LITTLE MARLOW CRICKET CLUB
Bradish Ellames Recreation Ground,
Church Road, Little Marlow, Bucks, SL7 3RS
Little Marlow Juniors’ Section was established in early 2008, after the club recruited Head Coach Ingram Jones of Baylor International Champions. Whilst he fronted an enthusiastic recruitment campaign, others handled the considerable administrative requirements.
During that first season the club fielded a single under 15 team. Inexperienced and of mixed ages, it inevitably struggled at first. However, a strong resolve and plenty of practice paid dividends and was rewarded with a much celebrated maiden victory. A number of that initial intake have gone on to become regulars at senior level, and one of them has represented Buckinghamshire in junior county cricket.
Membership grew rapidly as Ingram continued to spread the word around local schools. Little Marlow entered teams in three age group leagues in 2009, when several notable achievements were recorded.
Encouraged by that success, and a further increase in numbers, the club ran four teams in 2010, a season that saw all the hard work handsomely repaid. Three of the sides won promotion from their respective BCB League divisions, with the Under-12s topping their group with a 100% record.
2011 saw mixed results; the most successful team being the Under-13s, who won promotion for the second successive season. Their manager, Naz Ali, succeeded Ingram Jones, who left the club for pastures new, as Head Coach.
2012 again saw mixed results. The Under-12s enjoyed a fair degree of success; the Under-14s found life difficult against much stronger opposition in the top division; a young Under-15s squad also struggled whilst the Under-17s' season was decimated by appalling weather and exam requirements.
All three teams, from Under-13s to Under-17s, enjoyed a great deal of success in 2013, whilst the number of youngsters making a name for themselves in senior cricket continued to rise.
A disappointing 2014 prompted a reinvention of the colts section. With the assistance of professional coaching group Future Legends we have targeted the real 'junior juniors', boys and girls aged 5 to 10. The emphasis is on fun and development, Our under-10s will be making the big step-up to hard ball cricket this year and will be competing in the Buckinghamshire Cricket Board league structure.