It has been so great to see the kids out and about playing cricket again. I was not 100% confident that we would get 6 full rounds completed in 2020! Credit to everyone including the kids, parents, coaches, team managers, committee and helpers. Thanks also to the Association for facilitating everything.
We have had 11 Junior teams in action every week, with Stage 1 Girls, 4 x Super 7s, Fast 9s, 2 x U12s, U14s, U16s & U18s. There are over 110 children registered in the Junior Program, with the Woolworths Junior Blasters set to start in January 2021.
A number of new coaches have joined the team this season, who have brought great enthusiasm to the role. We are lucky to have so many coaches who are passionate about seeing our children develop their cricket (and life) skills.
Across the competitive teams (U12s and above), the U16s and both U12s teams are well placed at this stage of the year and will be striving to make finals. The U18s and U14s are starting to find their feet and working together as a team.
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!
Fantastic end to 2020 with our Stage 1 Girls team sharing the love of cricket as we try to boost Girls Cricket in the region!
A Come & Try/Bring a Friend Day had around 18 young girls enjoying the fun at Nuna! Fabulously supported by Rob (Coach), Magesh (Team Manager) and the parents!
Welcome to all the NEW cricketing girls.
Please contact Andrew Siebel (0402 260 545) if you are keen to join the Girls team after the Christmas/New Year break.
Nunawading Junior Blasters
If you haven’t enrolled for the program as yet, now is the 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.
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.
Round 6 Results
Super 7s O’Sullivan – Coach: Rob Nurse
In a surprising turn of events Nuna O’Sullivan won their first toss of the season thanks to Captain Leo Deery, who elected to bat first.
Our top order got us off to a solid start against a very "motivated" opposition team, with the "Kaps Twins" (Kosta & Christina) looking very composed in their starts, with Kosta notably crunching a four through mid-wicket. Max Greening & William Butler provided some support at 3 and 4, however we failed to grab many quick runs against an aggressive fielding team, and could only manage a score of 34 runs after our 20 overs.
Our bowling has been slightly neglected this year in training and we never had enough runs on the board to pressure the opposition, however our players kept trying and most showed a marked improvement from the beginning of the year.
Shout outs again to the "Kaps Twins" – Christina bowling her 2 overs for 6 runs, and Kosta bowling his single over for 3 runs, with 1 wicket (a run-out has him on a hat-trick in the first game back next year) – Max, Daniel & Will being their accurate selves, as well as Hugh Stilling for showing a vast improvement from his first game of the year (his practicing has started to pay off). Arjun had his first wicket-keeping duties and thrived – showing a willingness to get behind the ball and stop any byes.
All in all we’ve had a positive first half of the year – the team seems to be enjoying their cricket – and while the wins haven’t come easily we’ve got a good idea of where we are and what we need to work on. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the new year!
TidBit Player of the Match: Kosta Kapsimallis for his all around effort – top scoring with the bat, keeping wicket as well as closing off the innings with some fine bowling.
Next Game: vs Nunawading Jenkin, Bob Saker Oval (9am Sunday 31st January)
Super 7s Joyce – Coach: Geoff Little
Next Game: vs Templestowe, Templestowe Reserve Oval 1 (9am Sunday 31st January)
Super 7s Jenkin – Coach: Daniel Smith
Another beautiful Sunday morning for cricket with the Nunawading Jenkin 7’s playing Vermont Purple on Mahoney’s Reserve middle oval 2. Jensen was captain this week and won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Ryan opened the bowling this week and after only a couple of games is making great progress with his bowling. Tom took the gloves this week and was energetic behind the stumps stopping nearly everything that came his way, including a few good dives down the leg side. Our second keeper for the day was Jensen who also did a great job. The work we have done over the past months is starting to pay off in the field with the team getting 3 great run outs across the innings. All bowlers worked hard and wickets were shared around with 2 wickets to Anderson and 1 each to Lachie and Jensen. Despite not getting a wicket I think the pick of the bowlers was Tom who bowled his most accurate spell of the season after taking off the gloves to go for only 4 runs off his 2 overs. A special call out also to Patrick who showed great signs this week in the distance he is now getting with his deliveries which is steadily improving each week. At the close of the innings the young Vermont team struggled to get our bowling away and we had restricted them to 7-68 off their 20 overs.
Anderson and Alastair opened up the innings. Prior to walking out Alastair talked me through his tactics for the day and that he was looking to play straight and hit the ball down the ground because they wouldn’t be expecting that and there wouldn’t be any fielders there. A few balls into the innings he played a beautiful straight drive which was great to see and just goes to show how quickly the boys are learning the game. Alastair put on a well compiled 8, well supported by Anderson and this pair seem to be developing a good chemistry and are looking all the time to be positive with their running between wickets. Ryan and Patrick defended well when they got their chance and looked not to give up their wickets easily. Tom had an important role and ticked the ball over when Alex came to the crease and anyone who has seen Alex play will know you will be running very hard between wickets when he is out there. Lachie joined Alex and they took off from where they left off last week playing some great cricket shots. Alex put on 24 and Lachie 18 in a great partnership. Jensen closed out the innings well and played some excellent shots and ran well with Lachie at the end to close out the game. At the end of the innings we had put on 3-89 in another good outing with the bat.
Another good win from the Jenkin 7’s this week and the boys should be proud of their efforts so far this year.
TidBit Player of the Match: Tom for his superb keeping and tight and accurate bowling.
Next Game: vs Nunawading O’Sullivan, Bob Saker Oval (9am Sunday 31st January)
Super 7s Bosworth – Coach: Manish Sharma
Nunawading Bosworth played the final round before Christmas at Bob Saker against Forest Hill. Bowling first, we were off to a confident start, keeping runs low. All bowlers tried hard, although we did experience a bit of erratic bowling and we will need to work on this after the break to give us a better chance of winning. Logan was a standout on the field with outstanding wicket keeping and bowling. Forest Hill set us a total of 92 to chase and we were confident, having made 93 the week earlier.
Our batsmen equipped themselves well, albeit with limited opportunity to score easily. The calling has improved week on week and it’s great to see all kids largely trusting their partner’s judgment. We will have a bit of work post Christmas on ensuring that we capture all available opportunities to score. The game went down to the wire and we fell a little short, finishing at 81. All up, we’ve had some great learnings in the first half of the season and above all else, it’s just great to be outside playing cricket. Thanks to all players, parents and the club for the tremendous support to keep the season going!
TidBit Player of the Match: Logan – great bowling and keeping!
Next Game: vs Mitcham, Bob Saker Oval (8:30am Saturday 30th January)
Stage 1 Girls (Nuna/Blacky) – Coach: Robin Ferdinands
Our captain of the day, Emily Crossland (Blackburn CC) won the toss and decided to bowl first in our round 5 game against Glen Iris Ravens at Bob Saker Oval. From ball 1 it was obvious our opponents were experienced players. They managed to hit many of our wides and no balls, scoring heavily with a number of boundaries. An individual high score against us this year has been around 10 runs. They also ran very well between wickets, sneaking extra runs on the slightest over throw. Jessie Pietersz took a great caught and bowled and ended up with 2/15 off her two overs. We also had our first ever run out which was celebrated wildly by the whole team! All but one of their seven players made 15+ and they made 3/152 off their 20 overs!
We started extremely well with our opening bat Matilda Jarrett (Blackburn) making a personal best score of 16 off her 12 runs, including 3 boundaries. Her highest score before today was 5, so a huge improvement. Our other opening bat Amelia Denham (Blackburn) was second top score with 4 runs. Amelia Kennett was top scorer of our Nunawading players with 3 runs, including a fantastic on drive to the boundary’s edge. Emily Crossland (Blackburn) in her first game also made 3 runs. Glen Iris fielded very well with several direct hit run outs. In the end we made 11/70 off our 20 overs. A good effort with much improved running between the wickets and some gutsy batting against some quick bowlers.
We have three new Nunawading players joining us after Xmas after a successful bring a friend / come and try night. We now have a full side of our own (7 players) after starting with just three! Very exciting times!
Next Game: vs Burwood, Morton Park Oval 1 (5pm Wednesday 3rd February)
Fast 9s – Coach: Jason Griffith
Defeated Heathmont Blue 8/46
Weather: Mild and sunny with a very slight breeze, lovely cricket weather. What happened to the rain???
Captain of the week Rylan Botha won the toss and elected to bowl.
As we left for the centre, I had a chat about teamwork, looking out for each other and keeping up the positive chatter.
We started our bowling with a 4 hit from the first ball of the innings with a ball drifting down leg-side, the batsman quite able to help it along its way. I immediately wondered whether this was going to be a long day at the office, chasing balls all morning with the batting taking advantage of ordinary bowling.
The second ball was better, but it got through the keeper. Backing up was Saul, who missed his first attempt at stopping the ball but was lightning quick to grab it again, throwing the ball in for the perfect take by Jovi, running out the batsman in a flash.
The team went on to perform a blinder of a bowling innings. Most importantly, the chatter was up for the entire innings, led by Eli. A steady progression of wickets followed, 3 more run-outs, a catch, a bowled and an LBW. At one point the team had a hat-trick of dismissals spread over 2 overs, with a bowled from Saul followed by a bowled from Jovi followed by a run-out. Rylan made a fantastic diving save at midwicket to stop a boundary, Dheer doing some fantastic work down the leg side to perform some difficult takes… so many excellent efforts!
They ended up with a score of 8/46 off 21.3 overs.
With what looked like a relatively easy chase, we changed some of our batsmen around to encourage some good partnerships between players that had not necessarily batted with each other yet. The opening pair of Jovi and Sam faced their allocated balls and retired, with Jovi scoring a solid 17 runs. This set the tone for the rest of the innings, batsmen coming in and making a contribution to the total before retiring, Dheer scoring 15 runs in the middle order. At the bottom of the innings, Rylan took on the bowling for a quickfire 29 while batting with Saul, turning the runs over to let Saul bat his allocation, Saul scoring 7.
Our response: 1/132 off 25 overs, Harry the only wicket in his first match back, just short of making it to his allocation of balls.
TidBit Player of the Match: THE ENTIRE TEAM for their outstanding work as a unit. Special mention to Jovi for good keeping, bowling and batting that would normally have had him receive player of the match.
Next Game: vs Heathmont White, Mahoneys Reserve Oval 2 (9am Sunday 31st January)
U12B – Coach: Paul Wood Nunawading 7/124 (25 overs)
Defeated Kerrimuir United Blue 9/121 (24 overs)
This was a home game for us and coming in to the game we were still unbeaten. Today Nimet was our captain and we won the toss. Before we decided what to do, we checked the pitch to see the advantages of batting and fielding, we decided to have a field as the pitch was dry and the ball would grip well.
Kerrimuir had a really good crack at batting, they were all out in the 24th over, scoring 121 runs. Hamish got 2/13, Ihab got 2/12 and a wicket maiden, Kevan got 2/21, Zak 1/4, Gia 1/11, Jovi 1/18. Even though we all had a little doubt about winning we knew we could win if we tried.
Kerrimuir had some really good bowlers making it hard to get runs. opening batting was Eloise Wood and Jovi Wynne together they got a combined score of 17 runs both unfortunately getting out but we still had the rest of the team. Next in was Gia and Zak, with another wicket falling we started to lose hope. As we sent Nimet in to bat he got ran out, so we sent in one of our best, but unfortunately for Kevan he was sent out for a golden duck, we then lost one more wicket, although Kerrimuir United did not know we still had a trick up our sleeve. Hamish and Gia batted together until Gia retired sending in Saul soon after Hamish retired, sending Gia back in, she faced two balls then was caught sending in our last batter and hope, Hamish, who got us home with Saul’s great support with only 2 balls left. In the end we won by one wicket keeping our win streak alive.
It was a great game and we look forward to playing them again next year.
TidBit Player of the Match: Saul Mallen
Report written by Jovi Wynne
Next Game: vs Heathmont CC, Proclamation Park East Oval (5pm Friday 29th January)
U12A – Coach: Simon Rush Nunawading CC 2/118 25 overs
Cooper Busch 22 off 20 balls 1×4
Zac Warburton 18 off 20 balls 2x4s
Anhad Kohli 18 off 20 balls 1×4
Vermont CC 8/66 24.2 overs
Anhad Kohli 2/7 off 3 overs
1 wicket each to Josh, Cooper, Zac and Jack
Our last game for the season saw another strong performance from all our players. Anhad Kohli captained the team which also welcomed Ben Bright from the 12B team who helped cover some of our missing players. Anhad won the toss and put us in to bat.
Everyone contributed to achieving a tremendous score and most players ended the innings as retired not out which left only a few balls for the last couple of batsmen. It was pleasing to see so many runs from singles as the boys began hitting their balls into open spaces which made it a hard day in the field for Vermont.
Next it was our turn to bowl and field. It was a night for the spinners as Anhad snared 2 wickets, including a caught and bowled. Ben chimed in with a great run out wicket from his bowling and Jack finished the game with an uncustomary spin over which produced his first caught and bowled this season. Overall, our catching helped us win the game by accounting for half their wickets.
Thanks for all your efforts players and parents, have a great rest over the holiday season and we can’t wait for our first game back on 29th Jan 2021.
TidBit Player of the Match: Anhad Kohli 2/7 off 3 overs, 18 off 20 balls and 2 great catches. Well done on a great performance and it was special that it happened when you were captain of the team as well.
Next game: vs Koonung Heights, Bob Saker Oval (5pm Friday 29th January)
U14 – Coach: Glen Mackie
Another game at home this week on the middle oval vs Warranwood. After losing the toss and being sent in to bat we once again got off to a solid start with Sanuka retiring on 16 and Jack Keane retiring on 13. Seran had his chance at No 4 this week making an impressive 22 no and with three retirees in the top 4 the boys getting their chance to bat are all starting to do their job of digging in and creating the foundation for posting a good total on a regular basis. Jack O’Meara and Kaelan escalated the run rate in the last few overs (as we had wickets in hand) with Jack ending up sacrificing his wicket with a run out on 16 off 18 balls and Kaelan 22 not out off only 15 balls (including 4 boundaries). A competitive total of 3/116 was a good result at the change of innings with Ryan at square leg diligently counting an opportunistic total of around 15 more that were on offer had we taken on the fielders a little more aggressively.
Unfortunately after a good first half the boys lost their way a bit with the bowling this week – providing some good opposition bats with some easy to score from loose leg side deliveries. We found out the hard way what happens as their opening pair ended up with 27 off 27 balls and 46 off 30 balls making the defence of 116 always going to be difficult.
To the boys credit I asked for them to make their second spells much tighter than their first over and each of them responded well. Jack O’Meara, MJ, Sam and James each picked up a wicket but unfortunately they passed us 4 down making 157. Whilst extras reduced down to 24 this week the bad balls got put away and that was the difference this week. Another valuable opportunity to learn things that can change games will not be wasted.
Related to that loose bowling, unfortunately one of those balls was hit firmly to fine leg and injured Cara Fowler with a badly bleeding nose. Thanks to all those who helped her out and I’m glad to report that there was no serious damage and Cara is OK.
To all players and families, wishing you all a Merry Xmas and a safe and happy New Year.
TidBit Player of the Match: Seran for another impressive batting innings.
Next Game: vs Doncaster (5pm Friday 29th January)
U16 – Coach: Scott Millar
The Under 16s had a home game on Bob Saker Oval against The Basin. We lost the toss and were asked to bowl.
This week we bowled a much improved line and length and kept The Basin under pressure for much of their innings. The picks of the bowlers were Harry D’Rozario taking 3/8 and Josh Paton taking 4/13, but all our bowlers kept it tight making the batsmen take risks towards the end. We also had a fortunate run out. They say, never run on a miss field, and that’s what they did. A good throw from Harrison to Josh Millar caught the batsman well short. The Basin ended up with 8/74 off their 25 overs.
Our batting started with a good partnership between Harry -14 retired, and Will 15 retired. This set the foundation for a very comfortable win with Suraj -11 and Ishaan – 22 retired, also making great contributions. We ended up passing them with 3 overs to spare, making 2/84. A great way to finish the first half of the season with a good win.
A big thanks goes out to all those who have helped out in the first 6 rounds, and supported the boys. Its greatly appreciated. Merry Christmas to all and have a great holidays.
Next Game: vs Blackburn, Mahoneys Reserve Oval 2 (5pm Friday 29th January)
U18 – Coach: David Cowell 3-107 Chirnside Park CC
Defeated 103 Nunawading CC
Next Game: vs Heatherdale (5pm Friday 29th January)
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Congratulations to Aidan Siebel, Anhad Kohli, Sandeep Ahuja (U12 Mitchell Shield), Zac Warburton (U12 Browne Plate), Eloise Wood (U12 Fatone Shield) & Josh Paton (U16 Beitzel Shield) for making it into BHRDCA rep teams. The VMCU rep carnival will start on January 4 and run for two weeks. Good luck!