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Round 4 – 2020

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Nunawading Junior Blasters is on this Friday 11th December

First Session: Friday 11th December 6-7pm
Location: Mahoney’s Reserve Soccer Pitch

Please arrive shortly before the 6pm start time to allow time for COVID sign in. We will have people ready to assist with this and at the beginning of the session we will take care of any other particulars that need to be communicated under our COVID safe plan.

If you haven’t enrolled for the program as yet, it is now time to do so. If you know of anyone wanting to join our great Blasters Program please pass on our information and get them to give me a call if they have any questions. If they simply want to come down and try before signing up bring them along on the night.

The bar will be open for refreshments on the night though at this stage we are not serving food with the COVID restrictions in place. We hope that later in the season circumstances will allow us to get this up and running again too.

We are also still accepting enrolments across all junior teams including Super 7’s and Stage 1 girls.

You will need your child’s MyCricket ID, which you can find by searching by name here: https://mycricket.cricket.com.au/ and the email address with which you originally registered. If you can’t locate the ID just register with a new one.

Registration fees:
Junior Blasters – $100
Super 7s $130 (+$5 CV insurance fee)
Stage 1 Girls – please register interest with myself and Andrew Siebel.

Any problems feel free to contact Daniel Smith (0401 166 952) if you have any questions.

Girls Cricket @ Nuna
Come & try session (Monday 14/12)

Robin Ferdinands has arranged for stage 1 girls training to be held at Nuna for next Mondays (14/12). This will be a bring a friend/come and try day. Rob will need some extra assistance to ensure all the girls are kept active. Training will be set up on Bob Saker Oval and run from 5:00-6.15pm. Please reach out to Rob if you can help and spread the word about the session, which is open to all girls keen to get into cricket.


Round 4 Results

U18 – Coach: David Cowell

Under 18s played Blackburn at Blackburn and entered the match a little frazzled having been beaten convincingly in the first 3 rounds. On each of those first 3 games we bowled first and kept teams to reasonable scores that were just too much for us. This time was batted first.

Well that was a great decision as we were off to a really good start. Despite a mid-pitch collision in the first over which could have seen either Harry Marshall or Sandy Gunatilake run out but didn’t, their opening partnership was really good with both players retiring not out after 30 balls with Harry making 12 and Sandy, 29 including some very big hits to leg. James Hill for the 3rd time in 4 innings also retired after 30 balls, this time making 24 no in another classy display. A nice little cameo by opening bowler Liam Fraser batting at 6 saw him get to 13 and we finished our 25 overs on 3/110. We were very happy with this and backed ourselves in.

Our motto going into the field was to attack early and set aggressive field placings. It worked. We had them 1/0, 2/4, 3/5, 4/6, 5/6, 6/13, 7/24, 8/33, 9/46 and all out 46 in the 18th over.

It was a great bowling and fielding performance. Liam Fraser bowled fast and straight and took 3/10 off 4 overs. Maxie Warburton bowled equally well for 3/13 off 4 overs. Iefan Griffiths was great as well taking 1/7 off 3 and Krisshnaa Kannan took 1.5 off 2. Max took a great slips catch to end the game and Cam Dapic was again excellent behind the stumps with 2 catches and a run out. Another fielding highlight was Liam Fraser’s run out when the batter wandered out of his crease.

All in all, a great team effort and the boys really deserved the win. Cricket, and any sport, is always a bit more fun when you can have a win.

TidBit Players of the Match: Liam Fraser and Sandy Gunatilake

Next Game: vs Templestowe, Templestowe Reserve Oval 1 (5pm Friday 11th December)

U16 – Coach: Scott Millar

This week we played on Bob Saker Oval against the top team, East Box Hill. We had a bowl first and due to a school bus not turning up, we had only 7 of our boys on the park for the first 4 overs. Fortunately, a couple of the Under 12A boys helped us out.

Against a couple of very good batsmen, our boys tried really hard to bowl tight, and were solid in the field. Will McCann bowled very well to take 1/8 off 3, and along with some tight bowling from from the spinners in Josh Millar and Suraj, we kept them to a competitive 2/116 off their 25 overs.

With the bat, we started really well with 3 retirees. Josh Paton got 23, Will 11 and Jacob 18. Ishaan smashed a few around and we had them very nervous, before we fell about 20 runs short.

It was a really good performance from the boys, and they won’t play anyone better all year.

TidBit Players of the Match: Will McCann

Next Game: vs St Davids, Mahoneys Reserve Oval #3 (5pm Friday 11th December)

U14 – Coach: Glen Mackie

This week was clearly our best team performance of the year by far and I am really proud of the boys progression and improvement in just a short amount of time. Our focus has been on improving the simple things – batting our 30 balls when you get the chance to bat, backing up so that we can sneak a few extra runs during our innings and tight bowling.

A nervous Kaelan opened the batting and showed it was really never going to be a problem for him scoring a solid 16 off 27 balls, just falling short of retirement. Sanuka displayed some powerful and technical stroke play including a lovely six over mid-wicket (on a full sized boundary) for an excellent 20 off his 30 balls. Seran had his chance at the top of the order this week and after steadily playing himself in, he scored freely for a high score of 26 from his 30 deliveries with Jack O’Meara rounding out the top 4 with a lovely 18 from his 30 balls. Exactly what we asked from the top order with 2 retirements and the other 2 just short of retirement set us up for our best batting start to the year.

Unfortunately in 1 day games with only 150 balls per innings when the top 4 do their job facing 120 of the 150 balls on offer, the middle order didn’t really get a good chance for a hit this week noting the rotation policy will ensure the kids have an even chance to bat in the top, middle and bottom order throughout the season. Chris was in at 5 and batted well for the remaining balls ending up not out 5 from his 19. A competitive total of 3/111 from our 25 overs with 88 coming directly from the bat was an excellent effort from those who got there chance this week. This sets the standard for batting going forward.

Our bowling was reasonable against a very good batting side and whilst we equalled last weeks total of 35 extras we still have some further room for improvement. Sanuka was the pick of the bowlers bowling 2 maidens earning him the Tidbits Player of the week award whilst Shafin picked up his first wicket of the season with figures of 1/6 off his 2 overs and Seran again produced a good spell of bowling finishing with 1/3 from his 2 overs and narrowly missing out on the MOM. Mitcham passed us with a few overs to spare making 4/138 off their 25. After 3 of their top 4 retired not out we picked up our first wicket at 119 and battled hard to take a further 3 for 19 after that (including a runout which put us on a team hat trick).

A great performance with the bat, and a bit more work on tight bowling early will ensure our first win is not too far away. Well done boys on posting a very competitive performance against the top of the table Mitcham. Another performance like that will be required this week as we tackle the equal top team in Park Orchards.

TidBit Player of the Match: Sanuka Gunatilake

Next Game: vs Park Orchards, Mahoneys Reserve Oval #2 (5pm Friday 11th December)

U12A – Coach: Simon Rush

Nunawading CC 4/125 25 overs
Shayan Pillai 19 off 16 balls 3x4s
Max Mitchell 18 off 20 balls 3x4s
Aidan Siebel 18 off 20 balls 4x4s


St Davids CC 7/68 25 overs
Zac Warburton 2/2 2 overs
Anhad Kohli 1/5 2 overs
Joshua Shaw 1/5 3 overs

In his last game before he leaves Dhruv Nanda, our captain, chose to bat first when he won the toss. The team had a great night with the bat scoring 15 fours to set a formidable total for St Davids to chase. It was also pleasing that so many players reached their allocated balls and had to retire. They were all pestering their coach as they were desperate to get back in again but 25 overs only goes so far.

St Davids batted solidly but lost some wickets early. They fought back during the innings with two batters who made around 20 runs. The rest of the team was not able to support them which cost them dearly. Consistent bowling was our trademark for the night with 5 of our overs being maidens and special mentions to Jack Rush who had a wicket maiden and Aidan Seibel who took 2 crucial catches. The team’s 11 extras were another decrease on the previous week as well. Excellent Effort Boys.

TidBit Player of the Match: Zac Warburton – 13 of his 20 balls and 2/2 of his bowling. Great Work Zac.

Next game: vs Glen Waverley Hawks, Mount View Primary School (5pm Friday 11th December)

U12B – Coach: Paul Wood

Nunawading CC 6/72 (21.1 overs)
Blackburn CC 9/71 (23 overs)

We arrived at Blackburn’s home ground determined to keep our winning streak alive. Ben was
our captain and we lost the toss, with Blackburn electing to bat.

This was our best bowling and fielding effort of the season with everyone bowling well. Kevan
had 2 for 6 and Hamish 2 for 8. Eloise, Zak and Rylan also chipped in with 1 wicket each. There
were 2 run outs by Zak and Ihab. Zak and Rylan took 2 good catches. Overall, we managed to
restrict Blackburn to 9/71 from 23 overs.

We opened the batting steadily with Kevan and Ihab. The openers and Eloise who batted at 3
had to retire. Our running has room to improve with 3 run outs and many missed runs. This
made the match closer than it should have been. Thankfully we managed to pull through with
Sevin playing a steading innings, followed by Eli and Saul’s unbeaten partnership, which took us
over the line. Ihab scored 11, Kevan scored 8 and Eloise, Sevin and Eli all scored 6 runs each. We
ended the innings with 6/72 from 21.1 overs.

The learning from this match is that we need to improve on our running between the wickets.

TidBit Player of the Match: Sevin Gunaratne

Report written by Kevan Jayakody

Next Game: vs Glen Waverley Hawks, Bob Saker Oval (5pm Friday 11th December)

Fast 9s – Coach: Jason Griffith

Blackburn 5/156
Nunawading 6/123

Very windy with cold showers streaming across the ground, mainly through the second innings when Blackburn was bowling.

Captain of the week James Northfield won the toss and elected to bowl.

Bowling was more of a struggle than previous weeks. We started out keeping scoring to a minimum for the first couple of overs before Blackburn turned on a show with the bat. Our bowlers struggled to restrain them. They had a strong batting side. On the whole, fielding wasn’t as bad as might have been suggested by their scoring. Eli proved to be a ball magnet – three difficult catches went his way and he managed to hold one. Jurgen also took a good catch, and Rylan caught 2 as wicket keeper.

At the end of their innings they had scored 156 runs.

We opened the batting with Hamish and Rylan. Both made solid starts and the innings looked well on track. Hamish survived to retire with a respectable 18 runs, followed shortly afterwards by Rylan with 16. Eli headed in and batted for his allocated balls, scoring 7. Sam and Saul also carried their bats, but scoring was proving difficult. Our next couple of batters went out cheaply, then Hugh was run-out.

Our last batsman Rory came in, and we put Hamish back in. He didn’t bother the scorers. Rylan came back in and proceeded to take advantage of the bowling at this end of the innings. He ended up with 43 runs altogether. Eli came back in and was last man standing, adding a further 5 to his tally.

Proud father moment – Rory not only holding up an end for his allocated balls, but kept the scoring ticking over to allow first Rylan, then Eli to bat on. He ended up going out off the last ball of the innings for a respectable 9 runs.

TidBit Player of the Match: Rylan for his magnificent effort batting again. Special mention to Rory who partnered up well with Rylan and Eli at the end, keeping the scoring ticking over to let the others make some runs.

Next Game: BYE

Stage 1 Girls (Nuna/Blacky) – Coach: Robin Ferdinands

Our first home game was played at Morton Park this week against Mitcham/Vermont South. It was a beautiful Wednesday evening for cricket and the girls had ‘Girl on Fire’ by Alicia Keys blaring as they sang along and prepared for the game! And it worked for several players who were on fire!

Our captain for the night was Grace Schoolman (Blackburn CC) and she won the toss and chose to bowl first. Penny Loveridge took her first wicket in competitive cricket and ended up with 1 for 5 off her two overs. Netra Magesh (Blackburn) bowled some wonderful left arm leggies and deserved her wicket – clean bowling one of Mitcham/Vermont South’s better batters. Unfortunately we bowled a few too many wides and no balls, which helped their strong batting line up to 2/136 off their 20 overs.

Our girls then put on the pads and headed out to bat. Mitcham/Vermont South bowled and fielded very well, giving us much less extras and also taking some good catches and achieving several run outs. Standouts for us were Matilda Jarrett (Blackburn) with 4 well judged runs and Alyssa Rowe (Blackburn) who also made 4 runs. Our Nunawading girls also batted well, with Amelia Kennett and Penny Loveridge making 2 runs and Tanya Seth stonewalling the bowlers. We ended up with 11/50 (which gives Mitcham/Vermont 44 penalty runs too) off our 20 overs, but we batted well against what was a very strong bowling and fielding side.

TidBit Players of the Match: Amelia Durham (Blackburn) for her wonderful batting this week and Penny Loveridge for her 1/5 off her two overs.

Next Game: vs Doncaster, Doncaster Reserve (5pm Wednesday 9th December)

Super 7s Bosworth – Coach: Manish Sharma

Nunawading Bosworth returned to Bob Saker this week with a full complement of 10 players, taking on the Glen Waverley Hawks. Losing the toss, we were sent in to bat on an overcast morning. Opening the batting, Captain Mantra and Arya got us off to a solid start with some great running between wickets and a cracking pull shot for 4 from Arya. Callum and Viraj continued the positivity; Callum rotating the strike regularly and a lovely drive from Viraj over the bowler’s head saw another ball cross the boundary. Clarrie and Ollie put on a spectacular Waugh brothers like partnership with some excellent running and calling. A real highlight of the game, Clarrie was a dynamo between the wickets! Logan, Kian, Asad and Caleb also contributed strongly in the final stages taking us to a competitive total of 77. The team has really grown over the last few weeks, with improved understanding of when to run and trusting the judgment of our partners.

With the sun out, our bowling attack started brilliantly as Arya took a couple of wickets in his first over. Asad was very impressive behind the stumps, preventing many byes and is really warming to the challenging role of a wicket keeper. Callum, Logan and Viraj bowled very well to keep the runs to a minimum. With the game set for a tight finish, Ollie and Clarrie partnered again, bowling with great accuracy before Ollie put on the wicket keeping gloves. Kian, Caleb and Asad bowled well to the remaining Glen Waverley batsmen but some big hitting and a few extras unfortunately saw them overtake our score, recording 102.

Overall, the team continues to take positive strides week on week and the group is playing with great spirit. Running between wickets continues to improve but we can also pick up a few more runs via better judgment of distance. This week, we really need to focus our efforts on bowling accuracy and length to minimise our extras.

TidBit Player of the Match: Clarrie – outstanding calling and running between wickets, great enthusiasm in the field and a solid bowling effort.

Next Game: vs Yarraleen, Bob Saker Oval (8:30am Saturday 12th December)

Super 7s Jenkin – Coach: Daniel Smith

It was time for the second Derby of the season, this time the Nunawading Jenkin 7’s taking on the Nunawading Joyce 7’s out on Bob Saker oval. Anderson was captain this week, won the bat flip and the Jenkins chose to bat first on a blustery Sunday morning.

Anderson and Alastair opened the batting and dug in against some quality bowling first up from the Joyce team, Alastair getting a few nice shots away with his new bat. Tom came to the crease and looked good, showing off his solid technique that we have been working on at training. Alex batted well with Tom, was aggressive at the crease and was unlucky not to get more runs away in his innings. Lachie came to the crease and straight away looked good. In probably his best display with the bat so far against some good bowling, he managed to get a couple of pull shots away to the square boundary as well as playing a fantastic drive down the ground to end up with a top score of 11 on the day. Josh batted well with Lachie and showed his power through the leg side with a great pull shot for 4 and finished with 6 runs and looks to be improving every week with the bat. Jensen and Ryan finished off the innings with Ryan in his first game of competitive cricket looking right at home with a well-made 3 not out, a fantastic effort. The Jenkins ending with 5 for 68 off our 20 overs, a total we believed competitive if we bowled well.

Josh took the first over and his improved accuracy is great to see, picking up two wickets on the day. Alex also bowled well early and with good pace. The focus of the bowling for the day in defending a modest total was to limit the extras and all bowlers made great improvements this week. Lachie bowled his three overs for 3 runs including a maiden which was great to see towards the back end of the innings. Alastair, Tom and Anderson all picked up a wicket, which was great reward for the hard work in the nets last Thursday. By the close of innings the Jenkins had restricted Joyce to 5 for 58 off their 20 overs.

A well-deserved victory and reward for hard work over the past few weeks for the Jenkin 7’s. The game was played in great spirits by both teams and we look forward to our return fixture later in the season.

TidBit Player of the Match: Lachie Smith for his exciting 11 with the bat and economical and accurate bowling.

Next Game: vs Heathmont Blue, Mahoneys Reserve Oval #2 (9am Sunday 13th December)

Super 7s Joyce – Coach: Geoff Little

Another beautiful summers morning to play cricket. The derby versus smudges Team Jenkins. It started with our very deserving captain Kavish’s Team Joyce losing the toss, and we bowled first again. Our strong bowling line up was challenged this week, After a couple early wickets to Kavish and Cooper, who again looked very good with the ball in hand. Lucas was good as well. All bowlers did a job against a pretty good batting line up, including Will who played his first game. Cooper being the pick of the bowlers. But our fielding was what l was impressed by 2 run outs (which were both throws to the wicket keeper, everything we did at training last Thursday. Great to see). A caught behind by Kobe was amazing, but the outfield catch by Jed was very good as well.

The batting was better this week with a lot more chances. Kavish and Adi opened, who are strong batters and looked comfortable again. Kobe and Jed followed, Kobe who is a very good batsman was good, and will look forward to more batting as the season goes on, Jed was good with a couple of very good shots. Sam was next, and as he does every week, does hit it nicely. Cooper who hits a lovely ball, is another who will appreciate more opportunities, continues to impress. Lucas Impresses me every week with his attitude, you can see that he loves his cricket, played some nice shots. May not have got runs for them, but that will come with more practice, .And finally Will who played his first game for Team Joyce, was great. A couple of shot that deserved runs, once again it will come with more practice.

TidBit Player of the Match: Jed, for very good batting but the catch in the outfield was awesome. He’s practiced his catching for a while now outside of training, and proves that practicing something will only make you better at it

Next Game: vs Vermont Gold, Terrara Park Oval 2 (9am Sunday 13th December)

Super 7s O’Sullivan – Coach: Rob Nurse

What a difference a week makes!

Nunawading O’Sullivan started as we always do, losing the toss for the 4th straight attempt.
Templestowe decided to have a bat.

Unfortunately our fielding left a bit to be desired, and we started off a little too energetic – conceding a number of unnecessary overthrows, missing run outs, sometimes both at the same time, however we did begin to learn from our mistakes and began taking the chances which came our way. Even though we left around 4 run outs on the field, we still managed to get 10 wickets – albeit conceding 90 runs off our bowling.
Shout outs to our new keeping duo of Joseph & Leo who both had a first taste of wearing the gloves behind the stumps!

From a bowling perspective kudos goes to Christina Kapsimallis for her fast & accurate bowling – her figures of 3-9-1 don’t really do her justice, as every ball reads like a highlights package (with 0 wides I might add). Kostas Kapsimallis, her partner in crime also picked up 2 wickets for 8 runs off 2 overs. We also saw improvements in Max Greenings bowling with him going for 10 off 3, with Leo Leery & Daniel Nurse being their economical & accurate selves. We still gave away too many wides (35) and byes (13) which is something we’ll have to work on. However as much as the fielding / bowling was frustrating – I was immensely proud of the lessons learnt during practice during the week.

It was really great to see all the players improve immensely here, with great calling between all players, and players now looking for runs. The Kaps "Twins" and Max G got us off to a great start, all looking the part as very capable batsmen. Max (11), Kosta (6) and Christina (11) all looked for quick singles, ran hard and managed overthrows, and cashed in on poor deliveries. Max clipping 2 x 4’s behind square leg and Christina showing off a glorious cover drive were definite highlights.

Massive improvement this week from William Butler for his top score ever (6) – bringing his Jack Russell attitude to batting along with some newly acquired street smarts. Good calling and running was a feature of our innings, as well as all the batsmen becoming more capable defenders of good deliveries. Our middle order (Will, Joseph & Daniel) showed good spine keeping the runs flowing as well as handling a few awkward bowlers the opposition had.

While we may have ended short on runs, finishing up on 83 (chasing 90) – we lost only 1 wicket in the chase – to a screaming yorker and I can honestly say I’ve never been prouder of the team!

It was apparent from a distance that what we’d worked on during training had a positive effect on our players, something we’ll be harnessing going forward.

TidBit Player of the Match: Christina Kapsimallis for her all around performance.

Next Game: vs Heathmont White, HE Parker Reserve Oval 2 (9am Sunday 13th December)

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