CRICKET: Legbourne youth teams celebrate successful season

Legbourne Cricket Club U11s EMN-140925-094145001
Legbourne Cricket Club U11s EMN-140925-094145001

The Legbourne Cricket Club annual presentation night saw a great turnout to celebrate another successful year at the club.

This year has seen the club represented at u9, u11, u13 levels and even a ‘Dads Team’ for a match against old rivals Grimoldby.

Legbourne Cricket Club's U13s with coach Greg Smith EMN-140925-093638001

Legbourne Cricket Club's U13s with coach Greg Smith EMN-140925-093638001

The u9s competed in a Kwik Cricket festival organised by Arran Brindle. Under the guidance of Team Coach Louise Smith. William and Sam Marklew, Liam Hunt, William Larter, William Day and Gracie Larsen each received a medal to mark the team’s achievement.

The u13 squad had their first taste of league cricket in the East Lindsey Cricket League.

They won four of their fixtures with the depth of bowling an outstanding feature of the season.

Club medals were presented to Alex Bell, Bailey Wright, Harry and Edward King, Patrick Byrne, Luke Johnson, Raif Smith, Sam Angus, Tarik Malich, Ben Grist, Fergus Ringland, Edward and Jacob Nicholson, Jo Vickers and Leo Smith.

Individual awards for batting, bowling and fielding went to Luke Johnson, Patrick Byrne and Bailey Wright.

Luke Johnson won Player of the Year; Harry King received the Sportsmanship Trophy with Edward Nicholson and Raif Smith sharing the Characters of the Year award between them.

The u11s were defending their East Lindsey Cricket League title, but with some of the boys moving up an age group their coaches Adam Grist and Eric Overal expected a tough season.

The boys certainly rose to the challenge winning all but one of their 14 fixtures; reaching the semi-final of the cup competition, before successfully retaining the top spot.

League trophies and the Championship Shield were presented to Ben Grist, Fergus Ringland, Jack Lyons, Robert Marsh, Jacob Nicholson, Matthew Larter, Leo and Archie Smith, Jack Sandy, John Burrell, Francis Sayer, Brandon Blackbourn and Toby Precious.

Batting, bowling and fielding wwards went to Alex Bell, Ben Grist and Leo Smith. The Coaches Award went to Fergus Ringland for Player of the Year.

Club President Phil Sturman said: “The club wouldn’t function without the commitment from the coaches and the full support of the families, who make sure that tea is provided, transport arranged, the ground and pitch are ready, someone to do the score book and to help us with our fundraising.

“This commitment combined with the energy, enthusiasm and increasing skill levels of the boys and girls means we can look forward to a great season in 2015.”