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It’s Finals time!
As the home and away season comes to a close, we have 3/5 of our competitive teams in the semi-finals this Friday 5th March, with both U12 teams having a home game. It would be great to get some Nuna support to the finals matches.
U16B (finished 4th)
Warrandyte CC vs Nunawading CC
Stintons Reserve, Park Orchards
U12A (finished 2nd)
Nunawading CC vs Koonung Heights CC
Bob Saker Oval, Forest Hill
U12B (finished 2nd)
Nunawading CC vs Manningham CC
Mahoneys Reserve Oval 2, Forest Hill
5pm start NCC Junior Photos
Thank you to all coaches, team managers and parents for helping make the photo day run smoothly. Special thanks to JP who once again organised the photographer and ensured that we stayed on schedule.
To order photos, please click on the link below and it will take you to ‘Field of View Photography’ Nunawading order page, where you need to click on the photo option you wish to purchase.
There are then 5 fields that need to be filled in:
Age Bracket & Division = (what team your child plays in) ie Blasters / Super 7s (which team – Bosworth, O’Sullivan, Jenkin or Joyce) / Fast 9s / Under 12A or 12B / Under 14 / Under 16 / Under 18
Print or Digital
Player Name = Your child’s name and contact phone number (parent) (this is a must please)
Choose how many photos you wish to purchase!!!
The coupon code for free club delivery and to encourage orders to be placed by a certain time is (NUNA21 – Coupon code) allowing free delivery to the club for orders placed before the 10th March.
Late order will incur a postage fee of $7.95
Any queries, please let JP know (jp). End of Season Presentation Sunday 14th March
4:30-6:00pm – Blasters, Super 7s, Stage 1 Girls & Fast 9s 6:30-8:00pm – U12, U14, U16 & U18
Pizza and sausages will be available for purchase and bar will be open
Please join us to celebrate the season and recognise the achievements of our Junior players.
Check out our Girls Cricket Promo Video!
The girls still have two more weeks of cricket with a IEGC fixtured game on Bob Saker Oval for Wednesday 10th March and an intra-club match on Wednesday 17th March to finish the season.
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!
There will be NO blasters for the long weekend (5th March).
The last session will be on Friday 12th March, 6:00-7:00pm.
Round 11 Results
Super 7s O’Sullivan – Coach: Rob Nurse
O’Sullivans consistency in losing the toss was a highlight of the season, and something to be admired.
As you can tell from the above line, O’Sullivans called incorrectly at the toss and was sent in to bat by O’Sullivans on a cool morning.
Firstly, I should give a shout out to Geoff and his wife for the purchase of coffee for all coaches for the final game of the season.
I also want to call out the improvements made by our team over the course of the season with our batting, it’s been great to see the pieces slowly come together for the kids – with more positivity and better running between the wickets a show of what we’ve concentrated on during practice. Our batting innings started well, with Christina (16) and Will (10) getting us off to a great start against some high quality bowling. The pace of some of the bowlers was something we hadn’t encountered before so consistently, so it was a good test of our batsmen (and women) to see how they handled it. Unfortunately we weren’t able to keep the runs flowing freely in face of the excellent bowling, and our innings petered out with us only scoring 12/67 off our 20 overs.
On a less positive note our bowling performance was pretty flat after this – with a combination of excellent batting and the growing heat leading our heads and bowling pace to drop substantially, not even a pep talk from the coach was enough to lift us out of our funk. Joyce ended up passing our score pretty easily scoring an impressive 145 runs due to a multitude of boundaries. None of our bowlers were spared, however Christina (3 overs, 17 runs, 2 wickets),Will (1 over, 5 runs) and Hugh (3 overs, 1 for 17) showed the way. Special shoutout to Daniel for a good catch while keeping wicket.
It was a good learning experience for the bowlers (and coach) on what happens when batsmen have the ability to punish poor deliveries. Thanks to all for a great season – it was a pleasure coaching all the kids, it was a great personal experience and I learnt a lot to hopefully bring more to the table next season. Dealing with the parents who were all absolutely amazing, and thanks to our awesome manager Max for all the support – couldn’t have done it without any of you! Super 7s Joyce – Coach: Geoff Little
Last round for the season and we were awesome. Down a couple of players, which was a shame, as we have build a great team this year that works and plays well together.
Cooper and Jed were captains this week and after winning the toss, we choose to bowl. We bowled very well with everyone contributing. Kobe being the best of the bunch with wickets but his line and length was amazing all game. Sam also, his improvement again this week was great to see. But it was our fielding this week that l loved to see. Backing up to stop over throws, throwing to the wicket keeper for run outs, catches behind the stumps and supporting our bowlers was the best it’s been all season. Special mention to Will who was the keeper for the first 10 overs, getting his pads behind the ball and a great catch too. Great job Will!
Batting, we opened with Captain Cooper and Kobe, and both got the team off to a flyer. Boundaries coming thick and fast. great to see both timing the ball beautifully, without slogging. Captain Jed came in and kept the runs coming, a very nice sweep shot for 4 the highlight. Kavish followed and played some off side shots, which can be rare in this grade but scored more runs on the offside than legside. Excellent to see. Sam came in and looked comfortable, a boundary and once again running between wickets and loud calls again a highlight. Will came in last and really looked good, got hit on the body a few times but rubbed it off and kept going. A couple of boundaries made sure that everyone hit a 4 for the game. Tough to pick a stand out, but Cooper and Kobe were unbelievable but proud of them all
I want to give our team manager Megan a special mention this week, she’s been awesome all year but on Sunday running around getting some photos printed for everyone was above and beyond. She gets my Team Manager of the Year award. LOL
Also to all the parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents who helped and supported all the kids this year. Thank you
TidBit Player of the Match: Player of the match once again very tough to pick. but Kobe had his best game for the year. An all round excellent performance, Bowling was amazing, batting was awesome to watch and fielding, backing up and throwing to wicket keeper, was excellent. Well played Kobe. Stage 1 Girls (Nuna/Blacky) – Coach: Robin Ferdinands
This week the Nunawading girls and several of the Blackburn girls played each other in a ‘derby’ game at Bob Saker oval. Blackburn / Nunawading C batted first after they won the toss. Top scorers for Blackburn / Nunawading C were Jessie Pietersz and Penny Loveridge with 5 runs each. Matilda Jarrett (Blackburn) and Madison Carroll (Blackburn) both bowled extremely well and finished with the identical figures of 2/18 off their 4 overs. Blackburn / Nunawading B then batted with Matilda Jarrett batting and running between wickets with great skill and energy, finishing with the top score of the match with 15 runs! Tania Seth was next top scorer with 8 runs. In the end the game was extremely close, with Blackburn / Nunawading C sneaking home with 4/55 and Blackburn / Nunawading B making 5/43.
We travelled to Hawthorn this week to play the Glen Iris Ravens. Captain for the day Amelia Lim won the toss and we batted first. Glen Iris are the top team and for good reason, as they took some wonderful catches, let through only a handful of byes and had direct hit run outs on several occasions. Our girls lost 11 wickets along the way, but it could have been many more except for some great resistance and gutsy batting against some very good bowlers. Equal top scorers for us were Tania Seth and Netra Magesh with two hard earned runs. Our running between the wickets was much better this week and we could easily have had several fours but for a slow outfield. After the innings break the Ravens came out firing with the bat, with several of their girls scoring 15+ runs from their allocated balls. We did managed to take one late wicket, with Amelia Lim taking an excellent caught and bowled and finishing with figures of 1/13. In the end they were way too experienced for us, running away with the game. Glen Iris Ravens 1/180 defeated Blackburn / Nunawading 11/50.
Next Game: vs Burwood, Bob Saker Oval (5pm Wednesday10th March), in addition to the intra-club match at Morton Park from 5pm. Fast 9s – Coach: Jason Griffith
Blackburn Stephens 5/90
Cloudy and mild.
Captain of the week Eli Mallen lost the toss and we were sent into bat.
Blackburn started well, with the first few overs tight. Nunawading batted through their opening few bowlers well.
Then the problems started. In their last match before the lock-down, the team had been on a high with their partnerships formed and run calling sharp, perhaps a little too sharp. This game they weren’t so lucky, which resulted in 4 run-outs. What didn’t help was the increasing inaccuracy of the Blackburn bowlers. Scoring was hard with so little to score off. Some partnerships formed in the middle order, and we started to rebuild, but the loss of 2 wickets in quick succession put a damper on things. The tail batted through, the last 3 batsmen managing to bat through their allocated deliveries, allowing some of the early retirees to get back into the game. Again, the loss of wickets at key stages meant that no more partnerships were able to form. We finally trickled over the edge with extras, scoring 7/69.
Our last game against this side had been a far higher scoring game, and I have to admit to some trepidation that this might be a walkover given our meagre total. Our bowlers were only too happy to try to prove me wrong. Bowling overall was tight, with much fewer extras than the Blackburn side. Their openers were removed quickly, giving us some hope, and the relatively low scoring rate through their innings meant that we were still in the hunt. Regular wickets at the half-way mark helped us, but eventually they got past us with 4 overs to spare.
Vermont South 4/76
Weather: Cloudy and cool, becoming warm to hot an hour into the game.
Captain of the week Harry Rodman won the toss and bowled. Nunawading fell almost instantly into a rhythm that they had been in for the past few weeks. Workmanlike, accurate on the whole, and tight. The batsmen struggled to get the ball past the fielders. The outfield didn’t help, the ground dew making the ground slow. The weather persisted for an hour, but once the dew had evaporated the scoring stayed the same. Vermont South kept the score ticking over with some cheeky singles, mostly well placed with the occasional opportunity which Nunawading was onto quickly, getting 2 run-outs without losing too many runs from overthrows.
One notable feature was Rylan taking a wicket maiden. Vermont South struggled along, managing to get 4/76.
Once we were batting, it became obvious that this was going to be tight. The bowling was just too good to get away, although Jurgen tried his very best to score some good runs, making the most of the situation and hitting our only 4 of the innings. With 7 overs to go, Rory and Sam came together and started to get things moving, scoring 6 off the next over, and 7 the one after that before Rory dived a little too enthusiastically, beating home the throw for a run-out but crashing into the wickets.
Sam and Eli took up the mantle, scoring runs easily without having to take too many risks. Sam went out bowled just as we passed their total, bringing Eli and Rylan together. Dheer was itching to join the fray, and I pulled Rylan in to let him have a shot. From the 18th over of our batting innings, every over went for a minimum of 6 runs, with not one single boundary.
TidBit Player of the Match: Too hard to call, it was a real team effort.
Jurgen for his batting contribution, scoring more runs for his initial 13 balls than anyone.
James for having 2 run-outs from his bowling.
Rory for taking a wicket bowled, then being involved with the start of the comeback. His unusual method of losing his wicket was also memorable.
Sam for starting the comeback and being the backbone of it.
Eli for continuing the great work done by Sam and Rory.
Rylan for taking a wicket maiden and finishing off the run chase.
Dheer for some sharp bowling and a run-out off James’ bowling.
Dihein for some sharp bowling and being involved with the other run-out.
Saul for his sharp bowling and work behind the stumps.
Rehan for his sharp bowling performance.
Harry for his sharp bowling particularly at the end, bowling a maiden in the 23rd over.
U12B – Coach: Paul Wood Nunawading U12B 102/5
defeated East Doncaster 97/2
This week we played East Doncaster at home, down on our third oval. Going into the match, we knew we were guaranteed finals but, we kept our guard up to ensure that we stayed up on the ladder and had confidence for next week.
East Doncaster won the toss and sent us into bat. Hamish as our captain opened the batting and gave us a great start before coming back in and making his unbeaten 15 off 28 balls. The pick of the batsmen was Arnav who made 21 off his 15 deliveries. In the end we were 5 down for 102.
In the second innings, we tried to keep the bowling tight because we knew this was a low score. Unfortunately, we didn’t pick up as many wickets as we liked, only having them 2 down in the end with Hamish and Sevin taking one wicket each. Towards the end, it came down to the wire. But with Saul’s maiden over topped off with Eloise’s great last over of the match, we were able to pull the win by 5 runs.
TidBit Players of the Match: Nimit Seth for an amazing four and great wicketkeeping
Next Game: SF vs Manningham, Mahoneys Reserve Oval 2 (5pm Friday 5th March)
U12A – Coach: Simon Rush Nunawading 8/106 off 25 overs
Anhad Kohli 18 of 22 balls
Cooper Busch 16 off 19 balls
Josh Shaw and Ansel Ali both chipped in with 10 runs each
Heathmont CC 6/182 off 25 overs
Single wickets to Ethan, Aidan, Max, Jack and Josh.
Great catches from Aidan, Josh and Cooper.
This was the game between first and second on the ladder. We had heard about some of their players as Aidan had played U12 rep games with them. Zac Warburton was our captain for the night and when he won the toss he decided to bat. It was a tough night for the batsmen as only Anhad and Ansel managed to survive the innings not out. We ended our innings believing that we could defend our score.
The Heathmont batters had a night out on our bowling and managed to overtake our score in the 15th over. Our players then lost interest and our bowling started to give away runs they would not normally allow. We learnt to our amazement that all scores made after the win still count towards to result. Now that know that we will not take our foot of the pedal ever again.
This result did not change our position on the ladder and we look forward to hosting Koonung Heights CC on Bob Saker Oval (I hope) this Friday night. We hope to see as many of you as we can because the boys would love the support.
TidBit Player of the Match: Player of the match was Josh Shaw. He opened the batting and admitted that the extra responsibility helped his game. We love it when players learn something about their game as it shows that are reflecting on their performance. He scored 10 of 18 balls, took 1 wicket of 13 balls when he bowled and took a magnificent one handed catch. Great Work Josh.
Next game: SF vs Koonung Heights, Bob Saker Oval (5pm Friday 5th March)
U14 – Coach: Glen Mackie
The last round of our season was at home against Heatherdale and the boys were confident we could break the drought. Unfortunately for us, Heatherdale had an U14A (very good) player filling in for them and in his first over he took 2 wickets in consecutive balls which put us on the back foot at 2/2 after 2 overs (something Richie would love to call in his commentary).
From there we mounted a good fightback with Seran retiring on 22 not out from his 30 and Andrew Fowler providing a valuable role protecting his wicket also retiring on 30 balls (but without troubling the scorers). Only one more wicket fell for the entire innings – with Kaelan retiring on 19, Sam retiring on 17 with the two Jacks not out at the end of the innings. Whilst batting was a bit slow at times we took the most of our opportunities to cash in on byes gifted by an inexperienced keeper in the second half of their innings and along with wides and no-balls Heatherdale managed to help us out with 66 extras for a total of 3/126. The target we set was going to be competitive.
In our bowling innings wickets were hard to come by, however in the main we bowled OK with just a few expensive overs costing us in the end. They only passed us in the 24th over and our fielding was probably the difference in the result this week. Andrew, Sam and Chris each picked up 1 wicket (Hammer unfortunate not to have one also after bowling one of their guys from am no-ball). Heatherdale beating is in the end by only 13 runs at 3/139.
For the record their “good fill in” contributed 34 off 30 with the bat – but that’s cricket and we can learn that taking one key wicket or seeing off 1 good bowler can change the course of any match.
With quite a few bottom age kids this year and a few ready to step up to the 16’s next year I hope all the boys have enjoyed playing this season, making new friends and improving both individually and as a team. As I have said nearly every week – elements of our game have been good but we just lacked the ability to put all of the elements together in the same week.
Thanks to Ryan for his assistance with coaching, Glen for the team manager role, Patrick for undertaking the bulk of the scoring and all other parents who helped out during the season. U16 – Coach: Scott Millar
The under 16s ventured to Mirrabooka Reserve to play Blackburn South, needing a win to get into the finals. We lost our 8th toss in a row and were asked to bowl.
Mitch and Harrison bowled outstandingly well for the first 6 overs, and we had Blackburn South 3 for 7. Harrison was on a hat trick at one point, and very nearly got it. Lachy taking a great catch, and some great diving saves from Josh Millar, showed how desperate the lads were.
They had a bit of a partnership in the middle overs, which was broken by some clever bowling from Suraj. Christian bowled very well to take 2 wickets, Harry kept things really tight with his off spinners, and we restricted the opposition to 8/106. It was a great effort on a a very quick outfield, and gave us a great chance to get the win.
With the bat, Will and Harry got us off to a very solid start, going at the required rate. They both reached their 30 ball retirement. We lost a couple of wickets in the middle overs, before Josh Paton and Christian put on a blistering partnership to get us home. Josh ended up with 41 not out off 28 balls, and we won with 3 overs to spare.
It was a great win, with everyone doing their bit, and under the pressure of having to win, the boys did a great job. If they play this well through the finals, anything could happen.
Next Game: SF vs Warrandyte, Stintons Reserve (5pm Friday 5th March)
U18 – Coach: David Cowell Nunawading CC 103
L Ahearn 19 off 21 balls
S Gunatilake 19 off 40 balls
Templestowe CC 5/107
J Jessup 2/23 off 4 overs
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