Development Squad Review
The third team (or the development squad as I like to call it) has enjoyed a good season in 2015. We’ve had a few new faces arriving, along with the more recognised squad members, so we now have a good mix of experience and youth which I believe is central to the ethos and philosophy of the club. The more experienced players (though still very
young themselves) have been a great asset to the team during the year in the way they have conducted themselves and their words of advice, encouragement and support, not
only towards the kids, but also to myself.
Players like Adam Duhamel have now established himself as an opening batsman in 2015. At one point, Adam was scoring runs for fun and if called upon, he could easily perform at a
higher level for the club and he wouldn’t let anybody down I can assure you.
Likewise with Jordan Mc Connell who is another player which has impressed me greatly this year and who now is, what I can only describe as “my go to man with ball or bat or indeed
Also, we have Will Power in the squad. Will has proved himself to be a terrific all rounder this season and one which all the team can rely on to get something out of a game for
us when required.
Young Luke Coyne is another player who I believe has developed really well over the season and who is now recognised as our opening front line fast bowler.
Stephen Tyler has been a revelation in 2015 having shown us all, just what a good spin bowler he is, bowling with variation and flight and indeed good accuracy.
The kids who play in the development squad have enjoyed the longer version of the game this year and I hope have learned something as they have gone along. Young James
Withers for example who is only fifteen, scored his first 50 in 2015 and I’m sure there is more to come from him in the coming years. Young Mikey Pih who is also fifteen has done
ever-so-well for us this season, not just with the bat but also the Gloves. I think Mikey hit 44 for us in his last game for the Development Squad and you could see the enjoyment on his
face as he did so. Likewise, Christopher Carnige is developing into an exciting left arm fast bowler and I hope he continues to bowl with even greater pace (and little more accuracy)
As for his father…well what can I say;
Full of Energy, Enthusiasm, Resolve, Spirit and Fight. That is his psychological profile only though! Physically, well.. like myself, John is getting on a bit but still has that love and
desire for the game which translates through his encouragement to the younger ones and something which I really appreciate.
Other players who have turned out for the Development Squad in 2015 are Mark Ashburn, Mark Cox, Ian Cannon, Andy Romeril, Cameron Harrison, Andy Richardson and the
good Dr Scott. I would just like to thank them along with the more senior players I mentioned earlier for their understanding and support in what it is, Walkovers are trying to establish and indeed achieve with our team.
On a personal note, I would like to say a big thank you to our president Hansie Vosser and his committee for the pleasure of captaining the side this year and it is an honour I hope to
repeat in the season of 2016 (with their permission of course)!
And so to conclude, to all associated with the Walkovers Development Squad of 2015, I would simply like to say a big thank you for your efforts and support during the season and
I look forward to 2016 with even greater optimism.