When Redbourn Cricket Club youth coach John Pritchard and club stalwart Jim Lee decided to establish a fourth team to give the juniors an opportunity to gain experience of senior league cricket, they could not have expected to achieve immediate success.
But after nine wins, three draws and only a solitary loss, the team topped their division in spectacular fashion to be crowned champions.
During the season, the team achieved its primary objective by fielding 23 junior players, including one U12 and a handful of U13s.
The team typically consisted of seven or eight juniors, with parent players often making up the numbers.
The stand-out junior batsman was U13 Matt Taylor, who scored 161 runs at an average of 32, with a top score of 57 n/o.
Team-mates U14 Dean Flynn (122 runs at an average of 20) and U13 Will Comfort (90 runs at an average of 18) also showed great promise.
On the bowling front, Flynn’s pace proved too much for opposition teams, netting him a season’s haul of 23 wickets at an average of 3.6 with best figures of 5-4.
Adam Pritchard, George Luckhurst and Josh Arnold also impressed with the ball.
Skipper Pritchard said “I am delighted for the boys. They have shown great promise and deserve their success.
“I am particularly pleased that a number of the boys have done so well that they have been selected for the Redbourn second and third teams this year.
“The whole team should be very proud of its achievements.”