Creak Shield: Canterbury-Wests 35 def. by SEJCA 1/36
We arrived at the picturesque Gough Whitlam Park for a must win game against Canterbury-Wests, with a home qualifying final on the line. Canterbury won the toss and elected to bat.
Tim Molnar (1/11 off 4) and Aston Weir (2/8 off 4) took the new ball, and despite struggling for rhythm, got the early breakthroughs we were after, leaving Canterbury 3/15 early on. When these two get it right, they are both so dangerous and skilful with the new ball. Noah Gaussen (2/5 off 4) and Arlo Brazier (3/8 off 4) tightened the screws and continued the onslaught, picking up 5 wickets between them, all of which the result of bowling a consistent line and length, full and straight. Will Livissianis (0/2 off 2) and Alex Greenhill (2/0 off 2) finished the innings off quickly, Alex delivery 2 perfect yorkers, knocking the stumps over on both occasions.
Canterbury all out for 35 after 19.5 overs. Aside from a few wide/no balls and a couple of missed run outs, the boys were ruthless and got the job done. There is no reason we can't dismantle any opposition as we did yesterday. We have a few improvements to make with our discipline and ability to build pressure with the ball, and our energy / movement in the field (mainly our walking in and movement towards the ball). If we get these things right, there truly is no limit to what these boys can do.
Alex (9* off 21) and Jaxon Heapes (13 off 19) opened up and got off to a fast start, with Jaxon in particular batting quite aggressively, intent on knocking off the runs and ripping into the BBQ Canterbury were preparing for lunch. Alex played the shot of the day, a beautiful cover drive along the ground to the boundary. With the score on 28, Jax was dismissed trying hit their spinner back to Bondi (fair enough given it was a big full toss). Oscar Wright (1* off 2) and Alex finished things quickly, the target reached within 7 overs and the game over before midday.
Thanks to everyone for their assistance throughout the day, in particular Anthony, Chris, Adrian and Jimmy. Congratulations to the team; this win secures 4th position on the table and a home quarter-final this Sunday (against Parramatta, venue: Pioneers). It's an exciting opportunity for the boys, who aren't just content with finishing in the top 8, but intent on making the most of this opportunity and giving the competition a real shake.
Cawsey Shield: St George 8/52 def. by SEJCA 2/53
Lost the toss and bowling first
The boys were looking forward to a big performance today and they didn’t disappoint. With yet another opening bowling change this time it was Rory and Harrys turn to get the good start we need.
Today there were some spells of bowling that were pure class. The openers finished their 4 overs each with the score less than the wickets and with Rory bowling maiden after maiden and on a hat trick at one stage.
All the boys steamed in today and wickets were shared. Special mention to Patrick Hield who bowled one of the best overs ive seen that didn’t take a wicket by a 11 yr old, peach after peach.
Proud of their bowling effort today although we fell away with our lengths after 30 overs giving the opposition a chance to settle and bat out their 40 overs, we really should have been able to take the ten wickets.
The fielding again was of a high standard and we took most of our catches. Bowlers did a better job helping to set their fields during their overs. We managed to keep them to 50 runs after the 40 overs so a pleasing mornings work.
Batting second chasing small target we all know what can happen but we focused on changing nothing and sticking to our plans.
Openers again doing great job ticking the runs over at about 3.5 for the first 10. We lost 2 wickets in the run chase and rapped it up in about 15 overs. Well batted to Ed Dos Toby and Kieren making sure they got the job done. It would have been nice to see the boys bat the 40 overs today.
A decent win today congrats to all great team effort. We at home next week and need to make sure we keep doing what we do best and hope other results go our way. Whatever the result this team is definitely firing at the moment and have been very entertaining to watch.
Big thanks to the Mums and Dads on your support the boys and I appreciate it.
Thanks to the scorers and supporters on the day we appreciate it.
Thanks to Andrew Vassey for Umpiring.
Cawsey Shield 2018
Gee Shield: SEJCA 5/93 Def. St George 92
Moore Shield: SEJCA 146 Def. by St George 1/147
Weblin Shield: SEJCA 4/195 def. St George 10/147
The SEJCA U15 team headed out to Olds Park Mortdale for an away match against St George, our final round fixture for the season. The ground was in great condition, complete with a comfortable grandstand and electronic scoreboard. This venue is normally used for 2nd Grade matches in Premier Cricket, so it was a nice experience for the team to play there.
SEJCA won the toss and decided that runs on the board would be the way to go. Openers Rohan Sharma and Oliver White continued where they left off last week, each making strong contributions to enable a solid platform, reaching 0/45 at the 16 overs drinks break. Straight after the break, Rohan (28) was bowled playing back to the St George spinner. Asher Learmonth came in at no. 3, looking to keep our momentum going. Oliver (51) meanwhile started to up the ante and brought up his 50 run milestone around the 23rd over with another boundary. Unfortunately he was out caught the next over, not controlling an airborne shot. Henry Snyman came in at no. 4, returning for his first rep match this season, after an injury layoff. Our run rate slowed a little over the next few overs as Henry and Asher played cautiously and picked out the fielders, reaching 2/100 at the 33 overs drinks break.
After drinks the pair started to free up, until Henry (11) played a lofted straight drive to be caught on the boundary. Looking for quick runs, Josh Durkin was promoted to no. 5 with a licence to thrill. Asher and Josh pushed the score along at a good rate until Asher (35) was also out caught in the 42nd over, with the score on 141. Ned Patterson was in at no. 6, looking to rotate strike and keep the momentum. Over the last 8 overs we added 54 runs as the pair ran aggressively, and Josh swung the bat hard at almost everything. We finished at 4/195 with both Josh (49*) and Ned (16*) remaining unbeaten. Josh was 1 run short of making a 50, but played a very entertaining and important knock coming off just 31 balls.
After a great lunch put on by the St George parents, the team headed out to defend our solid total. Ed Walker and Angus Hayman took the new ball, and the pair kept it tight in the early overs. Gus Runow was brought into the attack in the 9th over, and immediately struck to remove one opener who had just started to play some shots. The scorers were confused about how he actually got out, as there seemed to be bat, pad and a slips catch involved. Eventually Gus was credited with an LBW dismissal. Brody Masnick joined the attack and was soon rewarded with the wicket of the 2nd opener, this time caught by Angus Hayman in the slips. We went to the drinks break with the score at 2/35, and SEJCA marginally ahead.
After the break, spin was introduced through Jasper Hogarth-Scott and Ned Patterson, supported by Brody's nagging medium pace and Pat Hoggett's inswingers. The bowling was kept pretty tight through this period, until Ned bowled a beautiful delivery to have the no. 3 caught at slip again by Angus Hayman. At 3/52 in the 24th over, we were ahead, but St George now had their dangerous no. 4 and no. 5 batters at the crease. The pair played very well over the next 8 overs, adding close to 40 runs. Just before the 2nd drinks break, Brody bagged the no. 5, thanks to a spectacular backwards jumping one-hand catch from Jasper at point. The hosts went to drinks at 4/96, needing 100 runs to win off the last 17 overs.
In the first over after drinks, the no. 4 signalled his intent with a crushing cover drive off Brody. He flashed hard at the next ball, looking for a repeat, but failed to make contact. Instead Brody's accurate delivery took out his off stump, and St George were 5/101. From this point the challenge by St George gradually faded. The no. 6 played some good shots but was eventually bowled by Pat Hoggett. Brodie took another wicket and finished with excellent figures of 4/26 off 10 overs. Pat picked up another two late wickets to finish with equally fantastic figures of 3/4 off 4 overs. Oliver White chipped in with a direct hit runout, leaving St George all out on 147 in the 48th over.
A well-deserved win to SEJCA, who after a disappointing start, finished the season with two very good victories over strong opponents.
Watson Shield: Greater Illawarra 120 Def. by SEJCA 5/122
Down to Coogee for must win game and loss of the toss sees us in the field minus our opening charge Ben R and Yianni lame with an achillies, a very Greek injury, apt.
Tom W and Rory take the new pill with great success. Two quick wickets including their gun bat. Solid 3 & 4 partnership steadies the southerners. Post first drinks break there is another wicket and an injury to the Ump and they are in the OK position of 3 - 84 off 28 at 2nd drinks break.
Heading into the last session of their innings the plan was to mix it up and get through the overs to build pressure on the bats. Shehan, fresh from an unfortunate lazy Saturday at school cricket starts ripping through the middle order with his leggies - just what we needed. 4fer a great contribution.
Needing a result north side Newcastle had Hawkesbury 5-43. Good for us.
Into the frame comes A.Cornell. New bowler, known to bowl, maybe he had something to prove. Apart from the odd half tracker A. Cornell delivers two wickets. Solid albeit the cricket gods may have been shining on him - excellent use of double bounce balls. Effective in U11s, even more so in U16s rep.
Excellent bowling performance by all, nice and straight with excellent fielding front of square. Opening call by the skippers with Rory delivering two wickets, Sam very economical (1-13 off 10). First half to the good guys well led by the skippers Tom/Sam but support from all evident by the good fielding.
Meanwhile, Hawkesbury all out 58!
Into bat knowing a win would get us through. It was an opportunity to play our normal game and Fred and Rory did - 0-49 @ 1st drinks. Perfect start. Loss of Rory saw Sam to the crease and Fred leading the way.
Newcastle win. 0-59 and shoot to 2nd on the table due to win quotient at the time. Over to us now.
Wicket slowing up, runs becoming tougher but singles keep coming. Great start allows us to relax but some tight bowling makes runs harder to come by. Rory ended up with 37, Sam tops one to backward square, then Fred pops up a slower ball to mid off for 29. Three gone, plenty to come but a slow dribble of runs is subject to some lazy shots and with Yianni getting us to within a hand full chases a dolly to be stumped.
Arch and Macka get us home with 5 wickets spare. Highlight being the 56 run opening partnership - well done Fred and Rory.
We came, we saw, we won.
Great spread by the mums, sharp scoring in the stands and we are off to the finals. Team objective, tick. Opportunity to be even better, in front of us.
Thanks to Tom and Zac for coming in late - you are both part of the squad now. Well done to all.
QF is against Sutherland at Sutherland Park.
Yours in Cricket,