Under 11s Cup Triumph

By Alan Smith - September 10 2017
Under 11s Cup Triumph The inaugural Ian Jackson Memorial Cup was won in great style by Hartlepool Under 11s.  George Sayers reports on the match.

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Match report from the inaugural Ian Jackson memorial game at HQ on 8th September. "One just for you Jacko" In memory of Ian Jackson who was a great friend to us all, the inaugural memorial match was played between Hartlepool and Seaton U11s on 8th September.

Played under U13 type rules which state that when a batsman loses his wicket he departs the crease and has to retire upon reaching 30, (very different to U11 pairs rules), the toss was made by Max Jackson who won and elected to bat first on a full 22 yard pitch. The bowling rules were that every bowler had to bowl at least one over and a maximum of three. In an emotionally charged changing room the openers padded up as we spoke about the occasion and why we wanted to play well and win for a top guy who is no longer with us.

As the opening pair of Max Jackson and Caleb Sayers approached the crease it was evident that a substantial crowd was gathering to watch this special match and as the game got underway, the openers laid a great foundation with a stand of 31 in just 6 overs. Harry Wiles stepped up to the crease and batted himself in gradually whilst Caleb Sayers kept up the momentum and retired soon after with 32*. Next in was Ben Crawford who did just as Harry had previously and watched the bowling patiently while Harry began thumping successive boundaries and also retired on 32*. This mature approach was evident all the way through the innings and after 20 overs we had an excellent score of 122-1.

With a buoyed dressing room the players were reminded that the job was incomplete and of the reason they were there representing their club. Showing excellent control and good pace, the opening pair of Max Jackson and Finlay Barlow immediately squeezed the Seaton openers and only conceded 10 runs in the first four overs which made the asking rate jump from six an over to seven. Every single one of the bowlers following the openers bowled with great control - such that the skipper had the luxury of sitting back and giving every single bowler two overs. A catch and runout from Finlay Barlow and a catch from Caleb Sayers was icing on the cake. Such was the superiority of the home side that Seaton was restricted to just 72 runs - 50 runs short of the target.

From a coaching perspective Gary and I were astounded at the playing maturity and levels of control shown by the players during the game. We played for Ian and I know he would be delighted with the rapid progress of his protégés 🏏

After Alan Smith had made an excellent and wholly appropriate speech and presented the new trophy to the home skipper it was time to celebrate not just a great win but also someone who lived and breathed the game. Someone who will never be forgotten. #areyouwatchingian

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Seaton 11s

DOUBLE WICKET COMPETITION -Saturday 15th September 2017 11a.m. Start

As a further tribute to Ian Jackson's memory the senior players will once again play in a Pairs Competition at Park Drive next Saturday.  The completion used to take place annually but has not been organised for several years.  The pairs will play in a knockout format of 4 overs each team.  It should be a lot of fun and a great way for players and spectators to remember Jacko with a smile.  

Here is an image from 2002 - possibly the last time the competition was held.

Double Wicket Winners



Under 11s Cup Triumph
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