Waringstown Under 11’s Win All Ireland Championship
David Holmes (News Letter)
To score a century in any level of cricket is a feat in its own right; to score one in an All Ireland final is something that most would dream about, but to do it at the age of eleven surely is the mark of a very special talent.
As the father of an eleven year old myself, I find it remarkable that anyone so young would have the maturity, powers of concentration and sheer mental toughness to fashion such a knock.
Last week Waringstown’s Jack Carson lead his side to a 54 run victory against the Leinster champions Clontarf to win the Alex Dunlop Memorial Trophy. In the process he scored 121 not out and shared partnerships of 56 with James Humphreys and 93 with Ross Cockroft.
Carson’s innings contained 18 boundaries and prompted fulsome praise from Deryck Vincent the former Clontarf player and Irish international:
“A fantastic innings, no chances, high quality batting and I can honestly say it is the best youth innings I have ever seen at any age, very technically correct.”
It has been a remarkable season for young Carson in underage cricket, as he has gone through the entire year without being dismissed and in the process scored over 600 runs and this includes in the North v South representative fixture.
No matter how talented the individual though cricket is a team game and Waringstown had already accounted for Instonians in the NCU Under 11 final. It is worth noting that one man who missed out on runs in the final was Josh Abraham but he and Carson had already shared in three century stands, so obviously Waringstown are well placed for the future.
To be fair Clontarf did not disgrace themselves either scoring 132 for 3 in reply and Sean Barry (60no) and Chris Makin (34) compiled their own unbroken stand of 93.
I spoke to Jack’s father, Jimmy Carson about his son’s love for the game:
“I would hate to come across as the pushy parent, if anything it is the other way round. Jack is always asking me to come down to the cricket club and practice throw downs with him. When I reckon my shoulder can just about take no more he is asking me to throw it harder.
Obviously I will do anything I can to support him and to be honest, it is not that difficult to get me out to the cricket pitch!”
All I can say is keep a look out for the name, Carson has already represented the NCU at Under 13 level and is in the Irish Under 13 panel and he has still another two years left to make his mark at this age group.