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U18 – Coach: David Cowell Nunawading CC 9-79
Defeated by Warrandyte CC 114
We played last year’s U18 Premiers and it appears they had Club First XI and Sub-District players in the team as they were very strong.
They bowled first and we kept them to a 114 which was a great effort. Again we had 9 bowlers with Matt Cowell, James Hill and Ryan Saultry taking two wickets each. We fielded really well as a team and took all our catches, including some great outfield catches to Liam Fraser, James Hill, Matt Cowell, Krisshnaa Kannan, Max Warburton, Iefan Griffiths and Noah Browell. New player, Cam Dapic did a great job behind the stumps and the boys are really enjoying his enthusiasm. The batting was a struggle with only James Hill getting going making 18 although Sandy Gunatilake and Matt Cowell both valued their wicket and occupied the crease. We finished on 9/79 cc
The boys are doing a great job so far against quality opposition and should be proud of the way they have carried themselves.
TidBit Player of the Match: Matt Cowell and a belated Player of the Match for Round 1 to James Hill who could easily have also won it this week!
Next Game: vs Heatherdale, Terrara Park Oval 3 East
U16 – Coach: Scott Millar NCC 59
Defeated by Warrandyte 7/116
The 16s ventured out to Warrandyte. We lost the toss and were asked to field. The boys started well with Will taking 2 early wickets, with good catches by Jacob and Jono. Warrandyte then had a couple of good partnerships with some good running between wickets. Suraj and Josh Paton got us back in it with wickets, and then Jacob took a couple more to put us on top. Unfortunately, they got away from us a bit towards the end and ended up making 7/116 off their 25 overs.
Our chase started badly losing early wickets, and we never really got going. Towards the end Suraj batted well to fight it out, and with Nick having his first bat in nearly 2 years, put a touch of respectability to our score.
It was also great having Charlie Mustoe make his Nuna debut, and I’m sure we’ll fight back next week.
TidBit Player of the Match: Suraj Doshi
Next Game: vs East Burwood, Bob Saker Oval
U14 – Coach: Glen Mackie
Round 2 was the first game for us following the bye in Round 1 and it was great to see the team finally in match action. With a number of new boys to the team this year the dynamics were great as the players started to get a real feel for how to work together as a team.
Vermont South won the toss and sent us in to bat. Jack O’Meara and Shafin opened the batting against some good bowling. Jack batted solidly before copping a ball on the foot from one of their quicks which forced an early retirement and he later returned just missing his second retirement when he was out after 27 balls for a hard toiled 6 and Shafin got a good ball early that got through the gate.
Chris showed good signs well before he was caught and Josh sent the run rate soaring with a couple of excellent off side boundaries before he was also caught for a well made 9. Jack Keane was run out early and Kaelan produced an experienced innings being the only retiree for a well made 13. MJ and Andrew both did exactly what was asked of them to protect their wickets and each of them showed they are very capable of batting when they focus on shot selection. Hamish and Sanuka anchored the innings with some powerful strokes at the tail of the innings – ending up with 5 and 9 respectively in quick time. With 12 players and the 1 day format 3 boys missed their chance to bat this week and the team compiled 7/65 off our 25 overs.
The bowling had to be tight to defend our total – and in the main we bowled well. MJ took the first wicket of the season with a great catch by Sam at backward square leg. James and Seran both picked up their first wickets for the club with some exceptionally accurate fast bowling and both will prove a handful for the opposition this season. Josh bowled a tidy spell also picking up a wicket.
In the end the extras was the real difference (36) and Vermont South ended up at 5/106. We will focus on reducing extras over the coming weeks and as each of the boys get a chance to bat I am confident we will produce some competitive totals.
The signs are good and the boys themselves offered up post-game where we need to improve. A good start for a new team which is gelling well.
TidBit Player of the Match: Josh McMahon for some aggressive batting, tight bowling and enthusiasm in the field.
Next Game: vs Blackburn, Ballyshannassy Park South Oval
U12A – Coach: Simon Rush Nunawading CC 8/100
Cooper Busch 26no
Dhruv Nanda 18no
Anhad Kohli 14no
Max Mitchell, our captain decided to bat at the toss on Friday night and we started our innings under beautiful sunshine. Some highlights of our innings were, four players reaching their 20 balls and retiring, Jack and Aidan posting runs after some bad luck last week and a funny finish where Cooper and Dhruv ran 4 runs as the boys from Bulleen Temp CC kept over throwing and not backing up the stumps. The boys all bowled at the wickets and cramped the batsmen who found it difficult to score. This pressure built up and Ethan dealt the final blow with a ball that spun, caught an edge and ended the innings by bowling their strongest batsman. Everyone is looking forward to our next match in 2 weeks at home.
TidBit Player of the Match: Dhruv Nanda 14no batting and 3/2 bowling. A match winning performance. Well Done.
Next game: BYE
U12B – Coach: Paul Wood Nunawading CC 4/107
Defeated Manningham CC 5/49
A great home game against Manningham. We batted first and helped them out with their fielding as they only had 6 players. We did well in our batting, posting a target score of 107. Ben opened with a quick-fire 10 including two fours before getting caught between cover and point. Zak was our captain. He stayed vigilant and retired having faced 20 balls, scoring five runs. Eloise, Kevan, Nimit and Hamish also retired. Hamish batted himself in carefully before an aggressive finish with 19 runs including four fours.
When we fielded, we needed only five wickets to win so we kept up the morale. Ihab made a great throw to Zak behind the wicket to run one out on the second ball, then Eloise clean-bowled another next ball. Two down in over one! Eloise took a great catch at square leg and Zak took two catches behind the wicket as we got our five wickets in 12 overs. We kept playing for another 15 minutes just for fun, with Manningham winning the mini-match at the end. Nunawading won by 58 runs.
TidBit Player of the Match: Hamish, highest score batting with an extremely aggressive finish.
Report written by Ben Bright
Next Game: vs St Davids, Donvale Reserve Oval 4
Fast 9s – Coach: Jason Griffith
Blackburn 2/62 off 25 overs
Nunawading 3/97 off 24 overs
The day started overcast, with a few raindrops. Blackburn Stephen won the toss and elected to bat.
The Nunawading bowling got off to a great start. The first extras score came in the 3rd over in the innings, the first runs from the bat came in the fifth over after the first wicket had fallen the ball before. This pretty much set the tone for the Blackburn innings. Nunawading bowling was tight, the fielding was good and very few runs were scored. Blackburn made 62 runs for the loss of 2 wickets from their allocated 25 overs.
After the break, Nunawading relaxed into their run chase. The opening pair kept the score ticking over, with Eli being the first to retire with a useful 6 runs. Dheer came in to partner Rylan, and they quickly started to take apart the Blackburn attack. Both finished their allocation of 16 balls with scores of 23.
At this point, with only a few runs to score, the remaining batsmen kept things ticking over, with all players able to score runs for the loss of only 2 wickets. After that, to give our last batsman a chance to bat, we cycled through a couple of our retired batsmen to give him a chance to make some runs. In the end, with our last padded up batsman out, we declared our innings with an over to spare.
TidBit Player of the Match: Dheer. Rylan barely pipped at the post and gets an honourable mention!
Next Game: vs Vermont South, Bob Saker Oval
Stage 1 Girls (Nuna/Blacky) – Coach: Robin Ferdinands
Last Wednesday saw three Nunawading girls play their first game of competitive cricket in the combined Nuna/Blackburn team! We played Burwood in a 20 over game at their home ground. Our captain for the day Amelia Kennett won the toss and we batted first. Just prior to the game we all took our shoes off to do the barefoot circle, marking reconciliation round. Luckily there were no prickles and we quickly got onto the task of setting a target!
We only lost 3 wickets for our entire innings and ended up 3/86 after our 20 overs. All three Nunawading girls managed to score their first runs. We were up against much older girls but felt our total was competitive. Burwood started strongly and looked to be cruising before some great bowling saw several of their girls clean bowled. With 4 penalty runs for each wicket, the girls managed to keep the game close. Burwood just outscoring us in the end with 5/97. The highlight of the match was the dancing celebrations after each wicket and the fantastic encouragement and support of each other. A great start to the year from all the girls.
TidBit Players of the Match: Nuna: Jessie Pietersz & Blacky: Alyssa Rowe
Next Game: vs Wyclif, Highfield Park South Oval
Super 7s Bosworth – Coach: Manish Sharma
Following a Round 1 bye, Nunawading Super 7s Bosworth kicked off their season full of energy at Bulleen Park along the Yarra River against the aptly named Yarraleen. With Victoria re-opening post lockdown, we were limited to 5 players – but 5 with the spirit and courage of 11! Captain Caleb won the toss and elected to bat, sending Viraj and Asad out to open. Equipping themselves well, both placed high value on their wickets, getting the team off to a good start. Arya, Logan and Caleb capitalised on the solid foundation and batted well against an experienced Yarraleen team. Arya top scored with a very well-made 5 runs and the straight hitting was particularly pleasing, with a lovely drive from Viraj reaching the boundary for the only 4 of the game. Our running between the wickets was a little hesitant but with improved calling over the innings, particularly from Asad, Logan and Caleb, there are positive signs for upcoming games.
With a competitive 5/64 off our 20 overs, the team approached bowling with confidence. Caleb and Logan opened the bowling for Bosworth and bowled with good accuracy; this week we will focus on improving our length to maximise our wicket taking options. Logan picked up a wicket in his very first over, setting the scene for a close game. Arya came in at first change, bouncing in off the long run and bowling with pace from the outset to pick up 2 wickets; Asad did a fantastic job as wicket keeper, preventing any chance for byes and consistently encouraging the bowlers. Partnering Arya was Viraj, who bowled with excellent accuracy and picked up 4 wickets, including 3 in one over – he narrowly missed his hat-trick with the ball bouncing over the stumps! Asad, proving he is equally adept at bowling as behind the stumps, swapped the pads with Arya and bowled very well, also picking up a wicket.
Our fielding was excellent over the course of the innings – Captain Caleb put in some great chases, Arya stunned the crowd with a brilliant direct hit run out and team work from Asad and Logan resulted in a further run out. The game came down to the wire, with Yarraleen eventually scoring 66 – a narrow loss on paper but many wins all round as a team and individually. All up, very encouraging signs for a strong and fun season ahead – with a full team still to come!
TidBit Player of the Match: Viraj 4/13 off 4 overs, narrowly missed a hat-trick, scored 4 runs and got a run out.
Next Game: vs Doncaster, Bob Saker Oval
Super 7s Jenkin – Coach: Daniel Smith
A thriller at H.E Parker Reserve saw the Jenkin 7’s go down to Heathmont by 1 run in the final over of the innings.
Losing the toss and being sent in, Josh and Tom opened up this week with Josh keen to get out there for his first game of the season. It was difficult to get the ball away on a slow outfield, though both ticked over the strike to get us off to a solid start. Lachie and Alex followed and continued on with some good stroke play and running between the wickets. Rounding out the batting display, Alastair, Jensen, Anderson and Patrick all showed good progress from last week with Jensen playing a spectacular lofted straight drive over the bowlers head for 4, something of a rarity in this format. A focus of this week was our calling and running between wickets and the work put in on Thursday could be seen in the performance this week.
After posting a solid 77, we set about defending what we thought was a reasonable total. Alastair and Patrick shared the duties with the gloves this week for the first time and did a great job. All bowlers toiled hard but in the end it came down to the basics and we gave away a few too many extras on the day, something we will continue to work hard on at training during the week. All in all an enjoyable game played in great spirits by both teams, finished with sportsmanlike line up and three cheers from both teams.
TidBit Player of the Match: Josh Harrison
Next Game: vs Vermont Gold, Mahoneys Reserve Oval 2
Super 7s Joyce – Coach: Geoff Little
This week Team Joyce was captained by a very deserving Adi after an excellent performance the week before. Again we won the toss and bowled. We opened with our first gamer Cooper, and he has only bolstered an already strong bowling team. A couple of wickets to his name in his first run. Well done Cooper.
Overall, a very strong bowling and fielding effort by all, with everybody contributing.
Special mentions to an excellent run out from Jed, a direct hit from 10m. And Sam with 3 wickets.
The batting this week was tough going, as our opposition all playing their first game, and didn’t have a great deal of opportunities. We opened with Captain Adi and Cooper. Adi did his best as always and was a great help to Cooper in his first knock. Followed up Kavish and Jed, both hit some nice shots. Lucas and Sam came in, also got on to a couple of shots. Kobe was last after requesting it, and very few opportunities did his best as always. The batting was tough this week but we will surely get more of a chance as the matches go by.
TidBit Player of the Match: My player of the match was a stand out this week. Sam with 3 wickets, 2 in 2 balls, kept wicket for the second half of the innings very well, batted well and great loud calling between wickets made it easy for me to choose him. Well done Sam and Team Joyce.
Next Game: vs Heathmont Blue, HE Parker Reserve Oval 2 (West)
Super 7s O’Sullivan – Coach: Rob Nurse
For the second straight game the opposition won the toss and elected to field, sending O’Sullivans into bat. William Butler (c) volunteered to open the batting with his namesake Will (Davis) and the improvements from last week were immediately apparent. What was great about this weeks’ game was how all the boys applied themselves and started gaining a better understanding of the game of cricket.
We had contributions all the way down the order, with 6 out of the 7 batters getting some (debut) runs under the belt. Compared to the first game where only 3 out of our 6 batsmen got runs – that’s a great improvement. Will Davis continues to be a solid opener scoring 4 off 17, supported by William scoring his debut run. Both were bolsted by Kosta Kapsimallis scoring a dashing 13 off 17. Hats off as well to Daniel Nurse (3), Leo Deery (2) and newly acquired player Max Greening (4) for all getting their first runs! After bettering our score last week Nuna ended on a respectable 65/5
William Butler again volunteered for wicket keeping duties and may have found his calling such was his enthusiasm for stopping byes. While our bowling was still very solid – we unfortunately let ourselves down slightly in the fielding department – giving away a few overthrows in our excitement to get some run outs. The boys were starting to get the hang of fielding and throwing back to the keeper to affect run outs and managed to snag (from memory) around 3-4 run outs during the innings.
Shoutouts to Kosta (again) for figures of 4 overs, 9 runs, 1 wicket (4-9-1), and Daniel Nurse for keeping it on target for figures of 3-6-1. Other notable contributors were Will Davis for bowling his first maiden over (there’s a good joke in there somewhere) and Leo Deery for picking up a few wickets and being a constant threat to the stumps – picking up 4 overs, 16 runs, and 3 wickets.
Unfortunately while we may have picked up more wickets than the opposition the scorecard shows they scored 70/9 (we didn’t remove runs for wickets). Overall a great game – both teams played in great spirits and enjoyed the game. Big thanks to Max Greening for stepping in to assist – we’re looking forward to having you onboard for the rest of the season hopefully.
TidBit Player of the Match: Kosta Kapsimallis for his contributions to both batting and bowling scores.
Next Game: vs Vermont Purple, Terrara Park Oval 1 (West)
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Juniors playing Seniors
Round 2 saw even more Juniors play in our Senior sides, including Max Warburton & Liam Fraser 2nd XI; Josh Millar 3rd XI; Jacob Mitchell, Christian Jessup, Hamish Kennett, Aidan Siebel, & Sandeep Ahuja 4th XI; Noah Browell, Kaelan Batcho, Dhruv Nanda & Anhad Kohli 5th XI.
Round 1 highlight: Dhruv Nanda taking his first Senior wicket and catch for the club.