CLUMBER Park U11s are celebrating after clinching the Bassetlaw and District Junior Cricket League.
The team of promising cricketers won the title with two games to go and remained undefeated throughout the 12-match campaign.
Their remarkable achievement was highlighted by first team vice-captain and U11s coach Chris Ward, who said it was a ‘fantastic’ season.
“We’ve had young lads who have never picked up a bat six months ago,” he said.
“To see them develop and be part of a championship winning side is very pleasing. It has been a terrific effort from all of them.”
“This is the first year this team has been together - we have had two 9-year-olds play for us in every game this year.”
He added: “They did not lose a game, they did fantastically well.”
The youngsters also reached the final of the league’s cup competition but lost out to Aston Hall in a tense finale which went down to the last ball of the game.
It is the first year when the traditional hard ball comes into play and Chris (pictured between the umpires) said the team have adapted very well.
“The support we have received from their families has made my job a lot easier and we thank them for that.”
“We continue training on a Friday night to give them something to do during the summer holidays.”
“The league’s plan is to have it all done before the summer holidays, when parents are more likely to take the kids away,” he said.
Clumber Park’s U15s also won their league to cap off a good start to the summer for the club.
And Chris said he would do his best to keep the nucleus of the U11 team together as they progress through the age groups.
“Development of local cricket it’s what it’s all about for me. We have 15-year-olds in our fourth team and we want them to develop through the ranks.”
“We have two Sunday League sides we can get junior people playing cricket in.”
“Over the weekend there are usually six games where they can feature alongside senior players, which gives them vital experience,” he added.