This Week in Junior Cricket

Hi All

A very hot one for junior cricket this week with temperatures soaring into the high 30s. It’s a summer sport and our kids adapted well.

Under 14s

The under 14s we at home for their final game of the season and this week Cameron played as numbers are dwindling meaning three Nuna boys took the field in Jack Ash and Cam. The lads did well to keep their opponents to under 90 and look to finish the season with a win and some momentum for our boys to return next season for our Friday night under 14s team.

Under 12s

The 12s turned up and were requested by their opposition to call the game off due to the heat. Considering this would reduce the game to a one week game next week and with the chance of a rain out the second week and a finals place up for grabs, our boys (as well as {Paul, Derek and Pennie) were all keen to play. We won the toss and wisely decided to bat. Dave and Cam got us off to a flier with Jack in next to follow up their good work. Zach, Michael, Patrick and Riley also retired and Michael came back to make his season high score of 28 with some important boundaries at the end of the innings with Pat sticking around to play a vital role in the partnership. Robbie was given out caught behind to a howler of a decision where he never hit the ball and the keeper didn’t take the catch but he composed himself really well, learned a valuable lesson and yet again represented his club with pride which is a major reason he is a part of the leadership group and a past captain. With a score of 170+ our boys go into the field this week determined to play finals. Big thanks to Mark, Linda and Josh Richardson who all turned up to support when Josh was rostered off this week. Thanks heaps guys.

Ankylbyters – Buccaneers

Young Kyle debuted this week and had his cap presented to him in front of the team by coach Rob. He then went out and batted and bowled really well in trying conditions. The lads were up against it as Bulleen Templestowe had about three under 12s in their time but Rob was thrilled with the endeavour and concentration of the boys in the field in trying conditions and valuable cricketing lessons were learned this week. The boys also got to strut their stuff on Bob Saker Oval for their first proper game of the season on this ground. Great work guys we are so proud of your efforts.

Ankylbyters – Blackbeards

It was hot at Livinsgstone Primary and Vermont South win a world record for the slowest innings ever. I left for the under 12s at about 6.30 and they were not quite half way through their innings. When it came our turn to bat we reduced the number of overs so the boys could get home to bed at some stage. Great performances by Jamison and Dane again as well as Jacob and our pocket rockets Matty Cowell and Noah Browell. Hudson continues to improve each week and Suds bowled one of the best Ankylbyters over I have ever seen. Ryan was chatting to the batter at the non-strikers end as he was bowling thus distracting him and ensuring a run out. Good tactics there Ryza.

Milo in2cricket

Milo was again in full swing and thank goodness for the shade from our beautiful trees at Mahoneys Reserve giving us an ideal place to hold in2cricket in warm conditions.


If you have taken any photos of junior club action please e-mail them to myself at dmmtwharton and Dave Cowell at dgcowell and he will load them on the junior club web site. Have a look at some of the new ones there now.

This week’s games:

For the final round of the season the games this week are:

Friday 2 March
Buccaneers: Nunawading Buccaneers v Nunawading Blackbeards –
Bob Saker Reserve (Home) – 5.15 start
Blackbeards: Nunawading Blackbeards v Nunawading Buccaneers –
Bob Saker Reserve (Home) 5.15 start
Under 12s: Blackburn v Nunawading – East Burwood Reserve (Away – week 2)
Under 14s: Nunawading/East Burwood v Yarraleen (East Burwood Reserve
(Home – Week 2)

Post Game BBQs
Blackbeards & Buccaneers team managers can work out a duty roster for this week’s BBQ.

Coaching tip of the week
– Always make sure you check for field changes when you take strike. A change in the field can cut off scoring shots or cause a catch if you are not concentrating

Parents tip of the week –
Make sure you have a snack for your child when playing away. Not all clubs are as hospitable as us.

How can you help the club?
Just offer to help whenever you can. There is always something to do.

Presentation Day
– The date of Presentation Day may be affected by junior and/or senior finals. A final date will be decided and communicated later this week.

Junior Finals
Should our Under 12s make the finals they will be held over the nights of Thursday 8 – Friday 9 March. I would hope that as many Nunawading people that can show up at some stage to offer some support. I will keep you posted on venues and times. Fingers crossed! I also hope to have some senior players pop by to offer support.

Senior Finals
There is a chance that some of our senior teams will play finals so stay tuned for details on how the juniors can play a part at these games.

Happy Cricketing.

Darren Wharton
Director of Junior Coaching
0417 367 426.

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