The year ahead at Twenty20 Community Cricket
With the shortest day behind us, we are looking ahead to 2023.
In early January we start training for the MCC Foundation Guildford Hubs. Our girls made the final at Lord's in the summer, surely the highlight of 2022, with the boys just missing out on net run rate in a 3-way semi-final at Eton College.
Looking ahead, we have our girls squad in place for 2023 with a number of new faces and we hope to be challenging once again. The boys trials take place on 5th January.
Our East & West Surrey and Girls Academies are almost full now with just a few places available in the West region at the youngest ages. We have a record 168 players in the Academy this year with a growing waiting list. In 2023 we will be launching a second Girls Academy and expanding the East Surrey Academy at Richard Challoner School to bring in more players.
The oldest Academy players will once again be entering the Surrey Downs League, our third year in the competition. Last summer saw the team make its highest finish despite the average age of the team being around 14 years, excluding our two adults/coaches who help to run the team,
These players are not able to access adult league cricket at their clubs so our role is to get them into the habit of playing and enjoying Saturday league cricket so that when their clubs have a space for them they move on and we can then bring in the next crop of players.
2023 will see a new adult 2nd XI Academy team which will be playing Sunday friendlies ahead of hopefully entering a Sunday league in 2024. Again players taking part will be those who can't get adult cricket at their clubs just yet.
The Academy is all about individual player development. Each player is coached as an individual with video analysis and feedback through the StanceBeam app across the winter. Our aim is for every player to be as good as they can be and to play cricket at their clubs for many years to come.
Below the Academy, we have our Surrey Slam Schools hubs which is open to any state school cricketer. This becomes a very natural pathway into the Regional Surrey Academies and we have seen a number progress this year already. We are looking into additional areas to run hubs in 2023.
We are also looking forward to expanding and developing Walking Cricket in Surrey which we started in earnest two years ago having developed the game since 2014. This summer saw the first Walking Cricket league set up with three teams from Epsom, Cobham & Pirbright. We are working closely with the Surrey Cricket Foundation to develop this further and create at least two more club hubs in 2023. It's a brilliant format providing a growing number of 60+ men & women with weekly cricket and of course social afterwards.
It's sure to be a fun year of cricket development ahead and we look forward to continuing to make a difference and developing the future of cricket from 8 year old to over 80 years old!