The Bunbury festival was a great success for the Worcestershire lads on the EPP programme. They played a huge part in the success of the Midlands team who won both the 50 over and T20 competitions.
Nick Hammond scored two seventies and won the best batsman award, Most valuable player and most runs for the tournament. Josh Dell scored two fifties, took valuable wickets and won the fastest fifty and biggest six. Ben Twohig ended up the leading wicket taker, including four against the North and scored a valuable 30 in the T20. Josh Haynes bowled well in the 2 matches he played and was unfortunate to dislocate his finger on the Thursday, which prevented him taking any further part.
The lads had opportunity to play at the ‘Emirates Durham international Cricket Ground’, which was a great experience as was the whole tournament.
Nick Scored 197 runs at 49.25 in all, in the 50 over competition he scored 158 runs at 79
Josh Dell scored 172 runs at 43 in all, in 50 over competition scored 141 at 70.5 he also took 3 wickets
Ben Twohig took 10 wickets for 173
Josh Haynes bowled 11 overs taking 2 for 46
The Lads also performed well in the pre festival matches Nick Hammond got 106 V the South West; in the same game Ben Twohig got 4 wickets. Josh Dell got 80 against the Derby Academy and in the same game Josh Haynes took 5 wickets
The boys have given their views below:
It’s been a great week and a huge privilege to be part of the 27th Bunbury festival. It has been a great opportunity to play with and against some of the best players in the country at my age group. I leave the festival with many fantastic memories, the highlight being able to play at Durham’s county ground. The week itself would not have been the same without Dr. David English, his presence and humour makes you feel at ease and allows you to enjoy the week more.
Having the chance to play at the Bunbury festival was a huge privilege. Playing with and against the best players in the country at our age was a great challenge both technically and mentally. It gave me an opportunity to observe and learn from other players, which will help me to improve my game. Also being exposed to Sky and other media was a great experience. The atmosphere of the Bunbury festival was amazing and it was a fantastic week.
Playing at the Bunbury festival has been one of my goals since I was 6 years old and to be able to achieve this has been fantastic. Playing with and against the best cricketers in the country at u15s is a great experience and it has taught me a great deal about different aspects of the game, especially the mental side. It also helped me a lot with my tactical game e.g setting different fields to different batsman at different stages of the innings. However without the support of the EPP and Academy this wouldn’t have been possible. I would also like to thank the directors of the festival and everybody who made the 27th Bunbury festival possible. It was an incredible experience and a fantastic week.