then got out. Jess and James added a handful of runs each but wickets still fell regularly until we were all out on 90 runs in the 36th over.

During the first innings I had chatted with the Netherlands coach and we thought 140-160 would be a good score. Clearly it would have been! However 90 runs did look at bit short.

Dylan and Nick opened the bowling and stopped the Netherlands from getting a quick start. This clearly caused some frustration as three wickets fell in a flurry when they were on 13. This included a wicket maiden for Dylan and one batter run out without facing. Not a good feeling for the first match of their tour. 13-1, 2 and 3.

Like us Netherlands had one bat who was working hard and slowly accumulating runs whilst his colleagues fell. Matt picked up a wicket and again there was a small collapse with two wickets falling on 34 and one on 45.

The match had been pretty equal early on – after 10 over Netherlands were 2 runs behind where South had been – but then Netherlands stalled a bit and at 20 overs we’d scored 57 compared to the Netherlands’ 38. However a wicket fell in the next over and the new batter started to attack the bowling successfully. In 8 overs they had caught up and the scores were level. It was getting to be a tight match – 14 runs to win or 2 wickets. Plenty of overs.

Just before drinks we got a wicket but there was still a dangerous batter there. At drinks Netherlands needed 11 runs to win, we needed 1 wicket.

31st over: 2 scored, 9 runs or 1 wicket to win

32nd over: 1 scored, 8 runs or 1 wicket to win

33rd over: 3 scored, 5 runs or 1 wicket to win

34th over: Tom to bowl

First ball 2 wides. Netherlands need 3 runs to win.
Second ball – WICKET!

South u13         90 all out
Netherlands       88 all out

South win by 2 runs.

It is amazing how a low scoring game can be so compelling. The team played really well, apart from our bowling of wides. The umpires had been told to be strict (as per the standard 40 over District games) and this had been a problem for most of our attack. At one point wides accounted for half the Netherlands score and by the end wides were both the ‘highest scorer’ and a third of their total.

Tuesday 22nd July

South U13 vs. Met Dolphins u13 @ Garon Park


Team: F Barton, T Casson†*, C Harris, E Marron, T Nichols, T Pinkerton, H Seaden, N Van Lint, J Walker, W Wheeler, L Wiggins, Z Wilson

Despite another warm day the groundskeeper was concerned the wicket was a bit low and slow having only confirmed the pitch as playable late in the morning. Given his standards are First Class County I thought the wicket would be quite lively for u13s.

Met Dolphins won the toss and elected to bat, as we would have done. Freddie and Lucas opened the bowling with their normal parsimony restricting the run rate. Figures of 7-1-12-0 and 6-2-8-0 show how good they were but I know how frustrating it is to bowl well yet get nothing in the wickets column.

After the first 10 overs the bowlers were rested with the score at 13. Cameron and Tom were next up and despite loose first overs both continued the high standard set by the openers with Tom sneaking a wicket maiden. 20-1.IMG_2137

Met Dolphins batted solidly but never really got away from us. Using the good outfield and wicket Met Dolphins did accelerate a little from the 15th over but wickets fell regularly including 3 run outs (those fielding drills must be working) and they were all out for 89.

So another low scoring innings, without the obvious issues of the long grass and the slow, low wicket from yesterday.

Taylor changing his opening pair for this match and from the start they were ahead of the run rate. Nick batted well before being caught when the score 38. Harry joined Taylor and between them they got the 90 required in the 21st over.

Although Met Dolphins were a man short this is still a good result for us. One of our players commented afterwards it was all a bit boring. Speaking as the coach I quite like a game where we restrict the opposition to a low score then get the runs without any dramas. Monday was an exciting game to watch, I like “boring”.

Met Dolphins    89 all out
South u13         90-1

South win by 9 wickets.

Thursday 24th July

South U13 vs. West u13 @ Rayleigh CC


Team: F Barton, T Casson†*, E Marron, R Martin, D Mitchell, T Pinkerton, J Spencer, N Van Lint, W Wheeler, L Wiggins, Z Wilson

The heat wave continues. Once again Taylor lost the toss and was put in to bat, which was what he would have done anyway.

Taylor and Nick opened and built a solid foundation reaching 29 in 10 overs. Not spectacular but with no wickets down hopefully something we could move on and build upon. Whether the prospect of a drinks’ break made Taylor misjudge a shot but he was dismissed just as we may have hoped Nick and he would accelerate. 46-1.

We got a bit bogged down after Taylor had gone and Nick was dismissed almost 10 overs later at 53-2.

After that we got back to scoring at about 4 an over but with wickets falling regularly we could not make up for the barren period. We finished on 121 all out, setting a target higher than the earler two matches but possibly not high enough.

West started well and despite losing 2 early wickets they were matching our scoring rate for the first 13 overs. Then for the period we stagnated they kept going and pushed the rate up to over 4 an over. Despite losing another wicket they cruised to victory in the 27th over.

We were beaten by a team that bowled better than us, especially their spinners, and who took advantage of poor deliveries better than we did. Always room to improve.

South u13         121 all out
West u13          122-3

West win by 7 wickets.

So 3 matches played, 2 won, 1 lost.

North too strong for South u13s

May 30th: On a blustery but dry day at Garon Park our first match of the 2014 season took place against North u13. North won the toss and decided to bat first.

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South U13 team
May 30th
versus North U13

Freddie Barton and Lucas Wiggins opened the bowling with Freddie taking a wicket in the first over. A promising start. Conditions were difficult for batters and bowlers with a strong winds across the wicket and Freddie seemed to cope with conditions better than any other South bowler.

North re-grouped after the early dismissal of their captain with Kempster scoring 54, before being dismissed by Lucas Wiggins, and Rymell 114, before also being dismissed by Lucas. None of the other batters got in to the same extent but with a total of 239 it was a daunting target with the scoreboard pressure being clear to all.

Ryan-Daniel Castle and Tommy Pinkerton opened for South and with 6 off the first over were ahead of the run rate. Despite losing wickets regularly including two run outs, after 17 overs there was only 1 run between the two sides. However whereas North had had two established batters able to take advantage of our change bowlers we did not. Although we were scoring at a pretty consistent 4 and a bit per over, North had scored at least a run an over faster. By the 28th over we were 60 runs behind where North had been at the same stage in their innings, with 6 wickets down.

With a required run rate of over 10 and climbing the final part of the match was really getting some match practice. A couple of lads went for the big shots … and missed. Others played out the overs scoring where they could. Even towards the end we were scoring at just under 4 an over.

North finished with a deserved victory. South needs to learn some lessons and apply ourselves come the next round of matches.

North u13          239 for 6           Barton 8-2-15-4
South U13         150 for 9           Castle 55

North won by 89 runs.

South U13 team: R-D Castle, T. Pinkerton, H. Seaden, T. Casson (capt.), J. Spencer, Z. Wilson, W. Wheeler, L. Wiggins, T. Redmond, F. Barton, M. Wicks, M. Mohan

2014 AGM

At the 2014 AGM held on February 11th the following motions of note were passed:

Coach Education

That this AGM notes with disappointment the lack of Community Coach Education courses organised in the South District for 2013/2014. This AGM feels that there is sufficient demand within South District for a number of courses aimed at different player environments and instructs the management committee to:

•          contact all clubs within the District to identify the demand for coach education courses

•          approach those schools it can to identify the demand for coach education courses

•          approach the ECCB to obtain a greater commitment to delivering Community Coach Education courses based within the District

Youth Competitions

That this AGM notes with regret that some clubs played District and regular A team players in B teams within the Youth Competitions in 2013. Whilst recognising that there can be availability problems this AGM feels that picking better players for B teams to ‘make up the numbers’ is a breach of the Spirit of Cricket which can result in demotivating young players and distorting results.

This AGM therefore agrees that in future, where such incidents are drawn to the management committee’s attention shall be treated as breaches of the South Essex District Cricket Board’s Code of Conduct and dealt with under the existing Disciplinary Code and Guidance.

In addition there were changes ot the financial year, to the aims and objectives and the committee composition. These are all reflected ni the Constitution which is published on the website.