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Under 15s XI Report

Hugh Williams

Cowbridge Under 15 Coach

2017 turned out to be a disappointing season through no fault of any of the players involved.

For the first time ever - and I’ve been involved with this age group for a long time - the team failed to field any player from Year 10 secondary age group. In consequence, we had to select players from younger age groups in order to fulfil our fixtures.

Heath Webb, our Under 14s county player, took over the helm and he learned a lot about cricket in his year of captaincy, maturing into the post. I congratulate him for gaining selection for Cowbridge's first team with some fine bowling figures.

Playing in the “B” Division of the Cardiff and Vale Under 15s league, the team played only four fixtures out of a possible five. Barry Wanderers fell foul of the weather twice and we failed to raise a side on the other occasion.

Our first match was at home to Radyr who managed to score 113 for six in the allotted 20 overs. Ben Davies and Rhys Pritchard gained two wickets each while Siân Russell and Heath took the other two. Playing against much older opponents who bowled a good line and length, the Cowbridge team fell behind the required run rate and finished on 70 for six.

Another home fixture saw us welcome a new team to the league in the form of Llantwit Fardre. Batting first, we scored 133 for four with Ellis Murphy (25) and Siân Russell (28) contributing most of the runs along with extras. In the field, all of our players had a bowl against some fairly ordinary batsmen and Llantwit could only reach 65 for five, giving us our first win.

Our second win came in the next fixture away to Whitchurch Heath. A healthy opening partnership of 35 from Heath and Harry Treharne saw the Cowbridge side reach 71 for six. The home team had no answer to some excellent bowling from Siân (2 for 8), Will Harris (2 for 7), Ben Davies and Ellis Murphy

(both 1 for 11) and George Glynn (2 for 7), and were all out for 46.

Our next opponents were Lisvane, the eventual winners of our league and the best team we faced in 2017. When our reliable openers, Heath and Harry, went cheaply there was little subsequent aggression from the remaining batsmen apart from Ellis Murphy who scored 16.

A final total of 62 for six was never going to be enough to contain the visitor's top three batsmen. Despite the efforts of our top-line bowlers, Heath Webb, Will Harris and Lewis

Sevenoaks, Lisvane reached its target within 11 overs.

As the saying goes in sporting parlance, there were some “positives” to be taken from the season: The team will be back en bloc in 2018 and all will have gained valuable experience from playing against older players. Their enthusiasm and willingness to learn will surely reap rewards in the future.

In closing, I would like to thank all parents for their support and willingness to help and look forward to seeing faces old and new in 2018.