Fellow cricketers and supporters,
We are approaching the conclusion of the junior cricket season at Gerrards Cross and what a summer it has been!
You'll doubtless of already heard of the success for our U15's securing their League and Cup double but there are plenty of other highlights from the junior ranks.
The success story goes well beyond one team. Indeed, I feel slightly guilty not giving each of our successful teams a separate message as the under 15s enjoyed, but I don't want to over-burden your inboxes. So please take five minutes to read this email, it really is an incredible story and a fantastic testament to the efforts of the boys and girls involved, to Nigel Bruce and the coaching team and to Davis Snushall and all the many parents who have taken the time to manage and encourage the teams throughout the season.
So here comes the roll of honour...
The U9 Lions also have double success, clinching the U9 Bucks Blast title against Marlow Town to complete an unbeaten league season to go with their amazing Marlow Big Bash Tournament success at the end of June.The Lions of Gerrards Cross are roaring !
Not to be outdone by the Lions, the U9 Tigers have also been unbeaten and won their league, the U9 Bucks Big Bash. 5 wins from 5 games. What a great bunch of lads we have at this age group.
The unbeaten season theme continues with the U12A's. Top of Division 2 South with 7 victories and 1 fixture abandoned, an incredible record.
Also challenging for League title honours are the U11B team currently top of the U11 Division 3 South with 4 victories and just the 1 defeat. This one will go to the wire but a supreme performance from this group of boys.
If it wasn't for Cookham Dean the U11A team would also be unbeaten ! A narrow league defeat against them put paid to their chances of securing the Division One South title and we were unfortunate to draw Cookham once again in the Bucks Cup semi final where our cup run ended at their hands.
Although the U10's playing record appears uninspiring at won 2 lost 7, they are perhaps the most improved group of cricketers at any age group. Having not played Club matches in 2016 as Under 9's they have been at somewhat of a disadvantage to other clubs in the very competitive Division 1 South, the top division of three. The improvement has come along in every game resulting in a comprehensive victory against a powerful High Wycombe side in their last match. Reaching the Semi Finals of the Winchmore Hill tournament in early July was further proof that this team are now playing some great cricket.
Our U13's have battled away with distinction in the very competitive Division 1 South with 3 victories and 3 defeats and can still finish a creditable 3rd if they beat Chesham in their final League game. Another successful Cup run saw them reach the semi finals.
The U13B squad have been rather starved of matches but have a couple more to play in coming week and I wish them every success.
The U8's have played their first competitive club match, narrowly losing to Beaconsfield in a fun encounter. Another fixture against the same opponents is taking place on Friday 21st July at Dukes Lane on the main square.
Not to be outdone by the boys, our Gerrards Cross Girls are showing great potential. So much so, 6 have been nominated for the Bucks Girls Player Pathway Programme in 2018, the first step towards playing county cricket. Well done indeed to Lily Coomber, Alice Fleming, Alice Godfrey, Poppy Godfrey, Alice Aarons and Lara Daurka.
The following boys have also been put forward - Joe Coomber, Calum Dalby, James Hardy, Ollie Scard, Matthew Pannett, William Deslandes, Alexander Stewart, Raghav Batra, Jayden Shah, Horatio Yorke, Saif Khan, Scott Jackson and Dylan McLeisch.
Many congratulations also to the following Gerrards Cross Colts who are representing Bucks at their respective age groups this year - Evan Thomas, Thomas Arthey, George Coomber, Aman Shah, Ollie Stalder, Charlie Hewson, Harvey Hewson, Toby Hewson, Jai Daurka, Jacob Seimon, Dominic Ritchie, Max Ritchie, Teddy Fleming, Tarun Eapen, Joel Abbott, James Dalby and Edward Snushall.
One notable highlight to report from the county circuit this summer being a stupendous James Dalby ( U15) hat trick against Northamptonshire - top performance James !
The following have also all represented their senior schools at 1st XI in 2017 :
James Dalby and Zain Khan ( RGS High Wycombe )
Joel Abbott ( Berkhamsted )
Edward Snushall ( Stowe )
So overall, I am really thrilled by the performances of our colts teams this summer and some of the outstanding cricket and teamwork that has been on show. Well done to all. The future looks very bright for Gerrards Cross Cricket Club with talent like this coming through the ranks.
Thanks again to everyone involved and hopefully I'll see many of you at the barbecue tonight (Saturday, July 22nd) or at another end-of-season function.
All the best,
Chairman: Gerrards Cross Cricket Club
p.s. Here are the latest league tables for all our teams.
The first 4 all League winners. The U11B could still be champions but that'll be close. The U11A if they beat Ballinger on Tuesday will finish 2nd. The U13 have come 3rd.
U15 Division 1 South
U12 Division 2 South
U9 Bucks Blast
U9 Bucks Big Bash
U11 Division 3 South