Bucks Boys Pathway 2017 Season Reviews

Under 10s

The Under 10s is about providing a grounding and opportunity in performance cricket for a wider group of players, with a variety of different formats played and two tours to the Malvern Festival.

The highlights of the season included Tommy Treadwell’s 7/3 (!) and Toby Webster’s 39* in a 8 wicket win over Oxfordshire U10s. Jack Groves took 5 wickets and Anay Jariwala scored 62 not out in a 5 wicket win vs Northants. Byron Medina took 4/15, Daniel Chapman 38 and Billy Dodds 51 vs Bedfordshire in a 1 wicket victory. Tommy Treadwell took 6/14, Anay Jariwala 38 and James Batchelor 38 in a 5 wicket win v Worcestershire.

Under 11s

The Bucks U11’s had a tremendous season, including wins against Cambridgeshire, Ireland, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. The U11 Development side had an unbeaten season winning all six games. 

Notable performances from Alex Marsh 66* vs Oxfordshire Dev, Tilak Patel 4-16 vs Cambs. am Strauss took a hat trick to beat Ireland whilst on tour in Taunton. The U11 county and development side where blessed with consistency from all members of the team allowing results to be shared as a team experience and captain, George Evans, supported all members of the team allowing every player the opportunity to shine. One of the best knocks of the season was seen by Aadi Sharma who dug in and scored 83* vs Northamptonshire in a game which changed balance throughout the 40 overs. 

Under 12s

The U12s enjoyed a successful season, especially with bat in hand. A lot of the winter focus was driven towards a positive mentality when batting, looking to take control of fixtures with dominant performances. The ability to punish poor deliveries and manipulate the strike was evident in the number of players achieving personal milestones to contribute to the teams target.

100 partnerships between Raphael Weatherall and Charlie Carter against Northants chasing 130, plus Raphael Weatherall and Aatish Anthathi against Cambridgeshire chasing 160 showed the improved mindset as both were achieved in quick time. Another highlight was the ability to score 300 in 30 overs on tour amongst the scorers a superb 100 from the leading tournament run scorer Kahil Jariwala. There were also 50s for Charlie Carter and Harry Taylor, whilst Eisah Saba claimed 4/27 v Lincolnshire and Archie Dodds took 3/21 v Northants

Under 13s

The U13s had a successful season in 2017. On the batting front the team were really consistent scoring over 200 regularly which at u13 level is a great effort in 40 overs and exactly the brand of positive cricket we are looking to play. Of course there were a couple of low totals but on the whole great to see our batters going out there with a positive mind set and looking to score wherever possible. 

We had 3 hundreds this year & 2 scores in the 90’s which again is a great effort. Jai Angel with back to back 100s vs Beds & Cambs & Tom Whittington with a 100 vs Hampshire. George Coomber hit 93 in a win vs Northants and Sheridan Gumbs and Charlie Doe both hits 70s during the season. On the bowling front we had contributions from every bowler. Wickets were shared in most games and we managed to bowl teams out regularly. 2 5 wicket halls in the season came in the same game vs Oxf with Aryan Chambhare taking 5/11 & Anuj Kaulgud 5/34.

Under 14s

The U14s had a tough year, but without doubt the highlight for the squad last season was the 2 run win against Northants in the ECB Cup where we defended a below par score of 202 at a small Amersham on the Hill. The highlight from that game was Jack Mercer opening the bowling having kept all year and finishing with figures of 10 overs 5 Maidens none for 16. 

Individual highlights included Theo Weatherall blistering 76 against Wales, Jack Mercer 68 against Bedfordshire and Ethan Turner with 70 against Middlesex in Taunton and almost 400 runs for the season. The bowling attack struggled for control on the whole, but Rahul Randev’s emerging leg-spin was one of the highlights of the season

Under 15s

Bucks U15s produced some consistently strong team performances, but the batting unit failed to fire regularly enough to win more games. They did the double over Herefordshire and Bedfordshire and also recorded victories against England Women’s Academy and Shropshire.

James Dalby was the stand-out performer of the year, taking 21 wickets @ 13 with his leg-spin and a further 10 wickets for the U16EPP team. George Lasseter recorded a maiden century with a very well composed 104 vs Herefordshire, in a game Solly Woodall also made 74*. Ollie Taylor produced the best bowling performance of the season, taking 5/13 as he ripped out Bedfordshire’s top order at Campbell Park, including taking a hat-trick.

Under 17s

The Under 17s started the season slowly suffering defeats to Shropshire in both the 2-day and 1-day competition, but gathered momentum thereafter to only miss out on the ECB Cup 1 day Semi Finals on net-run-rate and recorded convincing first innings victories over Oxfordshire and Herefordshire in the 2 dayers.

Nouman Aslam and Sulaiman Akhtar produced spin bowling displays that squeezed the opposition, and both also contributed vital contributions with the bat and in the field, as well as taking over 10 wickets. Seamers Sami Sajid, Harvind Dhillon, Dom Goodman, Lawrence Snookes and Tom Taylor all produced good spells at times to back them up.

Dominic Goodman made a maiden Bucks century against Oxfordshire, a season that culminated in signing for Gloucestershire’s Academy. Openers Henry Moore and Josh Drage both made two 50s across the season, whilst Harvind Dhillon made a maiden Bucks half century when given the chance to open the batting in the 1 dayer vs Bedfordshire.

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