We were all pumped up for a return to cricket…and then we realised that we lived in Melbourne! Rained out in the first week of February, really?
So Round 7 was impacted, with only the Sunday Super 7s and Fast 9s getting a game in. Their match reports are below. Round 8 thankfully brought some better weather and the official start of the Blasters program. It was great to see all 3 ovals in action on Friday!
Our girls program is also going gang busters with 18 girls registered for the Stage 1 team thanks to the hard work of Rob and our friends at Blackburn CC. See Rob’s update below. NCC Junior Photos
The weather also forced us to postpone our team photos, which was scheduled for last Sunday.
NEW DATE: Sunday 14 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
Stage 1 Girls – TBC
Please ensure that players have Nuna playing top, cricket pants and shoes (but no caps) and coaches in purple Nuna polos (no cap).
Blasters & Super 7s O’Sullivan will have photos on Friday 19th February. Skill development sessions
Next Tuesday 16th Feb we will be running two skill development sessions open to all players – junior and senior.
From 6-6.30pm Back in Motion will be conducting a ‘correct running technique’ session on Bob Saker Oval.
From 6.30-7.30pm Scott Jackson will be conducting a wicket keeping skills session on the Middle Oval.
All Juniors U12 above are welcome. More details to follow.
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!
After running several successful come and try / bring a friend days, we now have 18 girls to select from in the combined Blackburn/Nuna team. After struggling to get the minimum of 5 players together late last year, this is a really exciting time for both clubs. To maximise the development of the girls we have decided to run two games each week. One is the official Inner East Girls Cricket (IEGC) Stage 1 competition game, with the other seeing the remaining girls playing each other in an intra-club match. Girls will rotate between the two games each week, with ideally 7 playing in the IEGC game. The intra-club match allows us to stop the game and focus on areas the girls can improve in. Perfect for many of our girls who are brand new to cricket!
The first week of this new format went extremely well last Wednesday. Two of our Nuna girls played in the IEGC game – Jessie Pietersz and Amelia Kennett. It was a close game but Burwood was too good in the end. Nuna 4/75 defeated by Burwood 0/95. Jessie made a fantastic 9 off 14 balls (2 fours) and bowled her 3 overs for 14 runs. Amelia made 2 off 20 balls and bowled her 2 overs for just 2 runs! Jessie was also player of the match along with Madison Carroll from Blackburn.
The intraclub match saw 4 girls play their first game of cricket. Zoe Lorimer starred with the bat hitting a number of fours in her very first game. Maggie Loveridge (younger sister of current player Penny Loveridge) also batted well and got two wickets in her very first game. She even left her fish and chips unfinished to get back on and help us in the field – now that is commitment!
Great to see so many girls getting involved in cricket and we continue have more registrations each week. 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 10th Feb at Morton Park, Blackburn from 5pm.
The IEGC game this week will be an all Nuna affair at Bob Saker oval this Wednesday 10th Feb from 5pm so come along and support the girls.
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. Registration https://www.playcricket.com.au/club-finder/club-details?id=1361
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.
Junior Blasters – $100
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 7 & 8 Results
Super 7s O’Sullivan – Coach: Rob Nurse Round 7
A new year with the same start, O’Sullivans loses the toss and is sent in to bat.
In a quirk of the season we started off the 2nd half of the season playing the same team as we started against in the 1st half of the season, giving us a good view of how we and Jenkins have progressed.
Batting first the Kapsimallis siblings got us off to a good start against some quality bowling, ably supported as always by Max. While our middle order is progressing in shot selection and solid technique, we’re still lacking the runs to show off for our hard work.
A highlight would have to be Arjun and Leo each making some valuable lower order runs, each reaching their top score, as well as showing a willingness to make some quick singles. They’re obviously aiming for a promotion….
Unfortunately our decent total of 71 wasn’t enough against a strong batting lineup, and Jenkins overhauled our total by the 13th over.
Our bowling unit continued to be solid overall – with our 2 most economical bowlers (Christina & Will Davis) each donning the gloves and going for 3 runs total across their overs – a great showing!
Congrats to Jenkins for the win, we’ll see you next season again hopefully!
TidBit Players of the Match: Joint aware to Arjun & Leo since there was not much to separate them in batting or bowling – with great display by each of them!
I’m happy to report that while our skills at the toss are still being worked on (we suffered another loss), we did manage a solid win against a committed team (our official first win so congrats to all for the hard work at training!).
On losing the toss and being sent into the field on a wet morning, after a while our bowlers learned to handle the wet bowl and heavy crosswind to start restricting the opposition batsmen.
Congrats should really go to all the bowlers for their accuracy, shout outs again to Christina (3 overs, 1 maiden, 1 wicket, 2 runs), Leo (3-1-1-5) and Max (3-0-0-6), however all bowlers performed amazingly well. Kudos as well to Hugh & Joseph for wicketkeeping and absolutely smashing it!
We managed to restrict Heathmont to 5/49 from their 20 overs, a total which we managed to pass without too much trouble.
Christina starred with the bat (13 runs) and showed good leadership in helping to coach the running between wickets of the other players.
Some solid contributions from Max (5), Leo (3) and Joseph (3) meant that we finished our innings at 3/83.
TidBit Player of the Match: While Joseph pushed hard with a good all-round display the superb bowling and batting performance of Christina was too hard to ignore and she’s the POTM.
Next Game: vs Vermont Purple, Mahoneys Reserve Oval 2 (9am Sunday 14th February)
Super 7s Joyce – Coach: Geoff Little Round 7
Great to have the team back together after our xmas break.
For the first time this season we batted first after losing the toss. Captain Lucas decided to get Sam and Jed to open the batting, both looked good and scoreboard was ticking along nicely. Next was our captain Lucas, and as always played a nice straight bat. Addi was next, and played some nice shots. Kavish next, his confidence with the bat is great and running between wickets was very good. Wills improvement over Xmas is awesome to see. But Cooper and Kobe were really awesome with the bat this week, timing a couple of shots each that made the boundary comfortably.
Bowling was excellent again, lead by our captain Lucas, who started us off with a double wicket maiden. Special mention to Kavish who took 3 wickets, Lucas 2, overall a great bowling and fielding effort.
I was impressed with Will’s all round game this week, his effort was fantastic. He is more than a worthy captain this week
This week we had Will as captain, and lead the team really well, with bowling and batting line up handed to me before the game started. Awesome job by Will.
We lost the toss and we bowled first. Once again we bowled well, we worked our run up out on Thursday at training, and I think we were a lot more consistent in our line and lengths, which is great from my perspective. Jed, Adi and captain Will were big improvers, but a very good bowling effort across the board.
Fielding was a little off this week, a few overthrows were let through, something to work on at training Thursday.
Batting, captain Will sent Jed and Cooper in and we started well with some excellent running between wickets. The scorecard ticked over nicely. Will followed and was very good, improving every week. Lucas next, didn’t have the best of the bowling, is always nice watch. Adi, starting to really shine as he grows, one of our better batsman and will only keep improving. Kavish was good, played a nice straight shots. And Kobe was awesome, I have worked him hard since the Xmas break about timing over slogging, he proved to everyone that he’s very capable of playing some lovely shots. Sam, was great, maturing all the time. He batted with Jason, I asked Sam to support and help Jason as much as he can. He was amazing in his support of Jason, special mention to Sam, very proud of the he dealt with it. And finally Jason, he has a nice technique, and more opportunities, will keep improving.
A win for team Joyce, with a great all round effort. Well done boys.
TidBit Player of the Match: This week Kobe was made player of the match, for a great catch behind the stumps and for the hard work that he has done on his batting. Proud of him and the effort he puts every week. And he will captain this coming week
Next Game: vs Heathmont Blue, Bob Saker Oval (9am Sunday 14th February)
Super 7s Jenkin – Coach: Daniel Smith Round 7
We kicked off the first match back after the xmas break with another derby, Nunawading Jenkin 7’s playing Nunawading O’Sullivan on Bob Saker oval. O’Sullivan won the toss and send us in to bat first.
Ryan and Anderson opened the batting and got us off to a solid start putting on a solid 3 and 4 respectively off their allocated balls and each week are looking at more opportunities to score. Alex and Lachie came to the crease and looked to attack from the outset, Alex’s outright aggressive game complimented well by Lachies ability to work the ball around and capitalise on the loose ball. Alex ending up with 20 and Lachie 18 from their 15 balls setting us up for a good total. Josh and Alastair paired up well and both seem to have grown with confidence with the bat over the xmas break, Josh in particular playing some great pull shots in going on to make 12. Patrick looked solid in his stay at the crease and the attacking stokes don’t look too far away, Jensen then finishing off the innings with a couple of cheeky singles. A great outing with the bat against a much improved O’Sullivan bowling line up from earlier in the season, Jenkins ending up with 4-97 off our 20 overs.
O’Sullivan came out blazing with Kosta and Christina Kapsimallas taking the attack up to our opening bowlers and giving them every chance to chase down a large total. In the end the total proved too large with us restricting O’Sullivan to 8-71 with the team on a bit of a roll and gaining in confidence. There was some rusty bowling after coming back after the break and this is something we will be looking to work on at training. Josh showed he had picked up a few yards of pace over the xmas break, though the pick of the bowlers on the day was Lachie who picked up 3 wickets including a great caught and bowled.
TidBit player of the match: Lachie Smith for his 18 runs and 3 wickets.
Round 8 saw Nunawading Jenkin take on Heathmont White on Mahoney’s Reserve middle over. Both these teams are pretty evenly matched and we played out a tight game earlier in the season. We were to see another thriller, Heathmont winning the toss and sending us in to bat.
Lachie and Alex opened the batting this week and the scoring was a little more subdued than previous weeks though we were still going at around a run a ball at the 5 over mark. Josh came in at 3 and looked positive from the outset and there must have been some good summer battles in the backyard or beach with his brother as his game has gone to another level. Ryan and Anderson continue to improve with the bat and are building a good partnership with their calling, taking on the fielders and capitalising on the pushes into the gaps. Patrick’s growth continues and is scoring more freely, and Jensen Alastair and Tom really brought home the innings to get us to 8-91 after our 20 overs.
Our bowling was tight early and we had Heathmont on the back foot. Patrick in particular bowled his best spell of the season which was great to see. Late in the innings it appeared we had done enough with the task looking too great for Heathmont to chase down. What happened next was a great learning opportunity for the team to take into the future. As Heathmont pressed hard we lost our composure in the field and gave away too many runs through overthrows (something we will work on at training this week). Heathmont now back in the game it came down to the last ball where they got the cheeky single to get them over the line by 1 run. The boys were disappointed though we move on and learn and will be better for the experience.
TidBit player of the match: Patrick Edwards for his outstanding bowling.
Next Game: vs Vermont, Terrara Park Oval 1 (9am Sunday 14th February)
Super 7s Bosworth – Coach: Manish Sharma Round 8
After a lengthy break, the Bosworth team returned to Bob Saker Oval to take on Yarraleen Gold. Winning the toss and bowling, Logan and Mantra made an excellent start maintaining a great line and making it difficult for runs to come easily off the bat. Our fielding was energetic, with lots of encouragement for the bowlers from the outset. Clarrie demonstrated great skill behind the stumps, ensuring that we minimised extras. All bowlers stuck to their lines, albeit we do need to do some work on ensuring that we consistently make the distance when bowling. Arya was an absolute star, bowling with great accuracy and pace to pick up an outstanding 4 wickets. With other bowlers chipping in and some great fielding, we were able to bowl out Yarraleen for 64 in their 20 overs.
With high confidence at the change of innings, the team started strongly thanks to a very positive partnership between Clarrie and Ollie. Once again, outstanding running between the wickets was the key, putting Yarraleen under pressure from the outset. The batting partnerships continued throughout the innings and most pleasing was the value that each batsman put on their wicket. Runs off the bat were key, with everyone contributing and leading the team to their second win for the season, overtaking the total in the 18th over for the loss of only 5 wickets.
The team has continued to grow through the season and it’s fantastic to see the enjoyment and camaraderie, particularly when a wicket is taken. Congrats to all players and thanks to parents for the continuing support. Let’s focus on putting in good practice sessions in the coming weeks, leading us to more fun on Saturdays!
TidBit Player of the Match: Arya for his excellent bowling, taking 4 wickets
Next Game: vs Doncaster, Doncaster Reserve (8:30am Saturday 13 February)
Stage 1 Girls (Nuna/Blacky) – Coach: Robin Ferdinands
Next Game: vs Wyclif, Bob Saker Oval (5pm Wednesday 10th February)
Fast 9s – Coach: Jason Griffith
Nunawading Vs Heathmont White
Cloudy at first, becoming fine. A good temperature to play cricket.
Nunawading captain Rory lost the toss. Heathmont elected to field.
We got off to a reasonable start. Scoring was difficult at times, but the opening batsmen kept plodding along, both managing to carry their bat. This set the tone for the rest of the innings, most batsmen making low single digit scores after batting close to their full allotment of balls. With the last wicket lost, our retired batsmen only had 2 overs left to face. Dheer, then Rylan went out to face again. When Rylan was run-out with 4 balls remaining and no batsman padded up, I called the innings closed. Dheer top scored with 21.
Our bowling innings started excellently. Our opening bowler, Dihein, bowled 5 dot balls before they managed to score a single. Sam, bowling next, bowled a delivery that the batsman miscued for Dheer, the keeper, to catch. 1/1.
After that, things weren’t quite so good for a time. We conceded far too many extras, the bowling being very erratic. There were 4 standouts in terms of accuracy, however. Dihein, Saul, James and Harry all managed to salvage the situation. Harry and Saul managed to keep the batsmen pinned down in their overs, both not conceding a single extra, Harry picking up a wicket along the way. James and Dihein ony conceded a single extra each from their overs, too.
At the halfway mark, Dheer and Rylan switched. Not long afterwards, Dheer was called in to bowl. On his 4th delivery he bowled the batsman. His next delivery was nicked through to the keeper. Rylan, who caught the batsman out. Unfortunately, Dheer’s hat-trick ball didn’t come out quite as he would like it.
The main differences between the Heathmont innings and ours was when their batsmen were dismissed. All 4 batsmen who went out did so without facing many balls, where our 4 wickets had mostly happened at the ends of their innings. Rory went out on the last ball he was due to face, Sam only had 3 balls left, and Rylan was batting in his second phase having retired after his allocated 15 balls.
Consequently, their first batsman to return from retirement was their gun batsman. Without him, the scoresheet might have looked different, but kudos where it is due, he made 41 runs from 40 deliveries.
TidBit Player of the Match: Dheer for 21 runs, 2 wickets and a catch. Encouragement awards for James, Harry, Saul and Dihein for their accurate bowling.
Nunawading Vs Blackburn Bowler
Weather: Awful. Waves of drizzle washing over periodically. Cold, particularly when you were out in the middle fielding as the showers crossed. No stoppage for the weather, but the whole game slowed down as the ball required almost constant attention to remove the water and grass.
Jurgen the captain won the toss and decided to field. Sam started as keeper.
The Nunawading attack was very good, keeping the opposition in check without too many errors. Very few genuine boundary attempts were hit, probably due to the nature of the ground. Fielding was sharp, with very few silly throws and good backing up for throws at the wickets.
Arya and Rehan, our newcomers, acquitted themselves with the ball along with Dihein and Dheer. Arya took his maiden Fast 9’s wicket, and Dheer and Jurgen took one each, too. The other Blackburn wicket to fall was from a runout excellently executed with Rory again showing quick hands as keeper. Sam and Rory both showed rustiness given that they haven’t kept since early in the season.
We completed 24 overs after going well past our allocated time.
The Batting innings started off quite well, with Jurgen and Rylan batting. Rylan put in a blinder with 23 runs coming from his 14 balls, before going out on his last allocated ball. Jurgen found the conditions difficult, but managed to carry his bat. Dheer came out and made a couple of runs before hitting a strong drive straight back to the bowler, who took a sharp chance. I think everyone was as surprised at the catch as the bowler, including their coach. Harry came in at Jurgen’s retirement, making 4 runs before retiring himself. Arya also made it to retirement, but then we had a string of outs without adding to the score. James was run out, Rehan was bowled on his second delivery, and Sam struggled with the conditions before going out without addition. Dihein came out next, making a couple of runs partnering with Rory before retiring.
Jurgen came back out and only lasted a couple of runs. Harry came back out, and hit it off with Rory, turning over the strike regularly and creeping ever closer to the target score. Harry was finally bowled, bringing Arya back out. 7 wickets down, 1 more remaining, 7 runs required. Arya started as Harry had, and Rory and Arya quickly got moving to knock off the last few runs. Calling was sharp… perhaps a little too much so. Arya struggled to keep up with Rory, Rory having much longer legs. The end came finally with a suicidal run, leaving Arya stranded as his wickets were thrown down.
Final score… a TIE!
Blackburn Bowler 4/77
TidBit Player of the Match: Very hard to call. I was very happy with the team’s batting for one particular reason: Our 3 top batsmen all lost their wickets making no impact beyond their initial innings. It was left to others to bring the match home, which they did admirably.
Rylan made some good runs to set up the opportunity, and Rory was the mainstay of the fightback, also making a run out in our bowling innings. Joint winners. Harry gets an honourable mention for his partnerships pre and post retirement
Next Game: vs Vermont Gold, Vermont Recreation Reserve (9am Sunday 14th February)
U12B – Coach: Paul Wood Manningham 8/139
Defeated Nunawading 9/119
In this week’s game we played against Manningham at their home ground. I (Gia) was the captain. I lost the toss and they elected to bat first.
After a slow start and some tight bowling, the Manningham batsmen started to score more freely and even though they came into the match at the bottom of the ladder they ended up posting a very good score of 8/139. Bowling contributions for Nunawading are Sevin with great figures of
4/16 off three overs including a hat trick, Kevan with 1/13 off three overs and myself with 1/4 off two overs.
Next it was our turn to bat and it was our biggest total to chase for the season so far. We were off to a bad start with both openers going cheaply. Ben and Eloise were in together and steadied things before retiring, then Sevin and I kept the scoreboard ticking along before we started to lose wickets cheaply again. Our previous retirees came back in to bat and didn’t add much more to their scores. Before long we had too many runs to get and not enough wickets in hand. We lost our final wicket at 9/119 and we were 20 runs short of Manninghams score and thus losing our first game of the season. Special mentions to Ben with 12 runs, Eloise with 17, Sevin with 13 and myself with 16 runs.
It wasn’t our best performance for the year but credit to Manningham for a great match and we will now regroup for next week.
TidBit Players of the Match: Sevin Gunaratne and Gia Kapsimalis
Report Written by Gia Kapsimalis
Next Game: vs St Davids, Mahoneys Reserve Oval 3 (5pm Friday 12th February)
U12A – Coach: Simon Rush Nunawading CC 8/82 25 overs
Zac Warburton 19 off 25 balls
Zak Mallen 10 off 25 balls not out
Bulleen Templestowe CC 8/77 25 overs
Zak Mallen 2/6 off 3 overs
Zac Warburton 1/4 off 2 overs – with one maiden
1 wicket also to Ethan, Shayan and Jack (2 catches & run out to Hamish)
A welcome return to matches for the U12 A team. Our captain Ansel won the toss and elected to bat. A strong performance by Hamish and Zac M who were filling in for some of our unavailable players helped us achieve a modest total which we believed we could defend.
The finish of the game was a nail bitter with Bulleen Templestowe needing 8 runs of the last over. The bowlers had been on the stumps and restricting their batters all night and the final over was no different.
TidBit Player of the Match: TBC
Next game: BYE
U14 – Coach: Glen Mackie Round 8
First game back after an extended break due to the weather the previous week and unfortunately the good progression made last year wasn’t so evident this round. That’s OK as these things can happen from time to time but we need to make sure we move on quickly and get back to the level we know we are capable of.
Vermont South won the toss and elected to bowl. Andrew and Shafin opened this week with Andrew making it all the way through to retirement with a score of 7 and Shafin almost getting to retirement (dismissed on 29 balls for 7). Unfortunately from there we tried to push the run rate too hard hitting the ball in the air and being dismissed to some great catches by our own sub fielders (our guys managed to take 3). Vermont South fielders managed to hold another four – resulting in all 7 dismissals being out caught for a total of only 53. No scores in the double figures, Sam retiring on 5 and Kaelan and Hamish both not out at the end for 9 and 5 respectively. The boys need to place a lot more pride on their wickets in these next three weeks.
We were going to be up against it defending 53 and the early signs weren’t great. 31 extras was possibly our worst performance of the season and that resulted in Vermont South passing us pretty easily ending up on 4/115. Two good runouts and two good catches for Chris were the highlights of our effort in the field.
Write this round off as a bad day and we can bounce back strongly this week.
TidBit Player of the Match: For valuing his wicket and getting to retirement after reluctantly opening the batting and facing the new ball goes to Andrew Fowler. Well done.
Next Game: vs Blackburn, Oval 2 Mahoneys Reserve (5pm Friday 12th February)
U16 – Coach: Scott Millar
Next Game: vs East Burwood, East Burwood Reserve Oval 1 (5pm Friday 12th February)
U18 – Coach: David Cowell Round 8
We copped a bit of a hiding last week from the reigning premiers and top team but were very buoyed to see Lachy Ahearn bat to his potential with a great 44 no, his top score. Well done mate!
Next Game: vs Blackburn, Bob Saker Oval (5pm Friday 12th February)
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