The junior section of the club is now a thriving and growing part of
the scene, with upwards of 50 boys (and girls) regularly playing
competitive cricket each week, and many more participating in the many
practice sessions that we run. Indeed our juniors are looked on with
envy by clubs in the BDCA and beyond and we regularly supply juniors for
representative cricket. However, it wasn't always like this, and indeed
the first junior side (under 18's) was only formed in 1968 and proved
to be a short lived affair lasting just three seasons. In 1971, after
just one match we had the embarrassment of having to withdraw the side
due to lack of players. It would be true to say that in those days we
didn't have the pool of talent to choose from that is available today.
1976 saw the side re-launched, and since then things have got progressively stronger each year. Much of the initial credit must go to Bob Leeming who devoted years of hard work to get it off the ground, and, as David Kaye says in the book Planeman's Cricket he must be feeling particularly rewarded when he sees the continued growth of the section. In 1985 David Fairbrother volunteered to run an under 13 team, and in the following season David Fox undertook the running of an under 15 side. So, we were now in a position to fulfil the BDCA's wishes that all senior clubs fielded 3 junior sides by 1990. Success was not long in coming and in 1987, the under 13's collected our first ever junior trophy as they claimed the league title with the loss of just one game. Amongst others in that side were Michael Powell who has gone on to play first class cricket, and Matthew Taylor who also had a taste of 1st class cricket before becoming a successful pro in the BDCA for many years.
Our most recent addition is the under 11's - formed in 2000 by Peter Rutherford, and league champions some three years later in 2003 and cup winners in 2011. This was the club's first junior trophy since 1989 when the under 13's won the double.
Trophies aren't everything though and the club can be justifiably proud of the number of talented youngsters that have come through and continue to come through our junior system.
If you would like to join us please contact our junior co-ordinator Mitch Cregan HERE