Under 12A GF Match Report:

After a dominant performance in the SF against Glen Waverley Hawks, the boys had to face Mitcham in the GF at Walker Park in Mitcham. Our opposition had gone through the season undefeated, and had 3 strong Rep players in their squad. We knew it would be our toughest test of the season, as we had only lost the one game all season, to Mitcham, quite comprehensively.

We won the toss and chose to bowl first. As suspected, their openers came out blazing and got the scoreboard ticking over quickly. Some great fielding by Lenny Allsop got our first wicket, courtesy of a run out. Then we dismissed their gun batsmen on his last ball, caught Charlie Pataki bowled Lachlan Gilligan. We then removed their captain, caught Matthew Sabiston bowled Isaac Rajit – game on! Mitcham 3/39 and our boys really had a spring in their step. One wicket apiece to Lucas Leggio, Charlie Pataki and Lenny Allsop had Mitcham reeling at 6/83 after their 22 overs.

We went out to bat, and our openers started cautiously. Lachlan Gilligan was unluckily run out by some extraordinary fielding with a direct hit, and Lenny Allsop and Charlie Pataki were dismissed. We finished the day on 3/50 after our 22 overs. On day 2, we continued batting, and the order of the day was quick runs and get a lead. Unfortunately, the Mitcham bowling attack was disciplined, bowling a full, offside line. We lost wickets at regular intervals and struggled to get any momentum. We were able to get to a total of 92, Lucas Leggio top scoring with 17, and Charlie Pataki 11. Mitcham then came out and chased down the runs with no further loss of wicket.

A disappointing end to what has been a great season for the boys, as many of the boys have come up from 12B to 12A and have really improved their cricket. Bring on Season 19/20!


U14s Open on Saturday Morning:

After finishing a very strong season on top of the ladder, over the Labour Day weekend, the u14 Open BTCC side were presented with some very pleasant weather for the Semi-final against 4th (last) placed Donvale at Ted Ajani.

After BTCC won the toss, and sent Donvale in to bat for their first 25 overs (split innings format), the game played largely to form, with Donvale being 5/62 and BTCC being 3/156 at the end of Day one. Day 2 was more of the same with BTCC finishing on 6/250, and then bowling Donvale out for 110.

Notable batting performances came from Adam H & Lachy S, both scoring undefeated 50s, with Adam ending up on 61no & Lachy on 58no. Charlie P & Michael WC also chimed in with the bat, with 31no & 26 respectively. With the ball Michael WC ended up with 2/6 off his 4, Tyrese W 2/12, Oliver P 1/5 off 4 and Fraser P 1/3 off 4. The fielding was also a very high standard, with Fraser P taking 3 catches, Lachy  & Michael WC (including a screamer at square leg) 2 each and some runouts shared.

So overall, pretty strong performance by all of the boys.

Looks like we will be playing Vermont, who ended up 3rd in the Grand Final this weekend.