Northants Cricket had six players take part in the Bunbury Festival a fortnight ago, with the youngsters having mixed fortunes.
Academy player Will Rogers took part in the opening game, scoring 30 to help his London and East side reach 250/7 and run out victorious against the South West. The second game saw EPP player Will Heathfield’s Midlands side take on the North. Heathfield bowled well with figures of 1 for 22, but it wasn’t quite enough as the North won by three wickets.
Will Rogers was then joined by fellow Academy player Ben Claydon, as they helped the London and East win their second game, as they defeated the Midlands by 17 runs. Their next game saw them take on the North, as Rogers and Claydon made an impact with the ball. Claydon bowled excellently with figures of 2 for 15 from his four overs. Whilst Rogers also took a wicket, as the North were bowled out for 110, a total the London and East chased down with ease winning by 8 wickets.
In London and East’s final game, they took on the North again. Ben Claydon scored 25 to help his side make a formidable total of 319/9 and run away with another victory. In the final game of the Under 15’s festival, Will Heathfield recorded figures of 2 for 28 to help the Midlands restrict the South and West to 165/9. The Midlands chased their target down with ease, winning by eight wickets.
The Under 17’s Super 4’s tournament saw Academy players Saif Zaib, Matthew Taylor and Kyle Awbery play for the Midlands. They faced a strong South West Under 17’s side and bowled first. Awbery opened the bowling for the Midlands, recording figures of 1 for 23, whilst Taylor also came on to bowl but didn’t take any wickets, as the South West finished on 255/8. The Midlands really struggled in their reply, with opener Saif Zaib out for 9. Taylor top scored for the side with 25, as they lost by 109 runs.
Commenting on the Northants youngsters taking part in the festival, Second XI and Academy Coach, Phil Rowe said, “I am really pleased with how the lads got on. It’s good for the guys to get regional recognition and be able to benchmark themselves against their peers at national level.”
This was a great experience for all of the Northants players, as they now return to the County eager to show what they have learnt.