THE importance of a thriving junior section was highlighted when Burghill Tillington and Weobley Cricket Club held their junior presentations recently.

Burghill juniors have gone from strength to strength over the last few years and numbers have swelled to over 70 including eight girls who regularly attend training.

A resurgent senior third team has given many of the juniors the opportunity to play senior cricket for the first time this season ensuring the longevity of the club for years to come.

In his presentation Chairman Steve de Souza reminded guests of the importance of the junior section.

“The junior section is the lifeblood of the club,” he said.

“Without the juniors the club would wither and die. We need to grow our own to continue building the club. This year, six 12-year-old boys played for the third team and two of our talented juniors 14-year-old Harry Sockett and Luke Powell played for the firsts.

“In all 17 ex-juniors turned out for the club this season. We must not lose the impetus created recently by the dedicated and hard-working coaches, managers and parents.”

Luke Powell who plays under-15’s and regular senior cricket was named junior player of the year.

In the under-nine age category Ted Bescoby won the bowling award, Harry Reid the batting, most improved went to Will Mahon and Tyler James, player of the year was Barney Stevenson and the coaches award was won by Johnny Davenport.

The under-11 age category saw Alex Lowther win the bowling award, Kieran Dover and Johnnie Turner the batting, clubman was Rufus Darke, the fielding award went to Freddy Powell, the most improved was Emma Benjamin and player of the season was Archie Stevenson.

In the under-13s Theo Darke won the bowling award, Ed Davenport the batting, the fielding award went to George Stevenson, the clubman was Grace Murdoch, most improved was Will Brunker and boys’ player of the year was AJ Morris. Meanwhile Rhiannon Powell was voted girls’ player of the year.

The coach’s awards in the under-15 category went to Joshua Rawlings and Alfie Sudall