Young Player of the Year
Under-15 Daniel Watts has been named Berkshire League Young Player of the Year following a breakthrough 2018 campaign. He scored 224 runs in adult league cricket, including his maiden half century for the 3rd XI against West Reading 3rd XI in July. The following weekend he made an outstanding 85 for the 2nd XI against a strong Twyford and Ruscombe attack and shared a third-wicket partnership of 150 with his father Andy, the club’s Director of Junior cricket and the Berkshire Cricket League’s all-time top run-scorer.
In all cricket for Peppard Stoke Row, Daniel scored 624 runs, including half centuries for the Sunday Maharajahs and Under 15s; took seven wickets and snaffled 21 fielding dismissals. At the Harpsden six-a-side he was named Peppard Stoke Row Most Valuable Player in a side containing three Home Counties Premier League players. Daniel and his fellow U15, Owen Simmons, shared the club’s Oratory School Young Player of the Year at Peppard Stoke Row’s end-of-season dinner, as much for their excellent attitude as their performances. They were both part of an extremely talented U15 side which finished runners-up to Royal Ascot in the County Cup, and also won the West Division of the Berkshire Youth League, while going unbeaten. PSR 1st XI captain, Rich Ashton, paid tribute to Watts and believes he can have a bright future. ‘Daniel has had an excellent summer and has shown a maturity beyond his tender years – some have suggested he is more mature than his father! I was especially impressed by his efforts at Harpsden and hopefully he will go from strength-to-strength in the years to come.’