Great work by everyone who has made this weeks edition of our TOTW. A number of fine performances of note and plenty of firsts. A full recap of each game will be found on Facebook and our website.
1st grade scrapped and clawed all day against the odds before dismissing Cardiff for 248 in the 86th over. We went to stumps at 1/5. The side had to overcome a number of obstacles including a broken and dislocated finger to wicket keeper Michael Pepper. Logan Johnson took over the gloves and snared 4 catches behind the stumps. Opening bowler Andrew Somerville also battled on gamely, bowling through pain with an injured foot. Tim Wilson was the pick of the bowlers. After taking the new ball, Tim ended up with his best ever figures in 1st grade with 4/64 off 16 overs. Josh Westwood had a marathon spell of bowling, sending down 30 overs, 12 maidens 2/53. The Maitland model, Connor Lupton took his season wicket total to 13, grabbing 2/27 off 11 overs. Highlight of the day, besides the Matador’s catch at fine leg while tying his shoe would have to be skipper Corey Brown taking his first ever wicket in 1st grade with his leg breaks.
2nd grade had a long day at the office after losing the toss and fielding at Pasterfield Sports Complex. After getting on top early and having Cardiff 4/61 just before tea, a whirlwind knock of 110 runs from 73 balls in a 5th wicket stand of 157 took the game away from us. While the effort was strong for most of the day, a couple of key lapses saw missed catches that were costly. Mitch Glennie was excellent with 3/63 off 22 overs while the Big D, Chris Dickson wound back the clock sending down 23 overs, 2/64. A late in the day declaration at 301/9 saw us see out the final 4 overs, 12 runs without loss.
The Kookas had a very memorable day at Robert Dutchy Holland Oval, Awaba. 3rd grade batted out our 70 over quota, ending the day at 9/357. Angus Ping was the star of the day, making his 2nd senior century for the club. Batting at No.3, he amassed 109 in over 60 overs. Cameron Young made 85, featuring in a 4th wicket stand of 139 with Angus. This partnership broke the all-time record for the 4th wicket in 3rd grade, surpassing 129* vs Ham-Wicks in 1996/97 between Nathan Millard and Brett Ryder, son of new President Peter Ryder. Anthony Farrell went berserk hitting 8 bombs on his way to 66 runs, adding 80 for the 5th wicket with Angus. A wonderful batting display from the custard caps.
4th grades match is evenly poised. The Kookas were dismissed for 156, Nathan Green top scoring with 58, ably supported by Harvey Portier with 39*, his highest ever score in senior cricket. Skipper Arun Mukherjee snagged 2/10, moving him into 7th place on the 4th grade all-time leading wicket takers with 73. We have Cardiff 2/81 at stumps and since one of their guys scored 73 of the runs, hopefully we are in with a fighting chance of grabbing the points.
5th grade/S&D had a nail biting match at Tulkaba Park. We made 150 batting first, dismissed in the final over of the innings. Ken Cummins, in his 85th game for the club, made 56. This is his 2nd ever half century and his highest ever score for the Kookas. Young Ben Fullerton continues to improve his batting. He made 37 which is his highest ever score in senior or junior cricket for the club. In a pulsating finish, Merewether secured victory in the 39th over with 9 wickets down. Jonas de Winter took 2 catches and 3/23 off 8 overs with the new ball. This was Jonas’ first senior wickets for the club in his 4th game. Geoff Kirk was very economical sending down 8 overs 2/17 with 3 maidens.
Our Masters team opened their account with a solid 29 run victory at Learmonth Park. Matt Raven batted through the entire 20 overs for 54*, adding 77 for the 2nd wicket with Oliver Sims (53). Final total of 8/141 was going to be a tough case on a sluggish deck. Our slow medium bowlers all did the trick, taking the pace off and making runs hard to come by as Newcastle City ended the day at 9/112. Kevin Roberts took early wickets with the new ball, his 2/19 from 4 overs set the tone. Simmo 2/19 (3) and Dan Moran 2/17 (3) chipped in towards the end to snuff out any chance of a late comeback.
Our U16’s T20 side were on the wrong side of the ledger this week after Charlestown made an imposing 6/189 from their 20 overs. Finlay Thornton 33 (14) and Tom Hudson 26* (30) made a dent on the run chase before falling short, 6/115.
Damien Blair’s Under 10’s team go into the Christmas break back in the winners circle and 5 points clear at the top of the table after their 53 run victory over Charlestown. The opposition were restricted to 8/130 with wickets shared around. 20 sundries at this level is a remarkable effort and testament to the hard work the kids are doing for Damien. Our run chase was a wonderful team effort yet again, with 8 out of 9 batters making double figures from their 13 balls. Hamish Mulcahy top scoring with 23. This gives them an 8-1 record this summer.
Both Under 12’s sides suffered defeats in the final game of 2019. Kookas Gold were dismissed for 55 in 16.4 overs before the runs were chased down for the loss of 1 wicket. Nicholas Lynn 17 (21) & 1/0 (1) was an individual highlight on the day. It was great to see a number of lads from Steve Mudford’s team down at Ron Hill Oval yesterday getting extra coaching from life member Mike MacKenzie. Kookas Black made a competitive 6/126 from their 30 overs. Alex Hutton top scoring with 35* (36), bringing his season total to 222 runs with an average of 55.50. Alex sits second on the leading run scorers in the division. Brent Roseland’s 20* (40) is his highest ever score for the club. We defended gamely before the score was passed 5 wickets down. Newcomer, Pasquale Arfi really is on a roll. After getting his first ever wicket in Round 8, he has followed it up last week with 1/3 and this week with 2/18. Young Jake Portier, whose older brother Harvey was previously mentioned continues to improve each week and has also been seen down at senior training putting in extra work. He took 1/15 from 4 overs and made 15 off 45 deliveries.
The Under 14s side is 4 points clear at the top of the table with an 8-1 record at the holiday adjournment after their 34 run victory at Finnan Oval. Two lads who have also been playing plenty of senior cricket this summer stood out with the bat as we made 114 from 26.1 overs. Tom Borrow made 53* off 58 balls while Jaylen Blakeney-Stewart was again prominent, making 28 (38), 1/13 (4) with the ball and 2 catches. He helped dismiss Hamwicks for 80. Wickets were shared around evenly with Nathan Roseland jagging early poles 2/11 (3) and a catch, Hayden Borrow got stuck into the middle order with 2/9 off 1.5 overs. Maegan Fealy 1/8 (3) took her 2nd wicket of the summer.
It certainly was a run-fest at Robert Dutchy Holland Oval, Awaba with the Under 15’s relishing the favourable conditions. We made an imposing total of 2/214 from 30 overs with half centuries to Mark Roberts 63 (38) and Tom Stirling 55* (45). Kayl Jones-Antcliffe 28* (45) & Cooper Harridge 26* (33) also helped themselves. Valentine Eleebana could only muster 8/130 in response. Tom Stirling with the best figures of 2/8 (2) while Cameron Mott again making important breakthroughs with 2/23 (4)
With all junior cricket moving into it’s Christmas recess, returning on 1st February, we still have Day 2 of our fixtures vs Cardiff Boolaroo this Saturday. Before that, today our Masters side does battle with a few familiar faces over at Wallsend from 5pm. Don’t forget, all are invited to our free Christmas Party BBQ evening at Ron Hill Oval from 4:30pm and this Saturday night from 6:30pm, we have our December Players Player event at Toronto Workers Club bowlers room. See you all there!