Sunday, 13 June 2021

Juniors celebrate their success at end of season ceremony

YOUNG cricketers were honoured at Henley Cricket Club’s junior awards ceremony.

YOUNG cricketers were honoured at Henley Cricket Club’s junior awards ceremony.

First team player David Barnes handed out trophies to both boys and girls recognising achievements including best batting and bowling performances and most improved player in the club’s various age categories.

Club president John Nelson told the crowd who had gathered at the Brakspear Ground Pavilion on Friday of last week that Henley was "one of the best clubs in the country".

Junior chairman Paul Smith said: "This is our celebration at the end of the season for junior cricket. It’s been a very successful season both for the boys’ and girls’ age groups.

"The main focus is really to try and bring junior cricket through into the senior club. We’re delighted with how it’s gone. There’s been lots of support from parents and the team managers and we’re looking forward to a really successful season next year."

Mr Smith said the season saw 35 girls and 10 women registered to play cricket â?? the highest ever figure â?? with the U12s named Berkshire champions and U15s Berkshire runners-up. The club now has almost 200 juniors registered with the boys’ U9 Panthers winning their league, as well as the U11 Cheetahs.

At U13 level the boys won the Berkshire Youth Cricket League knock-out cup, having been runners up for the last two years.

Eleven debutants from the U13 and U15 levels at Division 6 in the Thames Valley Cricket League in senior cricket were also presented with certificates, while seven were awarded caps.

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