First Junior Player of the fortnight

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It has been a great start to the Watsonian Junior Cricket season. The weather has been very kind and we’ve had lots of close matches, strong performances and great results, notably from our unbeaten U12A team and a comfortable win in tonight’s first round U15 Cup game against Gala. Training has been fun too with a great buzz at Myreside on Monday nights particularly, helped by the lively All Stars group. As well as fielding five teams each week we are looking forward to the delayed start of the Kwik Cricket season and have initiated a popular series of friendly U10 hard ball matches on Friday nights at Myreside.

We are planning to celebrate the season’s highlights with a Junior Player Awards event in September. We will be awarding a number of prizes, including a player of the season at each level and across the junior section as a whole. We will also be recognising seven ‘players of the fortnight’, covering the full playing season, each selected from across all age groups, for their performances, contribution in matches and training and their attitude to the game. We will announce the winners as we go with prizes to be collected in September. I am delighted to announce that Jamie Thomson from the U12 group is our first winner, for the period 30th April to 11th May. Jamie beat off stiff competition from within his own squad, who have played extremely well. With some excellent bowling figures against Penicuik and a strong contribution with the bat in both games, including a flurry of boundaries against Stewart’s Melville, he is a deserving winner of our first award this season. Our second winner, for the period 14th to 25th May, will be announced next week.

The coaching staff have been working hard to give everyone at training a great experience. They are hugely aided in this by parent helpers who may have little or no cricket experience themselves but who help enormously with organisation and supervision. It has been great to see lots of you getting involved in this way so far, thank you. We would welcome some additional volunteers for the younger children’s age group (the P3/4 softball group) – please don’t be shy or modest, your help makes a big difference.

We have some exciting fixtures coming up including a hotly anticipated intra-club U12 A vs B match on Friday 8th June and our own Kwik Cricket Festival on 24th June. We will shortly be focussing our attention on the Festival so it’s not too soon to start volunteering ideas and help for that event.