Sussex Junior Cricket Festival Under 14 Bowl competition

Buxted Park’s Alfie Hunter  scores three unbeaten centuries and wins the U14 Bowl batting award

The Sussex Junior Cricket Festival is an annual event going back to 1967. Each age group (U13, U14…etc) has a separate week during the summer where they play four afternoon matches. There are two competitions in each age group – The Bowl for the stronger teams and The Shield for the weaker ones. Buxted Park were playing in the bowl this year. Sadly, Buxted didn’t make it to the final which this year was contested between Cuckfield and Middleton on Sunday (9th) with Middleton coming out on top…

Alfie Hunter captain of the Buxted Park Cricket Club  U14 team this week has scored 3 100s in three games!

Alfie didn’t quite make four consecutive unbeaten centuries but came close!

On sunbaked wickets and lightning fast outfields made for run scoring, Buxted Park Cricket Club junior, Alfie Hunter, plundered 440 runs in the week long Sussex Junior Cricket Festival Under 14 Bowl competition. In four games against some of the county’s finest junior teams Alfie scored three unbeaten centuries. His near 10 hour vigil at the crease across the week included a 128 not out as part of a winning run chase against Crowhurst Park, 117 not out against East Grinstead and 52 against Lingfield set up draws.

Unfortunately Alfie’s highest score of the week (143 not out v Lewes Priory) couldn’t stave off defeat. Results elsewhere meant Buxted Park didn’t progress in the competition however Alfie finished as the leading run scorer in the competition, over 100 runs clear of the next highest run scorer  and won the U14 Bowl batting award

Alfie is the 4th and possibly 5th generation of the Hunter family to play at Buxted park. His great grandfather played during the 1920s and it is highly likely that his great great grandfather played in the 19th century but there are no records to substantiate.

ALL IMAGES  by  Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)  
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