Cricket Juniors Celebrate Season at Awards Night

The junior section of the Henley Cricket Club held its end of season awards last week.

Henley Cricket Club’s growing junior section now provides cricket for over 300 youngsters both boys and girls between the ages of 7 (school year 2) up to 17. The club fields multiple junior teams at U9, U11, U13 and U15 for the boys and U10, U12, U14,U15 and U16 for the girls. They play league fixtures in the Berkshire Youth League, the Oxfordshire Youth League, the Two Counties League plus many cricket festivals for the girls and not forgetting local friendlies with the neighbouring village teams. Plus they run an All Stars intro to cricket with the ECB on Friday evenings.

In 2019 the head coach changed the training plan so that all the age groups in the boys section trained together.  Mike Quinn said, “This summer we have seen a huge improvement in the social aspect of the club with hundreds of players and parents enjoying training with barbecues on sunny Friday evenings. We are actively working on a plan so that we can squeeze in the girls section next year too and we hope to announce this prior to next season.”

Added to the success of the senior squad who were the first team in history to win the HCPL by being undefeated throughout the season the U9 Puma team played all season without loss, as did our U12 Girls team who along with the U10 Girls made it to the Berkshire finals. The U13’s Boys made it to the Quarter Final and our U19’s won the Berkshire Cup Final.

The following players were presented with awards:

Most Improved

U10 Girls Pari Kulkami
U11 Wildcats Maxwell Dellor
U12 Girls Riya Lambu
U13 Boys Charlie Hughes
U14 Girls Mia Moore
U16 Girls Talia Blain

Team Managers’ Awards

U9 Lions Alex Bennar
U9 Lions Olly Barrett
U9 Lions Emily Hewes
U10 Girls Lily Bowlby
U11 Wildcats Olly Offwood
U12 Girls Kirsten Botha
U14 Girls Liberty Simmonds
U16 Girls Lucy Beale

Players’ Player Awards

U9 Pumas Aakansh Naik
U10 Girls Niamh Quinn
U11 Wildcats Joseph Woolhouse
U12 Girls Mary Briscoe
U13 Boys Conor Quinn
U14 Girls Lauren Hilditch
U16 Girls Nicola Lee

Best Bowler

U9 Pumas Rowan Garfath-Nebbett
U11 Wildcats Tommy Lane
U11 Lynx Josh Grocock
U15 Boys Tom Vockins

Batting Superstar

U9 Pumas George Piercy
U11 Wildcats Joe Barratt
U11 Lynx Oliver Hewes
U13 Boys Tom Atkinson
U15 Boys Reuben Leedham

Best Allrounder Awards

U11 Wildcats Harry Rechner
U11 Lynx James Grubb
U15 Boys Danny McAllister

Chris Bennar was awarded the HCC Junior Section Chairman’s Award for outstanding contribution to junior cricket at Henley for his help organising the ICC World Cup Cricket Festival a fun day of cricket for all comers young and old.

Congratulations to all the award winners. The Club look forward to them all joining us at Winter Nets at Shiplake College and another successful season at the Club in 2020.