Wanneroo 10/223 (Richards 53, Billington 43, Millar 33, Spangenberg 25) def. by Scarborough 5/319 (O’Day 2/37, Holly 2/51)
Our round 13 clash with Scarborough got underway with the boys pumped up about fresh blood entering the team. An honoured Sharad Jessani had his cap presentation by A Grade legend Rob Richards. Shortly after the toss followed with the roos winning the toss and decided to bowl first. The overjoyed roos were up and about and ready to get stuck into the Scarborough top order.
Caiden Eaton and Lachlan Poulter started proceedings for us with the bowl. The pair created pressure and catching opportunities which were unfortunately not taken and the Scarborough opening pair got settled. Unable to break the opening stand early, Scarborough got off to a perfect start with a 145-run opening partnership. From this point on it was a tough it out battle mentally and physically for the Roos as the weather temperature and the run rate from the Scarborough batters increased. Michael O`Day (10 Overs 2/37) was the standout performer for the Roos through the middle overs but couldn’t build sustained pressure together to create wickets or stop run flow. Riley Holly (7 Overs (2/51) at the death gave everything and tried to get the Roos back in the game. Scarborough dominated the first innings and put 319 on the board with the loss of 5 wickets with Roos requiring 320 for victory.
Heading into the second innings the Roos were confident with the talent with the bat and a flat Kingsway wicket would lead to an interesting run chase. Robert Richards and Kyle Miller ensured no early wickets were lost and had a decent opening stand of 74 until Kyle Miller was dismissed for a valiant 33(53). Riley Holly joined Rob in their pursuit for this mammoth target of 320. However when the loss of the key wicket Rob Richards 53(80) the game swung in the favour of Scarborough. Young gun (mini Trav apparently) Connor Spangenberg 25(25) and Deon Billington 43(31) put some pressure back on the Scarborough bowlers. However, wickets continued to fall and Scarborough had full control of the game. With the regular fall of wickets the Roos fell well short of their target being bowled out for 223. Plenty of learning and exposure was had and only upwards and forwards from here. Bring on Round 14 opponent Subiaco Floreat.
Scarborough 9/151 (Carroll 3/22, Forssman 2/20, Stumpers 2/27) def Wanneroo 150 (Fryer 56*, Bonner 31)
Wanneroo 166 (Quelch 35, Williams 34, Walter 30*, Rae 29) def. Scarborough 8/159 (Wiggers 3/19, Quelch 2/28, Walter 2/33)
The Threes looked to continue their red-hot form on a scorching day at Kingsway with captain Walts winning the toss and electing to bat. Openers Jayden Rae (29) and Sam Williams (34) got us off to the perfect start putting on 57 for the first wicket. However, after Beugs then departed for the second wicket with the score at 83 after 16 overs it was pure carnage from there as the roos collapsed losing 8-21. Josh Quelch (35) then joined Walts (30*) at the crease needing to dig deep and bat long. The pair were able to see out the overs putting on 62 for the final wicket getting us to a very competitive 166.
With the ball the boys got off to the perfect start with Quelch getting a wicket in the first over and Walts following suit with a couple of his own a few overs later the Roos going into drinks having Scarborough 3-16. With not a lot going for us in the middle overs with a few chances not going our way, Walts threw the ball to new strike bowler Steve Wiggers who applied his nba2k takeover and had Scarborough’s middle order in all sorts walking off with 3-19 off his 9 overs. With scarbs needing around a run a ball for the last 10 overs, Q (2-28), Walts (2-33) and Owen Brown were able to hold their nerve and get the boys home with a 7 run win.
Scarborough 6/102 (Carroll 3/24, Maunder 2/14) def Wanneroo 99 (Hall 50)
Another scorching Saturday had the top placed 4s versing the fourth placed Scarborough at Abbett park. Another important toss win for the skipper and chose to bat. The innings never really getting going, with the boys losing constant wickets and not getting any luck with some interesting LBW calls. Allan Hall the only stand out in the innings smashing 50 off as many balls but not having anyone to stay with him. We were eventually bowled out for 99.
The 4s knew we’d have to make early in roads to have any hope in the match and the skipper got us off to a perfect start striking with a plumb LBW in the first over….. Carroll took another one a few overs later then followed by some fantastic bowling from Juice Maunder and great catching from Goat Billington had Scarborough 4 down and looking shaky. Scarborough put together a couple of partnerships which took the game away from the 4s. We fought hard having them 6 down but in the end were 50-80 runs short of we’re we needed to be.
The 4s remain top with other teams losing around them, onto next week 🦘
Female B Grade
Female Youth League
Female Pathway Program
The Under 14 girls enjoyed a double header on Sunday against Perth and Midland-Guilford.
Match 1 vs Perth
In cloudy humid conditions, the Roos batted first and looked to stamp their mark early and with the ball swinging it was always going to be a challenging start to the day. Addison showed poise and class opening the batting with Polly and the team ultimately steadied with Myla and Elri (leading run scorers and consumers of Powerade due to their time in the middle) finding confidence and playing with more freedom in the middle order. Their partnership showed the grit that was required to build to a final total of 7/75.
With a coaching emphasis on building cricket IQ and leadership within the young Roos, Tegan, Polly and Spud demonstrated that the team’s bowling and fielding tactics are starting to pay off. Emmersyn softened the openers up with a few short balls followed by a fuller ball that took out leg stump. Coaches Scott, Andy and Jacques, who focussed on bowling line and length during a technical shed session on Tuesday, were all seen smiling ear to ear when the stumps were shattered.
Fielding is a strength of this emerging group and due to a strong team culture, it is clear to see the girls are starting to play for each other.
Highlights in the field included the strong reliable throwing arm of Brooke to the keeper Abbie (Womby), where bails and stumps were shattered for a swift run out. There was some pent-up frustration taken out on those stumps and the keeper was advised that just the bails need to come off for the batter to be declared out. Asha demonstrated that her years of Softball led to a very strong throwing arm from the outfield as she covered ground with ease to stop certain boundaries.
Leah, Spud and Polly all found their line and length to bowl tidy overs with minimal runs scored against. Wicket takers included Emmersyn, Brooke and Stephanie who took 1/1 off her 2 overs and threw the stumps down with an impressive run out. Polly also cleaned up the stumps with a direct hit and celebrated with style.
Perth took the win 5/76 with 3 overs to spare. The Roos have a very honest and open feedback session after each game and all agreed that bowling line and length was the key focus for the next match.
Match 2 vs Midland Guildford
Today’s weather was accurately described as Melbournian as the rain and wind set in for the afternoon creating some testing conditions for the girls who won the toss and decided to bat.
Stephanie and Polly opened the account and made the best of their chances to set the positive tone for those to follow. Tegan deconstructed the bowlers and built herself and impressive wagon wheel as she complied the team’s leading run score. After further rain delays, 5/95 was a decent total in the tough wet conditions.
The team’s bond was clearly evident to those in the dry pavilion as the girls took to the centre during the innings break for a game of mini cricket in the pelting rain celebrating together with some sort of Tik Tok dance.
When the actual innings commenced, there was a real joy in the way the girls pushed the rain and testing conditions to one side and chatter and chirps were up and about.
The team was sharp which resulted in three run outs (Stephanie, Emma, Leah). Spud bowled the perfect ever reliable line and length which ground the opening batter down and resulted in the stumps breaking. Emmersyn bowled terrific length and kept the batters pinned at the crease not knowing whether to come forward or back. During this match, the effort was clearly linked to the results as Emma and Stephanie took the opposition to task taking two wickets apiece.
In another growth moment, the newly crowned Womby(Abbie) kept up to the stumps and the spinners Tegan and Emma relished the extra pressure this placed on opposition batters and resulted in a wet soggy caught behind.
The wise words from coaches Scott and Jacques were put into practice as the girls all bowled relentless line and length including a fine maiden over from Brooke. Polly demolished the stumps and in the end Midland Guildford struggled to 8/41 and the Roos celebrated their effort with another mysterious rain dance.
The fielding was by far the best of the season with Asha, Myla and Addison again demonstrating their speed and strong throwing arms.
The continued growth that the team are bravely making will be exciting to see when it all comes together in the one game. The coaching team will continue to develop, challenge and support the team as their cricket journey continues.
Wanneroo 5/124 (Marinovich 37, Blythman 35) def Scarborough 5/121
Scarborough 5/94 def. by Wanneroo 2/155 (Jones 65*, Cavanagh 37)