Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Successful junior girls’ sides lead way at awards evening

DOZENS of junior cricketers picked up awards at Henley Cricket Club’s presentation evening.

DOZENS of junior cricketers picked up awards at Henley Cricket Club’s presentation evening.

Prizes were handed out to the top players and teams where there was also a barbecue, while some youngsters played mini-games at the nets of the club off Remenham Hill.

More than 200 youngsters play for the club’s eight boys’ teams and three girls’ teams, while 40 others are part of the U8 development squad.

Among the top performing teams were the U13 boys side, who reached the regional final of their national cup, the U12 Lionesses who won the county championships and the U12 Tigresses who won the league. There were bowling and batting awards for each team and also lighthearted prizes including the comedy moment award won by Conor Quinn while Jemma Swire-Thompson picked up the chairman’s award for sporting behaviour.

Junior chairman Paul Smith said: “The club’s junior section goes from strength to strength.

“Our focus at the younger age groups is on participation and enjoyment of the game while at the older age groups we are looking to develop a winning mentality to go alongside that.

“The obvious aim is to bring youngsters through into the senior teams, something we have been successful at: we gave out a number of caps to boys who had played a number of senior games this year.

“I’m delighted that the junior section of the club is thriving and thank the support team and especially the team managers who make it all possible throughout the season.”

The full list of awards was as follows: U12 Lionesses — batting, Francesca Clarke; bowling, Sophie Jordan; most improved, Maddie Bowsher. U12 Tigresses — batting, Lauren Hilditch; bowling, Lottie Baker; most improved, Elizabeth Lawrence. U15 girls — batting, Nicola Lee; bowling, Romilly Hayward; most improved, Harriet Booth; manager’s award, Ana Cauchi. U9 Lynx — batting, Charlie Hunt; bowling, Conor Quinn; most improved, Oliver Saunders and Will Corbett. U9 Lions — batting, Dylan Price; bowling, Harry Wildgoose; most improved, Mark Colombi. U11 Pumas — batting, Sam Houldsworth-Bianek; bowling, Isaac Peach; most improved, Angus Carle and Liam Somersmith; U11 Cougars — batting, Sam Cooper; bowling, Arthur Unwin; manager’s award, James Reinhardt. U11 Leopards — batting, Jack Browett; bowling, Max Head; most improved, Archie Smith. U13 Tigers — batting, Henry Thorby; bowling, Chanula Wickramaratna; manager’s award, Josh Khan. U13 Wildcats — batting, Will Hammersley; bowling, Jonathan Trist; most improved, Eliot Hyman; U15s — batting, Monty Bradbury; bowling, Tom Batchelor; team award, Jonathan Henderson.

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