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Town Malling’s junior cricketers have completed a successful first season sponsored by local award winning south east chartered surveyors Caxtons, in cracking style.
The Under 11A team won all ten of their league games, which meant they brought home the championship trophy in the Mid Kent Youth League when, in their tenth game, they beat Offham CC, achieving a maximum 150 points and beating Otford A into second place.
Team coach, Chris Gosney, said “We were already unofficial champions before the tenth game but that ten-in-a-row win really clinched it in fine style”. He added that Town Malling’s junior teams had worn their Caxtons’ shirts with pride. “Not only were they amongst the best players in the region this season, they also looked incredibly smart!”
Caxtons agreed a three-year sponsorship deal for the juniors earlier this year and were especially delighted with the Under 11A team’s championship win. David Gurton, a director of Caxtons and a club member at Town Malling, said at the time, that when they decided to support Town Malling’s junior teams back in the Spring they had no idea that the juniors were going to be quite so successful.
“We were especially pleased that by winning the championship they proved they had become a force to be reckoned with. The children are incredibly enthusiastic, dedicated and serious about their sport and they richly deserved that victory.”
The Under 13 team also did extremely well this season, reaching the final of the cup, when they played Otford Under 13A’s but, said coach Martyn Senior, “although they played some terrific cricket they were just not the equal of a very strong Otford A team and lost by 43 runs”.
One reward for the league win was to form the guard of honour (along with other junior players from the club) for the Kent CCC game against Holland, which took place at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.
David Gurton said Caxtons had been thrilled and delighted that the Juniors had been invited to form the guard of honour at the CB40 game. “This was a great tribute to the effort that the children and everyone associated with the juniors at Town Malling Cricket Club, had put in to their game this season and they all deserved that recognition. For the Under 11A team to have won the league championship only three years after being founded is truly remarkable and the accolade of forming the guard of honour was well and truly deserved. Their future looks very bright indeed.”
Caxtons’ support for the junior teams for the next two years means that some 160 to 200 youngsters will benefit over that period.
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