The youngest group of players in St Peter’s came in their hundreds this year and had a promising first year playing competitive cricket picking up four wins against Haywards Heath twice Balcombe and Cuckfield.
Under 10s finish top of the pile
Coach Lewis Coghlin looks back over a successful year for the Under 10 side. In the league we played eleven games and won them all, finishing top. In the festival we won three, lost one and one game was called off. It was a really enjoyable year, with no fewer than 23 boys taking part, each contributing to a spectacular set of results. The most exciting match was our ten run victory over a strong Preston Nomads side with some fine bowling by Will Goss, and a good catch under real pressure by Sam Duncan turning around a lost cause.
Tom Horrocks provided the bowling highlight taking four wickets in a league match against St James’. There were a number of batting highlights throughout the year that deserve a mention. In a league game against St Matthias Bill Hudson’s played an important innings which steadied the ship along with David Lower which helped us to a narrow victory. In the festival week Tom Clarke returned an impressive 250 runs over the 5 games including a hundred and two fifties.
There were several champagne moments over the course of the festival, first of all the brave batting by Alfie Craker and then Reuben Hudson who helped us, led by Tom Clarke, recover from 19 for 6 against St James’. Then against Brighton and Hove Bill Hudson reached fifty and Tom Clarke a hundred.
Looking ahead to 2015 we need to improve our batting, which is something we will work on during indoor nets so we’re ready to do even better next season.
There were many good performances for the Under 11 team in 2014. Marcus Puddephat won the best batsman award for his match winning score against Burgess Hill. A game which saw St Peter’s score 280 for 7 off 20 overs and Burgess Hill only managing to score 200 in reply. Jack Gardiner was awarded the title of best bowler for his consistently good line and length resulting him being the leading wicket taker for the season. The most improved player of the year award went to Danny Maddox who made huge strides with his wicket keeping and batting over the course of the season and finally the player’s player award went to Fintan Coyne.
Paul Goss looks back on a brilliant year for the Under 12a team, who are made up of a group on under 11’s, one under 10 and one under 9 player. The team finished third in the Under 12 league this season finishing the year with seven victories to their name, but entered the Under 11 Sussex Junior Cricket Festival and defeated Brighton and Hove at Eastbourne CC in the Bowl final. A first for St Peter’s at this age group and something that hasn’t happened at the club for well over a decade at any age group.
The best batting performance of the season came against Lindfield in the festival. We scored 175 for the loss of five wickets in our 30 overs with Charlie Goss top scoring with a brilliant 78. William Goss produced the bowling display of the season taking an impressive 5 wickets for 1 run against Burgess Hill who were dismissed for a total of 22 runs in the same game!
Winning the festival final in such emphatic style was definitely the season’s champagne moment. Holding Brighton and Hove to just 86 for 8 off 30 overs and then knocking the runs off in only 16 overs having lost only 3 wickets was really impressive.
The target for next season will be to fulfil our potential and play consistently throughout the season to follow up this year’s success with the Under 13 league title.
The under 13 side had three league victories to celebrate over the course of the season and they finished third in their festival group with one win and a winning draw.
The league wins came against Broadwater, St James Montefiore and Brighton and Hove. In the festival they beat Lingfied, batting first they scored 147 all out off 33 overs and then bowled the opposition out for 77 runs in 24 overs with William Goss,4-19 in 6 overs, and Jake Coupe 3-8 off 4 overs doing the damage and Jamie Morrish completing two stumpings. The winning draw came against Portslade where they were unable to take the final two wickets with Portslade well behind on 74 for 8 chasing 169. Jamie Morrish (31) and Adam Bukleb (61*) scoring the bulk of the runs and Charlie Goss and George Mitchell-Phillips sharing two wickets apiece.
Under 14’s coach Graham Parker reflects on a good year for the team. The team started the year off well by winning the Indoor Winter League and took that form into the summer season finishing runners up to Brighton and Hove in Division 1 only losing out on run rate. Both teams finished with 5 wins, 2 losses and one conceded game and a total of 48 points.
Rohan Doyle, who by the end of the season was representing the adult first eleven, provided the both the bowling and batting performance of the season. Taking 6-10 against Preston Nomads in the league and scoring 98 versus Steyning in the festival with the bat.
Joe Coghlin provided the season’s champagne moment scoring 48 against Preston Nomads, showing us all that he can bat.
The team for next season need to work on not becoming too complacent against sides that they know they can beat. We can beat the best sides but also really struggle against the poorer teams at times.
There were two wins in the league for the under 15’s this year. The first of which coming against Brighton and Hove where Alex Parry, Rohan Doyle and Max Burkinshaw all retiring once getting to 25 chasing a target of
The second win came against Keymar & Hassocks where they ruthlessly bowled the opposition out for 60!
The team finished 3rd in their festival group with two wins coming against Goring and Keymar and Hassocks.
Goring were beaten by 5 wickets with St Peter’s chasing 138 to win after Oscar Williams had earlier taken 4-37 in 8 overs and Tim Jones 3-29. Harvey Parker and Matthew Willard both claimed 3 wickets each against Keymar & Hassocks who were bowled out for 107 in 30.4 overs before Rohan Doyle (37*)
and Harvey (17*) guided the team to a 7 wicket victory in 29.3 overs.
In the other games during the week there was a half century for Alex Parry and Hamish Morrison took 5-18 against Findon., and in a close game against Horsham Trinity who chased 144 with one wicket remaining Rohan took 5-15 off of 8 overs.