Young Hartlepool cricketers celebrate three incredible seasons unbeaten
A group of young Hartlepool cricketers have knocked other teams for by six going unbeaten for the last three years and winning a host of trophies.
Hartlepool Cricket Club Under 13s team have notched up around 30 victories in a row in the last three seasons that has seen them win their league and eight cups.
This season they won again the league and North v South league winners championship.
Coach Gary Crawford said: “Success has been built on excellent team spirit and they all want to play and encourage each other; they strive for perfection even at this young age.
“They have been a dream to coach and I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to coach and develop each and every one of them.”
Due to Covid the season was condensed into a much shorter compared to the usual May to August time frame.
The team beat Sedgefield in the final of the North League winners and went on to beat Middlesbrough in the final of the North v South league winners at Hartlepool’s Park Drive ground.
The squad of players have been together from aged eight and their first taste of success was winning an Under 9's softball tournament at Norton in 2016.
Their first season playing with a hard ball was at Under 11 level and proved to be a very successful season.
After an unbeaten season they were crowned North league champions, won the North v South league winner's trophy and also won the Gemira cup and Durham Under 11's Champions trophy.
Gary added: “This squad of players are an inspiration to any young cricketer starting their journey. Great team work and the desire to develop themselves both in organised practice sessions and in their free time.
"Hopefully they will take their hard work ethic and desire to learn over into next season U15 cricket.
"New challenges await next season and it will be interesting to see how they approach these challenges both individually and collectively.”
The success of the team has been supported throughout by coach Andy Wiles, ground staff Dave Measor and Phil Mole, Kaye and Will Barlow with all round contributions, the parents and the junior committee.