After an amazing season as the U9s, losing just one game (a semi-final) to non-Heaton Mersey opposition in 35 matches, the U10s have gone from strength to strength this year, despite playing in the U11s league.
Cheshire league: Under 11 Zone 2
Played 7, won 5, lost 1, abandoned 1, position 1st
This was best illustrated by their performance in the (generally viewed as tougher) Cheshire league (which involves 10-a-side pairs cricket), with 22 teams across three “Zones”. In this league, they amazingly finished top, losing only one game (against NECCC, who finished second).
Winning the group qualified them for the quarter-final play-offs, in which they beat Timperley Thunder by 8 runs in a tense match. However, they met their match in the semi-final, losing to Davenham by 29 runs, repeating their performance in the U9s competition the previous year by getting to the semi-finals. Maybe next year they can go at least on better?
High Peak league: Under 11s West Division
Played 8, won 5, lost 2, abandoned 1, position 2nd
In the High Peak league (which involves 8-a-side pairs cricket), with 27 teams across three divisions (West, East and South), they fared similarly well. They ultimately finished a strong second and therefore qualified for the quarter-final play-offs. Interestingly, they beat the other three sides in the top four, losing only to 5th placed Ladybridge and 8th placed Cheadle Hulme.
The quarter-final fixture away to Alderley Edge was rained off (although the U9 and Girls U15 teams still managed to play at home) but rearranged as both teams were keen to avoid a coin toss…
They are lined up in two summer competitions, namely the South Manchester cricket league, featuring 16 teams across 4 groups, and the High Peak summer competition, which features 18 teams across 3 groups. The former involves 11-a-side matches with 20 overs-a-side and “if you’re out, you’re out” rules (i.e. not pairs as they are used to) so it should be interesting.