YOUNGSTERS from the Bolton Cricket League’s junior section gathered at the Holiday Inn in Bolton last week for their annual presentation evening.

After a difficult season impacted by the pandemic, it was a chance to celebrate and juniors chairman Ray Taylor was delighted they were able to play as much as they did in 2021.

He said: “Because of the devastation to cricket in general in 2020 I was worried about the impact in 2021.

“Fortunately, the season has been quite successful, despite the lingering effects of Covid and the poor weather.

“In the Under-9 to Under-15 competitions clubs were able to complete between 12 and 15 fixtures over the season, plus the Lancashire Foundation matches.

“Clubs and league officials, particularly Tracey Brooks, are to be congratulated on their efforts in playing this amount of cricket in difficult circumstances.”

The full list of award winners were:-

Team awards

Under-18s: Sykes Cup Champions - Westhoughton; JD Bond Cup runners-up - Farnworth/Kearsley; Jake Tatlock: Winners - Westhoughton, runners-up - Farnworth Social Circle.

Under-15s: Baldwin Cup Champions - Farnworth SC; Ainsworth Trophy runners-up - Astley Bridge; Mervyn Porter Trophy: Winners - Farnworth SC, runners-up - Astley Bridge; Tommy Hughes Trophy: Winners - Deane and Derby, runners-up - Lostock.

Under-13s: Clitheroe Memorial Trophy Champions - Farnworth SC; Lansdale Trophy runners-up - Horwich; Harrison Cup: Winners - Horwich, runners-up - Eagley; Pairs League: Champions - Lostock, runners-up - Little Lever; Harrison Cup Pairs Competition: Joint winners - Little Lever and Lostock.

Under-11s: League: Champions - Blackrod, runners-up - Horwich; Cup Thunder: Winners - Blackrod, runners-up - Farnworth SC; Cup Lightning: Winners - Astley Bridge, runners-up - Atherton.

Individual awards

Under-18s League

Batting - Umar Farooq Patel (DD).

Bowling - Oliver Tuck (EA), Tom Mercer (WE).

Fielding - Mason Atherton-McKenna (WE), Aryan Soma (FSC).

Wicketkeeping - Jamie Bates (WE).

Under-15s League

Batting - Oscar Smith (EA).

Bowling - Luca Doyle (EA).

Fielding - Travis Harfield (HO).

Wicketkeeping - Sam Barnett (FSC).

Under-13s League

Batting - Archie Walsh (FSC).

Bowling - George Purdham (BL).

Fielding - Bradley Barrow (FSC), Bobby Butler (AB).

Wicketkeeping - Archie Walsh (FSC).

Under-13s Pairs League

Batting - Jack Hamlett (LL).

Bowling - Lewis Cunliffe (LO).


Best Bowling in One Match: Luca Doyle (EA) (2/5 v Walkden).


Most Promising Young Player: Harvey Seigne.