The 29th annual Standard Bank U16 County Cricket Festival 2012 took place in Jersey last week and involved five teams from the UK – county T20 champions Hampshire and Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Berkshire and the local side Jersey.
Throughout the five days, 15 cricket fixtures were played and at the end of the week Buckinghamshire were crowned champions after winning four out of five games. Hampshire, Cheshire and Oxfordshire were all tied on points for 2nd place whilst Jersey and Berkshire finished four points behind in 5th and 6th positions.
Oxfordshire’s Miles Hammond, received The Tom Cartwight MBE Player of the Tournament for 2012, after scoring 319 runs at an average of 106 and also taking 10 wickets. Ollie Soammes of Hampshire scored 94 against Berkshire on the last day to secure his county 2nd place overall and was awarded the Terry Trodd Performance of the Tournament award.
The Bill Fielder Fairplay award, which usually goes to one of the teams, was given to an individual this year. Dan Matthews of Oxfordshire called back a batsmen who had already been given out after he realised he hadn’t had complete control of the ball – a great example of fair play.
Claire Reid, Head of Marketing and Communications for Standard Bank said that in their 150th anniversary year they were delighted to continue their association with youth cricket in the Island and to support such an important event in the junior cricket calendar. “We’re pleased to continue our support of an event which gives young players a fantastic opportunity to stretch themselves individually and as part of a team. It was pleasing that the festival wasn’t hampered by poor weather this year and we congratulate the organisers on another successful tournament.”
Chris Minty of the Jersey Cricket Board, said: “The Standard Bank festival continues to provide some excellent cricket for the youngsters involved. It is a great opportunity for cricketers to develop and play against very strong opposition. Our thanks as ever must go to our sponsors Standard Bank for their generous support of this fantastic festival as well as to Education Sport and Culture and Farmers Field for the use of their excellent facilities throughout the week. We are already looking forward to the 2013 tournament which is sure to be just as successful.”
Now in its 29th year, the annual Standard Bank tournament is the longest running annual British Isles youth county cricket festival.