Series of fine performances spur challenge for honours
The new Ketton Cricket Club first team has really found its feet in the Peterborough midweek T20 league this season.
The team has competed in the league for the past four years under the name of the Ketton Colts, a group of youth players formed out of successive years of graduates from Ketton CC’s junior section.
Having grown older together, they have left the Colts name and team strip behind to be passed on to new graduates from the junior section in future years.
They have been an independent group ever since leaving the junior section, having secured their own sponsorship for a team strip in their early days from Ketton’s village trust.
Nick Mainstone and Harrison Miles have co-captained the team since its inception with Nick leading the way in the early years and passing the mantle over to Harrison this season, who now sits on both the Ketton CC committee and the board of trustees at the Ketton Sports and Community Complex.
Team mentor Chris Mainstone, who first entered the team in the Peterborough League and has kept a watchful eye over them ever since, said: “This team is the product of many years of volunteer coaching by a large number of people and the club couldn’t be more proud of what they are achieving.
“It’s been a very difficult passage into senior cricket for them, but they’ve come through it stronger and more resilient as a result and I’m sure they’ll go on to achieve great things in both short and long formats of the game.
“Despite all their obvious ability the thing that most impresses me about them is the consideration they give to each other – they always try and make sure that everyone leaves each game having had opportunities to contribute, whatever the circumstances.”
The team is currently lying second in their division on nine points following a series of great performances.
Nearly every match so far this year has been a tight finish, coming down to the last over.
Last week they won against Baston, who narrowly beat them in the reverse fixture in the opening week of the season.
Big-hitting knocks from Ashley Townsend (39) and Alfie Coward (27) sealed the win with five balls to spare after Baston made 132-6.
The week before saw a narrow victory against Shahada, this time the Ketton bowlers taking the main credit.
After Ketton scored 112 in a shortened 16-over match, tight bowling by Alfie Coward (2-14 from four overs) and Zac Treweek (2-8 from three overs) left Shahada five short at the end of the match.
The reverse fixture earlier in the season saw a last-over victory for Shahada, another example of how exciting and competitive the Peterborough League is this season.
The team would like to thank the White Bread Trust for all the support they have given them over the years, in the Ketton CC junior section since the age of nine and continuing through their years as Ketton Colts.
The team would also like to express their gratitude to Wakerley & Barrowden who have taken them under their wing this season.
Barrowden is kindly providing their pitch for all of the Ketton home matches in the Peterborough mid-week league and are making good use of Ketton players in their Saturday and Sunday sides to help develop their own youth players.