Lancashire Cricket Age-Group Boys Round-Up
Lancashire Cricket County Age Group round-up
Lancashire U19s capped off a superb season by beating Roses rivals Yorkshire in the final game of the season to seal the Six Counties two-day Championship.
Managed by David Moss and coached by former Pakistan international Atiq-uz-Zaman, the U19s finished on 92 points, 21 clear of closest challengers Leicestershire.
The runs of Taylor Cornall who scored 475 at an average of 79 proved crucial throughout the campaign as did the solid starts afforded to them by opener Owais Shah who ended the season with an average of 64.
The U19s side has also provided crucial support to the Lancashire Second XI, with a number of the side receiving opportunities to play throughout the summer.
There was also international recognition as wicket-keeper batsman, George Lavelle made his England U19 Test match debut against South Africa in August, whilst Ed Fluck and Jamie Crawley were selected to represent an England Invitational XI against the same opponent.
Lancashire U17s managed by Bob Dearden and coached by Gary Yates made positive progression throughout the summer culminated in reaching the Royal London ECB County Cup Final.
On the day, it wasn’t to be as they were edged out by 18 runs against Essex at Kibworth CC. This was despite a heroic performance from captain Sam Dorsey, who hit a century after taking five wickets but still ended up on the losing side in a final high on quality.
Jack Morley featured for Lancashire’s Second XI, while Morley, Dorsey, Ali Chughtai and Jack Wynn were also selected for the North in the Super 4s competition to compete against London and East, South and West, and the Midlands.
Academy Director, Gary Yates said, “Both the U19s and U17s have had excellent seasons. I am very pleased at the amount of players from both age groups that have transitioned into the Lancashire second team.
“Further down the pathway several County Age Group players have had the opportunity to represent the Academy and Emerging Players Programme (EPP) teams.
“The season has allowed us to focus on creating different learning opportunities and roles for our young players of high potential. It’s important that we continue to challenge and develop both our players and the system.”
The U16s had a limited fixture programme that focuses on the transition from One Day cricket into the longer formats of the game. Managed by James Cutt and coached by Paul Bryson, the side locked horns with Cheshire, ECB North of England U15 and Yorkshire - winning four games and losing three.
Lancashire U15s finished second in the North Group of the Royal London ECB County Cup, recording wins over Cheshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire before defeating Cricket Wales, at Usk CC in the quarter-final to qualify for the National Finals at Kibworth CC.
The side, managed by Andrew Kennedy and coached by Stephen Titchard, were beaten by 4 wickets against Devon in the semi-final, however bounced back superbly to comprehensively beat Middlesex and finish third in the country.
The U15s also saw a strong contingent of players selected for the famous ECB Bunbury Festival with JJ Fielding, George Bell, Subhaan Mahmood, Xander Selby and Harry Caton picked to do battle against London and East, South and West, and the Midlands.
Lancashire U14s had a near perfect record in the ECB County Cup, winning six out of seven matches in their group which included Yorkshire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire ,Durham and Cumbria to finish 2nd in the group and qualify for the A division in the North region in 2019.
They also competed in, and won, the ESCA Taunton Festival, beating Northants in the semi-final and Cheshire in the final. The team was managed by Dave Reddy and coached by Karl Krikken.
Lancashire’s U13 side played a mixture of 50 over and T20 cricket throughout the summer and also took part in the Northern Counties Cup, reaching the final against Nottinghamshire before inclement weather intervened and the trophy was shared.
Managed by John Williams and coached by Atiq-uz-Zaman, they enjoyed an outstanding campaign, winning eleven out of thirteen matches.
Although Lancashire U12s have no formal competition, the side ensured that the Red Rose made it another success in ESCA Taunton Festival in 2018 seeing off Devon, Gloucestershire and guests St Stithians from South Africa.
Coached by David Leighton, the team played 11 matches over the summer, winning eight, drawing two and losing just one. Special mention must go to Keshana Fonseka, for a couple of outstanding centuries against Warwickshire and Somerset.
Lancashire U11s had an emphasis on progressing players into the next stage of their development with a transition from district programmes, playing 40 over friendlies and T20 cricket, boasting a 100% record in the latter. The team also competed in the ESCA Taunton festival finishing second only losing one of the games. They were managed by Colin Foster and coached by Rob Tipping.
Finally, the U10s, who are at introduction level into County Age Groups, are managed by Granville Thompson and coached by Steve Critchley. They played seven matches this season, winning four and losing three. The team also played three T20s claiming a 100% record.
Stephen Titchard, Performance Manager commented, “The main aim of the County Age Group programme is to develop players’ skills and understanding of how to compete successfully in match situations.
“Learning is the key focus and it’s nice when you can see improvements that allow the players to perform to a high level, which ultimately enables the teams to have success. I think we have demonstrated this in the 2018 season.
“There will be new challenges for the players and coaches in 2019, as the teams move into different formats and competitions. I am really looking forward to seeing if the players can keep improving, supported by a really good coaching and management teams.”
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