2013 Sunday 2nd XI Sunday Review

The volume of cricket played by the Sunday Seconds was greatly improved from last season when bad weather was the main culprit for a lack of cricket.  This year things were different allowing for eleven games to be played with seven of them victories. One of the big factors of the side is the emergence of young players and in tune with this we saw the likes of U-15’s Ben Moody, Rob Lankester, Zak Conley, Josh Coldicott- Stevens, Owen Hughes and     U-13’s Jag Lalli, Alex King and Ed Kershaw all make their debuts.  This young lot are quick on the heels of Freddy Stuart, Rhodri Hughes, Sam Rice, Jack Childs and Joe Graves who were all regular players.  Whilst the likes of Josh Conley, Chris West, Lloyd Bowman although not much older are quickly becoming veteran campaigners.  All those mentioned along with Peter G. Baker, yours truly and Graham Stuart made regular appearances throughout the season. It is always a pleasure to see young players enjoying their cricket especially when they achieve something special.  Ed Kershaw playing his first adult game took a key, partnership breaking wicket.  The expression on his face was fantastic.  In the same game I had the pleasure of being at the non-strikers end when Freddy Stuart scored his maiden half century in adult cricket.  What impressed me more than the skilful play that took him to his landmark was the calm and mature way he celebrated.  We were still in the middle of a run chase and he wanted to focus on the win.  Of course added to his batting (109 runs at 21) is his supreme fielding and level head. Another memorable performance was Rob Lankester’s 60 in a [...]