Both junior sides have played some super cricket this term. The U15s have been ably led by Jamal Ali. He has opened with the bat and the ball superbly all year. He is developing into some cricketer. He bowled superbly for the 1st XI against the MCC which is a fantastic achievement as a Year 10. Hamza Shahid has caused problems with his sharp seamers and Tom Brooker has taken many a wicket with his left arm over spells. The most comprehensive victory of the year was against Long Close. This included the most outstanding individual performance by Jamal. He took 3 wickets and scored an unbeaten 65. I hope these young men keep playing and strive to represent the 1st XI next year.
It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the U14s this season. Debatably the strongest junior team this school has had for some time. The word team is particularly poignant here because every single member has played their part. The boys progressed no end as they got to grips with the school level. Kai Ziemkendorf, similar to Jamal in Year 10, opened in both parts of the game superbly and captained the side maturely. Harrison Tunn showed some fine touches with the bat and ball as did Will Smith. The most impressive win of the season was against Holyport. The boys successfully chased 120 runs in their allotted 20 overs. To complete this only losing 3 wickets and with overs to spare was hugely rewarding. The most notable performance of the season was away at Eton. The local rivals posted an enormous 157. The boys nearly achieved it. To get so close showed how far they have come as a unit. The outstanding performance was from Freddie Fearnley. He hit many a boundary in an explosive unbeaten innings of 84. If these boys continue to develop at the rate they have this season then there are going to be many successful seasons ahead.