Bucks Boys Player Pathway Season Review 2016

All the younger age groups are primarily focused on providing opportunities to a large range of players to test and stretch their abilities, this is never moreso at U10s who are just beginning their cricketing journeys. Impressive individual performances were recorded by Sam Strauss (52 v Bedfordshire), Aadi Sharma (100 on tour) and Joe Hoggan (5/22 v Isle of Man U11s).

The U11s outstanding performance of the season was against Bedfordshire at Bedford school when they chased 175 and got them for 5 wkts down in 34 overs, mainly due to a century partnership between Oliver McConkey 64 not out and Kahil Jariwala 67 for the second wicket. 

Eisah Saba bowled well throughout the season including taking 3/18 from 9 overs against a very strong Yorkshire side at the Taunton Festival, and at the same Festival taking the last three wickets as a hat-trick against Middx to win the game by 9 runs. 

The U12s outstanding team performances were against Northumberland during the Ipswich Festival winning in the final over of the day and bowling Northants out for 69 in the MTS T20 Competition going on to win at a canter . 

Outstanding individual batting performances were from Hashan Ramanandanpulle 88 v Cumbria, Ned Harris 79 v Cambridgeshire and Thomas Creighton 58 at a run a ball against Cumbria. Great bowling performances from Tarum Mammen Eapen 6 for 24 v Cumbria and Ned Harris 3 fo 9 v Northants.

The U13s standout team performance of the season were the Bromsgrove tours and the victory against Cambridgeshire & Northants. There were outstanding invididual efforts by Rahul Randev 406 runs from 10 games (128 runs against Isle of Man), Parvind Dhillon (4 wkts against Isle of Man), Harry Petrie (5wkts against Isle of Man), Edward Hilditch ( 4wkts against Hunts), Theo Weatherall 190 runs in 4 games (100 retired v NorthantsD) and James Marsh 100 retired v NorthantsD).

The U14s started off slowly but turned it into a highly enjoyable and rewarding year with a brilliant bunch of lads. The best performances came at the latter end of the season, defending 152 against Northants on tour was a fantastic effort and similarly bowling Staffs out for 129 in their chase of 153 was without doubt our highlight of the year. 

George Holmes started the season brightly scoring half centuries against Hertfordshire and Leicestershire (79*). In similar fashion Solly Woodall also played a vital part in our win against Shropshire scoring 68 in our chase of 201. Joel Abbott was fantastic with the ball all season his stand out figures were 6 overs 5 runs 1 wkt against Northern Ireland helping set up this victory on tour. In the same game James Dalby tore through the Irish batting order and finished with 10 overs 35 runs 5 wkts, backed up beautifully by Joe Masih in the following game against Northants who caused similar destruction to there order with figures of 9 overs 12 runs 6 wkts. Ben Jacobs stood tall in the victory against an unbeaten Staffordshire side scoring 56 with the bat and then following this up with the ball 8 overs 12 runs 2 wkts. Ethan Turner stood out against Essex on tour scoring his maiden Bucks 50 (playing a year up) batting freely which almost saw us create an upset against a very strong outfit. 

Bucks U15s had an exceptional ECB Cup campaign, in the end just missing out on qualification to the Semi Finals to Worcestershire on Net Run Rate. The U15s did the double over Northants and Herefordshire, beat Shropshire (home game rained off) and won one and lost one against Worcestershire.

Marcus Critchley recorded 5 fifties and 1 hundred in six innings, Dominic Goodman made two fifties and bowled numerous tight spells (as we went on to represent South & West at the ECB U15 Bunbury Festival) and Jack Rodnight made an excellent 63 on a wet wicket against Northants, before a maiden hundred in an end of season friendly against London Schools. Usman Khan and Sid Dey also recorded fifties. Lawrence Snookes lead the attack with 12 wkts at 16 (economy of just 2.68), with strong contributions from Goodman, Harvind Dhillon, Adam Swede, and the spin attack of Kian Bains, Sharky Iqbal and Critchley.

The U16-EPP team produced a couple of fantastic performance to beat Northants on a turning wicket at Wolverton and then beat Warwickshire by 3 runs in a thriller at Amersham CC, both games in which Henry Moore made fifties. Nouman Aslam was the side's leading run scorer with 281, whilst Goodman, Conner Haddow and Aslam all took 10 wickets.

The U17s were unable to back up their remarkable 2016 season where they won the ECB One-Day Cup and their 2-day Division. Nonetheless, numerous fine team and individual performances were recorded - Teddie Casterton racked up 298 runs at 43, Jack Rodnight stepped up from the U15s to make 3 fifties, whilst Adam King (Northants), Brandon Allen (Gloucs), Henry Moore, Nouman Aslam and Stanley Walsh all notched up half centuries. Nouman Aslan and Conner Haddow (now signed at Northants) were the stand-out bowlers, with Conner taking 6/62 against Bedforshire to clinch the 2-day victory.

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