2017 Bunbury Festival

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August 24th, 2017, 10:45 pm #11

The 31st. annual festival for the best 15 year old cricketers in the country has just ended. Held at Stowe School this year, the best represented county was Yorkshire with eight in the North squad. Sadly the North failed to win the festival with South/East the victors.
There were some award winners among the Yorkshire boys, however. Harry Duke won the prize for the best 'keeper, Eliot Goldthorp, the captain of the North, won the fielding prize, while Harry Sullivan won a special award for his general contribution to the success of the Festival.
There was a memorable opening stand of 105 between Yorkshire pair Arjun Ramkumar and Finlay Bean. The stroke play was delightful and joyous with some electrifying singles taken. Left arm spinner Sullivan took four wickets in one match including two 'at the death' in the penultimate over to help ensure victory.
All the Yorkshire boys agreed that they had had a wonderful time even those who felt disappointed at their own cricketing contribution.
One sour note was that after 30 years of impeccable organization by the English Schools' Cricket Association, this year's event had been taken over by the ECB. Some aspects of the organization were poor. When I cornered David Graveney and told him so, he adopted a very dismissive attitude. End of term report for the ECB "must do better".
The founding father of the festival, Dr. David English, was there on top form. The boys love him for his irreverent eccentricity. The ECB could never replace him.
As intimated above, Yorkshire beat Surrey in a tense semi-final by 3 runs to qualify for the ECB under 15 competition.
Notable contributions for Yorkshire were Finlay Bean, 43 and Chris Wood 34. James Mukherjee took 4 wickets and Harry Sullivan 3.

In the final, they played Nottinghamshire, the only side to have beaten them in the last four seasons.
On this occasion, however, Notts were able to muster only 88 all out. There were 4 wickets for Sam Wisniewski and 3 for Eliot Goldthorp.
Yorkshire made rather heavy weather of their victory, triumphing eventually by 5 wickets. Matthew Revis anchored the innings with 32, Archie Greaves contributing 21.
It will be noted that the vital contributions were shared around the team, a characteristic of this side.
Fittingly the winning run was scored by inspirational captain, Eliot Goldthorp, with a huge six over mid- wicket.
Not since 2009 have Yorkshire been national champions at this age (a team which contained Jack Leaning and Ben Coad).
The 2017 side deserved their success because of their remarkable consistency over several years.

The full score cards for both matches may be found on TCS.
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August 25th, 2017, 7:30 am #12

The 31st. annual festival for the best 15 year old cricketers in the country has just ended. Held at Stowe School this year, the best represented county was Yorkshire with eight in the North squad. Sadly the North failed to win the festival with South/East the victors.
There were some award winners among the Yorkshire boys, however. Harry Duke won the prize for the best 'keeper, Eliot Goldthorp, the captain of the North, won the fielding prize, while Harry Sullivan won a special award for his general contribution to the success of the Festival.
There was a memorable opening stand of 105 between Yorkshire pair Arjun Ramkumar and Finlay Bean. The stroke play was delightful and joyous with some electrifying singles taken. Left arm spinner Sullivan took four wickets in one match including two 'at the death' in the penultimate over to help ensure victory.
All the Yorkshire boys agreed that they had had a wonderful time even those who felt disappointed at their own cricketing contribution.
One sour note was that after 30 years of impeccable organization by the English Schools' Cricket Association, this year's event had been taken over by the ECB. Some aspects of the organization were poor. When I cornered David Graveney and told him so, he adopted a very dismissive attitude. End of term report for the ECB "must do better".
The founding father of the festival, Dr. David English, was there on top form. The boys love him for his irreverent eccentricity. The ECB could never replace him.
Thanks for that DJolly it was an interesting read. I saw young Harry Sullivan last year at the Bradford league 20/20 finals day at Pudsey st Lawrence, playing for Methley. He was a little lad then but he stood out with a lovely loop and had a few seniors in trouble, certainly had a few admirers that day. I wondered at what level rep cricket he was playing.

Some other names are local to me too, Revis at Farsley, Goldthorp Rawdon, and Wisniewski at Pudsey Congs.
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Joined: October 20th, 2013, 8:03 pm

August 25th, 2017, 8:05 am #13

The 31st. annual festival for the best 15 year old cricketers in the country has just ended. Held at Stowe School this year, the best represented county was Yorkshire with eight in the North squad. Sadly the North failed to win the festival with South/East the victors.
There were some award winners among the Yorkshire boys, however. Harry Duke won the prize for the best 'keeper, Eliot Goldthorp, the captain of the North, won the fielding prize, while Harry Sullivan won a special award for his general contribution to the success of the Festival.
There was a memorable opening stand of 105 between Yorkshire pair Arjun Ramkumar and Finlay Bean. The stroke play was delightful and joyous with some electrifying singles taken. Left arm spinner Sullivan took four wickets in one match including two 'at the death' in the penultimate over to help ensure victory.
All the Yorkshire boys agreed that they had had a wonderful time even those who felt disappointed at their own cricketing contribution.
One sour note was that after 30 years of impeccable organization by the English Schools' Cricket Association, this year's event had been taken over by the ECB. Some aspects of the organization were poor. When I cornered David Graveney and told him so, he adopted a very dismissive attitude. End of term report for the ECB "must do better".
The founding father of the festival, Dr. David English, was there on top form. The boys love him for his irreverent eccentricity. The ECB could never replace him.
Thanks for those posts. I look forward to seeing something of these lads in the 2020s. It all warms my heart in a way hearing we've signed Bruyn van Bashaball as a kolpak never could.
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August 25th, 2017, 8:50 am #14

The 31st. annual festival for the best 15 year old cricketers in the country has just ended. Held at Stowe School this year, the best represented county was Yorkshire with eight in the North squad. Sadly the North failed to win the festival with South/East the victors.
There were some award winners among the Yorkshire boys, however. Harry Duke won the prize for the best 'keeper, Eliot Goldthorp, the captain of the North, won the fielding prize, while Harry Sullivan won a special award for his general contribution to the success of the Festival.
There was a memorable opening stand of 105 between Yorkshire pair Arjun Ramkumar and Finlay Bean. The stroke play was delightful and joyous with some electrifying singles taken. Left arm spinner Sullivan took four wickets in one match including two 'at the death' in the penultimate over to help ensure victory.
All the Yorkshire boys agreed that they had had a wonderful time even those who felt disappointed at their own cricketing contribution.
One sour note was that after 30 years of impeccable organization by the English Schools' Cricket Association, this year's event had been taken over by the ECB. Some aspects of the organization were poor. When I cornered David Graveney and told him so, he adopted a very dismissive attitude. End of term report for the ECB "must do better".
The founding father of the festival, Dr. David English, was there on top form. The boys love him for his irreverent eccentricity. The ECB could never replace him.
It would be great if we had a cricketing 'class of 92 situation' (Beckham, Scholes, Giggs, etc from Manchester united's academy).

It wouldn't do for them all to succeed or we'd have to change the team every year!

In defence of Bruyn, he's a human being in quite a difficult situation too.
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Joined: November 6th, 2013, 9:50 am

August 25th, 2017, 9:37 am #15

The 31st. annual festival for the best 15 year old cricketers in the country has just ended. Held at Stowe School this year, the best represented county was Yorkshire with eight in the North squad. Sadly the North failed to win the festival with South/East the victors.
There were some award winners among the Yorkshire boys, however. Harry Duke won the prize for the best 'keeper, Eliot Goldthorp, the captain of the North, won the fielding prize, while Harry Sullivan won a special award for his general contribution to the success of the Festival.
There was a memorable opening stand of 105 between Yorkshire pair Arjun Ramkumar and Finlay Bean. The stroke play was delightful and joyous with some electrifying singles taken. Left arm spinner Sullivan took four wickets in one match including two 'at the death' in the penultimate over to help ensure victory.
All the Yorkshire boys agreed that they had had a wonderful time even those who felt disappointed at their own cricketing contribution.
One sour note was that after 30 years of impeccable organization by the English Schools' Cricket Association, this year's event had been taken over by the ECB. Some aspects of the organization were poor. When I cornered David Graveney and told him so, he adopted a very dismissive attitude. End of term report for the ECB "must do better".
The founding father of the festival, Dr. David English, was there on top form. The boys love him for his irreverent eccentricity. The ECB could never replace him.
In response to the query about Harry Sullivan, he is a year younger than the other boys. He was one of eight Yorkshire players to represent the North of England, and is one of five Yorkshire lads selected by the ECB for their elite training programme. Exceptionally, he failed to take a wicket in the final, but conceded only 14 runs in his 10 overs, enabling other bowlers to profit from the pressure generated.
As regards creating the equivalent of a 'class of '92', that is most unlikely, I'm afraid. Already two players are considering careers in other sports. I have to say that it is rare to see an entire team so utterly dedicated, but injuries and other interests may eventually intervene.
In their favour, most of the teams they beat were physically better developed but could not match the Yorkshire boys' skills. When our boys 'catch up' physically, they will still have their skills. Joe Root is, of course, the ultimate example of this.
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Joined: October 20th, 2013, 8:03 pm

August 25th, 2017, 10:08 am #16

The 31st. annual festival for the best 15 year old cricketers in the country has just ended. Held at Stowe School this year, the best represented county was Yorkshire with eight in the North squad. Sadly the North failed to win the festival with South/East the victors.
There were some award winners among the Yorkshire boys, however. Harry Duke won the prize for the best 'keeper, Eliot Goldthorp, the captain of the North, won the fielding prize, while Harry Sullivan won a special award for his general contribution to the success of the Festival.
There was a memorable opening stand of 105 between Yorkshire pair Arjun Ramkumar and Finlay Bean. The stroke play was delightful and joyous with some electrifying singles taken. Left arm spinner Sullivan took four wickets in one match including two 'at the death' in the penultimate over to help ensure victory.
All the Yorkshire boys agreed that they had had a wonderful time even those who felt disappointed at their own cricketing contribution.
One sour note was that after 30 years of impeccable organization by the English Schools' Cricket Association, this year's event had been taken over by the ECB. Some aspects of the organization were poor. When I cornered David Graveney and told him so, he adopted a very dismissive attitude. End of term report for the ECB "must do better".
The founding father of the festival, Dr. David English, was there on top form. The boys love him for his irreverent eccentricity. The ECB could never replace him.
Wasn't thinking of Bruyn, who I had totally forgotten, Geoff, and I have no hostility to kolpaks - or others - making difficult personal decisions. Just making up a daft name for a generic kolpac really. My feeling was just that it's the sort of slow patient development of our own which makes Yorkshire special, the occasional signing to fill a gap notwithstanding.
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