On Friday 21st September, 300 people attended the annual Norfolk Youth Cricket dinner and award presentation evening. Several Norwich School pupils attended the event, and some were presented with awards during the evening.
The awards for the 2018 season began with the Individual awards for hundreds and five-wicket hauls. Following this, the County Cap presentations for each individual age-group were presented to select players for consistent high performances which contribute to winning matches.
Congratulations to all Norwich School pupils who have played cricket at county level this past year. The following pupils won awards on the night: Harry Thomas (U3C), Lewis Reeder (L4V), James Cross (L5P), Olivia White (M5E), Will Woodhead (U5B) and Harry Williams (L6N).
The last award to be presented was the Louis Brooks Trophy, the most prestigious award that any young Norfolk cricketer can win. Previously, some of the winners of the trophy include Jaik Mickleburgh, Rob Newton & Olly Stone who are all currently playing first-class cricket at their respective counties. The Trophy is awarded in memory of Louis Brooks who was a very promising young cricketer in Norfolk. Louis sadly lost his battle to cancer aged just 19 in 2005 and this trophy has been awarded in his memory ever since.
This year, the trophy was presented by Louis’s father (Ross) to Norwich School pupil Harry Williams, of the boys U17’s. Harry had an outstanding summer scoring over 500 runs at an average of 65 including 100’s against Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire. Harry also played in the East Anglian Premier league for Vauxhall Mallards during the 2018 summer.
Harry was thrilled to receive this award. Harry had an exceptional County season scoring 518 runs in 7 games for Norfolk U17s - two 100s (164 v Cambs, 104no v Hunts) and three 50s. He also got 7 wickets before injury prevented him from bowling. Harry also made his Norfolk Lions debut this year.
Harry said: “I am extremely honoured to receive this award. I have play County cricket since I was 9 years old and watched with admiration previous winners. Playing for the County is privilege and I couldn’t have achieved what I did this year without the support of my coaches."
Jed Cawkwell, Head of Cricket at Norwich School said:
"We are very proud of the achievements of our Norwich School cricketers this summer. The awards, a number of them have received at the Norfolk cricket presentation evening, is recognition for all the hard work they put in throughout the year."