cumbria u14's

U.14 C.S.C.A. Report Season 2013

Cumbria Under 14 – Report 2013 Season

The Cumbria Under 14 season started brightly with good wins against Ampleforth & Giggleswick Schools.  Stronger opposition was then encountered in the form of Sedbergh School & Caledonia and although we were competitive, we were beaten.  It was clear that the loss of two main batsmen to the older age group was going to have a significant effect on the Under 14’s over the season – and so it proved. 

The first ECB match against Derbyshire showed us where we really were in the county pecking order and we were soundly beaten by a strong side as well as having to deal with player/parent issues.  A friendly against Cleveland gave us some respite where we secured a good win but it was business as usual when we went back to ECB Cup games – and defeats to Cheshire, Yorkshire, Durham, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire followed where we were at times outclassed – most especially with the bat.

The season ended at the Scarborough Festival where our fortunes turned slightly despite still having batting issues.  A first day defeat to London Schools was followed by an excellent win against a Durham side who had soundly beaten us 4 weeks previously.  This was probably the only competition game where our top order batting all turned up and played to its full ability.  We then lost tamely to Yorkshire and Northumberland before ending the season on a high on the last day with a win against Cheshire – again a side who had beaten us well earlier in the season.  However the experience at Scarborough was excellent and we should thank Colin Adamson at Scarborough CC for the event and the hospitality.

Our season gave us only one rain-off (which was hastily rearranged) and showed us playing 17 matches – winning 5 and losing 12.  We were unable to win any of our ECB Cup fixtures.  The squad was rotated accordingly but was unable to attain the highs that it had a year earlier as an Under 13 side.  It is clear that there is a large gap between the Area sides and the best county players and as a small county, we are going to struggle to plug gaps created by losing players for whatever reason.  Although we are there to encourage & develop, we are also there to allow the best players we have to be competitive with their peers in other counties and at that this season, we struggled.  Marc Brown (Head Coach) and myself enjoyed the experience and will have learned from it.  We have a number of players who can cope with county standard cricket but lack that depth to support them.  We can only do what we can from the side-lines, with what we are blessed with and using the knowledge & experience we have of cricket.  

 We must also say a public thank you to Lakeland, who supported us this year with a generous donation and who will continue to support Cumbria Under 14s for another two years.  This provided an excellent player clothing package which made sure we turned up & played looking like a team – and made sure our parents didn’t have to fork out more money.   We also had donations from Carrs and Innovia Films which assisted in the running of the team throughout the year.  Lastly thanks to Mike Dugdale, who along with Browny & myself, took all the coaching sessions pre-season.