🏏Juniors update from Nicky Wood Lambe 🏏

Following a fantastic year of cricket for our juniors last season, we started the new year with some excellent indoor training sessions being held at Outwood Grange Academy. Sadly, as Coronavirus took hold, we saw our last two sessions cancelled to prevent any risk of spreading the virus further.

This has been a frustrating and disappointing time for the junior coaching team at the club as our healthy junior squads of U9, U11 and U13s looked very promising and are a vital aspect of the grass roots section at Carlton. Indeed some of the older juniors also attended senior net training with the prospect of playing for the senior teams (some for the first time) this season which would have been fabulous.

The club is currently following the ECB guidelines and Government advice on the next steps we can take with all future training and games. We are looking at ways we can try to get some games played but this will be dependent on their advice. Coaches are considering how training can take place during the summer months but again we must follow set guidelines. We will keep you updated on any progress as soon as we can. James Forbes: “It is such a shame to lose the season, after they had worked so hard over the winter. I felt this was going to be a very good year for the U9's, as they built experience last year and learned some valuable lessons”. Richard Saxon: “It’ll be interesting to see how the next few months pan out…so fingers crossed – and I look forward to catching up with everybody in the not too distant future!”. Greg Johnson: “A feeling of frustration that we can’t get out there and build on the fantastic season we enjoyed last year. We built the momentum up over the course of the season with all our junior age groups and carried that through to some strong and quality sessions during the indoor nets. Everything was in place for us to start the season with a bang but hopefully as and when we do get back all safe and sound, we can just enjoy what we have missed so much.”

I hope you are all getting your cricket fix somehow - practicing in your gardens or even watching old cricket matches on TV. We want to get back to training and playing as much as you do but in the meantime please stay safe and we will be in touch.