U12B – Coach: Paul Wood
Nunawading CC 5/91
Manningham CC 3/88
The semi-final pressure was on. Kevan was our Captain and unfortunately lost the toss but Manningham CC decided to bat first. Everyone was on the field in their positions ready for the first ball of the innings. We put a lot of pressure on Manningham with communication, encouragement and close fielding. Sevin took 2 ripper catches to get 2 of their best batsman out. Daivik got his first wicket and Kevan sent the bails flying with his ripper ball. We kept them to a total score of only 88 runs, which was a terrific effort!
Arnav and Hamish opened the batting and got us off to a great start. Gia scored 18 runs, Hamish scored 13 runs and Ihab scored 11 runs. Ihab and Eli ended our innings terrifically with 6 overs left! Nunawading had won!!!! We had a total of 91 runs and now it was time to prepare for the big Grand Final and have sausages from the barbecue.
Report by: Eloise Wood
TidBit Players of the Match: Gia Kapsimalis
Next Game: GF vs Vermont, Vermont Recreational Reserve (5pm Friday 12th March)
U12A – Coach: Simon Rush
Nunawading 7/113 off 25 overs
Zac Warburton 27 off 23 balls
Anhad Kohli 24 off 22 balls
Cooper Busch 16 off 14 balls
Koonung Heights CC 3/139 off 25 overs
Single wickets to Aidan, Jack and Josh.
Great catch in the outfield from Ansel.
We all turned up excited about our opportunity last Friday night. In discussions before the game, we agreed as a team to put Koonung into bat first. Ethan our captain won the toss and we got the game underway by 4.30pm which was made possible through the great work of our parent group and wonderful communication from Danielle our team manager.
Koonung had a solid batting line-up and while we could not get them all out, we had many bowlers who cramped the Koonung players for space and some great fielding, restricted them from scoring freely. Aidan and Jack got two of their batsmen out by crashing down their stumps. A special mention to Max Mitchell who stayed in wicketkeeper for the match and did exactly what was needed.
We started our batting confidently and managed to maintain the required run rate for most of the game. Zac and Anhad both had exceptional innings and retired undefeated. Halfway during our innings, Koonung started to get worried that they had not scored enough, a fact which their coach shared with us after the game. The consistency of their batting line-up started to affect us as we lost wickets our run rate began to slow down.
I was so proud of the effort and passion the boys showed for their team. They are a special group that have grown in maturity and cricket smarts this season.
Most of the Koonung team joined us in the clubrooms after the game and showed great sportsmanship. We wish them success as they go into the Grand Final Next week.
Thanks all for an exciting season.
See you next season.
U16 – Coach: Scott Millar
The under 16s semi final was held at Stintons Reserve against Warrandyte. We lost the toss and had a bowl. In the first 6 overs, the opposition edged every second ball, but unfortunately, they kept finding gaps. We missed a chance first ball of the innings, but apart from that, it was very frustrating.
We finally got our first wicket when Suraj got a run out with a great throw from the boundary. Charlie was in danger of getting leather poisoning, will all his great work in the field. The spinners tightened things up a bit, but Warrandyte took advantage of some short bowling later in the innings to post a good score of 3/143. Our wickets were 2 run outs and one to Josh Millar.
We had a big task ahead with the bat, but we weren’t going to go down without having a massive crack. Harry and Will got us off to a great start with both getting around 20. Jacob played a great innings getting 25, and from there, we needed a run a ball. A good partnership from Josh Paton and Christian had us track, but when they fell, the lower order had a bit much to do. Batting in fading light, they all had a crack, but we fell 12 runs short.
We ended the season only losing games to the 2 grand finalists. We had a great bunch of kids, and I’m really proud of their efforts. Thanks to all those who helped out along the way. It certainly makes coaching far more enjoyable.