Congratulations to all Kookas who secured a place in our Avery Property TOTW. We have a number of high quality performances across the grades this week including the breaking of a 25 year old club record.
Starting with the 1s, after a very ordinary first day, the lads put in a magnificent performance to win Day 2 and stop any chances Wests had of securing outright points. Wests probably thought they would boss the game after Day 1 but our Kookas had other ideas. Andrew Somerville got stuck into the Wests middle order immediately with some serious wheels, taking 4/35 off 13 overs, supported by Josh Westwood’s 2/19 (7) and an invigorated and intense level of fielding from all 11 players, restricting Wests to 9/200 dec after 58 overs. Behind by 101 runs, we set about wiping away the deficit, Westy getting a start 43 (43) but not kicking on when needed. Ben Roberts 43* (129) & Finlay Thornton 31* (80) came the rescue at 6 wickets down and only 20 runs in front to lead us safely towards stumps.
2nd grade secured the 6 points with a gritty 4 wicket victory at Ron Hill Oval. Resuming at 1/32, chasing 176 to win, we were without Aidan Fealy due to his broken collarbone so were batting with 10 players. Teetering at 3/63, having lost our two most experienced batsman, Chris Kuszelyk (29) & Luke Garaty (20), things were left up to a strong middle and lower order that have played very little 2nd grade cricket. Everyone made contributions in the run chase, Guy Nixon (26) standing out occupying the crease for 40 overs as we inched closer to victory, showing how it is done in 2 day cricket. When we lost Guy and Adam Sable (27) just after tea, we had 3 wickets in hand and 38 runs still required. Enter Dan Baker 25* and Chad Mackey 20* who guided the #ShiningYellowGold to victory. The win leaves us in 5th spot on the table and a matchup next week back at the Hill against the 4th placed Charlestown Magpies.
Thirsty 3rd grade took the 1st innings points at Ford Oval, comfortably passing the 109 required for victory, 5 wickets down thanks to skipper Scott Marjoribanks’ 60 off 80 balls. Mitch Duck 39 (98) was the anchor as we chased a few quick runs declaring 9/159. While the game petered out as Wests made 4/64 in 33 overs, Harvey Portier on debut took his 1st wicket in this grade, 2/14 (3). That’s 3 wins on the trot for the lads and we sit in 7th position, 2 points outside the top 4 with next week’s game against 4th placed Charlestown.
Our 4th grade encounter at Robert Dutchy Holland Oval, Awaba turned into a very memorable day for the Kookas. Resuming at 6/26, unfortunately were not able to make a major dent on a steep run chase and were dismissed for 70, 128 runs in arrears. Things changed very quickly in the next 34 overs, as we rattled up 1/228 before stumps were called on the day. Former president, Xavier Vile made his highest ever score of 141 not out, his first century for the club. Nathan Green made 72 featuring in a 195 run 1st wicket partnership which broke a club record for the highest ever 1st wicket partnership across any grade. The previous record of 178 was set in 1995/96 in 1st grade by life member Matthew Wagstaff & current Under 12s coach Steve Mudford against Lambton New Lambton (now Wests CC). Xavier now has 304 runs on the season and has Wagstaff’s 4th grade season aggregate record of 570 in his sights.
Our S&D side has been struggling in recent weeks to get good numbers and with only 8 players were dismissed for 69 with young Cooper Harridge top scoring with 21. Newcastle City made light work of the run chase losing 1 wicket in response.
The Under 16’s mid-week T20 side were no match this week for Lake Macquarie as the home side made 5/201 in their 20 overs, James Blair and Andrew Wilson each taking 2 wickets. We never really gave the run chase a nudge after losing Finlay Thornton early for 23 (11) finishing with 8/113. A big highlight for everyone present were the efforts of Xander Williams. The young “Corey Brown” protégé / clone made his ever highest score of 19 not out, passing double figures for the first time ever. Well done mate!!
Our Sixers Girls teams both tried hard in their matches on Friday night but were outplayed by Merewether and Ham-Wicks. Lakers going down by 82 runs, 0/154 vs 12/72 with Lauren Stark and Alyssa O’Dell top scoring with 11 each. The Kookas were beaten by 85 runs, 14/107 vs 2/192, sisters Charlotte and Isabella Turner were the pick with Charlotte scoring 18 (20) and Isabella taking 1/22 (4)
The Damien Blair led Under 10’s side remain undefeated and continue to go from strength to strength. Their visit to Little Tredinnick saw a dominating victory over Lake Macquarie, dismissing them 17 times for 132. We won by 34 runs losing 9 wickets in reply. When you take 17 wickets, there are going to be a few players chipping in and 4 players took two wickets each, Travis Jamieson 2/2 (1), Clay Hillier 2/7 (3), Solomon Tamplin 2/8 (2) & Tiana Blair 2/10 (3) but the superstar on the day was Elijah Pye. As well as taking a catch and a run out, he bowled 3 overs and took 6/4. His bowling effort are the best figures for this season in any grade and are the 3rd best bowling analysis in junior cricket for the Kookas in the MyCricket era, bettered only by a few blasts from the past, a young Nick Mackay’s 7/5 in U16s 2012/13 and Sebastian Howe’s 7/31 in an U16s GF in 2009/10.
Our Under 12s Gold team are improving every week under the tutelage of Steve Mudford and are so close to another victory. At Toronto No.2 this week they were under pressure from Wallsend, chasing 174 to win. Orton Matthews taking 3/27 (3.1). They got desperately close in the run chasing, falling 10 runs short. Thomas Mather top scoring with 39 (22) and Hamish Mudford 38 (41) the pick of the batsman.
It’s back to the drawing board for John Roseland, his Under 12s side were dismissed for 46 against the 2nd placed Lake Macquarie side and the target was acquired without loss. John has a great bunch of young lads there, no doubt they will be back raring to go next week.
Big D’s team have kept their winning streak intact, that is 6 in a row for the Under 14’s as they squeaked home by 8 runs against City, keeping them in 1st place. Batting first the Kookas were bowled out in the 26th over for 122. With the assistance of Tyler Akali 25 (24), Nathan Roseland, back from a shoulder injury played a starring role on the day, firstly with the bat scoring 43 (38). He followed it up with his medium pacers, snagging 2/7 off 4 overs. Along with opening bowler Jamie Dickson’s 2/19 (6), they helped ensure there was no kitty for City as they ended up 8/114.
The coaching duo of Garry Mott and Stephen Roberts helped the Under 15s side get back in the winners circle and atop of the table with a comfortable victory at Royal Awaba. In their first match up this summer at RDHO, they knocked over their opposition for 87 in the 21st over. Kayl Jones-Antcliffe was the pick of the bowlers taking 3/13 off 4 while Jonas de Winter helped himself to 3 catches and a wicket. Things were looking a little sketchy at 4/49 but Adrian Walker 18* (40) and Tom Kristofferson 28* (24) both added to their wicket each with the ball with a steady, unbeaten match winning partnership.
This week sees the start of another 2 day fixture on Saturday for 1st-4th grades vs Charlestown, 1s/3s are away, 2s/4s at home. S&D’s will be back at Tulkaba Park against City. Under 10s travel back to Little Tredinnick Oval at Speers Point, Under 12s Gold travel to Hudson Park No.2 to take on Merewether while Black are back at home at Toronto No.2 against Charlestown. The 14s are at home against Charlestown at Finnan Oval while the U15s are back at Awaba against Wallsend.
Sunday sees the 3rd pool game in a T20 triple header over at Kahibah Oval against Charlestown. Get along from 9am for the U15s before the U21s at Midday will see the return of Premiership winning U21s captain Griffin Lea make his 2019/20 debut for the club. Tonight the Under 16s T20 team take on Merewether at New Tredinnick, Speers Point from 4:30pm and on Friday evening, the Sixers Girls Cricket League Kookas and Lakers teams will be at the same venue at Speers Point from 5pm in their respective match ups against Valentine and Wallsend.