FIRST XI SEASON REVIEW
Bill Wilkins Cup
This season started off well with the 1sts going with a young group of players, having 6 debutants throughout the season.
Our top order struggled most games, losing two wickets in a row and not letting our teammates settle when coming to the crease. Our batting came together in round 3 against South Warrandyte where we made 321 which was fantastic and then to back it up with the ball was a highlight of the year, winning our first game in around two years.
Our fielding and bowling were our strengths throughout the season having top sides under the pump but letting them get away a little and all bowlers were great this year and we had standouts in the field like Trav, Willo, Zack and Pembo who were great all year.
The positives this year were getting youth into the 1sts and giving them a chance to play in a top grade. I believe that if we keep this group together we will win flags sooner rather than later. I’m looking forward to next season already to play with my teammates and give it a real crack next year and we just need to be more consistent with the bat.
Thanks to Sean Milton as vice-captain and Jacko whose great support through the year has been sensational.
HIGHEST SCORES BEST BOWLINGScores of 50 and above 4 wickets or more
5/35 off 14.2 Cameron Sharpe
5/36 off 11 Dwayne Johnston
4/26 off 17 Sean Milton
4/30 off 8 Sriharsha Kotla
4/37 off 12.2 Zack Barmby
PARTNERSHIPS 100 runs and above
Dwayne Paisley/Cameron Sharpe
SECOND XI SEASON REVIEW
Steve Pascoe Shield
This year we had the plan to blood some young talent into the 1st XI and develop more talent to bring through in future years. We set ourselves some basic objectives – 1) develop standards, 2) provide opportunity, 3) have fun. The idea that we might play in a final (of any sort) really was not in the calculations.
The season started well, with a few wins and a lucky draw at Heathmont Baptists, some good performances were rewarded with Zack Barmby and “The Rock” Dwayne Johnston receiving their 1st XI caps (and later Lachy Wynd too).
Coming into Christmas we really had momentum, following from tight wins against Warranwood and Warrandyte, but without really being able to score consistently or bowl sides out, the one thing we did have was belief, good team ethics and camaraderie. The other thing we knew was there was huge scope for improvement, yet we were somehow 2nd on the ladder.
Post-Christmas we struggled to elevate our performances and to be honest came up against the sides that would feature come finals time. A disappointing loss to North Ringwood gave away our ladder position and the double chance and we needed to win against them to secure 4th coming into finals. We proved in the last home and away game what we could do with the bat and it shows that there is a lot to like for the future.
In the elimination final against Warrandyte we were disappointing in the field and that cost us dearly – resulting in them posting the same score they made in round 5 (303). Despite a positive start to the run chase, they executed better than we did and we lost. End of season.
While not winning is bitter, I certainly am really excited by what has started. We have a group of young talent (Ando, Evo Jnr, Al, Ricko, Lachie to name a few) that with good guidance and hard work will become good cricketers, some will become excellent and some I hope are destined for greatness. Time and their efforts will tell.
I have to say thank you to Jake who supported me brilliantly this year, to Roger for the support, to the committee for the honor and to Elizabeth for putting up with me on Sundays.
5/12 off 12.2 Steven Evans
S Evans/A Rixham
THIRD XI SEASON REVIEW
B Grade (David Beatty) Shield)
It was a difficult season for the 3rd XI from start to finish this season with injuries and personnel problems plaguing the side.
A season of two halves. Winless in the first seven rounds, the side fought back with four wins from seven matches in the back half including a last round win over Scoresby that was decisive in the team finishing sixth and avoiding relegation and a win over eventual grand finalists Chirnside Park.
Highlights for the playing group included “Wayne Train” taking 1/10 off 1 over with 10 wides.
But seriously the ongoing improvement of Jimmy Callow providing our most reliable option with the new ball, lucky Phil stepping up to B grade and taking 10 wickets for the season and Blakey managing a season best for the side 4/35 in our first win of the season versus Bayswater Park in round 8. Pavan also showed when given some opportunity that he can develop his game and his role was integral in our relegation saving last match of the season.
Batting was a lot more spasmodic with more moments of individual brilliance and determination showing that when we apply ourselves the quality of batsmen is up to the standard required. Harvs showed that quality with 173 runs in two innings, only being dismissed the once. Milo, Rosey, Stew Lynn and Mouse all managing half centuries over the season, Stef Callow chiming in with 2 50s in only 3 hits.
Well done to all involved over the season – all 43 players who represented the side. Lets commit to a strong showing in 17/18 and strive to make the finals!
Go saints. Dizz.
4/35 off 10 Blake Lines
4/60 off 23 Abid Khan
A Rixham/G Moorhouse
FOURTH XI SEASON REVIEW
D Grade (Don Smith Shield)
The 4th XI started off with a wash out against South Warrandyte. Round 2 was a comprehensive 9 wicket win over South Croydon, who we rolled for 59 in 26.1 overs. M Kerr, 6 overs, 4/12, A Pedersen 3/5 off 7 with 5 maidens and B Puissesseau 3/17 off 5.1. Round 3 wash out, although a new dart board was installed and I played shit at poker. Round 4 was originally scheduled as a 2 dayer although because all Kilsyth players weighed 110+ kgs were afraid they'd sink in the outfield so had a sook. So our new one day game ended up with us winning by 8 wickets, lead by 96 from T Rosevear and 1 off 11 overs by D Bailey. R Lines also stood up with a handy 23. Round 5 was Lilydale at the showgrounds, a 33 run loss. Goss took a real liking to T Rosevear and hit hit for four sixes, including one over the creek. Here is also where M Allard continued his infamous run of ducks. D Bailey 2/27 and T Rosevear 2/51. Batting, R Lines 39.
Round 6 was return against Kilsyth, a seven wicket win for us. T Rosevear, 2/17 off 7. N Sharpe 46 and S Lynn 52 n.o. M Allard decided against a duck making 15. Round 7 was against Wonga Park. We were off to a strong start at 0/61 before falling for 109 all out. S. Lynn 38, M Allard another duck. Wonga could only reply with all out for 92. A Pedersen 3/27, S. Lynn 3/14. Round 8 would be best forgotten. An outright loss to Lilydale. All out for 26 in the first innings, including Allard running me out before making another duck and then being dismissed caught in the armpit at square leg to make a pair of ducks. To our credit, we fought hard the following day and fell only 10 overs short of seeing the day out and avoiding outright. N Hallett digging in with 43 and D Bailey with 24 in the second innings. Round 9, first game of 2017. A 6 wicket win off the back of the genuine all rounder J Murphy. 2/32, 4 catches and maiden ton (110), with A Rajadurai also snaring 3/34 and Will Evans with a classy 45. Willow saw us over the line with a quickfire 30. Round 10 saw a terrific bowling and fielding performance against Ainslie let down with a poor run chase. Ainslie were 105 off 32.5. and in reply we were all out for 91, a 14 run loss. C Sweeney superb with 3/18 off 6.5, P Kellett also 3/20 off 7, N Sharpe with 4 snicked off.
Round 11 Ainslie again, another nail biter loss. Made 124 off our 35, with 49 from N Hallett. Bowling effort great again, brought ourselves back into the game with wickets at key times. J Middleton 2/27 and A Croucher 2/13. Round 12 a convincing 8 wicket win over South Warrandyte, who declared with 6 overs left in the day at 9/95. P Kellett 3/22, J Middleton 2/14 and M Sawyers 3/19 Batting: N Sharpe 51 n.o D Bailey 30 still salty about the decision. Round 13 saw us play a vastly different Wonga Park side. We were all out for 73. We fought hard with the ball and had them 3/35 overnight, but did not get the breakthrough we deserved early on and Wonga saw it out. Round 14 saw us close the regular season against South Croydon. A tense affair early with South scoring freely, we tightened at the right moment to restrict them to 158, with M Sawyer taking 4/23. A 100 run stand between S. Lynn and T. Rosevear set up the run chase. T. Rosevear 80, S. Lynn 33, D. Bailey hit winning runs and celebrated like we had won the Ashes.
The Elimination Final saw us against a familiar foe in Wonga. Although the day never felt out of our grasp, Wonga still amassed a total of 9/174 off their 70. S. Lynn 6/35 off 18. In return the top order again left too much to do, falling for 106 all out. Highlight was M Kerr being caught on the boundary after the bloke forgot to come into the circle.
All in all, a turbulent season with plenty of highs and lows. But it was a privilege to be entrusted captain of the team in only my second full season of cricket. It was made easier by such a fantastic support group of players around me at such a wonderful club. I enjoyed every moment of the season and I look forward to moving to the 17/18 season and returning better for the experience.
6/35 off 18 Stewart Lynn
4/12 off 6 Michael Kerr
4/23 off 6 Matthew Sawyers
J Murphy/W Evans
T Rosevear/R Lines
N Sharpe/S Lynn
S Lynn/T Rosevear
FIFTH XI SEASON REVIEW
G Grade (Ken Johnston Shield)
To say we had a mixed bag of results throughout the season would be an understatement.
It total we had 3 heat off/wash outs, 2 bye rounds and 2 rounds forfeited, this left us with only 7 games available to play in out of the 14 rounds scheduled at the beginning of the season.
Round 1 – Wash Out
Round 2 - STA 7/113 S. Lynn 39, N.Birch 25 defeated Ainslie Park 10/80 Je. Lynn 5/10
Round 3 – Wash Out
Round 4 - East Ringwood forfeited
Round 5 – STA 10/86 N.Birch 45 defeated by Bayswater Park 10/91 M. Sawyers 4/19
Round 6 – East Ringwood forfeited
Round 7 – STA 10/168 N. Birch 43 defeated by Norwood C. Millar 3/33
Round 8 – STA 10/118 R. Smith 58* defeated Bayswater Park S. Rhodes 2/6
Round 9 – Heated Off
Round 10 – BYE
Round 11 – BYE
Round 12 – STA 10/148 S. Wynd 29 defeated by Lilydale 3/166
Round 13 – STA 5/218 S. Wynd 101* Jesse Lynn 34 B. Moore 34 defeated Norwood 10/202 M.Millar 3/27
Round 14 – STA 3/165 N. Birch 31* M. Sutherland 31 defeated by Ainslie Park 6/179 R. Tegg 5/44
We had finished the season in 3rd place but unfortunately lost in the SF to Lilydale.
The growth of the team this year had shone at times, but also see us gel more as the season grew older, the fact we only played 7 of a possible 14 games however didn’t really allow us to hit our full potential.
Nick Birch proved his worth as a top 6 batter making some decent scores early on and keeping that form throughout the season.
We had the privilege of having more than a handful of junior talent play throughout the grades this year with 6 of them playing in various rounds with us in the 5th XI
Honourable mentions to Vijain Premaratne, Jesse and Jordy Lynn and first season player Chris Millar for playing important roles in the team with both bat and ball which had helped us win some important games and cementing out finals birth.
Let’s go all the way next season Lads!
5/10 off 6.1 Jesse Lynn
5/44 off 7 Rhys Tegg
4/19 off 5 Matthew Sawyers
SIXTH XI SEASON REVIEW
I Grade (John Macmillan Shield)
The 6ths had a pretty lean year in terms of wins but early days a couple of narrow losses that we should have won could quite easily have seen our fortunes turned and a finals berth on the cards. We remained fairly competitive throughout which is a credit when having a very young inexperienced side most weeks.
The biggest highlights this year generally come with junior or younger senior involvement, and we had some exceptional performance from kids such as Jesse Lynn, Jordi Lynn, Josh Baker, Kyle Baker, Sam Wong, Callum Sullivan and Vijain Premaratne. Also the younger seniors with Alex Gibbs, Dylan Mould, Mohammed Ishtiaq stepped up in leadership roles.
The best part of these guys is the smiles on the faces when playing and you really get a thrill out of seeing them enjoy their cricket.
Couple of memorable moments would be:
Connor Harvey not wanting to bowl then after a couple of good overs, we couldn't get the ball back off him.
And an outstanding win against the Baptists who uncharacteristically sledged and abused our guys who stuck up for themselves day 2 and took home the points, again with a large junior influence, with Josh Baker bowling a brilliant 10 overs and showing some angry opening bowler aggression well directed to start us off both weeks.
Thanks to the many that played with me this season and hopefully we all got something out of it whether it be enjoyment or development.
Thanks to the committee, Stewy, and Matt Millar for his important task of filling 8 sides week in week out.
4/12 off 4.2 Steve Chettle
4/15 off 11 Stewart Lynn
J Lynn/A Gibbs
SEVENTH XI SEASON REVIEW
J Grade (Tony Gawne Shield)
I was again given the privilege of captaining the 7ths this season. Our aim this season was to again create a strong competitive fun team of mates, bringing new faces to the club.
It was an indifferent start to the season compared to last year. We had a total of 8 players from last year’s grand final team promoted to the higher grades or taking a break from cricket altogether. The first 7 rounds were pretty much a write off with 2 wash outs against the bottom teams, a forfeit, a belting from a stacked Eastfield, a close loss to Montrose in the last over and losing to the lovely Templeton blokes. Even though it was challenging to build any momentum, the guys continued to focus on having fun, enjoying any opportunity to play cricket. We knew if everyone brought their 'A' game we could beat any team which was shown in our first big win against Montrose in round 4, scoring a massive 371 runs and bowling them out for 130.
Just before Christmas, the team started to get their mojo going. Everyone settled into their roles combining well for 3 great wins starting with beating Croydon Ranges, then Scoresby twice. This catapulted us into the top 4.
We knew if we wanted to stay in the top 4 to play finals, we would need to do it the hard way, needing to win at least 2 of the last 3 rounds against the top 3 teams or have other match results go our way. If we didn't beat any of these teams, we didn't deserve to play finals. It didn't all go to plan, losing against a strong Ranges team then losing against Templeton again despite solid batting performances from Ryan Jukes (24), Sam Wong (21) and Michael Howells (63). We went into the last round of the home and away season needing a win against the 2nd top team Eastfield to play finals. With myself on the sidelines on “parental leave”, Joel Cox led the team to a great win, easily smashing Eastfield.
With Joely in charge, he took a highly motivated team into the semifinal against new arch rivals Templeton. Batting first, newly appointed Jackson Harvey medalist Michael Howells combined with a determined aggressive Ryan Jukes (83 runs) to set a solid platform 1/127 at the split. The guys then put on an amazing performance, squeezing out the strong Templeton batting lineup for 238. Howells leading the pack with 4 wickets, supported by Wong 3, Jukes 2 and Rixham 1. Viet Duong came in with a cameo 35 not out with Howells finishing the chase off making his first ever 100.
The grand final stage was set between us and the spirited Croydon Ranges. It truly was a 'great' day for cricket. We knew this was going to be a tough game however if we stuck to our plans and executed well, we were well in it. Batting first, Howells (54) and Shane 'the glue' Rixham (19) continued their amazing opening partnership that has been a key to our success all season. They built a strong foundation with the split finishing at 3/114. The team then put on an amazing bowling and fielding performance. Raj Singh took 2 wickets straight away and leading wicket taker Rixham took the massive wicket of the Ranges captain Brad Wood who had made 405 runs in the season.
The momentum went back and forth throughout the match as the Ranges fought back and built partnerships. We were determined to keep up our high energy levels, bowling tightly and giving nothing away. We put the momentum back in our favour squeezing Ranges for 228 with vital breakthroughs from young guns Mitch Plant 2, Nick Wunsch 2, myself 1 and Rixham finishing with 2. The target was set needing 115 off 35 overs with 7 wickets left in the shed.
It was always going to be a tough ask especially in a grand final, however experienced heads Shane Mayoh (28), Rory Leavey (35) with superstar Sam Wong (20) put us into a position to take the win. While there was a batting collapse of 5/46 setting up a tight finish, the lower order led by Joel Cox (20 not out) ground away, winning the game off the 2nd last ball of the match with just one wicket remaining. It was a tense nail biting finish however I wouldn't change it for the world. The guys finished the season on a high, enjoying playing cricket, and were well deserved winners.
I will like to acknowledge all the senior players that have played in games in the 7ths throughout this season. You may not have played the grand final however you all contributed in your own ways to the team. Whether it was a few games or just the 1 game, it all contributed to the final result. Thank you Sunny Matharu, Callum Leavey, Mat Sund, Darren Skepper, Brendan Taylor, Matt Millar, Chris Millar, Jake Skepper Scott Jeffery, Adam Campbell, Shaun Farmer, the Wiz Paul Berry, Cam Robbins, Dean Marshall, David Goodwin, Darshan Valji, Steve Chettle, Mick Dow, Phillip Hall, Kieran Milton, Ryan Wade, Ryan Carter and Minh Lai.
We also had the amazing opportunity to play juniors during the season, giving them a taste of senior cricket. It may only be lower grade cricket however I'm sure they will be better off for it, hopefully enjoying it and continue to put their hands up for senior cricket in the future. Thank you Nick Wunsch, Sam Wong, Mitch Plant, Brad Plant, Bailey Puissesseau, Vijain Premaratene, Declan Sund, Connor Harvey, Jack Tilbrook-Penone, Callum Sullivan, Ethan Mulligan and their parents.
I would like to thank the committee, fellow captains, selector Matt Millar, Ben Morris, scorer Antony 'Panther' Pedersen, Shane Rixham, Sean Milton, Robbie Deluca and the boys in the kitchen for all their help. You all have helped make match day possible and have been a pleasure to work with. Finally I would like to give a massive thank you to my wife Michelle (and my son Thomas) for putting up with me and my numerous cricket conversations and over the top excel spreadsheets throughout the season, including her entire pregnancy and the first weeks with our newborn baby. I know I said I wouldn't captain next season however I'll leave the door open for back to back premierships?
5/31 off 7 Shane Rixham
4/17 off 7 Shane Rixham
4/36 off 13 Michael Howells
4/43 off 7 Michael Howells
100 runs and above
Shane Rixham/Michael Howells
Michael Howells/Ryan Jukes
Joel Cox/Peter Lai
EIGHTH XI SEASON REVIEW
Like most playing the modified rules format this season we had an interrupted start, 2 of the first 3 rounds were cancelled due to weather, and unfortunately our 2nd round game we had to forfeit due to lack of player availability in the higher grades. However after the first three rounds our season continued strong with 3 wins out of the next 4 rounds. We tapered off a little as the season progressed managing only one more win, but this was enough to get us into the L grade finals.
Whilst this wasn’t our first year having an eighth eleven side this season, it was a season of many firsts especially being made up of many father and sons, and juniors.
Firsts such as:
Hopefully we will go one step further again next season and make the GF.
These events were highlights of the season for me, and I would like to thank all those players that have played in the 8s throughout this season. You’re a great bunch of blokes and up and coming juniors, and it was a pleasure to play alongside you.
Thanks also to the committee for the opportunity to captain this great bunch of guys.
4/11 off 7 Luke Newbegin
4/78 off 14 Denis Tanzen
Hemang Shukla/Rory Leavey
Shane Mayoh/Hemang Shukla
Mitchell Plant/Shane Mayoh
James Farmer/Shaun Farmer