Final Message from The Coach
We were up against St. Pats town Junior XI playing on the postage stamp sized pitch as Tanera park, conditions were warm and fairly sunny to start with but clouded over by the second half of the match.
We lost the toss and were put into bat first, which is something we haven’t done for a while, we didn’t get off to the best of starts losing Liam Reder in the second over with just 6 runs on the board, we then batted sensibly and started to accumulate runs with Nathan and Charlie at the crease taking the score to 43 before Nathan bottom edged a shot to Point. We never really got going as we lost a series of wickets steadily just when we looked to have some good partnerships forming, however we were scoring runs at the same time, with Charlie, Jack and Matthew batting well hitting boundaries and with some good running between the wickets to take the score at 139 for 6 at drinks.
We managed to bat out a further 8 overs before losing our last wicket to reach a total of 186 All Out, which on a pitch this size with small boundaries behind the wickets was an average score to defend.
There opening batsman soon started to hit freely around the ground hitting boundaries and running well, but before they could really accumulate a big score we got the breakthrough with a well taken catch from Liam Reder from the bowling of Oakley in the 4th over, the next wicket fell with a great throw from James to the keeper for a run out at the end of the 7th over, James was involved again a few overs later to take a catch to leave them rattled on 38-3 in the 10th over.
We then bowled well to restrict and frustrate the batsmen restricting their run chase with lots of dot balls, with some great fielding from Matthew, Jack, Alex on the boundaries saving the runs, we continued to take wickets throughout the innings with everyone doing their bit, we took a wicket, either side of drinks, with Alex Van Shaik clean bowling one and Liam Reder taking another catch from the bowling of Liam Barry. The final 2 wickets were taken from the bowling Jack brought back into the attack, with a clean bowl and a faint edge taken behind by Zaya to end their innings in the 31st over for 148, leaving them 38 runs short of our total.
Charlie top scored with 37 from 27 balls which included 6 x Fours and 1 x Six playing some great ground strokes in his innings.
Jack also batted well scoring 30 runs from 31 runs, also got 6 x Fours and 1 x Six playing some great ground strokes in his innings.
Matthew batted well scoring 29 from 26 balls with 5 boundaries to his name.
Connor bowled a tight line again, despite not taking a wicket restricted them to just 6 runs including a Maiden over from his 4 overs.
Liam Barry bowled a good length and with pace taking 2 wickets for 18 runs including a maiden in 4 overs.
Nathan also bowled a good line and length and ended with figures of 1 wicket for 13 runs also got a Maiden over in his 4 overs.
In summary it was a good game played on a difficult pitch but under pressure to defend an average total for this size of ground we fielded and bowled well under pressure with some good captaincy from Nathan to mix up the bowling attack along with some good field placements allowed us to win the game.
Overall I think that despite the strong individual skills of the players it is the teamwork and support they gave each other all season was the key of our success to take out the final to finish top of the table.
A last thankyou to Leanne for managing the team, Bev for scoring, Jason and Dave who have umpired the parents for the support on the boundary as well as Julie Meiring and Brent Adams for their support.
Enjoy the break in the cricket season and good luck with whatever winter sports the boys play, I have enjoyed coaching these boys this term although a lot of it is their own work out their in the middle and on the field!