While Callum Creighton has deservedly grabbed the headlines due to his selection for the Berkshire 1st XI, there have been several other eye-catching performances from Berkshire U17s players in their last three games.
The pick of the batters was Hamza Arif who hammered 101 off 97 balls (1x6, 10x4) out of a total of 268-9 off 50 overs against Dorset U17s at Bournemouth on July 25th with Shaariq Sheikh contributing 44 and Salman Khalid 36.
Dorset could only manage 77 in reply, with Callum taking 3-22, Shaariq 2-13, Casper Mason 2-22, Charlie Carter 1-13 and Adam Searle 1-0.
In their first match against the Isle of Wight U17s played at Falkland CC on July 31st, Berkshire dismissed the visitors for 149 with Callum taking 5-63, Shaariq 2-18, Hamza 2-31 and Charlie 1-11.
Berkshire went on to win by five wickets with Robbie Connelly hitting 50 off 49 balls (1x6, 7x4), Hector Chambers 33 and Matt Keast 31 not out in Berkshire's total of 149-5.
Robbie made another half-century in the second match against the Isle of Wight, played at Harpsden on August 1st, hitting, 56 off 98 balls and Chambers 42 in Berkshire's all-out total of 206 from 49 overs.
Callum (5-11) was again outstanding with the ball, while Hamza bowled well to take 2-25 and there was a wicket apiece for Hector, Shaariq and Michael O'Donoghue as they bowled out their visitors 98 in 26.4 overs.
What has also stood out are the players' fitness levels and the quality of their work in the field
Under the guidance of performance manager Tom Lambert, pathway manager Stewart Davison, plus coaches Paul Bew and Neal Robinson, this very talented U17 squad shows the future of cricket in Berkshire could not be in better shape.
Managed by Richard Hind, the squad next take on Cornwall U17s with matches to be played at Werrington and Truro on August 6th-8th.