Kookas Team of the Week (TOTW) 20/2/2020
Date of Event Toronto Workers District Cricket: Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:32PM

Congratulations on all club members who made our Avery Properties/Centennial team of the week.  


The week started with our Masters T20 semi final victory over Wests.  We made 6/133 from our 20 overs, thanks in large part to our top order of Steve Wratten (45 off 45) and Corey Loveday (30 off 23) and some late order heroics from Rob Thornton (20 off 15).   On a sluggish deck, this was always going to be a challenging target and our bowlers all played their part in restricting Wests to 9/95 to secure a place in the grand final.  Richard Stark with the new ball during the power play was impeccable, arguably the pick with 2/11 off 4 overs though Oliver Sims played his part too taking a rare 5 wicket haul in T20 cricket, 5/31 from 4 overs.  Fantastic catching on the day was a massive highlight with some excellent catches amongst the 8 we took but Starky’s sprint across the sightscreen to remove Merv McLachlan was a ripper and a key breakthrough that helped get us home.


Our Sixers Girls league team got back on the park again in 2020 for the Summer edition of the format.  We had a tight match against Charlestown restricting them to 5/102.  Alyssa Dennis was fantastic having only started playing this season, taking the best figures of 3/23 including a caught and bowled.  Another Stark was on show in the field, this time Richard’s daughter Lauren showed some skills with a sharp stumping and catch while wicket keeping along with a run out.  With the bat we only lost 3 wickets in our 20 overs which was excellent but fell 17 runs short.  Scarlett Kuszelyk top scoring with 13.


On Saturday morning, our juniors got things underway with the Under 10s side taking on an undefeated Merewether side. Our opponents were too good on the day winning by 87 runs, 6/197 to 17/110.  Mitch Moran following in his father footsteps took his best ever figures of 2/19 (3). 


The battle of Toronto, Roseland vs Mudford II as was the word on the street saw Roseland’s Toronto Black side secure a 9 wicket victory over Mudford Gold.  Thomas Mather top scored on the day with 45 runs from 37 balls as Toronto Gold were dismissed for 102.  Pasquale Arfi continued to get amongst the wickets with 2/4 from 2 overs while Brent Roseland grabbed 2/5.  Brent capped off a fine day scoring 19* from 35 balls, top scoring as the Black ran down the victory target in 21 overs.  The game was played in a wonderful spirit between club-mates. This leaves Toronto Black 1 point outside of the top 4 and with another victory this weekend, an outside chance of playing semi finals.


Our Under 14’s side secured the minor premiership with a last gasp victory by 6 runs over Belmont.  After being sent in at Finnan Oval, we were dismissed for 101 inside 23 overs.  Jamie Dickson made his highest score of the season with 40 runs off 40 balls.  At the top of the order, Hunter Jensen contributed 28 from 41 balls.  From 3/87, we lost our last 7 wickets for 14.   I’m sure coach Chris Dickson will be hard at work before the finals campaign.    Our bowlers did a brilliant job defending the small total, Jamie Dickson capping off an excellent day with 3/10 including the final wicket to wrap up the match.  Nathan Roseland got stuck into their middle order with 2/7 off 3 overs while Matthew Johnson helped us secure their final 5 wickets for 7 runs, taking 3/10 from 2 overs.  Well done young Kookas.


The Mott/Roberts regime secured another victory, this time over Tigers to leave the Under 15’s side 2 points clear at the top of the table with one round remaining.  We bowled Tigers out for 91, with almost every bowler grabbing themselves one wicket.  The run chase was looking a bit shaky at 7/58 before Mark Roberts helped guide the #ShiningYellowGold home with 21* from 15 balls


Our 2 dayers against Belmont kicked off on Saturday afternoon as first grade worked hard in the field to dismiss Belmont for 234 in 77 overs after skipper Corey Brown elected to field.  Mitch Glennie was excellent with 2/25 from 11 overs while the welcome return of Ashley Weekes to lead the bowling attack, showing all and sundry that he still has the skills to pay the bills.  His 4/60 from 19 overs was the pick of the bowlers on the day until Belmont took the ball.  We will start Day 2 on 4/35 with Ben Roberts (14*) and Corey Brown (9*) at the crease.


2nd grade were chasing maximum points to put further pressure on the top 4 and another lost toss by skipper Luke Garaty (0 from 10) got us the right result and we were bowling on a dead Cahill Oval pitch.  After grinding away taking themselves to tea at 3/95 from 42 overs, disciplined bowling to the plan from the Kookas saw us dismiss the home side for 165.  Chris Dickson led from the front yet again with another herculean performance snaring 4/46 off 29.1 overs.  Dan Baker grabbed 2 key poles late to help ensure no late order heroics thanks to some excellent catching by Steve Wratten while Dylan Perry Smith and Andrew Wilson were very effective and rewarded with wickets.  In 9 overs, we held our nerve and are resuming Day 2 on 0/15.


Third grade have put their best foot forward to stay in finals contention by posting 288/8 from 61 overs thanks to skipper Scott Marjoribanks 112 and Guy Nixon’s 74.  They added 169 for the 2nd wicket.  Only 5 partnerships in 3rd grade club history have been higher.  This is Scott’s 5th century for the club, all of which have been in 3rd grade. Scott is the leading career run scorer in 3rd grade with 2733 runs and just outside the top 10 for career runs in all grades with 4534.    Smarj then as a good skipper does, opening the bowling with himself and in what proved to be a master stroke took 2/7 and left Belmont at 3/26 from 9 overs.


4th grade fielded one of our youngest sides for many seasons, the Week 1 team having 10 lads either playing Under 14s or 15s, led this week by Under 15s coach Stephen Roberts.   Unfortunately we were not able to put together a strong performance with the bat and were dismissed for 94 from 33.3 overs. Mark Roberts continued his fine form with the stick, batting at No.3 and coming to the wicket at 1/0, he all but carried his bat to remain 61 not out.    The lads put in a spirited performance in the field and worked hard all the way till stumps as Belmont passed our total and built a 64 run lead with 9 wickets in hand.  We know this team will work hard this Saturday to avoid an outright defeat.


With 4s being such a young side, that meant our 5th grade were really going to be up against it since we were playing last year’s premiers, the 2nd placed Waratah Mayfield at Tulkaba.  We were dismissed for 20 runs in 21.3 overs.  Greg Mitchell provided some highlights by taking 3/12 before the victory was secured by the visitors.


This weekend’s upcoming fixtures sees our Sixers Girls league team take on Valentine Eleebana at Ulinga Park on Friday from 5pm.  Saturday juniors kick off with the Under 10s team playing at Toronto No.2 vs Merewether Green.  Our Under 12s Black team are also at home playing at Finnan Oval against Charlestown.  Our other teams are all playing away, Under 12s Gold off to Feighan Oval No.3 at Warners Bay against LMCC.  Under 14s travel to Smith Park No2 to meet Ham Wicks while Under 15s play Valentine Eleebana at Valentine Park No.2.  5th grade S&D are at Tulkaba playing Ham Wicks while 1st to 4th grade play Day 2 of their games against Belmont.

Last updated: Thursday February 27, 2020 5:36PM