Young Norfolk cricketers underline their talent

A quartet of Norfolk's most promising young cricketers are making excellent progress this season after being earmarked as ones to watch.

Matthew Plater, Matthew Taylor, Sam Hunt and Callum Taylor are on the Emerging Players programme – the ECB player pathway for those thought to have the most potential to play first class cricket – led by Norfolk player-coach Chris Brown.

Plater, 15, has been selected for London East Under-15 final trials which take place on Monday and Tuesday, while Matthew Taylor, 14, has been selected for Northamptonshire's U19 and Academy sides.

Under-13 player Sam Hunt has been invited to the ECB Cricket Talent Testing at Loughborough and U14 star Callum Taylor is currently the county's leading runscorer with 400 runs at an average of 66.

n Norfolk U11s lost to Cambridgeshire by two wickets in a low-scoring match at Burwell on Sunday.

Matthew Bint's 21 was the top score in Norfolk's 96 for nine Cambs edged to their target, Andrew Carver and Oscar Binny each taking two wickets.

n Norfolk U12s returned to winning ways, beating Northamptonshire by 15 runs on Sunday.

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A solid batting display from openers Matthew Samson (36) and Will Rogers (27) and a brisk 43no from Charlie Grisley helped Norfolk reach 148 for five before Northants fell short, with Rogers taking three for 19 from his eight overs.

Earlier in the season, the U12s started with a five-wicket win over Bedfordshire, with key contributions from Arran Dhesi (three for 30), Grisley (52), Joe Everett (26) and Samson (23).

That was followed by defeats to Buckinghamshire, Lincolnshire (Rogers four for 22, Will Findlay 32), Hertfordshire (Everett 29) and Berkshire (Everett 34no).