CRICKET: Bishops Hull look back on sucessful youth season

7:51pm Thursday 31st January 2013

IN common with many others Bishops Hull Cricket Club, whose two senior sides play in the West Somerset Cricket League, struggled with the weather in 2012 which had a devastating effect on the season.

As many as 14 of the club's 36 league games were cancelled due to unfit pitches or waterlogged grounds.

At one point the first team were second in the Second Division, but then had five of their matches called off and resumed in eighth place.

They fought back in the games they did play and finished a creditable fifth.

There were some excellent performances for the senior side, with the captain, Matt Chanter to the fore with both bat and ball, including a fine 88 in a very tight game.

The bowling honours went to seamer Jason Hoddinott who had most wickets and an impressive best of 5-12.

The seconds bowled and fielded very well, but on damp pitches batted poorly and ended the season disappointingly at the bottom of the Third Division.

Jordan Murphy made the only half century of the season while spinner Neil Martin was the top wicket taker in the club with a best of five for 37.

However with the Seconds team containing many teenagers the future looks bright and they hope to bounce back in 2013.

Bishops Hull were however, very successful at youth level.

They fielded two sides at Under 13, with the ‘A’ side winning their league and the ‘B’ side runners up in theirs.

Two of the players have played league cricket and hopes are high that more will have the skills to follow into senior cricket.

In 2013 Bishops Hull will have an Under 15 side, two Under 13’s and an Under 11, which is a reflection of their strength at this level.

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