Caxtons is proud to sponsor U11, U13 and U15 junior cricket at Town Malling CC.
Founded in 1827 and steeped in history, Town Malling ground boasts the first recorded game in Kent, which took place in 1705. However, history will no doubt record the season of 2014 amongst its finest, for that is when the Town Malling U15A team achieved league and cup double!
The U15 side faced a tough final few games of the season. First was a highly anticipated cup semi final against fellow unbeaten side Kemsing CC. On the night, Kemsing achieved a creditable 100 for 5 off their allotted 20 overs. Four tight overs from Harry Kemsley yielding two wickets successfully checked Kemsing's progress.
In reply, Town Malling lost an early wicket and had a relatively slow start. However, skipper Will Turner and opening bat Sam Vale produced mature innings, both retiring on 31 not out and putting Town Malling in charge. Austin Caldwell then produced a belligerent 24 not out off only 10 balls to see Town Malling home with almost 4 overs to spare. A first under 15 final loomed.
Adverse weather caused the postponement of the final so the focus moved to the final league game of the season, home at The Old County Ground against adversaries Kemsing. Winners of this game would take the league title for the first time in either clubs history.
Kemsing, put into bat, struggled to dominate and thanks to 3 overs for 4 runs from Ben Newmarch and a tidy fielding display, were restricted to 76-7 off 20 overs. Kemsing were not going to relinquish the league title without a fight. With some excellent spin bowling early on, they kept Town Malling in check. Kemsing however were unable to take wickets and another 33 retired not out from Sam Vale, leaving Stanley Willett 14 not out to ease Town Malling home in 16.2 overs. The Mid Kent Youth League title was their's after only 3 years at this age group.
For once the unbeaten Town Malling were favourites over the established & traditionally strong Addington Village
CC in Sunday's Cup Final. A nervous looking side perhaps hindered by the weight of expectation made a stuttering start and steadily lost wickets to a well drilled Addington team. A cameo from Dan Terry mid innings, and a surge in the final overs from Ben Newmarch and Sam Eyre saw Town Malling achieve a battling 77-8.
Both Addington openers fell for 0 in the first over raising the Town Malling supporters' hopes, before an excellent partnership between Liam Owen 18 and James Redpath top scoring with 27 put Addington back in charge. In a tense and highly competitive final, Town Malling were able to take 5 wickets for just 7 runs (S Willett 3, S Eyre 2) winning by 8 runs, and achieving an historical double for the club.
Junior Development Officer Martyn Senior said "I am delighted for the boys who have worked hard this year. They know that working as a team they are capable of anything as they have strength in depth. For our club this is the culmination of 8 years work by fellow coaches and volunteers. We started a small junior section and two years later we joined the league and have progressed every year to this current position. Amazingly, more than half of this squad are under 14 and are very strong cricketers, so we have high hopes for next year".
But it's not just about winning. Town Malling coach 80+ juniors from 5-15 years old and with the support of members, parents and youth leaders they have 4 junior league sides and two Kwik cricket sides.
David Gurton, a director at sponsors Caxtons said " We are delighted to have been involved in junior cricket at Town Malling over the last 4 years. The achievements of the Under 15 side is just reward for several years hard work. But more importantly Town Malling Juniors have, in a relatively short period of time, built a community spirit where so many people both young and old, want to help in any way they can. This is the real success story & Caxtons is proud to have been involved".
Town Malling U15 Team
Back row: L-R: Andy Turner Team Manager) Austin Caldwell, Angus Taylor, Ben Newmarch, Dan Terry (Vice Captain), Alex Smith, Zach Bevans, Miles Caldwell (Team Coach)
Front row: L-R: Sam Vale, Harry Kemsley, Will Turner (Captain),Stanley Willett, Jamie Prescott