Creak Shield Vs St George 21/10/18
SEJCA 107 def. by St. George 5/108
Round 1 saw the South Eastern Creak Shield team come up against arch rivals and last years semi finalists St. George. On a cloudy morning, Alex Greenhill won the toss and elected to bat.
Angus Royal (6) and debutant Jaxon Heapes (5) opened up on an extremely slow outfield. Both boys were busy to start, defending well and keeping the scoreboard ticking over. In the 8th over, Jaxon was cleaned up by a well directed in swinger, before two balls later, Angus was dismissed in almost identical fashion. At 2/14, Aston Weir (12) and Oscar Wright (24) came to the crease and were watchful to start, batting cautiously to the first drinks break. With the run rate below 2 runs per over, we needed to kick on after drinks. Aston continued to pick up his singles, while Oscar went to work, flicking one off his pads over mid wicket for 4, before lacing the off side with a viscous cut shot. 2/53 and momentum had been clawed back before Oscar went for one too many, top edging a cut shot straight to point. Aston was bowled not long after, attempting a wild slog over mid wicket. Peter Skalvos (24) and Tim Molnar (7) looked at ease, keeping the game moving forward, the highlight a beautiful straight drive from Peter, all the way along the lush outfield for 4. Just as we looked like pushing 120+, the wickets tumbled. Tim, Peter, Ed Neal and Arlo Brazier, all clean bowled. St George were on fire, and in the 40th over, we were bowled out for 107. A disappointing score; we were far too conservative in our approach and allowed SG dictate terms to us.
We were however confident of defending the score, and got off to a fantastic start in the field. Tim Molnar took the new ball, and in the first over, got the breakthrough, a well directed (and probably unintentional) bouncer surprising the SG opener, popping up the easiest of catches to Angus at square leg. Soon after, we had a second, another catch, spooned back to Tim in his follow through. 2/11 and both openers in the sheds. Arlo Brazier and Noah Gaussen came into the attack, Arlo starting with a fantastic over, bowling a good line and length. Noah came on, and with his first ball had a wicket, dropping one in short only for batsman to hit it straight to Tim at mid wicket. Then, with his 5th ball, he had another, a loose ball down leg, top edged straight into the gloves of keeper Ben van Dam. 4/22, the boys were buzzing in the field and we were well on track. From there, SG rebuilt and got on top of us, thanks largely to an amazing innings from their number 4 and captain, who was a brick wall in defence and manipulated the field beautifully, he gave us one chance early on which we didn't take, and in tight games, that's all good players need to make you pay. Indeed we did, as SG chased the score down with 4 overs to spare, 5 wickets down.
A disappointing start against an opposition who will no doubt be there come finals time. There were some positive signs in our performance but plenty of areas we need to work on. We have our first away game against Inner West next week, with the team intent on rectifying yesterday's performance.
Huge thanks to our amazing parent group, led by Steph van Dam, for their hospitality and assistance on game day.
Cawsey Shield v Sutherland 21/10/18
Loss of toss and batting first
We faced some pretty good bowling from the start but credit going to the openers Hayden and Ed for seeing them off and getting us the first drink breaks with a R/R of about 3.5. With our aim to bat the 40 overs we continued to pick up the runs on offer and with only a couple down at the 2nd drinks break looked in good shape for a strong finish. We unfortunately went down a gear instead of 2 up and we just couldn’t lift with a lot of dot balls and even maiden overs being bowled. We finished with a score of 157 which was pleasing as the boys did the best they could against a good side. We felt it was enough to bowl at but not having that extra 20 or 30 from the last ten could be costly.
The boys bowled well in patches today but were punished when short or down leg side which is an area we need to get better at. Bowlers weren’t conscious enough of their field and many were caught out of place. I was hoping the quicks and medium bowlers could see the day out but in hindsight i could and should of used a spinner to change it up.
Fielding, more work needs to be done by the player to make sure he is where he is supposed to be. Left and right hand changes were very slow and so was the changing of overs. We held our catches today but the ground fielding let us down in places and in the end proved costly. We didn’t attack the ball or get hungry enough for it which let Sutherland take a lot of unwarranted singles and 2s. The talk and chatter in the field I thought was excellent all the way to the last ball, lots of pressure for 11 year olds to handle but full credit to all the boys for showing composure and then the grace to congratulate the other team on winning.
Full credit to Sutherland for a superb display of batting winning off the last ball of the game, tight games are a great way to finish and the result could have gone either way. The boys need this sort of cricket to help them become better players and im sure we have lots to talk about at training.
In the end we did the best we could on the day and though we didn’t get the result it’s a good start to the season with lots of promise and lots to work on.
Gee Shield vs Sutherland 21/10/18
Gwawley Park was luscious as ever for round 1. The dolphins crawled to their total of 88, with opener Harry Gianoutsos top scoring with 24 and laying a great platform for the middle order. Yet none of the middle order fired. After losing wickets at 46, 47 and 50, Will Caldwell and Marley Whitcombe steadied the ship in the middle, with 19 and 9 not out respectively. Yet this re build wasn't capitalised on, with the final four wickets falling with the score at 81, 83, 83 and 88.
Sutherland's opening stand of 47 meant the dolphins were always chasing the game. And in the end, despite a brilliant middle period from Jamie Pavey (1/9 off 10) and Harry Gianoutsos (2/5 off 6.2), there just weren't enough runs on the board.
Moore Shield vs Sutherland 21/10/18
Congratulations on our first win of the season. It was a clinical team effort although there were some tough periods especially when we were batting. We played some really tough and hard cricket against a team that is renowned over the years to come out quite hard.
After losing two early wickets, our top/middle order (Jonah and Hamish) absorbed some good bowling especially against their opening bowler and leg-spinner who I thought bowled really well. We played some smart cricket by looking for quick singles and running two's. I believe this was the difference between the two teams; we were able to hit gaps in the field and run harder between the wickets.
It was also good to see the majority of batters looked to move the score on when they got in and batted with a plan. We kept wickets in hand which allowed the middle & lower order (Henry, Maxim and Eddie) to capitalise while the field was spread. Posting close to 150 runs on that outfield was terrific.
I thought we stuck to our bowling plans quite well. We wanted to win the first session and we did. We did this by bowling on off stump or at the stumps and closing down the quick singles. Hugo, Henry and Matthew were dynamic in the field. As a result, they were 0/40 off 20 overs and that left them too much to do for the remaining 20 overs. Although we didn't get a wicket in the first 20 overs, we remained patient and calm and as a result Eddie claimed three wickets. I thought our energy and chatter was very good compared to our recent trial game.
There is still some big improvements needed in the fielding department as there were multiple run-out opportunities throughout the innings. I liked how the leadership group got together before the game and decided on what to do first. Batting first was obviously a great choice.
We need to be better against Inner West as they are essentially playing for their season next week after their loss on Sunday.
Weblin Shield vs Sutherland 21/10/18
Sutherland 9/181 def SEJCA 75 (all out)
The boys were keen for their first Rep game of the season, with passports in their cricket bags we headed down to the Shire. This was always going to be a tough game against last year’s Grand Finalists, not assisted with our two best batsmen on the sidelines, nonetheless we were confident the boys would be very competitive.
Captain, Ed Walker lost the toss and Sutherland decided to bat. Some local knowledge at play, as the pitch deteriorated later in the day. SEJCA claimed an early wicket (in the 2nd over), with a low diving catch from wicket keeper Oli White off Angus Hayman with a well directed outswinger. The opening bowlers kept things tight, as the pressure mounted the other opener was trapped LBW from a peach from Charlie Marwedel. As the spinners came on, the SEJCA boys grabbed another wicket and Sutherland were 3 for 48. However the wickets dried up as Sutherland put on close to an 80 run partnership. Two more quick wickets fell, 5 for 135. The last 13 overs only went for 46runs with 4 more wickets falling, giving the SEJCA lads a good chance of chasing that score. Both spinners Ned Patterson and Jasper Hogarth-Scott bowled tightly and picking up 3 wickets between them. Ed Walker finished with 3 for 28.
Our openers Tommy Plunkett and Rohan Sharma strode to the crease after an ample lunch provided by Sutherland, ready to start knocking into that decent Sutherland total of 181. Both were off to a good start, however with the score on 25, Tommy was unfortunately run out on 12, then our now 3 batsmen, Oli White on 2 runs, played at a wide delivery and was out caught behind, score now 2 for 27. Brodie Masnick and Rohan managed to steady the ship and just as they settling into a decent partnership, another run out, now 3 for 47. Rohan then fell on 32 runs (top score), caught at point, with the score 4 for 56, with runs hard to find, the middle order struggled we lost 6 wickets for 19 runs (including another run out), to be all out for 75 off 40.4 overs. To Sutherland’s credit they were very effective at bowling good line and length and dictated to our batsmen.
Thanks to Jon Snyman and Aliza Plunkett for scoring.
Watson Shield vs St George 21/10/18
Well done to the boys to get into the right mindset for the match given the "heavy" conditions. Winx would have struggled!
Into bat after losing the toss. Key objective to a good innings with the bat are partnerships. Not something our first 3 could muster, notwithstanding tough conditions. Next week.
Yianni (Run out 35) and Sam (Caught 25) steadied the course with an excellent partnership (58). Some resistance by the middle order but some poor decisions led to avoidable run outs. If there is any doubt in a run - do not run and communicate loud and clear your call. Poor decisions build pressure and prefer this to be our oppositions position!
Revised focus to see out the overs fell short at 44th over with 102 runs on the board. Could of got 150, needed 120.
Into the field with a sharp run out early. Tight bowling building pressure, keeping them at less that 2 an over for first 10 an excellent start. Then another RO and after 28 overs they are 3 - 50 odd with their opener popping one up just after the 2nd break. Game on.
A concerted team effort took us through to a loss by 3 wickets at the 45th over, characterised by putting our 3rd session plan into action by taking quick wickets, getting through overs quickly and removing their snail like big opening batsman (2 hours 10min for 23!).
Well done to the bowlers with their tigerish approach in poor conditions and backed up by some enthusiastic fielding.
To help you achieve positive outcomes in limited over cricket you need to bat out your overs and take 10 wickets - today we missed both and almost won. Good sign, better performances ahead.
Thanks to the scorers and parent support.