Juniors News

Juniors winter nets

We have now finalised details of juniors winter nets for January to March 2016. These will be open to existing DCC junior members in the under 7 to under 15 age groups on a first come, first served basis, with details of time, cost and the registration procedure emailed to members in the first week of November 2015.

Juniors membership 2016

We are in the process of working out training times and costs for junior membership for the summer 2016 season – we anticipate some changes to last year’s timetable to accommodate increased numbers in our younger age groups. Details will be published here and emailed to members when finalised. As in past years, existing members and their siblings will be given a priority window, in February, in which to renew membership, after which we will assess the number of places available to new members and offer them to those on our waitlist. If your child is not currently a member and you would like him or her to be added to the waitlist for 2016 membership, please email Sam Krafft on skandsk@hotmail.com.

Junior teams success!

Under 11A

On a great summers day the U11A team faced their old foes – Old Whitgiftians in the Division 1 play-off final. Losing the toss and being sent into bat it was obvious very early on that it was going to be pitch where runs were hard to come by with a number of our top and middle order failing to trouble the scoreboard much. Two good batting performances from Benjy Davis (22) and Finlay Johnston (14) saw us post 88 off our 24 overs. At the time we felt that was probably 10-15 runs short of a competitive total.

Old Whits came out very strongly with their two opening batsmen scoring well against our attack and when drinks were taken they had put on 60 without loss off just 12 overs. Needing 29 off the last 12 overs with all wickets in hand the team were deflated. Cricket is a funny game and so it proved again. In his best bowling performance of the year, and one of the best for club this season, Danny Guy brought the game to life with 4 for 9 in 4 overs and he was supported from the other end by Akhil Raghavan who took a wicket and only conceded 10 runs from his 4 overs. With Finn Finch also chipping in with a wicket and the run rate slowing Old Whits required 6 off 2 overs with 4 wickets remaining – a great turnaround by the boys.

With our front line bowlers having used all their overs and saving Henry Swann for the dreaded final over Jude Hunter brought himself back on and although he took a wicket to create even more tension Old Whits got the winning runs off the last bowl of the 23rd over.

Within the Dulwich team we have had great performances across the entire squad this year which is shown by some of the stats below:

The team scored a total of 591 runs off the bat with our top runs scorers being – Dylan Ross (70), Benjy Davis (69), Jude Hunter (69), Archie Shuttleworth (68), Finlay Johnston (68), Henry Swann (67), Finn Finch (65) – how close is that!

The team took a total of 50 wickets this year with our top wicket-takers being – Finn Finch (9), Danny Guy (8), Nikhil Raghavan (6), Archie Shuttleworth (6), Jude Hunter (4). Finn Finch also had an amazing economy rate this year of 2.8 runs per over which was some way ahead of the next best.

The team also fielded well during the season with our top catchers being – Jude Hunter (6 catches/1 stumping), Dylan Ross (5 catches) and Henry Swann (4 catches).

We were incredibly pleased to receive these words from Paul, manager of the Old Whits U11 team: "What a great team of boys, parents and management Dulwich have. I have (and many of our parents have commented on this as well) greatly enjoyed playing against you this year. The standard of cricket and sportsmanship was a joy. Keith (manager) and Allen (coach) are fantastic ambassadors for your club. All of our matches have been tight, we have ended up on the right side this year but our luck won't hold out for ever. Your team were gracious in victory when you beat us and in defeat as well. If all clubs and teams were like yours, children's sport would be so much more enjoyable for all."

We'd like to thank Paul and the Old Whits club for contributing to such an enjoyable season – and look forward to seeing how both team's boys progress next season!

Under 12B

Pictured above are the under 12B team won their last match of the season against Trinity Whitgiftians.

With 9 victories in 10 matches this season, they have won the under 12B team league. Congratulations to all!

Under 13

The under 13s this year continued be a side that gave a lot of boys the chance to play for the club, with 24 players representing the A team, including 19 who played at least twice. We beat all the teams below us in the league, and lost to all the teams above us, so our mid table position was a fair reflection. We were unfortunate with the Sunday morning downpours that came 3 or 4 times despite the preceding week of sunshine.

Despite this the team played throughout with great spirit and good humour. The most satisfying performance was saved right for the end, when chasing a total of 130 against Purley we found ourselves struggling at 92 for 6. The lower order batsman, some of them playing for the first time against A team opposition, gritted their teeth and a combination from Johnny, Gabriel, Fred and Isaac Gleave of sturdy blocking, putting away the bad balls and punchy running saw us home.

Congratulations for representative selection go to Max Swanson who continued to represent Surrey at under 13, and Charlie Stamp, Kit Evans and James Chapman who were selected for Inner District, the NEC league or London Schools. Josh Shattock, Isaac Shaw and Ben Hoffmann made the step up from the under 12s and made a significant contribution to the team.

Other performances of note included Jake Carey who hit a spectacular 30 not out against table topping Sutton on his debut, Devan and Felix who averaged 17 and 18.8 respectively with the bat, Charlie Hill who turned his hand ably to wicket keeping for the team, and especially our solid core of Josh, Cormac, Rory, Ben P, Klaus and Erbaz who took over 20 wickets and scored almost 200 runs between them.

And finally to the winners of the "DCC under 13 All Rounder Competition" on Sunday, Jude and Lucas in which Lucas's 3 wicket over and Jude's lusty hitting took them to a narrow victory. I am also pleased to report that Kit is now talking to his Dad again, after being given out LBW by him thwarting his dash to victory.

Congratulations to our representative cricketers

Congratulations to the following juniors who have been selected to play representative cricket this season:

Surrey CAG: Max Swanson (u13), Finlay Douglas, Robbie Keaton, Jonty Postlewhite, James Ronay (u10); India Charlesworth (u11 girls).

Inner London district: Roohullah Abba, Harry Chathli, Reuben Duncan, Zach Wood (u14); Kit Evans, Max Swanson (u13); Will Gurney-Champion, Ben Hoffmann, Edward Marshall, Ben Mirchandani, Joshua Shattock, Isaac Shaw (u12); Benjy Davis, Finn Finch, Danny Guy, Jude Hunter, Dylan Ross, Archie Shuttleworth (u11); Lucas Campbell, Finlay Douglas, Robbie Keaton, Ted Luker, Jonty Postlewhite, James Ronay, Ayush Singh, Oliver Singh (u10).

Surrey under 9 district squads: Saahil Bansal, Johnny Codrington, Robert McLaughlin, William Rees, Ed Warren.

London Schools Cricket Association: Edward Marshall, Ben Mirchandani, Joshua Shattock, Isaac Shaw, Luke Stylianou (u12); Dan Matthews (u11); Finlay Dennis, Robbie Keaton, Ted Luker, Thomas Milburn, Jonty Postlewhite (u10)

Lewisham district: Archie Shuttleworth (u11).