DURHAM County head coach Geoff Cook was a guest speaker at Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Annual Presentation of Senior Awards Dinner held in the Club House at Bunker Hill.
He claimed the club was on the right track developing youngsters. “You have some fantastic juniors coming through and an excellent set up.
“Two of your young players Scott Borthwick and Ben Raine have joined the Riverside in recent seasons which proves you are doing a lot of things right.”
Chairman Ken Haswell said it had been a difficult season and at one stage the First Team were bottom of the table.
“We called a players’ meeting and then won six games on the trot. We eventually finished fourth from the basement but we only paid an overseas professional and kept faith with a mostly young team” claimed Haswell.
He pointed out that the Third Team playing in the Hetton Lyons Sunday League regularly included nine juniors and a couple of “old heads”.
The Second Team has also been a development side made up almost entirely of young players.
The following awards were made by Geoff Cook: First Team Batting Shaun Hawkswell, Bowling Andrew Robinson. Second Team Batting Ken Haswell, Bowling Johnny Haswell. Third Team Batting Michael Kearney, Bowling Brian Taylor. Sunday Third Team Batting Tommy Wray, Bowling James Haswell.
Special awards were made to Brian Taylor, who took two hat-tricks for the third team and Shaun Hawkswell, who claimed a hat-trick in the last over of a first team cup tie with Whitburn.
Players from all teams have agreed to meet in the club house on the first Friday of every month.