Wickford are our U16 Indoor Champions for second consecutive year

For the second year in succession, Wickford cricket club became our U16 indoor champions and Hadleigh and Thundersley finished second at the competition held at St. Christopher’s School, Leigh on Sea.  Wickford ‘s playing record this year was: Played 10, Won 8, Tied 1, Lost 1.

Philip Jones, Wickford’s team manager said: “Our achievement represents a fantastic effort from all the players, particularly as only seven juniors were used during the whole  season, none of whom, at present, play for the district or the County at youth level.Wickford CC - U16 Indoor Champions 2011-2012 It would be unfair for me to single out any particular players as everyone who played contributed enormously to our success.

“Every week, when needed, players stepped up to the plate and produced with batting, bowling and fielding.  What is also pleasing is that this was usually a different player every week which represents a real team effort.  Ably led by the captain Jack McCarthy, we played good competitive, effective cricket but also played it in the right spirit, which is  how the game should be played and I think represents the fantastic effort from the coaching set up at Wickford and certainly bodes well for the future of the club. I would like to mention the effort and support from Dave Maher, Jerry McCarthy and Craig Sloane who helped out as and when needed very effectively and would also like to thank Nikki Spicer for all her efforts in running the competition. We look forward to the challenge of defending our title in 2013.”

An unusual feature of the competition was that three games were tied – and they all involved Rayleigh CC.  For full details of the competition click on the “2011-12 Youth Indoor U16 – Leigh” menu option on the right of this website.  A further U16 competition will be staged for clubs in the Thurrock area at Grays School, commencing in March.