After a short rest from cricket over Round 9, we got back into things last weekend with some warmer weather and great results. See our match reports below. Here’s hoping for kind weather again this week. We will have pizzas and snags on at the club after the game, so stay around if you can. Finals time!
With this week being the last week of home and away games for all teams apart from the Stage 1 girls, finals are just around the corner. There are 3/5 of our competitive teams are in the mix for finals (U12B, U12A and U16B), which start on Friday 5th March. It would be great to get some Nuna support to the finals matches. I will send those details as soon as I can following this week’s games. NCC Junior Photos
The bar will be open from 12:30pm this Sunday 28th Feb to celebrate the end of the season for our Super 7s and Fast 9s teams. There will be a BBQ and an opportunity to reflect on what has been a great season under some adversity. This will lead into our team photos, with the schedule here:
Sunday 28 February
Super 7s (Bosworth, Jenkin & Joyce) – 3.45pm – 4.05pm
Fast 9s – 4.05pm – 4.15pm
Under 12A & U12B – 4.15pm – 4.25pm
Under 14B – 4.25pm – 4.35pm
Under 16B – 4.35pm – 4.45pm
Under 18 – 4.45pm – 4.55pm
Please ensure that players have Nuna playing top, cricket pants and shoes (but no caps) and coaches in purple Nuna polos (no cap). End of Season Presentation
Whilst the finer details are yet to be confirmed, the end of season presentation day will be on Sunday 14th March at the clubrooms. SAVE THE DATE!
As always if you have any feedback, concerns or comments please feel free to give me a call on 0402 260 545.
Check out our Girls Cricket Promo Video!
Great to see so many girls getting involved in cricket. Every intra-club match will be a come and try day from now on so please feel free to come down and join in the fun! This Wednesday 24th Feb at Bob Saker Oval from 5pm.
Nunawading Junior Blasters
The Blasters Program has once again been a great success thanks to Daniel & Claire Smith (coordinators) and their team of parent helpers. It is so good seeing the kids out there on a Friday night running around, having fun and loving their cricket!
Round 10 Results
Super 7s O’Sullivan – Coach: Rob Nurse
You know how this story starts, another lost toss, however this time we were surprisingly sent into bat.
I must say I was very proud of all the teams’ batting this week – all our players did extremely well in their batting – a solid top order of Christina (8) and Will (6), with Kosta (8) and Max (5) coming in set the tone which was continued all the way down the order. Hugh (7) has improved his batting immensely this year, and along with Daniel (8) hitting his first boundary gave us our best score off the bat all year. Unfortunately the opposition bowlers were accurate and we didn’t get as many extras as usual – leaving our total at only 58.
I challenged our bowlers to be as accurate as possible, and again I’m glad to say they managed to rise to the occasion, with almost all only bowling 3 wides each at maximum.
Hugh has greatly improved his bowling as well as his batting, bowling with some genuine pace, giving some players an uncomfortable time at the crease. Highlights included Daniel dropping a return catch off his bowling, but with some quick thinking managed to run out the non-striker. Then later doing it again from cover with a throwdown of the stumps with no-one except the umpire nearby.
I should also single out Will for his enthusiasm in the field, and Kosta and Christina for their wicket keeping skills (is there anything they can’t do?), as well as our own Pat Cummins (Leo) for always being up to take some wickets. While it seemed a close finish was at hand, some late power hitting from a pair of brothers in the opposition team took them clear at the end, along with a runner with no pads giving them a few sneaky singles at the end….
Our key bowlers were Max (3-1-1-4), Will (3-0-2-10) and Hugh (3-0-1-8)
A massive improvement from where we were at the beginning of the season, now we’re looking forward to the upcoming derby and a great bbq afterwards!
TidBit Players of the Match: Joint award to Daniel for his fielding and batting, and Hugh for his all around solid game.
Next Game: vs Nunawading Joyce, Bob Saker Oval (9am Sunday 28th February)
Super 7s Joyce – Coach: Geoff Little
Team Joyce played team Jenkin team this week, and it was a pretty good game of cricket. With Kobe and Lucas as joint captains we lost the toss and batted. It’s great to see all batsmen contributing well. Quite a few of us are very close to being ready for the next level.
Bowling was excellent again, with 17 wickets taken and everybody getting at least 1. The highlight of the match was Cooper taking a hat trick, 3 bowled, and finishing with 5/12 from his 3 overs. Awesome effort Cooper!
Fielding was pretty good as well, couple of nice catches from our captains. Kobe’s catch behind the stumps is about his 5th for the season, and Lucas’s at point was pretty handy as well.
TidBit Player of the Match: Hard to go by Cooper for player of the match, batted beautifully, and bowling was amazing.
Next Game: vs Nunawading O’Sullivan, Bob Saker Oval (9am Sunday 28th February)
Super 7s Jenkin – Coach: Daniel Smith
This week Nunawading Jenkin 7’s took on Nunawading Joyce in a Derby on Bob Saker oval. Heading into the match we knew these were two pretty evenly matched teams, what was to follow showed us all how far these boys have progressed throughout the season. Jenkin won the toss and sent the Joyce team in to bat.
We opened up with Tom from the top end who started off in style with a wicket off the first ball of the match. Tom has been working really hard on his bowling the past few weeks and this was a great reward for effort. With a couple of strong bats at the crease, Alex and Lachie were thrown the ball and did a great job to contain the run rate with some great cricket and match-up between bat and ball. Alastair bowled accurately and Josh although wayward at times showed some raw pace and plenty of potential. Patrick, Ryan and Anderson all toiled hard throughout the innings though as a team we probably conceded too many extras this week. Anderson is showing a real passion to take the gloves and did a great job, well supported by Alastair in the second 10 over stretch. The standout for mine in our session in the field was Patrick who took every bit of feedback on board and was tearing in from front of square leg in the field each bowl to protect the singles later in the innings. At the end of the Joyce inning they had compiled a well made 97.
This was going to be a hard total to chase down against arguably the best bowling line up in the competition. Patrick and Alastair opened up the innings this was their best partnership of the season, backed up by some great intent and running between wickets. Facing a couple of Joyce’s fastest bowlers early on showed great courage and determination. Alastair making a great 8 and supported well at the other end by Patrick 3. Ryan followed and worked hard, his running between wickets to support Josh was fantastic taking every single on offer. Josh worked hard with some great shots in his 7. Lachie and Alex looked to take on the bowling and there were some great battles between with their quicks. Probably the best batting of the day was a great cover drive off Cooper off a good length out to the boundary. With many runs still to chase the message was to be positive with the running between wickets. This did result in us losing our composure at times and the Joyce 7’s took full advantage of the run out opportunities. I will give a special call out to Cooper from the Joyce team who managed to snare a hat-trick, all bowled. This is a great achievement and something that does not happen often in any form of cricket, well done and you definitely show a lot of potential to become a fantastic bowler for Nunawading into the future. Anderson and Tom were tasked with chasing down the total in the last few overs with plenty still to get. Without knowing the score we didn’t realise out on the ground just how close it was getting. In the end it came down to the last ball with Jenkin needing 2 to win. We managed a single meaning that the much anticipated Derby ending in a tie, a fitting end to a great game. Anderson ending up with 8 and Tom 11.
TidBit player of the match: Patrick Edwards for his great effort and enthusiasm in the field.
Next Game: vs Templestowe, Mahoneys Reserve Oval 2 (9am Sunday 28th February)
Super 7s Bosworth – Coach: Manish Sharma
After a series of home games, Bosworth ventured to Glen Waverley, taking on their Saturday team. We knew we were in for a tough challenge given the maturity of their team, featuring a couple of 10 year old players. It proved to be a great learning experience for our team, with Glen Waverley sending us in to bat and keeping the total only 53 runs. Extras were held to a minimum and most of the runs came off a tidy partnership between Viraj and Arya. Logan and Mantra also made a handy contribution and overall, all batsmen equipped themselves well against some thigh quality bowling.
With a small total to chase, we were challenged from the beginning and unfortunately, extras again worked against us. It wasn’t all doom and gloom though, with many bowlers bouncing back after a mixed start and the fielding picking up considerably to ensure we put pressure on the batsmen, causing uncertainty and 3 run outs. The highlight of our bowling innings was Clarrie picking up a beautiful wicket bowling the batsman and Viraj registering our first caught and bowled for the season! With the continued improvement in the basic skills from all children, we are confident of success in season 21/22. Logan and Mantra deserve plaudits for their great efforts wicket keeping and it was wonderful to see Arya bowling with accuracy and troubling the batsmen more often than not. Ollie, Kian and Caleb also showed marked improvement in their bowling, which is most pleasing. The attitude with which the kids play continues to be very impressive and represents the club very well.
Next Game: vs Koonung Heights, Bob Saker Oval (8:30am Saturday 27th February)
Stage 1 Girls (Nuna/Blacky) – Coach: Robin Ferdinands Blackburn / Nunawading 4/74 defeated by Wyclif 3/118
On a beautiful night for cricket, our IEGC Stage 1 combined girls team won the toss and chose to bat first. We got off to a flyer – a six first ball from first gamer Zoe Lorimer! Zoe ended up with 14 runs from her 20 balls. Elodie Willis from Blackburn also batted really well, with a swashbuckling 25 from her 20 balls. Unfortunately we lost quite a few wickets along the way which gave the opposition 16 runs from penalties in the end. We ended up with a respectable 74 from our 20 overs despite some very good bowling from the older Wyclif girls.
Wyclif then batted and made a fast start with both of their openers scoring freely with some genuine cricket shots including straight drives and cover drives. All of our girls put in a fantastic effort in the field, with Jessie Pieterz taking a wonderful catch and Amelia Kennett doing a great job behind the stumps along with Amelia Lim in her first game. Emily Willis did a great job with ball taking 2 wickets and Zoe Lorimer also got her first wicket in competitive cricket. In the end Wyclif were too good for us, ending up with 3/118 from their 20 overs.
TidBit Players of the Match: Zoe Lorimer and Emily Willis.
Next Game: vs Doncaster, Morton Park Oval 1 (5pm Wednesday 24th February), in addition to the intra-club match at Bob Saker Oval from 5pm.
Fast 9s – Coach: Jason Griffith
Nunawading 7/69 lost to Blackburn Stephens 5/90
Report to follow next week.
Next Game: vs Vermont South, Livingstone Primary School Main Oval (9am Sunday 28th February)
U12B – Coach: Paul Wood Nunawading 5-114 beat Blackburn 0-106
Jovi as Captain won the toss and elected to bowl, which proved to be hard work in the field under the strong sun, but the team worked hard and stayed positive to the end of Blackburn’s innings. This was a real credit to the players given that a few were really feeling the heat and there were no wickets to lift spirits through the innings.
Arnav gave a masterclass in deep fielding, flicking the ball back twice to save 6 important runs and really inspire his team-mates.
The chase went off to a poor start after a ripper of a delivery felled our first batter on the first ball but Ihab and Sevin made good contributions, which combined with some loose bowling, put us within reach of their total.
As has been customary this year, with Saul supporting brilliantly, Hamish came back in to use the last over to surpass their score.
TidBit Players of the Match: Arnav
Next Game: vs East Doncaster, Mahoneys Reserve Oval 3 (5pm Friday 26th February)
U12A – Coach: Simon Rush Nunawading 1/95 off 9 overs
Cooper Busch 54 off 20 balls with 3 sixes and 6 fours
Aidan Siebel 17 off 18 balls with 3 fours4
Zac Warburton 16 off 16 balls with 2 fours
St Davids CC 4/94 off 25 overs
Aidan Siebel 2/4 off 2 overs
Max M had one wicket which was a cleaned bowled and Ansel had a run out from an exciting piece of fielding.
Jack who captained the side for the night won the toss and decided to bowl first. This innings was frustrating as although everyone bowled well, we unable to take wickets. There were very few catching opportunities and we were struggling with our fielding due to the heat. At the end of the innings, we believed we could run down their total and started our batting optimistically.
Cooper and Zac began at full pace and continued at that speed. They both were hitting the ball to all parts of the boundary. When Zac went out, Aidan came out and kept up to speed. We chased down their total in 9 overs.
This was our best win for the season and a confidence boost as we head into the last round and finals.
TidBit Player of the Match: Aidan Siebel. His contribution with bat and ball as well as in the field showed what a complete cricketer he is. Special mention to Cooper for a stunning 54 of 20 balls.
Next game: vs Heathmont, Proclamation Park West Oval (5pm Friday 26th February)
U14 – Coach: Glen Mackie
Home game this week out on BSO following the abandoned round the week before. With no opportunity to train this week due to Covid the boys were eager to get out there.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl we knew we were up against some good opposition. Happy with keeping our extras down to only 17 this week (only 5 wides an 4 no balls) we unfortunately bowled some hittable deliveries and they took to us a bit making 4/147. Our first wicket didn’t come until they were 112 with a good run out which fired the boys up resulting in Chris bowling a great over taking 2 wickets in succession and being on a hat trick.
We made 130 against this team earlier in the season so 147 was going to be a stretch. Unfortunately after being 3/3 early in our innings our first win of the season wasn’t going to be this week. Asking the guys to do the same as we ask every week by batting time and getting to retirement Sanuka dug in and batted well for 29 balls making 9, Josh got close on 22 balls before he was out for 3, Sam faced his full 30 for 3 and the pick of the bats was Chris with a great 24 no from his 30. Hamish blasted a quick 13 before he was caught and whilst extras was our best scorer with 27 we ended up with 6/84.
Not our week this time against some very good opposition.
One last game to go and a big effort this week will hopefully see the drought broken!
TidBit Player of the Match: An excellent bowling, batting and keeping performance by Chris saw him get him the MOM award this week.
Next Game: vs Heatherdale, Mahoneys Reserve Oval 2 (5pm Friday 26th February)
U16 – Coach: Scott Millar
The under 16s travelled to Whitehorse Reserve to play East Box Hill who were 2nd on the ladder. We lost the toss and were asked to have a bowl.
The boys started really well with Harrison and Mitch bowling tightly and keeping the run rate down. We took a couple of early wickets with Christian Jessup being the chief wicket taker. They got away from us a bit in the middle overs, but we took wickets at regular intervals to stay in the game. One good partnership from them had us looking like chasing a big score, but some good finishing from Charlie and Josh enabled us to restrict East Box Hill to 9/124. Christian ended up taking 3/5 off 4 overs, and the rest of the wickets were shared around.
With the bat, we had a good opening partnership between Lachy and Will, which started us off well. Will ending up with 18. Some good contributions throughout the innings from, Ishaan, Jono, Josh, Jacob and Christian gave us a fighting chance, but we just couldn’t get over the line. Mitch and Harrison fought hard against some excellent bowling at the end. We ended up falling 9 runs short at 6/115.
I was really proud of the boys effort, and we now need a win against one of the other top teams this week to sneak into the 4.
Next Game: vs Blackburn South, Mirrabooka Reserve Oval 2 (5pm Friday 26th February)
U18 – Coach: David Cowell
Under 18s played at home on Oval No. 2 this week in a rare visit to this home ground. It is the best ground at Mahoneys Reserve at the moment so we all enjoyed the experience.
We played Heatherdale who, like most sides in this comp, have a few very talented cricketers. We bowled first and started really well. We bowled in partnerships, kept the runs down and fielded with high intensity. It was great to see how we approached those early overs.
Unfortunately a change of bowling saw the dynamics change and we were unable to maintain the pressure. We bowled short and wide and got smashed all over the place and they ended up with a very imposing score. The learning from this was we, as do all teams, need to maintain bowling and fielding pressure and work rate for a whole innings not just part of it. To the boys credit, they also finished off really well and stopped the score from being too ugly.
It was great to see Jimmy Jessup return to the team and he set the standard with great line, length and pace with Max Warburton bowling equally well at the other end.
On the batting side, James Hill again led the way and it was great to see him get to 50 off the second last ball of the game. He has been by far our best batsman this season and we have all enjoyed watching his approach to batting…see ball…hit ball and there is never a dull moment when he is at the crease.
One more game to go, the season hasn’t been great on field but the boys have maintained their enthusiasm and love for the game. Most are training each week and I see a great future for all of them as Nunawading cricketers.
Next Game: vs Templestowe, Bob Saker Oval (5pm Friday 26th February)
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