Juniors News

U12Bs win leauge

The team had a great season winning the League undefeated. This was an even greater achievement given almost 30 boys played at least one game for the team during the season.

U11s win pairs league title

With one week still remaining in the under 11 Div 1 pairs league, our undefeated Dulwich CC team has amassed sufficient league points to finish in first place.

Congratulations to all 31 under 11s who have turned out for this team, as well as our last minute substitutes, Reuben Kelly (under 10) and Toby Postlewhite (under 7). Many thanks to all the parents who helped out with managing, scoring, and transporting boys around Surrey!

Juniors holiday cricket 2016

Our popular holiday cricket sessions will be running again during the summer holiday. You do not need to be a member of our juniors section to sign up for holiday.

Full details of weekday sessions for boys and girls who have just completed Years 2 to 8 are available here.

Full details of Saturday morning sessions for boys and girls who have just completed Year 1 or Year 2 are available here.

Juniors membership 2016

Our priority window for membership renewal by existing members is now over, and we have been offering places to those on our waitlists. Due to very high retention levels this season, our under 6 to under 9 and under 11 age groups are now full. We have a limited number of spaces available in the under 9 (Year 4) and under 10 (Year 5) sessions, and in our under 13 to under 15 coaching sessions.

This year will see a significant expansion of our girls' section, with the appointment of Naomi Dattani from the Middlesex ladies' squad to run our mixed age girls' sessions (for Year 4 and above) on Wednesday evenings. We are not limiting the number of girls joining this season, so please get in touch if you are interested.

All juniors membership enquiries should go to Sam Krafft at skandsk@hotmail.com

Juniors training times and fixtures

This year juniors training will start in the week commencing Saturday 23rd April, and finish in the week commencing Saturday 9 July, with a one week break during the May half term (week commencing 28 May – there will be sessions on Saturday 4 June and Sunday 5 June).

Training times and venues are as follows (date of first session in brackets):

Year 1 (under 6): Mondays 5pm until 6pm, Burbage Road (25 April)
Year 2 (under 7): Tuesdays 5pm until 6pm, Burbage Road (26 April)
Year 1 and Year 2 combined session: Saturday 9am until 10am, Burbage Road (23 April)
Year 3 (under 8): Sundays 10:15am until 11:45am, Grange Lane (24 April)
Year 4 (under 9): Fridays 4:30pm until 6pm, Burbage Road (29 April)
Year 5 (under 10): Fridays 6:15pm until 7:45pm, Burbage Road (29 April)
Year 6 (under 11): Tuesdays 6:15pm until 7:45pm, Burbage Road (26 April)
Year 7 (under 12): Mondays 6:15pm until 7:45pm, Burbage Road (25 April)
Years 8 to 10: Thursdays 6:30pm until 8pm, venue tbc. (28 April)
Girls' only session (Year 4 and above): Wednesdays 6:15pm to 7:45pm (27 April)

"Burbage Road" means the field at the Dulwich Sports Club, in Giant Arches Road (off Burbage Road), SE24 9HP. "Grange Lane" means the Dulwich Prep London cricket field at Grange Lane, SE21 7LH.

Fixture dates for our league team, and contact details for our age group managers, will be posted on the Juniors Fixtures page shortly.

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.