It’s the first time in Bidborough’s history that the club has been able to enter 2 teams in the U11’s and with Rodger Poulsom assisted by Simon Routh managing the squad, the boys achieved the unthinkable winning the Kent Border League A division, beating town teams Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks Vine and Holmesdale.
The B team finished a brilliant second in their division. Undoubtedly the U11’s were the success of the season highlighting what a brilliant future Bidborough Cricket Club has. The U13’s playing in division A started the season exceptionally well and at the half way stage were sitting pretty at the top of the table, however as the season progressed a couple of narrow losses meant that they finished 5th in a very tough league. However four of the U13 squad played senior cricket on a regular basis. Surely more promise for the future. The U16 age group was new to the Border league in 2013 and was introduced so to help develop and hone the youngsters skills before entering the realms of senior cricket over the next coming years.
The U16 Division A contained all the big town clubs, it was always going to be a tough season. But after a shaky start the team continued to grow in confidence and beat several of the big clubs finishing a very creditable 4th in the league, only one win away from a more deserved second. The B team, effectively made up of boys age 14 years, will have benefited from playing competitive cricket week in and week out, especially against much older opposition. In the long run will be better for the experience.
A special thanks to Dougie Moore and Ray Grayland who ensured that the pitches were prepared and ready despite the increase in fixtures. Also thanks to Sue Steptowe who ensured that all the boring but necessary paperwork was taken care of leaving the coaches free to coach. Thanks to all the parents and players for their support.
Lastly a special thank you to Lawrence Hardcastle of ‘Larrytech’ who’s generous financial sponsorship of the club has been a major contributor in enabling the Colts section of the club to grow thus giving more kids the opportunity to play cricket.