Four Northants age-group players have hit centuries in recent days with a number of our youngsters competing in cricket festivals around the country.
Northants Under-13 batsman, Harry Gouldstone (118*), hit his third hundred of the season against Derbyshire on the last day of the Taunton Festival. Harry had previously scored centuries against Shropshire and co-incidentally, against Northants for Bedford School earlier this season.
Ewan Cox (100) and Harry Broome (117) hit their first ever hundreds for the Northants U15’s against Bedford at the London Schools U15 festival at Oundle.
The Northants side are playing in the London Schools U15 festival and the team hit 289/2 off 50 overs with Bedford only managing 192/9 as Northants completed a 117 run victory. Harry Broome took four wickets in a man of the match performance, whilst Sam Harris, a left arm spinner from Desborough, chipped in with three wickets for the side.
The U15’s are currently in action against Essex this afternoon and are bowling first.
Meanwhile, the Northants U12’s faced Derbyshire at the first day of the Shrewsbury festival. James Sales (109) scored his first century, on the day his father retired from Northants after playing at the County Ground for 18 years. George Hooper (68) also contributed well with the bat, who is playing a year above himself. The side hit 249 off 50 overs but Derbyshire chased the score down with seven wickets remaining on what was a flat wicket in the last over.
Kevin Innes, Elite Performance Coach commented “It’s really great to see in the height of summer, all of the coaches' hard work pay off throughout the winter and now the summer. There have been some excellent individual performances from our young players over the course of the summer and it’s exciting to see”.
“We’ve got a really strong player pathway structure which has seen many players coming through to the first class arena to date and we’re looking to continue this success with the current crop players coming through.”
“It’s brilliant to see these young guys scoring centuries for the different age-groups we have here at Northants and it is really exciting for the club”
“To have Northamptonshire born and bred players coming up through the system is a great compliment to the club and competing at the highest level which is of great interest for supporters of the club.”