Some mixed fortunes across the grades in a weekend dominated mainly by some high quality bowling performances.
1st grade unfortunately had a day to forget as we were bundled out for 99 in the 50th over. Wests in reply are 3/127. Andrew and Matthew Somerville became the first pair of brothers to opening the bowling in 1st grade in almost 50 years. Mark and Peter Whitelaw did it last for the club in the early 70s. We had 3 recipients of their bumblebee caps, 1st XI 2 day debut, Finlay, Matt and Michael Pepper.
2nd grade have put themselves in a winning position at Ron Hill Oval on the back of a disciplined bowling and fielding effort. Wests got first use of another wonderful Paul Clarke strip and we dismissed them for 175 in 68.4 overs. Machine gun Mitch Glennie took his 8th career 5 wicket haul in 2nd grade, making key breakthroughs on his way to 5/40 off 21 overs including 16 straight to open the day. Josh Newelleriduran was the pick of the bowlers, toiling away for 27 overs with economical figures of 4/48. Josh had 4 wickets off his first 9 overs and was desperately unlucky not to have secured 5fa himself with a dropped catch and a dud caught behind decision. The Kookas in reply are 1/32 with the evergreen Chris Kuszelyk 22 not out after in fine day in the field securing 3 catches including a memorable snare off the bowling of Newell via a deflection off the keepers gloves.
3rd grade have laid the platform for an emphatic victory after rolling Wests for 108 at Ford Oval. Chris Dickson continues to defy his doctors and father time with a magnificent spell of seam and swing bowling, taking his 4th five wicket haul in 3rd grade. With 7 more wickets, Big D will move into outright 2nd place on the all-time 3rd grade career wicket takers list. Anthony Farrell chipped in with 2/9 off 9.5 overs. We have already removed over half of the deficit, skipper Scott Marjoribanks 36 not out off 53 balls with Toronto well placed at 2/56.
4th grade have unfortunately undone a lot of hard work at Robert Dutchy Hollland Oval with a late batting collapse. Having admirably restricted the opposition to 198, on the back of Arun Mukherjee’s 3/39 (10) and Geoff Kirk sneaking 2/19 (4), we found ourselves at stumps 6/26 off 13 overs. As they always say, cricket is a funny game so with Nathan Green still at the crease and the experience of Cameron Young still to come, you never say never.
Our Under 10’s team have notched up another victory, this one quite comprehensive as they totalled 2/143 off their 20 overs and restricted their opposition to 3/88. In a solid all round team effort, the Blair siblings were again among the runs and wickets. Both Lucas and Tiana ended up with identical bowling figures of 1/10 (3). Lucas scored 15* and Tiana 17*
Both Under 12’s sides were defeated in close contests. Steve Mudford’s Gold side made 8/118 batting first. Orton Matthews made 27 (36) while Nicholas Lynn brought up his 100th run for the season as he made 31 (30). Nick’s early season form saw his get a well-deserved call up into our Sunday U15’s T20 side that went down to Newcastle City by 10 wickets. Despite Morgan Pegler again picking up a few wickets 2/1 (1), our opposition passed our total with 4 wickets in hand.
Federal Park, Wallsend saw an avalanche of runs as U12’s Toronto Black found themselves chasing 6/183 after sending their opposition into bat. The Hutton brothers gave the Kookas a strong sniff of victory with Daniel making 23* (19) and young Alex again top scoring, almost bringing the #ShiningYellowGold home with 63* (43), falling 9 runs short at 6/174. Alex has made 163 runs this summer at 81.5 and this strong form also saw a much warranted call up to our U15’s T20 Sunday side.
Chris Dickson’s young Under 14’s squad could be a premiership force this summer as they remain undefeated atop of the table after an exciting and tight last over victory at Finnan Oval. The Kookas were bowled out in the 26th over for 140. Jaylen Blakeney-Stewart was our top scorer with 38 (47), taking his season total to 153 @ 51. Tom Borrow had another excellent day making 34* (49), taking a catch and involved in 2 run outs including a direct hit run out to ice the game. The Tigers appeared to be cruising to victory with 5 wickets in hand and only 33 required off 9 overs but some handy bowling at the death from Nathan Roseland 3/21 (6) and Hunter Jensen 2/11 (4) saw the good guys home. On a day of many highlights, the talk of the day however was a stunning catch by Maegan Fealy.
The Under 15’s side travelled to Salamander Bay and suffered their first defeat of the summer, going down by 5 runs. After restricting the boys from the Bay to 8/124, our run chase ran out of steam in the final 2 overs, ended up 8/119. Jonas de Winter took 2/11 (5) while Tom Kristofferson made early inroads with the ball, taking 1/0 off 3 overs while jagging a catch and a run out. Unfortunately, Mark Roberts 36 (49) was unable to sneak the Kookas home this time.
Our U16’s mid-week T20 side were unable to chase down 139 required for victory, ending up 8/77. Newcomer Jamie Larsen, who has made his way to the club this summer from Cessnock took 2/12 (3.1) with his leg breaks and completed a run out.
In the Sixers Girls Cricket League on Friday night, our Kookaburras notched up their 2nd victory sneaking past Charlestown by 9 runs, 7/137 to 8/128. Millie Crook again top scored with 22 (17) to go with her 1/19 (3) with the ball. The Lakers had a tough outing against a strong Ham-Wicks side. We only had 5 girls on the night and 3 of which were playing their first ever match. Alyssa O’Dell top scored with 10* (24) and took 2/37 (4). Alyssa Dennis in her first match grabbed figures of 2/25 (4), final scores 6/197 to 8/93.
The 2nd round of the Sunday T20 competitions saw our Under 21’s team get another W, accounting for Stockton by 44 runs. Aidan Fealy top scored with 54 and Ethan Urquhart made 37 not out as we put 5/136 on the board. The Seagulls were never in the hunt after Tim Wilson 3/18 (4) blasted through the top order while Josh Westwood’s pot pourri of nude nuts and military mediums chipped in with 3/24 (4)
Our DB cup side fell to Stockton by 6 wickets, unable to defend our total of 5/148, losing by 6 wickets. Scott Marjoribanks top scored with 60, featuring in a 90 run opening stand with Guy Nixon (34). Unfortunately, Aidan Fealy’s 32* is the last we are going to see of him until after Christmas as he suffered a broken collarbone in an ugly collision with one of their batsman while he was keeping. Heal well Aidan, we are thinking of you.