Kookas TOTW brought to you by @averyproperty for last weekend had many notable performances and a number of others throughout all grades worthy of mention. Overall for the weekend our record stood at 6-7. We had some dominating victories from a number of still undefeated sides, a number of closely fought contests where we got the biccies as well as seeing our 1st grade side take out their first win of the summer.
Our new Under 21’s captain, Benny Roberts led the way for 1st grade with his first half century at this level, top scoring as the Kookas rattled off 7/247 off their 40 overs. Skipper Adrian Chad got going for 40 as well as some solid contributions at the top of the order. Our new wicket keeper Michael Pepper opened his account for the club with a quick fire 27 to go with his catch and sharp stumping. Andrew Somerville 4/27 (7.3) and Connor Lupton 3/42 (8) were the pick of the bowlers as victory was secured with City dismissed 39 runs short. Finlay Thornton 2/34 (6) took his ever first wicket in the first XI.
3rd grade pipped an experienced City outfit that included former Kooka, Lyle McGuigan turning back the clock. Our total of 145 didn’t look to be enough as we were bundled out in the 36th over. Lachie Henry made his maiden half century for the club while Scott Marjoribanks 34 & Dave Nixon 29 were the only others to get into double figures. While wickets were shared and 3 run outs were secured, Josh Van Eynde 2/13 (8) continued to push his 2nd grade claims ensuring the Kookas left City 9/144 off their 40 overs, keeping Lyle and Tommy Anderson at bay and winning the match by 1 run.
Our 3 undefeated junior teams, Under 10s, Under 14’s & Under 15’s all stayed in the black after 5 rounds. Our Under 10’s team this summer is coached by the astute Damien Blair who has 3 children playing cricket across all grades. The youngsters ran out winners by 26 runs, 6/103 to 9/77 off their 20 overs. Tiana Blair, who has graduated from the Sixers Girls Cricket League and into Saturday hard ball cricket this summer is our first female player to make the TOTW this season with magic figures opening the bowling of 3/3 (3). Nate Fullerton 2/2 (2) & 1 run out also contributed.
Under 14s travelled to Ham-Wicks where they bundled out the home side for 64 in the 13th over. Jamie Dickson was the star with the ball, skittling the top order taking his first ever 5 wicket haul for Toronto. Tom Borrow had a fine all-round day nabbing 2/10 (3) with the new rock, 2 catches and a delightful 36* (33) to finish the game off 2 wickets down in the 13th over.
Our Under 15s side are reigning premiers from last season (U14) and have continued on their merry way with another strong result. The Vikings were sent packing for 72 off 18.2 overs. Adrian Walker’s 4/7 (2.2) including a hat-trick was the day’s defining performance while an solid all-round team performance with multiple contributors, Tom Kristofferson 35* (31), 1/8 (2), 2 ct, Kayl Jones-Antcliffe 2/7 (4), Cooper Harridge 2/8 (3), Jared Larsson w/k 24 (18), 2 ct.
Unfortunately both of our Under 12s teams were defeated. Alex Hutton (U12 Black) 11* (28) & 1/8 (3) warmed up prior to another game in 5th grade. Alex Jubb (U12 Gold) 29 (38) Morgan Pegler (U12 Gold) 2/5 (1.4) were unable to get us home as we only totalled 88 and the result was achieved by 7 wickets.
2nd grade were unable to secure a place in the Royce McCormack One Day final as they were soundly defeated by 122 runs. City’s total of 4/247 included 51 runs off the final 5 overs to take a firm grasp of the match while our top order failed to trouble the scorers with the exception of Chris Kuszelyk’s brisk 46 the highest score. Corey Loveday battled on bravely for 20 runs after suffering a serious finger injury while keeping. Angus Ping received a late call up and congratulations to him on making his 2nd grade debut.
4th grade also suffered a resounding loss after posting 9/186 at Robert Dutchy Holland Oval. Former president, Xavier Vile played a lone hand for 96, his highest ever score for the Kookaburra’s and the total was passed in 32 overs for the loss of two wickets. A lone highlight with the ball, Jaylen Blakeney-Stewart took his 1st wicket in Senior cricket, 1/23 (4).
The 5th grade S&D league team saw the return of a number of familiar faces to our ranks. Wonderful to have Andrew Murdoch back in the fold after toiling away with the Mudcrabs. His 2/42 (8) were the best of the bowling as 7/238 was put on the board. Young off-spinner Cameron Mott 2/45 (6) following that up with 20 (41) with the bat, supporting the ever-green Brad Ping whose swashbuckling 62 (28) & 14 boundaries gave us a sniff of victory. It was not to be as we ended our 40 overs on 9/164.
On to the Sunday T20 triple header action from Ron Hill Oval against University. Our Under 15’s side were defeated by 9 wickets after posting their total of 8/73. Tom Borrow’s 22 (33) adding to his Saturday results. Our Under 21s side opened their premiership defence with a gritty 2 run victory. Chad Mackey (40) shared a 62 run stand with Ethan Urquhart (26*) that helped us to 8/121 from our allotment. Uni kept 5 wickets in hand but good tight bowling from all of the lads highlighted by Andrew Somerville’s 2/18 (4) got us home. Sadly our DB Cup team have started their campaign slowly falling to an 81 run loss, 4/141 to 60 all out. Josh Van Eynde contributing again with his tweakers, 2/16 (4), 1 ct
Onwards an upwards into next week with 1st to 4th grade now moving on to 2 day red ball cricket, challenging Wests CC while Round 2 of the Sunday T20 triple header’s will be at Lynn Oval, Stockton. #ShiningYellowGold #PressureKookas #KookasDontStop #KookasNest