The future’s bright for emerging Old Boys

Despite a tough season competing in Division One of the Hamro Foundation Essex League, there is plenty to be positive about for Garon Park-based Old Southendian & Southchurch Cricket Club.

The clubs’ first eleven have found results difficult to come by but with several exciting prospects emerging through the ranks, there is plenty to be optimistic about as the Old Boys look to the future.

“The youth department in recent years has gone from strength to strength as our next wave of cricketers continues to develop,” the clubs’ Head of Youth Development, Henry Williams told Yellow Sport.

“We are incredibly lucky to have such great facilities where our youngsters can both train and play.

“The progress our youth section has made over the last few years has been superb, culminating in our under 15s side finishing fourth in the league this year. It was the side’s highest finish in nine years and the standard of cricket the lads produced at times was top notch.

Williams continued: “In recent years we have had several players represent the club at both county and district level – Dylan Batt (County), Callum Powrie (County), Ethan Richardson (District), Ewan Russell (District).

“We also run a successful All-Stars programme at the club that saw the highest participation levels we have ever had, with 26 children participating. Joe Madren and David Divine put in a huge amount of work to ensure all the children get the maximum enjoyment as they begin their journey in cricket.

“Over the last few years, we have seen a huge increase in the number of youth players featuring in our adult sides. We have players under 16 featuring in every side from our 2nd XI to our 5th XI and many under 13s making their debut for the club in our Sunday XI.

“At one point this year a fifth of those selected are active members of our youth section, something we pride ourselves on immensely.”

Old Southendian & Southchurch Cricket Club run youth training sessions every Friday evening between 6-8pm at their Garon Park ground. For more details, contact Henry Williams at [email protected]

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Brian Jeeves

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