They are catching them young at the Maer Ground and it can only be of benefit to Exmouth CC.

PUBLISHED: 10:10 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 13:28 10 June 2010

THEY are catching them young at the Maer ground with the Exmouth CC under-11 side fielding a number of 8-year olds this season.

THEY are catching them young at the Maer ground with the Exmouth CC under-11 side fielding a number of 8-year olds this season.

What's more the younger players are more than holding their own as the side settle into the season. The Coach in charge of the side is Karl Short who says: "Age need not be a barrier in this game and the younger we can encourage them to get involved the better. It certainly seems to help the children grow in confidence on, and off the cricket square."

Short has two of his own youngsters who play in the side with daughter Rosie and son Devon, both involved. Devon is not 11 until later this year and he will qualify for the same age group next year. This season he has been in great form with the bat losing his wicket just the once after a number of not out innings and he currently sports an average with the bat of 84!

Young Short is not the most junior in the side by some distance though. There are a couple of 8-year-olds playing on a regular basis. Theo Northover is showing a real aptitude for batting and bowling as reflected in his most recent performance. Against Seaton under-11s he scored 20 and then took 2-19 in four very effective overs whilst another 8-year old is James Horler who also claimed a wicket in the game with Seaton. Coach Short says: "We are delighted with the progress this group are making this season and we put a lot of work to helping them to develop, and enjoy, their cricket, both on and off the pitch.

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