Youth Report - May 2021

Thankfully the rain has stopped, the sun has appeared and cricket has been played!!

Regardless of the stop start nature of the season, when the time came our U12s were ready to go and we have had a couple of great results with a Tie against Ilton and a comprehensive win against South Petherton. Notable performances in the two matches being:

- Isaac W scored 17 runs on debut and Ianto D with 12 against Ilton.

- Kit G scored a solid 12. Our bowling was superb with 3 wickets to Alec D and 2 wickets each to Nye W and Caspar S. All the wickets being clean bowled. Hansel M took 2 great catches at Square leg and Max T run a player out. A complete team performance.

Another match for the U12s was against Shapwick & Polden and we comfortably crossed the line with notable performances from Riyon L (19 and 2 wickets) and Raff W (2 wickets and 15 runs). Unfortunately in the half-term week we couldn't have a full strength against Lydford and the match was conceded. However we did decide to take the opportunity and played a friendly with a couple of slightly over age players and narrowly missed victory (lost by 6 runs). This is a testimony of how this age group is getting better by the day.

The U14s were not far behind and they had a huge victory against Shapwick and Ploden. The victory margin being 126 runs ! Some stellar performances by the Tathams with both Will and JP scoring 50 and taking 4 wickets respectively. They followed the same form and beat South Petherton 44 runs. In the half-term week, without having our full team we still competed and narrowly out played by Lydford.

It gives me great pleasure to see some of our youth now taking part in the evening matches and we also had Max Dangerfield opening the bowling for the first team this weekend. I hope this continues and we see a lot of our youth breaking into the first team.

On a general note, the Wednesday nights are very popular and it is a great sight to have close to 75 Compton Youth learning to play the beautiful game. Once again my thanks as always to all the volunteers who help out both in the field (Zoe S, Neil W, the Hammonds, Ali P, Iain L, Ali H, Madhu, Dean W, Rob H and the 4 U15's Duke of Edinburgh helpers) and off the field (Karen H, Nic, Catherine) for all their time and assistance.

The village cricket club like ours can only thrive due to the support of volunteers. If you are willing to help, please do come forward and speak to me or Stuart Casely as there is always something to do at the club.

I want to sign off the May youth report with an exciting announcement. After many years of planning, deliberation we are finally launching Women's/Girl's cricket at Compton. There is a friendly matched planned for Friday the 2nd of July and we are looking for players and your support to kick this off the ground. If you would like to take part, there is a sign up sheet at the bar or alternatively please speak to S Casely.

Regards, M Thurman

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