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Winter 2010

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Under 17s become Barrow's first County Champions

Barrow Town Cricket Club junior section had another excellent year crowned by an outstanding performance by the U17 side who were crowned County Champions.

Having won the North West Group A, they then beat Barkby Town to become the North West champions. In the County semi final they beat Thorpe Arnold in a close fought game to set up a showdown in the County final with Narborough and Littlethorpe at Barrow's Nottingham Road ground.

Winning the toss, skipper Viv Lodhia chose to bat and led by example by top scoring with 73 in Barrow's total of 165 from 38 overs. In reply, they struggled against a strong bowling line up led by Tim Taylor, Tom Shipman and Mark Smith. In the end Narborough could only post 119 all out with Smith taking 4 wickets for 18 runs. Barrow won comfortably by 46 runs and in doing so became the first junior team in the club's history to become County champions.

At the younger age groups the club again ran sides at all age groups from Under 7 to Under 17. Around 70 youngsters regularly played cricket at the club during the summer of 2010 and the club was particularly pleased to be able to have a squad of girls, a number of whom also played in the club's junior sides. A number of the club players represented county and district age group sides during 2010. The club has an excellent relationship with both village schools, Hall Orchard and Humphrey Perkins as well as Ratcliffe College and Loughborough Grammar School. The club strives to develop young cricketers by providing cricket in a safe, fun and inclusive environment and has a pathway from junior to senior cricket. Several junior players have progressed into the senior sides and really made a mark with their enthusiastic and talented contributions. The club is blessed with an excellent ground and facilities which have been built up over the years. This reflects the hard work put in by the committee and club.

The Winter junior training programme will start in week commencing 10 January at Mountsorrel Leisure Centre. Under 11 and Under 13 will run on Monday evenings 6-7pm, Under 15 and Under 17 on Wednesday evenings, 7-8pm and Under 10's Friday evenings, 6-7pm. The club has attained ECB Clubmark which is the best practice standard in club and junior cricket development and management. All the coaches have attained the ECB Level 1 Coaching Award as a minimum. The club is also blessed with a number of very keen parent helpers who make a real difference to the running of the club. The club offers taster sessions with access to club equipment. These taster sessions are free of charge for the first four weeks. New players and helpers are always welcome and if you are interested then please do get in touch with either Club Secretary Gavin Noon (01509) 412818 or Head Junior Coach John Wilson (01509) 621120.

On the senior cricket front, the club also had another great season although the 1st team just failed to become Premier League champions. However they lost to Loughborough in the last game of the season and finished third in the league. The 2nd team also finished third in Division 5 just missing out on promotion but had the consolation of winning the Sunday Junior cup for teams in Division 3 and below. Senior winter nets will also start in January at Loughborough University cricket academy.

For further details please contact Secretary Gavin Noon (01509) 412818.

Gavin Noon