Indoor Cricket

Middlesex Junior Cricket Association

Indoor Finals U10 U11 U13 U15 U17

MCC Academy, Lords.
24th March 2018

Welcome to the MJCA Finals report. It’s been a logistically demanding winter but was delighted that we were still able to offer competitions for 47 teams thanks to Katie Berry & Middlesex CCC providing several days’ access to the Academy at Finchley. A slimmed down season culminated in St Johns Wood with 5 age group finals & I owe a debt of gratitude to Seaxe & Jane Saxton, Peter Lowrey & Richard Nicoll for presenting the various trophies & medals & to Roger Rebelo who managed the logistical challenges throughout the season as well as providing the umpires. Also Doug Teesdale who stayed on top of all the finances & invoicing. Also thanks to who provided the cups & medals & Stephanie Reingold for the prizes of Middlesex shirts for the winners which seemed to go down very well indeed.
The full list of winners are at the foot & the links to the scores after each report.

U10s by James Endean (Stoke Newington CC) & Raakesh Chohan (Stanmore CC)

Stanmore U9’s played against Stoke Newington. Walking to Lords, I’m sure the parents had more goose bumps than the players, as the boys seemed very relaxed, and were looking forward to the game. Our team talk had a special feel to it, with the coaches last words…..‘boys your here playing at Lords, enjoy the moment and play with a smile’. Captain for the day was Rian K, who won the toss and elected to bat first! Though we lost a few wickets more than expected, we had some steady performances from each batting pair. Josh/Rhian contributing a healthy partnership of 19 to end Stanmore innings on 37 runs. Was the score sufficient enough to hold off SN? Coaches were confident that the boys could pull through and perform with the ball, as they had done on a number of occasions during last summer! Bowling was very disciplined by the boys, especially from our star performer, Josh. His line and pace troubled the SN batters and was a treat for the cheering parents. Stanmore’s catching was extraordinary! Not just 1 fantastic catch, but 3 unbelievable catches….Well done Jaiden, Krish & Aahil! All the boys played very well and restricted SN to -13, to the delight of the coaches and parents! Congratulations Stanmore and well played SN!

MVP was awarded to a well deserved Josh, who contributed with both bat and bowl! Brilliant performance, well deserved! Finally, we would like to pass on our gratitude to everyone involved in hosting a great event. Thank you all! Stoke Newington CC u10s were expecting a tough match. We had a number of players with little or no indoor experience but had pleasantly surprised parents and coaches by qualifying for the final with some solid performances in the semis. We came up against a well drilled fielding side and despite having restricted Stanmore CC to a reasonably low total, their organised fielding exploited our weaknesses and they clearly were the better side on the day and deserved the win. Well played Stanmore!!  
MVP Josh Ganatra

U11s by Lindsey Matthews (Stoke Newington CC U11s)

Following a shortened indoor season, the Stoke Newington U11A boys (and parents) were very excited to be defending their title in the final at the Home of Cricket. Having played in a straightforward semi-final against our own B team, and having witnessed the Middlesex CCC Girls hold their nerve to win a very tight semifinal, we knew we would have to bring our best game to the final. We arrived early to see the U10 team play and noticed that the shortened wicket for running was almost the full length of the pitch – and realised that we would not be sneaking runs as we had done in previous matches. We wanted to field first so that we knew what we were chasing, but lost the toss and were put in to bat. Atticus played a captain’s innings (16), putting on 24 with Sid. Charley also batted well, hitting 15 and sneaking several runs with Kiran. Facing very tight and disciplined bowling from every one of the Middlesex girls, every pair managed to make a positive contribution. Carter and Sam went in as last pair with the score on 52 and played very sensibly to take it to 66 with one over to go. Hannah B bowled very well getting 2 wickets in the last over and despite the team losing 5 wickets overall, we felt we could defend the 60 total if we fielded sensibly. In the end, batting first proved to be an advantage and the scoreboard pressure worked in our favour.

We managed to bowl tightly enough to get to the 3rd ball “Scoreboard must change” several times – and convert several of these into wickets. The first of these was a catch off Charley’s bowling (4 wickets), and the second was a run out off Alfie’s bowling (3), which he followed up by clean bowling two in a row for an (indoor) hat-trick. Everyone bowled well, with 13 wickets taken – 2 each for Atticus and Carter and 1 for Gabriel and Kiran – and the pressure was backed up by excellent keeping from Sid and great fielding all round. Middlesex seemed to have saved one of their best batters to the end, and Hannah scored a good 13 but it was too late and SNCC retained the title with Charley awarded MVP in the final and Alfie MVP across the whole league. Kudos to Tasin and Gabriel for stepping up from the U10s to join the U11s. Thanks to MJCA, Middlesex and MCC for an excellent competition.

MVP Charlie Kernon

U13s by Nilesh Shroff (Stoke Newington CC)

SNCC lost the toss and were put in to bat first. Not our preference as we were playing off 5-ball overs but the boys went in unfazed under the leadership of their skipper. A slightly shaky start from the first pair was consolidated on by pairs 2 and 3 with solid stroke play, some aggressive running and only one wicket lost. North Middlesex had held back their best bowlers for the last pair and tied them down to just 8 runs off of the last 3 overs. SNCC finished on 59 off 60 balls for the loss of 2 wickets. We had hoped for a higher total to defend and the team were looking for a good start to their bowling campaign to boost their confidence.

The skipper took the lead snagging two wickets in the first over and the team were on their toes sensing more opportunities to come. And indeed they did. The next two bowlers took two a piece to leave North Middlesex 23 runs behind after the first skin. SNCC were buoyed and motivated. The fielding was kept tight throughout the innings with a couple of blinding catches taken close in. Pairs 2 and 3 from NM were not able to add to the total and a further 5 wickets fell. Some dicey calling hadn’t helped matters. Going into the last skin, NM were 66 behind and the last pair had to contend with the opening trio of bowlers. Tight overs with one more wicket falling left NM on -9 at the end with the loss of 12 wickets. The SNCC team had campaigned hard throughout the tournament and the victory was well deserved. The majority of players made significant positive contributions to the bottom line score but all of them without exception making the required contribution to an unambiguous victory.

MVP James Grinham

U15s by Ken Smith (Stoke Newington CC)

Stoke Newington, put into bat by Winchmore Hill, survived the loss of a couple of wickets in the first partnership, and then consistently accumulated runs through good, sensible batting and highpercentage/ low risk running, finishing with a very respectable score of (I believe) 57. Winchmore Hill’s bowling attack was very good, but SNCC batters for the most part kept it simple and kept the ball down. In the field, SNCC benefited from a varied and effective bowling attack, some excellent fielding and a bit of luck – in that the ball did seem to find fielders at key moments. SNCC was fortunate to take a number of wickets – a few clean bowled, catches and runout and while Winchmore Hill started to accumulate runs, it was too far I think to come back from. Winchmore Hill were quality opposition and the SNCC boys felt the match was probably closer than the final score indicated.

MVP Archie Parnum

U17s by Roger Rebelo (ECBIC)

Stoke Newington were put into bat with NMCC wanting first bite of the new ball. Despite the new ball the Stoke opening pair got off to a great start putting 22 on the board for the first pair. From then on NMCC lifted their game and showed their indoor experience, taking the next three pairs for a combined score of -5. From then onwards it was a composed batting performance form NMCC. The final score showing their dominance 17-70.’Several of our better players have played in national U21 and Open Senior competitions which has helped them hone the skills for this format, in particular fielding. This approach has filtered down rather more effectively than trickle down economics which I think is why our very young team performed so strongly in the first two games and I believe they would have held their own right through to the final. VIII:- Luke Hollman (cpt), Max Harris, Joe Bangerter, Laurie Pearce, Junaid Ahmed, Olly Morgan, Alex Croft, Louis Hayward.

MVP Luke Hollman

Well as you can see from the above, everyone involved had a fantastic day & holding the finals st Lords helped offset what has been a difficult season trying to fit everyone’s aspirations of the volume of cricket that they had become used to as standard in an indoor season. The closure of Play On in June & the failure to find an alternative had hit hard. Luckily, a conversation in Arundel last July gave rise to relocating to Middlesex Academy & with the drafting of a bare bones fixture list, supplemented by 3 stints at Sportsdock & a finals day at Lords.

The National Selectors felt our frustration & all our teams were invited to compete in the national finals. Nevertheless I could understand the difficulties that were involved in travelling to Derby, Nottingham, Leicester or Birmingham to compete especially at short notice.

I am therefore pleased to confirm that the same invitation remains in place for 2018/19 & the dates will be sent to all MJCA teams in good time. On the home front, the search for a permanent home goes on. If you are interested in playing indoor cricket either within Middlesex or further afield please contact me & I will get back in touch in September to let you know how 2018/19 will be scheduled.

Before then, I can report that the MJCA Chairman Clifford Pile has asked me to form a Task & Finish Group & we will be looking into how next season & beyond will take shape. Many thanks to those of you who have supported the game, & those of you who want to get involved. Good luck & have a great outdoor season.

Peter Hollman, MJCA Indoors.

MJCA Indoors Annual Report 21st March 2018*

*This report was first submitted at the MJCA AGM & is reproduced here & updated.

Play On in Whitechapel closed in June 2017 & despite 2 groups searching for a replacement venue in London none has yet been found. The season was therefore quite truncated, & for the many clubs who support the format, enormously frustrating to have so much less indoor cricket than they had become used to. Truncated because the season was down to 7 match days across all the age groups including girls. None of the matches took place in a purpose built arena & so had to be adapted. Administratively, having to ration visits to 1 game for most teams meant it was unsatisfactory & no scope for new teams to be invited. The only new sides were MCCC Girls as Danni Warren had approached me (& who were a boon to the boys comps) & Southgate Compton. Out of the remnants of what have been even worse, Katie Berry was instrumental in salvaging the season by providing access to the Academy on a handful of occasions when it was not being used thereby allowing us a cross subsidy due to the cost of the venues sourced including the Lords Indoor School. For this I am extremely thankful As the U10 age group would not have experienced a full indoor season I gave them at least 2 games & all the other age groups went into a straight KO. There were 4 match days at Finchley & a Finals qualifying day at UEL Docklands Sportsdock but some teams were unhappy with the travel to a one off game & withdrew or cited nearby borough trials. Other games did go ahead & it did not prevent those teams who did play, & won their way to their Lords final including MCCC Girls who qualified for the U11s Boys final this weekend. Stoke Newington notably are represented in all 5 age group finals. The day started at 1pm with the U10s & ended with the U17s at 5pm & proved extremely difficult to run to schedule but we learned from this & am confident 2019 will run to schedule. The Girls competitions were scheduled to take place on the 3rd & 17th March at SportsDock. Unfortunately it may have been a short season but due to the weather, the event was cancelled on the 3rd while on the 17th the U12s & U15s comps took place.

With the benefit of hindsight, I do not see us using a venue such as this again. It is not purpose built & does not have the space to run multiple matches in an area of sufficient size. It is not closer to any of our clubs & multiple matches are difficult to hold.

I have also since heard that Finchley will be less available next winter so It is my intention therefore to invite a return of the comps to the areas the running of their league or cup to venues within their area & which I will oversee & ending with a cross county finals day at Lords. NB the cost of the day is covered mostly by Seaxe Club & their generous donation without which it would not be possible. I would also like to thank Roger Rebelo ex Play On, who attended & oversaw all the match days, sorting out the website, as well as providing the lap tops & screens for scoring at no charge as well as procuring the match balls & umpires. My thanks also extend to Doug Teesdale who again ran the financial side & the final bills to all clubs have all been sent. The final figures are therefore not available at this juncture but the whole season has run at cost & that there is no recordable loss which is good news indeed.

I was also very pleased to have on hand Jane Saxton from Seaxe, Peter Lowrey from Middlesex CAG & our own MJCA chairman Clifford Pile to present the trophies & medals to those taking part.

Finally, I would like to mention that despite the absence of facility this season, we sent teams up to compete at national level at U13 U15 & U17 (&U21) & I’m very pleased to say that Stoke Newington & North Middlesex are National champions at U15 & U17 level. I have had discussions with the Head Selector & all our clubs will be invited next winter to enter teams in one off competitions which will be held at one of Birmingham, Derby, Leicester or Nottingham. The successful sides will go on to a second day for Finals This month there are a series of trials which many of our players will be involved in & at the end of April we will know who has been selected for the age group’s World Cup in Christchurch on the 1st October. Exciting times for those elite players & I’m delighted to announce that there are a total of 14 of our boys who will be trialling for World Cup squad selection 3 at U13, 5 at U15 & 6 at U17. Its just a shame that they will be unable to train at a nearby centre. So If anyone is in property & can provide details of a potential venue please come forward & let me know. We have all the equipment for a fit out stored & ready & backers keen to invest.