Greenwich Junior Cricket Academy (boys aged 4 to 13, girls aged 4 to 15)

What does “U11” mean?

A number of you have got in touch querying what is meant by U11 (or U8 or U13, etc).

When we refer to an U11, we mean someone whose eleventh birthday was/is on or after 1 September of the current school year.

So anyone whose eleventh birthday is after 31 August 2013 is an U11, even if their actual calendar age is 11.

In cricket, because the cricket season is towards the end of the school year, it means that most U11s are actually already 11 – and that is what causes the confusion.

So an U11 is anyone whose eleventh birthday falls between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014.

Normally, this means people in School Year 6 (as long as they are not studying above or below their normal school year group)

Similarly an U10 would be a Year 5 (tenth birthday falls between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014.

and so on

Where can I find the fixtures?

For those who are likely to be playing in the U11A, U11B, U11C, U13A, U13B, and U13C teams, you can go to our Play-Cricket site and find the fixture dates.

(1) Go to http://www.gjca.play-cricket.com
(2) Select Matches->Fixtures
(3) Set Time/Date, and Team (eg 2014 Season, U13A)
(4) Apply Filters

You should get a print-out of the fixtures.

Some players may end up playing in more than one team during the season, so if you are interested in seeing all the fixtures, then I have downloaded my Excel (xlsx format) spreadsheet here. The ones in BLUE haven’t been arranged yet. It also doesn’t include Girls’ Games, which are arranged separately.

This web site is also where you can go to look at Results and Personal Statistics, and we also use this site to manage Player Registrations with the North Kent Junior League. Once matches are underway, you can also see the live tables.

The web site is a bit of a building site at present, because the ECB has launched a new version of Play Cricket over the winter, but the underlying statistical system is very good.

We’ll tidy it up as time permits, but as always, any offers of volunteer help on this would be very welcome.

Contacts

  • U11 – Graeme Moir 07759 357600
  • U13 – Len Sales 07814 004396
  • General Admin – Andy Pye andy@andypye.com
  • Girls – Elvira (07598 128262) and Peter 07835 093250) Bagge
  • Welfare – Graeme Moir (as above) and Jo Pye (020 8856 2986)

Greenwich Cricket District Development Group Parents’ Meeting

Sunday 23 March 3.30pm at Avery Hill

On Sunday 23 March, we will be holding a parents’ meeting at 3.30pm in the Lecture Theatre at Avery Hill (where the winter training sessions are held)

Amongst other things, we will cover

  • Training and Match Arrangements for summer season
  • How the Greenwich Junior Cricket Academy works
  • Clothing vouchers (Kalibazaar)
  • Arrangements for purchasing kit
  • A Chiropractor for players and adults

Venue

Avery Hill – The Avery Hill Campus of Greenwich University, Avery Hill Road, London SE9 2UG
The multi-purpose sports hall on the Southwood Site is approached via Avery Hill Road. Enter via the gatehouse and make your way round the back to the last car park – the rear of the sports hall is then ahead of you. The sports hall is a large, curved, blue-grey building and the entrance is round to the left, as you look from the car park.
Directions to site: http://tinyurl.com/32k5wx
Please feel to be contact me if you have any questions regarding the above. Email is best, but if your enquiry is urgent, you are welcome to try the mobile.
Sun Ya are the official sponsors of  Greenwich Cricket for the 2014 season

Sun Ya are the official sponsors of Greenwich Cricket for the 2014 season

Latest Greenwich District Squads Announced

The latest U10, U12 and U14 squads have been selected and are now able to view in their district cricket pages.

There are now 29 U10s, 41 U12s and 30 U14s who will train throughout the spring to try and claim their place in the final playing squads.

The U10s train at Thomas Tallis every Monday evening, with both the U12s and the U14s training at Avery Hill Sports Centre on a Wednesday and a Friday respectively.

Well done to all the boys selected for spring training and good luck on your selection for the summer playing squads.

Greenwich Cricket turns provider for Kent Development Trials

Greenwich District has always been a rich breeding ground for future Kent County talent to flourish, as Warren Lee, Grace Gibbs and Ivan Thomas can attest.

Blackheath’s U11 trialists James Watson-Gandy (left) and Ryan-Luca Antonioli.

This year, however, has seen massive increase in winter trialists from the borough’s clubs with nine boys currently taking part in a six-week selection process.

Greenwich Junior Cricket Academy has put forward three boys to be involved in the trials, including U13s Matt Walker and Zrey Sholarpurker and U15 Jonty Logan.

U15 Nick Smith is the only representative outside Greenwich’s two main junior set ups and plays his club cricket at Old Elthamians.

Blackheath Cricket Club have five representatives at trials with U11s Ryan-Luca Antonioli and James Watson-Gandy, U13 Jamie Angel and U15s Awais Fahan and Owen Dransfield making up the nine Greenwich representatives.

Unfortunately, Owen Dransfield is an injury doubt for the remainder of the trials because of a suspected fractured arm he suffered while playing rugby.

The trials are taking place at Colfe’s school, which is also in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and are currently half way through, with the entire Greenwich contingent impressing.

From left to right: Jamie Angel, Zrey Sholarpurker and Matt Walker

We spoke to Matt’s dad Alastair and Jonty’s dad Steve to find our how the boys were getting on:

Greenwich Cricket: How did you feel when you found out Matt had been selected for the Kent trials?

Alastair Walker: Well, we were delighted, of course. He was disappointed last year and when he was picked after a fairly difficult season, with lots of rain, we were delighted.

GC: How do you think playing for Greenwich Juniors has let Matt reach this level?

AW: I think the key is the encouragement and coaching that they get constantly from the likes of Len, Graham and Raj. I think the coaching set up and the pastoral structure as well, is very good indeed.

I think that’s really helped. The number of games they get, the coaching and they get and the environment generally is an ideal breeding ground for them all.

GC: How have the trials gone so far?

AW: They’ve been very positive. It’s very difficult to play brilliantly every time. He’s been working on his bowling and his batting and seems to be improving each time. I think they’re quite positive, as well, the coaches from Kent who’ve come down, because they encourage them and help them. You’ve just got to do what they say!

GC: What are Matt’s goals for the upcoming season?

To get selected in the summer squad. Apart from that, he just wants to do his best in every game. But getting into the summer squad is his key goal for this year.

GC: Thanks!

AW: No problem.

From left to right: Jonty Logan, Awais Fahan, Owen Dransfield and Nick Smith

Greenwich Cricket: How did you feel when you found out Jonty had been selected for the Kent trials.

Steve Logan: He had been previously playing for Surrey’s development squad for four seasons previously, so it’s more of a changing over exercise.

From Jonty’s opinion, he’s enjoyed the Kent training more than he had at Surrey. There’s a bit more interaction with the coaches and they talk to him a bit more.

GC: How do you think playing for Greenwich Juniors has let Jonty reach this level?

SL: I think he’s enjoyed playing, working with Len and I think that it’s a confidence thing. I think he’s grown in confidence playing with the Greenwich Juniors. It’s been good to get a lot of games under his belt.

GC: How have the trials gone so far?

SL: He’s really enjoyed it and feels like he’s performed well with the bat.

The first week, he hadn’t been bowling very well for a couple of years, but here he just bowled five or six deliveries, one of the coaches pulled him to one side, spoke to him about his action and suddenly he’s gone back into gear.

After four years of five or six different Surrey coaches trying to get him to bowl over the wicket, round the wicket, back of the hand, various different deliveries, it seems to have just fallen back into place.

GC: What are Jonty’s goals for the upcoming season?

SL: He wants to get into the county set up, get some runs and take some wickets!

GC: Thanks for your time.

SL: Thanks.