This was the year the ECB launched their new All Stars programme which was very successful. Over 30 children aged 5-8 years old came to join us and learn the skills of cricket, make new friends and have fun. There was an opportunity for the older ones to have a few games with the Under 9s at the end of the season and we hope to see many of these players return to us this season. Our Under 9s had another good season winning all their games and topping the league but also playing in several friendlies with clubs that are not in the league or playing return fixtures with clubs giving every player the opportunity to experience several games of cricket over the summer.
The Under 10s were hampered a bit with the weather as well as the league being a small one with only 3 other teams involved. All games were played and against some strong opposition and many of the players experienced their first game of hardball cricket so a very credible 3rd spot was secured by the team.
A very good 2nd place in the league was earned by the Under 11s. There were some excellent moments during the games with the players using their coaching to keep the pressure on that top spot but only marginally missing out.
Although there is no Under 12 league there is a cup competition known as the Graham Harris Cup and this year was its 25th Year. Our Under 12s made it through to the final which was unfortunately rained off…twice!! The final is postponed to the beginning of the 2018 season so watch this space – Good luck Under 12s.
The Under 13s had a fantastic season topping the league table after fulfilling all of their fixtures over the season. The commitment shown by these players and the team spirit shows promise going forward to the Under 15s.
The Under 15s had only 2 remaining players from the previous year so was almost entirely made up from U14s. A solid 3rd place in the league was the final standing but with 22 players used and 20 available for the coming season plus new U15s coming through the prospect is exciting for this team. In the Devon Cup the team got through to the quarter final but this run was ended by Hatherleigh, who we also ended up 3 points behind in the league.
You can read more about the leagues from 2017 and upcoming fixtures and events on
In August we hosted our presentation evening, a night of food, fun and celebration for all the cricket that had happened over the season.
|Joshua Arthur||Wilbur Guilford||Alfred Reynolds||Nathan Ware|
|Best Batsman||Henley Kelly||Oscar Meech||Leighton Fairbrother||Cameron Ford||Sam Wright|
|Best Fielder||Charlie Arthur||Sam Robinson||Rafe Barnes||Joe Thompson||Ollie Heath|
|Finley Haste||Toby Shephard-Blandy||Alex Bingham||Kevin Johnson|
|Reuben Windley||Ethan Cross|
The season could not run without the help, support and dedication of several people who make the junior section run. Our age group managers; Russ Young, Jess Rogers, Rob Meech, Adrian Scarrett, Steve Popham & Stuart Ware, the coaches, Sarah for her catering support, Andy for keeping the ground in great condition and all the parents for the help and support they give the cricketers and us during the season.
2018 NDCC Junior Section Age Group Managers
All Stars (Yr1-3) Russ Young, firstname.lastname@example.org
U9 (Yr4) Graeme Lester, 07737 447220, email@example.com
U10 (Yr5) Clare Arthur, 07967 662474, firstname.lastname@example.org
U11/U12 (Yr6/7) Rob Meech, 07813 458351, email@example.com
U13 (Yr8) Adrian Scarrett, 07850 900239, firstname.lastname@example.org
U15 (Yr9/10) Stuart Ware, 07855 752394, email@example.com
Welfare Officers- Hayley Popham 07808 203056/Sarah Ware 07954 697116
We have a fabulous club feel here at Instow with facilities
that undoubtedly rival many others. We have a strong
youth section and look forward to our 2018 season with
Junior Section Chair
Monday night training
Colts coaching sessions are held every Monday evening. Registration is at 6pm for ALL age groups this year. There will be a lead coach for each age group. Sarah and her team will be providing a barbecue each evening and the bar will of course be open! Training will run to 7.30pm each week weather permitting. The first outdoor training session will be on Monday April 17th.
NDCC Junior Clothing
New Junior NDCC playing kit is available from the Devon County Sports website – see the How to Order NDCC cricket clothing and equipment section.
This year we shall be inviting a selection of our finest young players (13 to 15 year olds who are eligible to play adult cricket) to train with the adults on a Wednesday evening. These sessions start at 6pm. As well as the new bowling machine purchased last season, this year the club has invested in a second roll-on net, so on a Wednesday evening we can now train with 2 roll-on nets; one will be dedicated to the 1st XI squad and the other will be for the rest of the club players and our young developing players.
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