Anecdotes – 17 December to 5 January 2018
Cameron McBrien (A1) had one of those accident prone weeks and could just as easily qualify as a Space cadet. Last week Cameron went out and hit the dance floor. Unfortunately he hit more than the dance floor as he managed to smash his nose into a mates head – breaking his nose in the process.
He did such a good job that that he needs to have it operated on to fix the damage. Cameron is still keen to play and it should be interesting to see him charging into bowl wearing a protective face mask.
What it is all about
Last Saturday our A2 boys were playing Castle Hill RSL and Julian Raffel (2nd right in the front row) managed snap his Achilles tendon when taking off for a run. Julian managed to hobble down to the other end and then had to be carried off the field. This is where the Castle Hill boys came into the game with their opening bowler helping to carry Julian off the ground. Throughout the rest of the match the Castle Hill boys were attentive to Julian and checked on how he was going. Well done Castle Hill.
The Captain’s Captain.
Mike Kinchington (D2 Captain) watched on as our boys went down last week for just 104 runs chasing 200 for victory. The star opposition bowler was a young lady who took 5/31 bowling her slow spinners. Mike, being the astute Captain / tactician gave the boys some advice about how to play this type of bowling:
“Last week our lower order struggled to deal with the young lady who was bowling the ball high into the air and landing them about 1 metre in front of the crease. The way to play that type of shot is to keep your head nice and steady then, take two small steps down the pitch and hit it before it hits the ground. When you hit it, do so with a controlled hit using no more than about 70% of your power. That way you won’t miss hit it. People were trying to over reach from the crease and stretching too far in front of them. If you miss the ball you can scurry back to the crease because you only took two small steps.”
Brothers in Arms
Bailey Miedler (A1) made his A1 debut on the weekend and partnered his brother, Riley as opening bowlers. While not the first time brothers have played in A1 together it is rare. The boys join our other brothers who have also played A1:
- Donaldson’s (Ken and John) who were twins – 1960’ & 70s
- Fiedler’s (Greg and Andrew) – 1980s
- Will’s (Scott & Todd) – 1990s
- Ford’s (Tony & Greg) – 1990s
- Rae’s (Matt & Tim) – 1998/99
- Makin’s (James & Richard) – 2000s
Well done boys.
Watch this spot
We are fortunate to have our rich depth of Juniors who are either playing Juniors and Seniors or play Seniors when Teams are short. We are proud of all of our Juniors but there are a handful of Juniors who are pretty special – watch this spot:
Dylan Bish (D1)
Bishy (pictured right with Connor Hindmarsh and some other player) plays in our U16 Blue’s and D1. So far this season he has taken 22 wickets at just 13.6 including a best of 5/9 off 10 overs in an U16 game and then 3/7 off 5 overs. He has also scored 601 runs at 75.1 including a maiden ton (149) in D1.
Cameron is just 12 years old and plays for the U14 Blues and C1. Cameron had an average last year with the bat of 158 and this year jumping 2 Age groups to U14s is averaging 72.6 and with Rep scores has already amassed over 630 runs. He made his C1 debut last week and scored an impressive 20*. Add to this his selection in the NSW Schools team and City NSW side he is one to watch.
Avi (U14 White & C1 / D1). Avi has scored 212 runs at 26.5 and taken 9 wickets in the U14s at just 6.5. In a C1 game earlier this season Avi showed up his old man (Tarun) getting 20 to Tarun’s quack!
Jonathan (U16 White and C2) is another of our Rep players who has scored 333 runs @ 66.6 including a ton this season. In his debut match in C2 he scored an impressive 58.
Eric Junkkari (B2)
What would a season be if Eric didn’t figure in the Space Cadet entries and he didn’t disappoint. With our boys in the field with temperatures around 40 degrees the fielding started to struggle. Enter Eric. With 10 overs to go, Eric offered his encouragement “…we need to improve our fielding for the rest of the year”. The only problem was that there were only 10 overs to go in 2017.
Richard Hughes (C1)
The boys were playing a nail biter in C1 with us needing 9 runs to win with 2 balls left chasing 152 for victory. Enter Richard Hughes who was also on 49* and batting well. For some reason the big fella decided to shoulder arms to the 2nd last ball of the game giving us just 1 ball to get the 9 needed for victory.
“Cricket is an easy game” (B1)
Rohit Ninan is a top order bat with our mighty B1 side and is having one of those rough trots we all go through. During his innings he commented to the boys that “Cricket is an easy game…” and got out soon after for 5. As Rohit commented later, at least his 5 runs improved his season average of 4.0 from 7 innings.
Last week our D1 boys were playing St Ives when the opposing Captain approached our Skipper (Gautam) and asked him if our Umpires could be lenient on calling wides for their young leggy so that he got ‘encouragement’. After giving this careful consideration (at least a nano second), the considered answer was “No”.
Simon ‘Couldnt toss a salad’ Smyth (A2 Red) and Rick (‘Couldn’t order a cab’ Turner (A2 Blue) rank up there with the most unsuccessful tossers in our history – coin tossers that is. Anyway, the boys played each other on the weekend and the challenge was to see who would win the toss. Both Captains dressed the part with Simon resplendent in his Naval Captains cap and blazer and Rick in his dress jacket – not a bad effort considering it was 40 degrees in the shade.
Ladbrokes put out special odds and had them both at $1.05 favourites to both lose the toss for the Sheep Station Trophy.
Rick won the toss but lost the game so it looks like Ladbrokes got the odds pretty right.