Cambridgeshire cricket’s young stars hit rivals for six to rack up wins
A disrupted summer did not thwart Cambridgeshire Age Group cricket putting on one of the biggest programmes of matches throughout the country.
Kevin Scully, the county age group programme manager for Cambridgeshire Cricket Board, arranged 78 matches for the seven boys and four girls’ sides ranging in age from under-11s to under-18s, and they were rewarded with 59 wins and just 19 defeats.
Captain Ed Leedham led the boys’ under-10s’ team to 13 wins out of 13.
Harry Silverwood was the batting star with an average of 89.5, in a strong opening partnership with Cillian Harrison. Zach Winslow shone with the ball, while Neel Kumar backed up 50 against Norfolk with three wickets in a good all-round display.
In their first year of representative cricket, the under-11 girls won three and lost three, with Athene Ross hitting 42 not out in a total of 80 runs. Elodie Bowen Sanders had a 13-wicket haul at an average of just 3.46, including five wickets for four runs against Suffolk.
The under-11 boys earned three wins and two defeats, with their highlight being a victory over Norfolk.
Skipper Reuban Thain hit a top score of 95 in a total of 355 runs, at an average of 88.75, for the under-12 boys. The stand-out displays were the triumphs over Norfolk and Suffolk.
It was a brilliant season for the under-13 girls as they recorded nine wins in 10 games, with the only defeat coming by two runs.
Lulu Harding hit 304 at an average of 60.8, featuring three 50s and 85 not out, and Maddie Welham scored 386 at an average of 40.86, including two 50s and a 91, as the team scored a total of 1,642 at a run rate of 6.5 per over.
Their top bowlers were Sophia Mannix, who took 16 wickets at an average of 5.13, and Elsa Mills-Thomas, who snared 14 at an average of 6.08.
Aditya Datta grabbed 15 wickets for the under-13 boys, at an average of 6.53, as they won five of their seven matches. There were also three catches and five stumpings for wicketkeeper Eden Scott.
The under-14s won all five of their matches against other counties.
Sam Osborne scored 166 at an average of 55, with a top knock of 68. Harry Wilson scored 245 at an average of 49 with a top mark of 83, Hugh Aubrey’s high score of 52 helped for an average of 47, and there were half-centuries for Yousuf Choudhary and Freddie Doel.
In the bowling stakes, Vishrut Pisupati took 11 wickets at an average of 13, and Joe Burns claimed five at an average of 18.
Isabella James was the star of the show for the under-15 girls with 11 wickets, including six for 17 against Norfolk, as they won three of their eight games.
Among the highlights for the boys under-15s in their four wins from six matches was a century for Jack Ranganathan in a 121-stand with Alex Peirson (60) against Suffolk.
He finished with 210 runs in total for an average of 52.50, and also picked up 17 wickets at an average of 12.24.
For the under-17 girls, Isabella Routledge made an unbeaten 96 against Hertfordshire and 90 not out against Lincolnshire to amass 272 runs at an average 90.67 as the team won three of their four matches.
The under-18 boys won six of their seven games, as Stanley Leach hit 276 runs at an average of 39.43, while Peirson was another stand-out performer with 86 against Suffolk.
It is believed that the 78 matches staged is among the the highest played by a county board in the country.