Barrier Reef Pools, Coomera Hope Island CC U16 Team - Warehouse Cricket Winter Comp.

Yeah Baby, Crickets Back.

Finally, some 17 weeks after the Club and district Juniors were last able to take the field, our club was finally able to get kids back out on the park.

CHICC has been able to enter an Under 13 and Under 16 team in the Warehouse Cricket Winter Competition. Both teams made up of players from Coomera Hope Island as well as other Gold Coast based clubs for the 10 week competition. And thanks to the generous support of Barrier Reef Pools Qld. both have been able to call Choice Homes Oval home for the winter.

The Under 16 team started the comp with a 2 day (70 overs min per day) away game against South Brisbane Magpies at their Home Ground in Fairfield. With Crocs captain Steven Timms winning the toss on a slightly damp pitch and asking Souths to bat.

Crocs opening bowlers, Josh Spies (CHICC – R/H Fast) and Lachlan Patteson (CHICC L/H Fast) and then 1st change Bowlers Xabian Mackay-Mavin (Mudgeeraba Nerang CC – R/H Fast), Steven Timms (CHICC – L/H Fast) and Billy Walker ( R/way Bay - R/H Off) worked hard through the 1st spell to drinks with very few runs taken but no poles. The drinks break brought a change of attack towards the teams ball movers and tweakers as
the shine was gone from the mighty Gabba 2 piece being used and saw Ashton Paul (CHICC – R/H Med Fast) and Billy Walker bring 2 quick wickets. Ashton and the team setting a short ball trap to have opener Matt Love caught brilliantly on the boundary by Josh Spies after trying to hook and Billy & keeper Lachy Aitken work together for the first of 2 stumpings on the day, to remove their number 3.

From there it become a battle of attrition as Souths worked hard to not offer chances while accumulating runs and the crocs literally threw the entire team at them trying to take wickets on a flattening pitch and ball that had seen better days by lunch time. Lachy Aitken (BRCC) swapped the
keepers gloves with Cristian Milde (CHICC) after the lunch break and brought his left hand tweak in to the game and when combined with Josh Spies coming back, wickets started falling again in the last session as Magpies looked to up the scoring rate. Mapgpies finishing the day on 9-181 after 75 overs

Billy Walker 2-23 off 14, Lachy Aitken 2-46 off 12, Josh Spies 2-27 off 12 (7 maidens) and the rest between Ashton, Jonty Kamo and a runout. Credit to both Cristian and Lachy A for their glovework with a stumping each. And a barely believeable slips catch by the “Candyman” Rodders. Credit goes
too, to Lochie Patterson for a tight and speedy, although unrewarded, opening spell.

Back to Fairfield this weekend for Day 2. We’ll see whether Souths go back in again and ask us to take the final wicket or declare and let their bowlers have 1st crack on the pitch at the Crocs batsmen. Either way, it should be a good chase if the Crocs bat with their brains and can be patient.