Young cricketers bowl over league opposition

ROYTON’S junior cricketers have been hitting their opponents for six.

The U11, 13, 15 and 18 teams have all been crowned champions in the Greater Manchester Cricket League.

Royton Cricket Club Under 13s

And U15 coach Dave Martin says it is a feat that will be hard to repeat, explaining they currently have probably the strongest junior set-up in the area.

The U13s are East (N) champions having won all 13 of their games.

Key players in the side are Jack Fawcett who plays for Lancashire ‘A’ at U12 level, Mason Everton is in the Lancashire U13 development squad while Alfie McMylor and Lucas Devine are in the Oldham district team.

Jack and Mason also play U15 and second-team cricket for Royton while Lucas has also appeared in the second team.

The other members of the all-conquering Royton U13 team are: Rowan Mallinson, Sam Hurst, Oliver Morgan, Lincoln Tackley, Ethan Hadfield, Sam Marlor, Harry Kenworthy and Oscar Bailey.

Jack and Lucas Selby, another Oldhamer, have been selected by the Lancashire Cricket Foundation to go on a 12-day tour of India in February.

Royton U15s have also won the GMCL U15 East (N) title and they too have been unbeaten in the current campaign, winning all 14 games.

The team included batsman Mason and Jack who are both aged 12.

And medium-pace bowler Travis Martin, 15, had a good season and on August 11 made his first-team debut against Stretford when he claimed two wickets.

Meanwhile, the U11s suffered only one defeat as they won East Division Two of the GMCL.

Greenfield and Glodwick, like Royton, won six of their seven league games, but triumphed by virtue of picking up three bonus points.

Batsmen Lincoln Thackley and Oliver Morgan have had excellent seasons along with Harry Marsh, Evan Wade, George Kenyon and Olivia Hurst.

Olivia plays for Lancashire as well as the Oldham district side while Lincoln and Oliver also feature at district level.

Dave Clarke, who coaches the side along with Scott Wade and Darren Marsh, added most of the players will be available next year as they came up from last season’s U9s.

“It is their first year playing with a hard ball and they have done exceedingly well. I am over the moon with them,” he said.

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