Cricket Wales recently confirmed a new structure for the regional junior pathway in Wales. Part of that structure will include a new ‘Super Series’ of competitions for each age group squad, with eight days’ cricket for each of them, the four Welsh regions (East, South, North and West) hosting two consecutive days each.
After consultation with each of the current regions Cricket Wales also announced that each of the new Super Series competitions is being named after a different person involved in Welsh cricket, past and present, and we’re delighted that the Under-15 Boys’ trophy is to be named the Tom Maynard Trophy.
Other names include former players Alan Jones, Tom Cartwright, Hannah Lloyd and Robert Croft, as well as stalwarts of Welsh cricket such as John Prickett, Harry Lazarus and Robin Varley.
Cricket Wales’s Head of Talent Pathway Matt Thompson commented:
“There are so many worthy people across Welsh cricket who deserve to be recognised for their invaluable contributions over the years. It is a nice touch, however, that those recognised by the regions will have an indelible mark on the new structure for many, many years to come. We’re delighted that Tom is one of those the regions wanted to recognize.”
On behalf of the Tom Maynard Trust, Matt Maynard said:
“This is a lovely touch on the part of Cricket Wales and as a family we’re proud that Tom has been acknowledged in this way. He played a lot of age group representative cricket, for South Glamorgan as they were, then Cardiff County & The Vale, and, of course, for Wales too. He loved the camaraderie and his time in the performance pathway taught him a lot about the game and helped him make many friends along the way.”
You can find more information on the various people the new competitions will be named after by clicking here.
You can also find out more about the new pathway and structure as a whole by visiting: www.cricketwales.org.uk