Academy & EPP 2018 After a hard winters training with mid week fielding sessions and early Friday morning skills sessions. The Academy and EPP formed the Development XI with Mark Williams as captain to enter the Saturday Premiership but with games to be played on a Sunday to allow Academy and EPP players to play for their respective clubs. The Development XI played 7 won 3 and lost 4 meaning they finished 5th and were placed in Division 1 when the league split. In Division 1 they won 2 and lost 2 resulting in 5 wins and 6 losses over the season. This was an excellent achievement with a side with an average age of 16.! They also played in 4 friendly games against the MCC, Merseyside Commonwealth and Cheadle Hulme with 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses.
Contributions over the season are - Charlie Beard 7 matches 188 runs high score 74 average 31.33 & 3 catches Eddie Beard 12 matches 533 runs high score 104* average 53.30, 11 overs 3 wickets 7 catches & 3 run outs George Burrows 8 matches 240 runs high score 80* average 40.00, 5 catches, 3 stumpings & 1 run out Jacob Butler 15 matches 88.4 overs 16 wickets best 4/30 & 6 catches Carl Hartmann 14 matches 213 runs high score 61* average 16.38, 8 catches 1 stumping & 3 run outs Joe Humphrey 11 matches 122 runs high score 30* average 12.20 & 1 catch Dollin Jansen 7 matches 45 runs high score 29* average 9.00, 39 overs 6 wickets best 2/33, 1 catch & 1 run out Ed Walker 10 matches 64.3 overs 9 wickets best 2/19, 4 catches & 2 run outs Luke Ward 12 matches 68 runs high score 17 average 5.23, 5.2 overs 5 wickets best 3/6 average 6.40 & 1 catch Nathan Williams 11 matches 79 runs high score 22 average 11.29, 59.2 overs 11 wickets best 3/20 average 28.09 & 2 catches
There were also important contributions from IOMCA squad players - Toby Poole-Wilson 7 matches 10 wickets best 4/12 Fraser Clarke 5 matches 2 wickets Sam Mills 4 matches 3 wickets Josh Clough 4 matches 19 runs Spencer Clarke 4 matches 2 wickets Izzy Dunn 4 matches 54 runs Corbin Liebenberg 2 matches 4 wickets Sam Barnett 2 matches 18 runs
Academy & EPP Trip to Lea Green & Denby 2018 The Academy and EPP went on a trip to Lea Green Outdoor Activities Centre and Denby CC (Derbyshire) on the 9th April to 13th April. Academy players George Burrows, Kieran Cawte and Jamie Hopwood and EPP players Joe Humphrey, Nathan Williams, Dollin Jansen, Jacob Butler, Carl Hartmann and Luke Ward took part in the week.
The theme of the week was captaincy and leadership 'making the uncomfortable comfortable. The first three days were at Lea Green Outdoor Activities Centre and the players took part in a number of activities including archery, high and low ropes course, obstacle course, orienteering, team swing, rock climbing and jungle adventure. Each of these activities pushed the players out of their comfort zone and developed their communication and team work skills particularly the high ropes course where a number of the players were really challenged to work together and encourage each other to get onto a very high platform in groups of 4.
The next 2 days at Denby CC involved some outdoor training in preparation for the season. In the evening at Lea Green and during the day at Denby CC classroom sessions also took place around leadership focusing on knowing yourself, managing yourself, knowing others and managing others. This included the players giving a 5 minute talk on themselves and a 3 minute team talk motivating their team before a game as a captain., They also completed Myers Briggs Personality Typing, a confidence session and Phil Littlejohns gave a speech around captaining the Isle of Man National team
This was a very enjoyable and challenging week. Well done to all the players!